Patty Hernandez, 39, continued her family tradition by calling her children names beginning with the letter “C”. Now the couple trying for their 17th child, with the couple already considering names for the baby.
Patty Hernandez, 40, from Charlotte, North Carolina, US, is confident she will ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ again because she is ‘really fertile’. The mother has handed all 16 of her children names beginning with the letter ‘C’ in honour of their 39-year-old dad Carlos. And the couple plans to continue the tradition with their next baby. Patty said: “We are trying for baby number 17. We are doing God’s will and our prayer to him is to extend our family more if he wants to. We always wanted a big family but never thought God would bless us this much. I know I can ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ (again) as I am really fertile and trust God. We are thinking of naming the child Carter if he is a boy and Clair if she is is a girl.”
Patty has spent the last decade pregnant, giving birth to 16 babies since 2008. She gave birth to her 16th child, Clayton, in May last year. She said the pregnancy was her toughest yet but described the birth as a ‘blessing from God’, adding that she was open to having more children at the time. The mum revealed she and her husband had struggled to think up a new name beginning with ‘C’ before Clayton was born.
She said : “We couldn’t figure out a name and then Clayton just popped into my head. All the kids have names beginning with ‘C’ and we wanted to keep that going. My husband is called Carlos…it’s a tribute to him. God has blessed us with all these kids, I know some people don’t agree and there are nasty comments online but for us, it’s a big blessing. I never thought I would have a big family until I started having babies. Then I thought ‘this is cool, why not?’ It’s really fun. If God wants us to have another child we will have another one.”
The mum was 40 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to Clayton – her longest pregnancy yet. Patty said:” All my other births have been before 38 weeks. He just didn’t want to come out.” Patty said most of the nurses at the hospital recognised her when she went in for the delivery. She said: “They were like ‘you were here last year, we see you every year.'” Patty and her husband currently spend an eye-watering £650 on food for their children every fortnight, however, she stressed they do not receive any Government support. The couple earns enough from their cleaning business to pay their bills – and they hope their eldest, Carlos Jr, will soon be able to help out at the family firm. The couple, who have never used ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴇᴘᴛɪᴏɴ, also have three sets of twins, Carla and Caitlyn, Calvin and Catherine, and Caleb and Caroline. The remaining eight children are Christopher, Cristian, Celeste, Cristina, Carol, Camilla, Charlotte and Crystal.