The McCaughey septuplets — the first septuplets in the world all known to have survived infancy — turned 16 today. And they want to drive as soon as possible.
Life for this Iowa family, which never starred in a reality TV series, is "quiet in some ways," dad Kenny McCaughey told the Des Moines Register. The kids are sophomores in high school, some have braces, play in the band, compete in sports. Their older sister attends community college.
Their 1997 birth riveted the nation. Baby food and diapers were donated, along with a seven-bedroom house and a van. They still have those last two items. The babies -- Joel, Brandon, Nathan, Kelsey, Natalie, Alexis and Kenny -- ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces.
After the delivery of seven relatively healthy babies, their doctor remarked: "It just strikes me as a miracle." Time reported on the call President Clinton made to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey: "When those kids all go off to school ... you will be the best-organized manager in the U.S.," Clinton said. Bobbi replied, "That, or I will be in a straitjacket somewhere."