Christi and Dave Cason loved having children; their massive brood had grown and grown until the couple had reached 16 kids. And while some people criticized them for bringing so many little people into the world, they were desperate to have more. But, it seemed, they had run out of time.
In 2012 the Casons were living in Lake Elsinore, California, and the couple were parents to 14 children together. Furthermore, Christi had two children from a previous relationship. This meant that their family was an impressive 18-strong.
Christi had welcomed her first child, Jessica, 22 years prior. She had then given birth to a son two years later, before beginning her relationship with Dave. Together, they proceeded to have 16 more children, who have an age range of more than 18 years.
Having such a large family, the Casons ran their house like a military operation, with Christi staying at home to look after the younger kids. Each day the supermom could do up to seven laundry cycles as she balanced the housework with childcare.
Meanwhile, Dave worked as a telecoms engineer. But although it was he who brought in the money, Christi took charge of managing the household budget. Over the years, the stay-at-home mom had become an expert at stretching her husband’s $80,000 salary.
And managing the family’s weekly shopping list was a job in its own right. The Casons could munch through almost ten loaves of bread, 18 pounds of burger meat and 36 eggs every seven days. They also downed 14 gallons of milk between them.
With such a huge family came a big financial burden. So it’s little wonder that the Casons had to make sacrifices throughout the years. However, what they lost out on in material goods, they made up for with their family bond. “Dave and I always make sure we have time for each child individually,” the Daily Mail reported Christi as saying in 2013.
“We do lots of fun things together as a family, like driving into the mountains singing songs on the way, or going to the beach,” she added. “Even though we can’t afford vacations, with a big family there are always so many other things you can do to have fun.” As long as they had each other, the Casons had everything they needed.
So although some have been critical of the Casons’ large family, the Casons were keen to expand their brood. As a result, the couple began trying for their 17th baby. Their decision came just a few months after bringing their then-youngest son, Nathaniel, into the world.
But this time, the path to pregnancy was not to be so straightforward. Although the couple conceived after three months of trying, they sadly miscarried before their 12-week ultrasound. That’s when they decided to consult their doctor.
In September 2012 a physician prescribed Christi a drug called Clomid. The drug activates a woman’s ovulation hormones, giving a better chance of pregnancy. “We were desperate,” the Daily Mail reported Christi as saying in 2013. “We really wanted another baby and had never had any problems conceiving in the past.”
In November that year, the Casons discovered they were pregnant again. However, they tragically suffered another miscarriage, losing their baby after nine weeks. Despite their heartbreak, the determined couple continued on their quest for another baby.
Then, 20 months after they had begun trying, Christi fell pregnant again. However, their prior experiences had made the couple nervous. So when they attended their eight-week scan, they were understandably worried about what doctors might find.
However, their ultrasound was near perfect. And soon enough, it was time for the couple to return to the Rancho Springs Medical Center in California for their delivery. In October 2013, at the age of 42, Christi gave birth to her tenth son, Vaughn. At eight pounds six ounces, he was the couple’s second biggest newborn.
“Although I’ve been at Christi’s side for 16 births, I’m still blown away at welcoming new life into the world. It’s an amazing experience, I cry every time,” said Dave, according to the Daily Mail. “The labor seemed to go really well but Christi is so experienced she makes it look easier than it is.”
Although they were now bigger than most families could ever imagine, Christi and Dave had no intentions of stopping at 17 kids. “I feel really positive for the future,” said Christi. “I think if we try for an 18th baby I might not need any medication.”
And incredibly, she was right. In March 2015, Christi and Dave announced they were expecting another child. “[For] this baby we only used natural herbs,” she revealed on the family’s blog. “No prescription drugs were used, just herbs!”
In November 2015 Christi gave birth to her 18th child and eighth daughter. The Casons named the latest addition to their family Farryn. And the delivery made the Casons one of the largest families in the whole of America.
The family have since settled down in Indiana, where it’s more affordable for their massive brood. And although Christi and Dave have come under criticism for their large family, the pair have denied they’re addicted to having babies. “I don’t think I’m addicted to pregnancy. We just never felt that our family was complete,” said Christi, according to the Daily Mail.
It will come as no surprise, then, that the couple are currently trying for their 19th baby. And they don’t plan to stop there. “Twenty kids would be an amazing achievement,” said Christi. “I can’t imagine a time when I stop changing nappies.”