Identical twin quadruplets were born in a Houston hospital on Valentine’s Day. Identical twin quadruplets are two sets of identical twins that develop in separate placenta. It is like having twins twice, but all born at the same time. The four boys were delivered at 31 weeks at The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston via an uncomplicated cesarean section.
According to a Houston Chronicle report on Feb. 18, 2013, the two sets of twins were born within minutes of each other.
“Ace and Blaine were born at 8:51 a.m. weighing 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Cash and Dylan were just one minute behind, born at 8:52 a.m. weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces, and 3 pounds, 6 ounces.”
It doesn’t take long to discover that the names of the identical twin quadruplets, Ace, Blaine, Cash, Dylan, are in alphabetical order.
The proud parents of the identical twin quadruplets, 36-year-old Tressa and 43-year-old Manuel Montalvo, did try “to stick to the A-B-C-D theme” when naming their four boys.
Tressa and Manuel did not take any fertility drugs or use in-vitro fertilization, which is usually the reason for multiple births nationwide.
Like most parents, the parents of the identical twin quadruplets were trying for just one baby as an addition to their already two-year-old son. When they thought that they were having twins, they felt doubly blessed. However, after a third heart beat was detected, they were referred to a doctor in Houston.
"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," said the proud father.
And the father of the identical has every reason to be proud. The odds of having identical twin quadruplets without any fertility drugs or the use of in-vitro fertilization is one in 70 million.
The Houston Chronicle reports that “According to The Woman's Hospital of Texas where the babies were born, the odds of such a birth naturally is one in 70 million.”
Tressa Montalvo, the mother of the identical twin quadruplets, grew up with six siblings herself and loved being part of a big family. She just never quite expected to have a big family of her own; especially not so big so fast.
Having grown up in a big family, Tressa knows that Ace, Blaine, Cash, and Dylan do not care about being a statistical phenomenon or a "one in 70 million" miracle but only about the love and the gentle touch that their parents give them while they rest comfortably in their beds.