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Video: America’s septuplets turn 13

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    >>> hard to believe, the mccoy sextuplets, the world's first surviving set of seven celebrates their 13th birthday.

    >> it is pretty amazing and as you know, we have been spending a lot of time with the mccoy sextuplets throughout the years, but now we put together all 13 years of their lives into one documentary hour where you really see the strength their parents have had to raise these children. the prospect of raising a child is daunting for just about any parent. bringing up sextuplets and an older sister has been the mccoy 's challenge for the past 13 years.

    >> it really isn't a joke when people say, enjoy them, because it passes so quickly.

    >> reporter: before our eyes, kenny , alexis, natalee, kenny , nathan, randall and joel have grown into almost adults. their journey boggles the mind. in the first weeks, it was 42 bottles and 50 diapers a day. then the trying times of the early years.

    >> what is the thing that was the worst about the twos?

    >> screaming.

    >> literally there were times when we were brought to our knees.

    >> reporter: though at times overwhelmed, kenny and bobby have always gotten back up relying on a genius for patient and practicality. with a household of ten, the mccoys manage at times on a food budget of $300 a month, shopping at warehouses and growing their own produce. around the house, they put the power of numbers to good use.

    >> they have gotten to be such good helpers and we can dole out the daily chores .

    >> they do the dish washing?

    >> yes.

    >> come on.

    >> they take care of their own laundry.

    >> the mci cans are bracing for an old concern. when are you going to let them date?

    >> when they're 30.

    >> alexis has a very sincere wish.

    >> i just want more friends at school and i just want people to know that i'm just a regular girl.

    >> few things have stayed the same things 1997 . but the mccoy sextuplets story continues to fascinate some people, even as its stars turn into teenagers. in the middle of it you think it's going to last for ever and there's always going to be a tomorrow that's just like this. but it's not, it changes so fast.

    >> in fact i have a feeling i'm going to be covering them until they're 21. they actually call me aunt ann. the american sextuplets turn 13 airs tonight on tlc

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  1. The Gosselin sextuplets plus two

    The Gosselin family pose at a party to celebrate the fifth birthday of the sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, born in 2004, plus older sisters Cara and Mady. Shortly after the birthday celebration, mom Kate, left, and dad Jon, right, began having problems that led to their divorce. () Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The Suleman octuplets

    Nadya Suleman, 33, made history by delivering eight babies in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2009. The babies, who were conceived by in vitro fertilization, were born nine weeks premature and became the longest-surviving set of octuplets. The birth weight of the six boys and two girls ranged from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. The octuplets' arrival was first celebrated as a medical miracle, but a backlash quickly grew when it became known that the unemployed, single mother already had six other children at home. (Splash News) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The Dilley sextuplets

    Keith and Becki Dilley of Indianapolis smile at each other on their couch at home as they hold their 5-month-old infants, the first surviving sextuplets born in the United States. The children, dubbed the “Dilley Six-Pack” by some media outlets, were born nine weeks early on May 25, 1993. Their names in order of birth are Brenna Rose, Julian Emerson, Quinn Everett, Claire Diane, Ian Michael and Adrian Reed. (Taro Yamasaki / Time & Life Pictures via Getty I) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The Chukwu octuplets

    The eight Chukwu babies, six girls and two boys, were the first octuplets born in the United States. The siblings were born in December 1998 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston to mother Nkem Chukwu and father Lyke Louis Udobi, both Nigerian-born Americans. The firstborn, Chukwuebuka Nkemjika (Ebuka for short), was born 15 weeks premature on Dec. 8, 1998. Her brothers and sisters followed on Dec. 20, still 13 weeks premature. (F. Carter Smith / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The Dionne quintuplets

    The five Dionne sisters – Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne – were conceived from a single egg and born two months premature on May 28, 1934, in Callander, Ontario, Canada. They are the first quintuplets to survive infancy, and they are still the only identical female set. Here, the 6-year-old sisters are dressed for their First Communion as they pose for a cover of Life, published Sept. 2, 1940.

    When the girls were born, their family already had five children, and could not afford to care for the five newcomers. The Ontario government removed the sisters from their parents’ custody and moved the girls to a hospital that attracted so many curious visitors wanting to see the girls that it became known as “Quintland.” When the girls were 9, their family regained custody, and they returned home, where they lived until they were 18. (Hansel Mieth / Time & Life Pictures via Getty I) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The McCaughey septuplets

    On Nov. 19, 1997, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey of Des Moines, Iowa, became parents to the world’s first surviving septuplets: Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James and Joel Steven. Here, five of the seven 4-year-olds are greeted by former President George W. Bush at the Des Moines International Airport before he headed to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 14, 2002. (Paul J. Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The Shier quintuplets

    Born on Jan. 23, 1996, to Patty and Scot Shier of Los Angeles, the Shier quintuplets arrived as five healthy babies – the first set of quintuplets with no major health problems to be born in the United States, said a spokeswoman for Long Beach Memorial, the hospital where the infants were delivered. Here, Patty Shier plays with her 22-month-old babies in their Los Angeles home. (Judith Carlson / San Jose Mercury news via Newsco) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. The Walton sextuplets

    The Walton girls are the world’s first female surviving sextuplets. They were born on Nov. 18, 1983, in Liverpool, England, to Graham and Janet Walton. Here, the sisters – named Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennifer – celebrate their 9th birthday. The Waltons grew up in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. All but one of the sisters, now 25, still live at their childhood home. (Hussey Dennis / Newscom) Back to slideshow navigation
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