Dallas Mom Of Almost 1-Year-Old Quintuplets: ‘They’re Not Hard Work’

Brenda Raymundo, who’s been sharing her story on TikTok, is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a mom of quintuplets.

At the last house on a quiet west Oak Cliff street, 29-year-old Brenda Raymundo answers the front door. Inside, it’s anything but quiet: One baby slides across the wooden floor, another crawls under a coffee table, the third jumps up and down on a walker, the fourth is in Grandmother’s arms, and the fifth is in a playpen.

A year ago, Raymundo was expecting five babies in a high-risk pregnancy, cared for by doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital. When she got the news, she was perplexed — after undergoing fertility treatment, she was hoping for two, maybe three, but not five children. There have only been four births of quintuplets in Parkland’s history.

May 17, Amara, Humberto, Leilany, Antonio “Tony” and Alejandro “Alex” were born at 31 weeks. They spent a couple of weeks in an incubator, fed with their mother’s and other donors’ milk. Every day, Raymundo and her husband, Alejandro Ibarra, went to visit them. One by one, they took their babies home, the last one July 30. Since then, the Ibarras’ home has been a sweet mess.

“I really think they’re calm babies, they’re not hard work,” Raymundo said while one of her babies babbled and tried to wriggle into her arms.

Almost a year later, Raymundo continues to update the world on her children and her life as she celebrates her first Mother’s Day as a mom of quintuplets. When she got the news she would be a mother of five, she opened a TikTok account because she felt she would benefit from sharing her new life online.

Grandma to the rescue

Luckily, María Acosta, 49, Raymundo’s mother, helps her. Two of the babies sleep with her at night, the other three with Raymundo and her husband. All of the babies, except for Alex, fall asleep around 9 p.m. and wake up about 10 a.m.

“Yes, they get annoyed like any normal child, when they’re hungry or sleepy, but I expected it to be more work,” she said.

Sometimes in the afternoons, they all cry at the same time, and Raymundo knows exactly who is crying. One cries more hoarsely, another just screams, one more sounds like a “little lamb,” she said.

The Ibarras’ home is like a day care with two caregivers. There’s lullabies playing on a TV and the babies turn to listen when “Baby Shark” comes on in Spanish.

Life at home

Raymundo talks to her babies in Spanish because she said she knows that they will learn English as soon as they start school and that it will probably become their primary language. Raymundo and her husband’s families are both originally from Teocaltiche, in Jalisco, Mexico.

At around 2 p.m., the quints’ father, 28-year-old Alejandro, opens the front door. He’s dressed in a short-sleeve shirt, a hat, jeans and worn-out working boots. Baby Tony listens to him and crawls to the door as fast as he can, but misses him. He cries when Ibarra enters the bathroom.

“This is a beautiful experience that I never could have imagined,” Ibarra said. “It’s something very unexpected, and difficult, and it gets even harder.”

Ibarra is self-employed, buying and selling used cars and metal.


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