'It's not easy but great': World's only nonuplets celebrate 1st birthday

Halima Cissé and her husband, Abdelkader Arby, welcomed their Guinness World Record-breaking nine bundles of joy May 4, 2021.

The four boys and five girls, who were born at just 30 weeks, are still in the clinic where they were born in Morocco.

Cissé, now 26, was transferred there from her home in Mali shortly before their birth.

Arby stayed behind with their 3-year-old daughter, Souda, before joining them in October.

Doctors initially believed she was only having seven children.

"So, you can imagine our surprise when we discovered nine of them during the birth," said Casablanca Ain Borja Clinic's Dr. Youssef Alaoui.

Luckily this didn't faze us, since we have one of the largest neonatal resuscitation services in Morocco.

Our teams were ready to welcome these children into the world and able to treat them in the best conditions.

Arby and Cissé held a small birthday party for daughters: Kadidia, Fatouma, Hawa, Adama, and Oumou, and sons: Mohammed VI, Oumar, Elhadji, and Bah.

"Nothing is better than the first year," Arby said. "We will remember this great moment we are going to experience."

Another cause for celebration is the fact that the babies are reaching some major developmental milestones.