McCaughey Septuplets, First Set to Survive Infancy, Celebrate 16th Birthday

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The McCaughey siblings made history back in 1997 as the first set of septuplets - seven children conceived in the same womb together - to survive infancy.

Now, they're about to apply for seven driver's licenses.

That's the best part of turning 16, at least if you ask Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel McCaughey ... though they'll still carpool a lot.

They only have one vehicle to share, after all.

It's hard to believe that 16 years ago, parents Kenny and Bobbi, and their big sister Mikayla, settled into a life of diapers, bottles and birthday cake.

All multiplied by seven. Today, they're more than siblings. They're best friends, and they always back each other up, forming a united front no matter what.

“We all just are able to ... to help each other,” Natalie said.

There are lots of benefits to having so many siblings.

The siblings each have their own room at home, an amount of breathing space that they credit with helping them get along so well for a decade and a half.

“There’s more opinions in the house,” Kelsey said of the family. “And just more people to hang out with and get close to and just tell anything to. It’s fun.”

There are also plenty of challenges to go around.

Two of the septuplets, Nathan and Alexis, have cerebral palsy. The children say they have had to endure bullying as well, just because they're so different.

“I guess they don’t like us because we’re different from a lot of people,” Kenny said. “There’s so many of us. Like, it’s not normal for a mom to have seven kids at once.”

“It’s probably just a lot of jealousy that goes around.”

Unlike Octomom and the Gosselins, these children are actually raised in a thriving, grounded family from the sound of it. Happy 16th birthday to all seven!

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