A mum has lifted the lid on life with 16 children – and slammed critics who think she’s “ignorant”.
Charity founder Lyette Reback, 44, from Florida, has 10 daughters and six sons between the ages of two and 22 with her husband of 24 years, estate agent David Reback, 49.
She gave birth to her first baby Daly Kay at 21 and has since had 12 more biological children, including latest addition Vaughn, two – as well as adopting four others.
The kids are girls Ryli, 20, Bliss, 19, Kemper, 17, Glory, 15, Trinity, 13, Liberty, 11, Sojourner, eight, Victory, six and Verity, four, and boys Courson, 12, Judson, 10, Shepherd, 10, Ransom, eight and Stone, five.
It means Lyette has spent ten years of her life pregnant – gaining and shedding 600lbs in baby weight and going through labour – without a single C-section – a dozen times.
Amazingly the busy mum even home-schools her brood and ferries them to 88 different sports practices a week.
Lyette said: “If I had known then that by the time I was 40 I would have 16 kids I would have thought it was crazy.
“If the number of children we have comes up in conversation or people see us out and they don’t know our family, they are like, ‘holy mackerel’.
“At first when there were four or five little girls it was, ‘Oh my gosh, you are crazy, how are you doing that?’ “People would joke or say things like, ‘Don’t you have a TV in your bedroom?’.
“Obviously, these remarks were either out of incredulity or they proposed my ignorance, but I am not stupid.