A set of new parents are adjusting to life with sextuplets, welcoming the babies after trying to conceive for 17 years.

Three girls and three boys were born at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center on May 11 to Nigerian couple Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo. According to VCU, the babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

According to WTVR, the couple didn’t know they were expecting six babies until they arrived at VCU.

“I was excited,” said Adeboye. “For the very first time we were expecting.”

Doctors say all six babies are thriving.

“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” said Dr. Ronald Ramus, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU Medical Center. “It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets.”

The babies’ arrival was remarkable, given statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, of the 4 million live births in the United States in 2015, only 24 were quintuplets or higher.

After 17 years of trying, couple welcomes jaw-dropping number of babies

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