Names (in birth order): Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope & Joel Kevin Gosselin
Date of Birth: May 10, 2004
Parents: Jon & Kate Gosselin
Siblings: Twin sisters Madelyn & Cara, 12
♥ The sextuplets were born in Hershey, Pennsylvania
♥ Kate conceived the children via fertility treatment
♥ The sextuplets were born 10 weeks premature and, as a result, had to be placed on ventilators.
♥ The birth weight of the sextuplets are as follows: Alexis – 2 pounds, 11.5 ounces, 15 inches long, Hannah – 2 pounds, 11 ounces, 13.8 inches long, Aaden – 2 pounds, 7.5 ounces, 13 inches long, Collin – 3 pounds, .5 ounces, 15 inches long, Leah – 2 pounds, 14.8 ounces, 15.4 inches long, & Joel – 2 pounds, 9.7 ounces, 15.4 inches long
♥ The babies were delivered by a team of more than 75 – six color-coded, letter-coded resuscitation teams, one for each baby
♥ According to her book, Kate revealed that very early in the pregnancy there were seven embryos, but one did not develop
♥ The Gosselin children appeared on television for the first time on the Discovery channel special Surviving Sextuplets and Twins in 2005 and became reality stars with their parents on Jon & Kate Plus 8
♥ In 2009, their parents’ divorced
“Each baby had, I believe, a doctor and three nurses. I took a head count in the room and there were 27 people. But outside of the room, there was the rest. There was a second room with three baby-like cradles for each of the babies, a, b, and c. Then d, e, and f were in the operating room. Everything went very smoothly.” – papa Jon on the birth of his babies.
“Celebrating this birthday always makes me cry…tears of special memories and joy! I got a healthy ‘full set’ — I know I’m unbelievably blessed!” – Kate on her 6 kiddos.
“I laugh at them all the time. They are just so cute that I can’t help it!” Kate on her children.
“I feel most happy when we are getting ready for church on Sunday mornings. It is a ritual that works and goes smoothly—for the most part—and I love when our routines are down to a science.” – Kate on her favorite family ruitual.