Two sets of identical twins born at once to Houston couple

February 19, 2013 7:47:54 AM PST
A Houston family is growing. They now have four baby boys, but they weren't expecting so many.

They'd originally planned for one child, but then got the surprise of their lives, and they're ready to see what happens next.

It's like winning the lottery of love. Tressa and Manuel Montalvo are going to be rich the rest of their lives. They planned on one baby, but when they went to a specialist last year, they got a shock.

"He was quick to say right away 'you have four.' And I just couldn't believe it," Tressa said. "If I wouldn't have already been on the table, I would have been on the floor."

They've added four boys -- two sets of identical twins. All were delivered Valentine's Day by C-section at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

Doctors say the odds of having two sets of twins from different placentas is about one in 70 million. Tressa had to be extremely careful with her pregnancy

"A lot of patients with high-order multiples are in the hospital for long periods of time, but she stayed compliant with bed rest at home. I think this was quite a feat for her," said Dr. Brian Kirshon, a maternal fetal medicine specialist.

The Montalvos say they didn't take any fertility drugs. They just wanted a sibling for their two-year-old son, Memphis. They say the four new additions will be some work.

"I'm excited. I'm ready for the challenge," Manuel said. "It's preparing the house now. I was preparing for one, now it's four."

The newborns are in the hospital and are expected to go home in a couple of months. The Montalvos named them following the A-B-C-D model.

"We just started thinking originality still and something different," Tressa said. "So we're going with Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan."

The Montalvos say the four boys may not be their last baby. They say they'd like to have a little girl, but they'll make that decision after a few years.

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