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Meet The Carpio Family, Stars of TLC's 'Sextuplets Take New York'

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 2nd 2010 12:00PM
sextuplets_take_new_york_TLCCarpe diem means seize the day. For the family that's the focus of TLC's new reality show, 'Sextuplets Take New York,' that phrase could be changed to Carpio diem.

The Carpio family consists of two loving parents, one 10-year-old, and six 23-month-old babies. Each day is a challenge that they seize with love, understanding and determination to succeed.

'Sextuplets Take New York' premieres Sept. 14 at 10PM on TLC, and if it seems like it might be similar to 'Jon & Kate Plus Eight,' that's no coincidence. Both shows have the same producers.

Meet the Family

Victor and Digna Carpio are a married couple living in Queens, New York. They are a close-knit Hispanic family, devoted to their children. All nine of the Carpios share a modest home together, struggling to fit into the close quarters and make it on Victor's salary of $1,900 a month as a New York City housing maintenance worker.

The Babies' Story of Survival

The Carpio six were the first Latino sextuplets born in America. They arrived on Oct. 6, 2008 at 25 weeks gestation, weighing between 1-1/2 and 2 pounds. Because they were so small, they were given little chance for survival. The Carpios didn't tell the press about the births at first because they weren't sure if all the infants would live.

When the Carpio sextuplets were finally announced to the world, they were dubbed the 'six little miracles.' Digna Carpio told a reporter for the New York Daily News, "I've watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive. Life is beautiful, and we're so thankful." To help the Carpios, New York City Council member Tony Avella started a collection for baby supplies.

The six newborns, who'd been going by the labels Baby A, B, C, D, E, F, were given names. Danelia and Genesis are the girls; the boys are Jayden, Joel, Justin and Jazreel.

About the Show

Each of the eight episodes of 'Sextuplets Take New York' will follow the daily life of the Carpio family. There are 50 diapers to be changed, three meals to be prepared, homework and school to be attended to (for the 10-year-old), and six walking babies to be kept up with -- plus, the sextuplets will soon be talking. What's it like raising seven kids on a budget, plus staying healthy and active? The Carpios will show us.

The Carpios' Challenges

Each day is a new set of challenges for the Carpios. Aside from living in a small space with growing children on a very tight budget, the Carpio sextuplets still have some health concerns. What helps the family get by is their mutual love for each other and a strong sense of culture -- they love music, language and food, and all possess the ability to laugh. Plus, the extended Carpio family -- aunts, uncles, grandparents -- is present often.

For Digna, one of her top priorities after giving birth to six babies -- aside from caring for her seven children and her husband -- was getting back into shape. She was able to lose 30 pounds, and stays fit by going to the gym three days a week.

A Couple of Sneak Peeks

Take a look at the precocious Genesis as she stars in this clip with her Papa.

Here's another cute moment: little Joel unable to stay awake as he sits in his highchair surrounded by his siblings.

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All you ugly, pessimistic, sarcastic Americans cant ever say anything nice about anybody. If you cant think or say anything nice, keep your damn trap closed!! Life is a precious and beautiful thing, and all things happen for a reason!!! All you negative naysayers are non Christians and need God in your life. This family does not receive any govt help at all!! They are nice and decent people who did not plan this....no it alls!!! These babies are precious and gifts from our God. I love this show and hope they are getting money for their story and appearances. If you don't like....don't watch!! Is someone holding a gun to your head?? Maybe they should! Problem with America is the negativity, bullying and intolerance. I am sick of it, and ashamed to be an American!!!!!

October 26 2010 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

keep this wonderful show on. The parents are respectful of each other and great parents with lots of patience to those precious gifts. I can even let my kids watch this nice family oriented show. THey love each other and are a great inspiration to those struggling in these times, much less with 7 kids!! I hope they are getting paid well for their appearances and getting help. I would love to contact them. Keep them....TLC!!!!!! ALl my friends watch!!!

October 26 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow, all these people that are saying things about fertility, tv shows, blah, blah, blah, are all haters, yes that's right haters. If the show makes u sick then flip the channel dont go to a search engine and look for info on this family or waste ur time writing comments. now for those writing about exposing their kids for money, shut up, one needs to find ways to better the kids lifes. Also the person that was Writing nonsense about "this is America speak English", "how can people who dont understand spanish understandand" R U DUMB, put subtitles in ur TV and read it in ENGLISH u moron. And as far as Society not having money to support these people like that idiot on top said, if these people werent there society's money will still be used for some other stupid reason. worry about ur own damn money let other worry about theirs. who ever wants to give free money away for any reason thats their right. The one u should be talking about is that octomom, that one did it for all the reasons above and still got nothing which im happy for. wish i could comment about other stupid ass coments but cant, peace.

October 03 2010 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane Forcucci

I love the Carpio Family, if I lived close by I would love to help them also. They are a beautiful family that love their children and work very hard, I have three grown children and remember how much work it takes to care for them and also worring about the finances. I look forward to watching this new family show.

September 19 2010 at 5:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find it horrific that so many people refer to aborting babies with such a cold, matter-of-fact attitude. The problem is not with couples having the babies...it's expecting society to pay for them. If a couple makes the decision to undergo ART, they are well aware that there is a chance of multiple births. There is no surprise element involved. However, if they decide to go forward with artificial insemination when they know that there are many eggs that can be fertilized, then they should be ready to bear the costs involved. If they can't, they should stop the cycle or switch to IVF so that the eggs can be extracted and fertilized. This way, no more than 3 fertilized embryos could be implanted. Couples that can't afford it but that go forward anyway with the hopes that they can get a television series are in serious need of a priority check. And, the general public that is glued to these shoes should be more concerned with the welfare of their own families and less absorbed with the lives of total strangers.

September 06 2010 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow! most of you sound so ignorant..I'm pretty sure those children were conceived naturally..Hispanics don't usually have trouble getting pregnant. I'm sure if you watch the first episode it will be confirmed that it was all natural..But that's right you people won't believe it, unless it happens to someone you personally know..Everyone is always lying about something. Pathetic!! Sounds to me like you people are upset it cant be you getting paid to be on TV...Suck it up, or don't watch..Simple!!

September 05 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to nycme's comment

yeah we are all so ignorant. of course hispanics do not have any problems conceiving. what other sterotypes do you want to suggest about hispanics? how about that they live beyond their means by having multiple children with the finances to pay for that. is that as stereotype as you have for saying that they have no problems getting pregnent? a genius thought by you. thank you.

September 05 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, let's have another show celebrating very large families, we need more people on the planet that already can't support the ones on it now.

September 05 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

good god, another (un)reality show with snot nosed babies...

give us a break, networks!! what about some intelligent or at least entertaining shows??

September 05 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think if any of us are praying people we should be praying TLC doesn't ruin the lives of these people like they did with Jon and Kate. The Gosslins started out sincere and normal. They didn't really expect that many babies but Kate just couldn't bring herself to "kill off" any she was carrying. Her choice.Probably the same with these people. But with the fame and the council from the TLC staff Jon and Kate lost their innocence. It's all history from there. Now here we go again. It looks to me like these people started out innocent enough and got caught up in the "how do we let them kill off our babies". Now they have a huge family and low salary and a friend or relative called TLC. BINGO! First Hispanic Family? Well, TLC has another chance at TV rating and this poor family has no clue what they are getting into.

September 05 2010 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerard Roberts

So were going to see another family break-up. To be honest this kind of show is really not good for the children. They are to young and will have demands put on them that are very unfair. When will this kind of madness stop.

September 05 2010 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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