Mom Gives Birth to Two Sets of Identical Twins — On the Same Day!

Photo: Veer / The Bump
Photo: Veer / The Bump

If you thought you were dreaming as you read the title of this article, you are not. I repeat: you’re not! This. Is. Real. (And also really amazing!)

A Texas woman gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys on Valentine’s Day. That’s right: a one-in-70-million chance came true. (I hope she played the lotto that day, too!) The four brothers were delivered at 31 weeks to one proud (and lucky!) mama, Tress Montalvo, via C-section at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.

And for those of you wondering if fertility drugs were used, the answer is a firm “no.” Both Tressa and her husband, Manuel Montalvo Jr., were just hoping for a little brother or sister for their 2-year-old son, Memphis. (Not to state the obvious here — but it looks like they got four times as lucky!)

The gushing mama said (via a press release from The Woman’s Hopsital of Texas), “We planned the pregnancy — I guess we just succeeded a little too much!”
At her 10 week check-up, her physician told her she was having twins. At the next appointment, the doctor heard another heartbeat. It wasn’t until later that the doctors confirmed to the parents that they were having four babies; two sets of twins — not quadruplets! Doctors were able to confirm that one set of her twin boys shared a placenta while the other two twin boys shared another placenta.

Now, for the shocking statistics: according The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, the odds of delivery two sets of naturally occurring identical twins falls at just about 1-in-70 million. (I know, crazy!)

Ace and Blaine were born at 8:51 a.m. on Valentine’s Day. The first set of twins welcomed two more brothers, Cash and Dylan, just a minute later. All of the babies weighed in between 2 and 3 pounds. As for baby naming inspiration, mom said, “We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them. We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.”

But here’s another fact that will surely knock you off your feet. The proud 5-time papa, Manuel, said they’re not done expanding their brood. Even though big brother Memphis will have four baby brothers to play with and look after, daddy still wants a daughter. Aw!

*Note: the babies picture above are not the Montalvo babies.

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