Janet and Graham Walton welcomed their sextuplets 34 years ago. The girls earned worldwide attention for being the first all-female surviving set of sextuplets. Now they’re all grown up and busy with their lives, but their bond remains as strong as ever.
Janet Walton was told at 16 that the possibilities of her conceiving a child were scarce. But she and her husband Graham were not ready to give up that easily on having their own family. Janet underwent 12 fertility treatments for several years, all with no result.
Before their thirteen and what would be their last attempt, the couple had been accepted as potential adoptive parents. So, they went away to Malta on a special vacation to decide on adoption, and at their return, Janet found out she was pregnant.
However, the couple got the surprise of their lives when doctors told them they were expecting not one, but six children.
In December 1983, Janet gave birth to six babies, who were all healthy even at only 31 weeks. They are Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate, and Jennifer. Today, they are just one month away from their 35th birthday.
The media documented the girls' childhood and most of the milestones they have achieved makes it to the local newspaper. They’re local celebrities on their own accord, and their parents love to recount how fun and chaotic it was to raise the six stunning women they call daughters.
Growing up, the Walton sisters were a handful. Janet and Graham noted that they had very little sleep during the first two years of being parents. Still, they said it was one of the best moments of their lives.
“We lived through those early years in a blur. And the only regret is that there wasn’t enough time to enjoy them as much as we’d have liked,” said Janet.
“I loved those early years so much. I couldn’t say one phase was better than the others,” agreed Graham.
One of the latest documentaries made about the girls documented their 30th birthday celebration and the days leading to it. In the 45-minute long documentary, the girls get tattooed six hearts in representation of their bond and revealed what they've been up to as grown women.
Hannah, who manages an optician, still lives with her parents at their house in Wallasey. Ruth is engaged and works in administration.
On their 30th birthday, the entire family went to New York to celebrate. The sisters also had matching heart tattoos. Luci is an air hostess and is engaged too. Kate works in the HR department. Sarah is the only of the siblings with two kids. Jennie lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and runs a retro candy shop called Sweet Things.
To celebrate their thirty, the girls and their parents went on a trip to New York, explaining that it was the first time in nine years that they were all vacationing together. The girls showed how there’s never a dull moment when they’re all together, as they reflected on their lives in front of the cameras and thanked their parents for everything they did for them.
Meanwhile, America also has their own local sextuples celebrities, the beloved McGhee family, starring in UPTv’s series “Growing Up McGhee.”
Mia and Rozonno McGhee had been trying to have children for ten years into their marriage, testing all the fertility treatments on sight and with no results. Eventually, Mia got pregnant with twins, but the babies didn’t make it.
Then, she got the news that she was expecting six babies, who were delivered in 2010 in a healthy condition and are the first set of sextuplets to be born in Columbus, Ohio.
A photo of the babies laying on their father’s back as newborn went viral back then, and six years later, the photographer decided to make a remake of the famous pic, melting hearts all over social media with the updated version.
Siblings Elijah, Issac, Josiah, Madison, Olivia and Rozonno Jr. are now 8-year-old, and they all have different and striking personalities that can be seen on their TV show.