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Houston Quintuplets (PICTURE) Answer Prayers for Infertile Couple

Matilde Real-Mayorga holds her grandmother's hand. (KTVT Houston photo)

(CBS/KTVT) Quintuplets born Saturday afternoon in Houston are doing so well that doctors invited reporters and photographers into the neonatal intensive care unit on Tuesday to share the joy of an 8-year-old boy named Fernando.

He's the proud big brother of the three boys and two girls.

"I'm doing good," he said. "A happy day. A really happy day."

The happy day for his parents, Enrique and Veronica Real-Mayorga, arrived after just 29 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. Doctors say 28 weeks gestation is the average for quintuplets, so they were pleased with the health of the mom and the five babies.

"So far, so good," said Dr. Lara Friel, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Children's Memorial Hermann. "We're not going to know the full extent of it for quite some time."

Aaron was born first at 2 pounds, 15 ounces. Priscilla Sofia came next, followed by Matilde and Joel, who weighed the most at 3 pounds, 14 ounces. Isaac, at 2 pounds, 14 ounces, arrived last.

"All the prayers from my family and my family's church helped. For five years we were waiting. This is just a big blessing. Just a big blessing," Veronica said, with tears rolling down her face as she held Matilde in her arms.

Veronica said they were having trouble conceiving and turned to fertility drugs, but not in-vitro or artificial insemination.

But her husband and other family members didn't believe her when she announced she was carrying five babies.

She had to e-mail them a photograph of the ultrasound to convince her family the impending multiple births were a reality.

Doctors at Children's Memorial Hermann said the babies are as healthy as can be expected. They will stay in the hospital under constant care until they are each somewhere between 4 and 5 pounds.

That's the day big brother Fernando is waiting for. As soon as the quints are old enough, he plans to be their primary swimming and soccer coach. But he admitted he's also ready for his life to change forever.

"The best thing about being a big brother is having little brothers and sisters," he said.

Fernado said there aren't any bad parts about being a big brother, except maybe a few restless nights.

"They're gonna be loud and I won't be able to sleep," he said.

Doctors said the reality of having quintuplets will really hit the Real-Mayorga family in a few more months, when the five babies are healthy enough to go home.

Story contributed by KTVT, Houston.