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1 in 70 Million Odds: Mom Gives Birth to Two Sets of Identical Twins in One Day

By Monica Bielanko |

babyTressa and Manuel Montalvo say they were just trying to give thier son a little sister.

Instead the little boy ended up with four little brothers.

As ABC News reports, Tressa, 36, gave birth to two sets of identical twins last week in Texas. Ace and Blaine shared one placenta and Cash and Dylan shared another.

“We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them,” Montalvo said in the statement. “We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.”

“No fertility drugs were used,” Tressa tells The Houston Chronicle. “We planned the pregnancy ― I guess we just succeeded a little too much.”

The couple initially thought they were having twins but a doctor detected a third heartbeat. A specialist later found the fourth heartbeat. The Montalvo boys were born on Valentine’s day via C-section at 31 weeks along. They all weighed in around 3 pounds. And, get this… The Montalvos aren’t done yet. They’re still gonna try for that little girl they want.

According to Dr. Alan Penzias, the odds of delivering two sets of identical twins are one in 70 million. But, while it’s rare it isn’t unheard of. According to ABC, in 2011, Miranda and Josh Crawford of Charlotte, N.C. gave birth to identical twin girls and identical twin boys after undergoing in-vitro fertilization. And in 2002, Christina Tetrick was pregnant with two sets of identical twin boys, just like the Montalvos.

Oh boy(s). The Montalvos better wait a couple years before trying for that little girl. That’s a whole lotta boy to deal with.

Photo credit: ehow.com

You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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