The McCaughey septuplets, the first in history to all survive their infancy, turned 16 on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

On Nov. 19, 1997, Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey and their eldest daughter Mikayla, welcomed seven children into their lives – Kenny, Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel. Over the years, the two parents have gone through the ups and downs of child rearing times seven – from diapers to birthday cakes.

McCaughey Septuplets Turn 16, Like Being 1 Of 7

Interviewed on their milestone birthday, the siblings reveal what it’s like to be one of seven children that are all the same age. “We all just are able to — to help each other,” Natalie told ABC News.

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

McCaughey Septuplets Admit Facing Bullies

However, the McCaughey septuplets do admit that sometimes they struggle with bullying outside the house. “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,” said Nathan, who like Alexis, battles with cerebral palsy.

Growing up in Carlisle, Iowa and never having starred in a reality TV show, the McCaughey septuplets are growing up like average teenagers, eager to get their drivers licenses and beginning to date. But while their lives seem ordinary enough, the fact that they all survived was nothing short of extraordinary. “I just strikes me as a miracle,” their doctor remarked upon their delivery at the time.

– Chelsea Regan

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