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Wesley Chapel's Byler Bunch, Florida's first set of live-born sextuplets, turns 6 on Sept. 1

WESLEY CHAPEL — Their births, about 12 weeks ahead of schedule, made headlines around the world. They even got a visit from Florida's governor in the hospital. Photos of their birthday parties have played across television screens. Last year, folks saw them march off to kindergarten for the first time.

Today, the Byler bunch, Brady, Eli, Ryan, Jackson, Charlie, and MacKenzie, turn 6.

"It's just such a shock," said Karoline Byler, who posted a "Throwback Thursday" photo of herself at Bayfront Hospital just before the sextuplets were born.

It's been a year of milestones for the group dubbed "the Six Pack" by their parents, who also have a 10-year-old daughter, Zoe.

The whole family went on its first camping trip as well as an overnight trip to Treasure Island. They also met the Baker quintuplets, who live in Pensacola and were the first live quints born in the state. MacKenzie, the lone girl, became the first of the bunch to lose a tooth.

"The others were jealous," said Karoline, who was taking her to Disney's Magic Kingdom for her "special day." Each child gets a day alone at the park, thanks to gift cards from grandma Patty Kiewra.

The group celebrated Saturday at a pool party with a "superheroes and princess" theme.

Life is still busy, despite the kids being in school. Most days are spent getting them to school, picking them up and doing homework. There are sometimes six doctor's appointments a month.

"People say I should get a job now that they are in school, but it's still crazy," she said.

Wesley Chapel's Byler Bunch, Florida's first set of live-born sextuplets, turns 6 on Sept. 1

08/29/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 3:48pm]
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