Like many couples hoping to expand their family, 36-year-old Tressa Montalvo and her husband, 43-year-old Manuel Montalvo, Jr., were surprised to find they were having twins at a routine 10-week check up. That initial surprise instantly doubled when her doctor detected a third heartbeat at a subsequent visit and informed the couple they would be having four babies, not just two.
“We couldn’t have been more surprised when Dr. Kirshon told us we were having four babies and that they were two sets of twins,” Manuel laughed. “We were trying for one little brother or sister for our two-and-a-half year old son, Memphis.”
"We planned the pregnancy―I guess we just succeeded a little too much,” Tressa said in a press release from The Women's Hospital of Texas, where she delivered the babies via cesarean section with no complications.
What makes this story even more unbelievable is that the couple conceived all four babies naturally, without the help of any fertility drugs. Add to that the odds of conceiving and delivering two sets of naturally occurring identical twins is somewhere in the range of 1 in 70 million and it becomes a truly awesome situation.
The four boys,--Ace, Blaine, Cash, and Dylan--were born at 31 weeks within moments of each other and range in weight from 2 lbs., 15 oz. to 3 lbs., 15 oz.
“We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them,” said Tressa. “We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.”