Courtney Rogers, 37, and her husband Chris, 34, balance a lot of obligations in their daily family life because they had 12 children in 12 years.
A supermom who had 12 children in 12 years changed her family into a real-life Cheaper by the Dozen family after giving birth to her youngest.
Courtney Rogers, 37, and her pastor husband Chris, 34, welcomed Cambria into the world on March 7 at a weight of 6 pounds, 12 ounces. This brought their total to the enchanted 12 youngsters.
They even experienced a miscarriage when they initially started trying, but today their brood is “perfect,” according to the parents, who claim they never meant to have so many children when they originally chose to establish a family.
After the birth of their oldest son, Clint, on March 30, 2010, the couple had six more girls before having five more boys.
The fact that we first had only boys and have since welcomed five daughters is also remarkable, Courtney continued.
The six boys are the oldest kids, then the six females (Illustration: PA Real Life).
«Clint was born three weeks before I turned 26; at the time, I had no idea I would have further children.
I was unprepared for how quickly they would show up or that they would also bring a set of twins. I felt that, at 26, I was too old.
We first planned to have a maximum of 10 children, but since I still felt youthful and healthy, we increased it to 12.
Clint, 12, Clay, 10, Cade, 9, Callie, 8, Cash, 7, the twins Colt and Case, 6, Calena, 4, Caydie, 3, Coralee, 2, Caris, 1, and the most recent addition, Cambria, a newborn child.
They also reside on a farm with more than 200 animals, including pigs, sheep, and chickens, as if the kids weren’t enough to chase after.
Little Cambria was born through C-section, and the family is now relieved to bring her home after she spent the first several days of her life on oxygen.
The infant had to be watched for a few days after ingesting too much fluid.
In the agonizing wait for updates on Cambria’s condition, Courtney and Chris were reminded of the terrifying delivery of their second-youngest child, Caris, who had to undergo an emergency C-section because doctors were concerned she wasn’t getting enough oxygen.
With 12 kids under the age of 12, Courtney and Chris are organizing their family to manage the growing brood.
The longest Courtney has gone without getting pregnant since she became a mother for the first time 12 years ago is seven months. There is a 20-month gap between two of the kids, at which time Courtney sadly experienced a miscarriage.
It will be strange not to have another child, she said.
« For the most part, my pregnancy went smoothly; I didn’t feel sick and I never had to be put on bed rest, so I could always take care of the kids.