“It will be a challenging task to impress Digna Carpio this Mother’s Day, as she is already a proud mother of six children, making it a remarkable feat to surprise her.”
“Digna Carpio experienced the joy of welcoming sextuplets in October, bringing six healthy babies into the world simultaneously, an extraordinary event worth celebrating.”
“Just spending time together and enjoying a calm and peaceful day with my children is sufficient,” shared Digna, a 31-year-old mother, in Spanish. She then chuckled and added, “However, achieving a state of ‘relaxation’ and ‘quiet’ has become quite challenging in this household.”
Digna and her husband, Victor, are adjusting to the bustling household with their six babies. Furthermore, the couple has an eight-year-old son named Jhan Carlos.
“Taking the six babies out can be challenging,” Digna expressed. “Yet, knowing that they are by my side, content and in good health, brings me the greatest joy.”
On a recent afternoon, the six babies were peacefully resting in their bassinets, arranged neatly in two rows in the family’s living room. Genesis wore a bright smile, eagerly anticipating feeding time, while Justin, typically calm, waited patiently. When Jaden began to cry, Joel, Jezreel, and Danelia soon followed suit.
“Each one is developing their own unique personality,” their mother remarked. “To others, they may appear identical, but I can already distinguish each one and know who is who.”
Digna and Victor openly acknowledge that their happiness has come at the cost of sacrifices. The mounting bills, including significant expenses like a $5,000 electricity bill, the cost of baby food, and the constant need for diapers, can be challenging to manage on Victor’s biweekly salary of $900 as a maintenance worker at the age of 35.
The Carpio sextuplets represent only the second instance of sextuplets born to a New York couple and are believed to be the first Hispanic sextuplets in the history of the United States.
The assistance of two nurses from the Visiting Nurses of New York greatly aids Digna and Victor in caring for their babies. However, once the nurses leave at 6 p.m., both parents understand that sleep will become a luxury they can’t afford.
“I don’t want to become overwhelmed,” Digna expressed. “I’m already contemplating the need for a van or a bus to transport them to school.”
Despite being aware that finances will remain tight for the foreseeable future, gazing at the adorable faces of their babies makes every sacrifice worthwhile.
“At times, I feel like I might lose my mind, but then I look at them. It’s an incredible feeling,” Digna shared. “It’s the most precious gift a mother could receive.”