With their father grinning ear-to-ear and their mother crying, the world's first surviving septuplets were together at home Sunday after the last two babies were released from a hospital.
Natalie and Alexis McCaughey joined their brothers and sisters, who came home in January, in a small three-bedroom house in Carlisle where some 60 volunteers work shifts to care for the babies."It's great, finally, everybody under one roof," said the babies' father, Kenny McCaughey, carrying the bundled-up girls.
The four boys and three girls were born Nov. 19, about nine weeks early.
Normally, doctors hope that premature babies will be ready to go home around the date they would have been born if the pregnancy was carried to term.
However, Natalie and Alexis were held in the hospital longer because they didn't eat as aggressively as their brothers and sisters, said Wes Yoder, a spokesman for the family.
Natalie, weighing just 2 pounds, 10 ounces at birth, now weighs 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Alexis, who was 2 pounds, 11 ounces, now weighs 5 pounds, 11 ounces.
McCaughey and his wife, Bobbi, went to the hospital with the rest of the septuplets, Kenneth, Joel, Brandon, Kelsey and Nathan. Older sister Mi-kayla also went along.