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SEPTUPLETS' VOLUNTEERS GETTING SOME TIME OFF

The small army of volunteers that has been helping parents Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey maintain round-the-clock care of their septuplets is starting to get nights and Sundays off.

Helpers still work during the day with feedings, diaper changes and other chores, but the late jobs are more manageable now that a few of the babies sleep through the night. Up to five dozen volunteers had worked shifts to ensure 24-hour-a-day care.

The septuplets, born to the central Iowa couple on Nov. 19, 1997, are starting to roll over on their own, and spokesman Wes Yoder suspects it won't be long before Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenneth, Natalie and Nathan are on the move.

The McCaugheys, who also have a toddler daughter, Mikayla, are looking forward to leaving their cramped three-bedroom house and moving into a new home under construction about a block away.

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