Nine miracle children who hold a Guinness World Record celebrated their first birthday on May 4, and their proud papa said they're all crawling and in perfect health!

Born on May 4 at 30 weeks in Moroocco, the babies' parents Halima Cissé and Abdelkader Arby told BBC Afrique that they're all crawling and sitting up and some are even walking if they hold on to something.

Their family is from Mali, but the parents delivered the babies in Morocco for more specialized care. They arrived at 30 weeks, a near miracle for that many babies, and are still under the care of the clinic as preemies. Still, the four boys and five girls are thriving, their health team says, and their parents couldn't be more thankful or proud of the babies: daughters Kadidia, Fatouma, Hawa, Adama and Oumou as well as sons Mohammed VI, Oumar, Elhadji and Bah.

Dad Arby said of course taking care of nine babies was tiring but when they think about how fortunate they are for the health of their children, the exhaustion fades. The babies joined big sister Souda, and dad says while life with 10 is not easy, it's great.

Cissé, now 26, was transferred to a clinic in Morocco shortly before her babies' birth, Dr. Fanta Siby, Mali's minister of health and social development, announced in a statement last year. When they were transferred, doctors believed she was carrying only seven babies. They were all surprised when doctors discovered there were TWO more babies being born. Thankfully, they were in one of the largest NICUs in Moroccos and the team there was able to welcome them into the world and treat them.

Arby wasn't at the delivery as he was in Mali caring for Souda, but they joined them last October and have been together since.

Their birthday marked the Guinness World Records announcement that they were the most number of children delivered at a single birth to survive. The previous record was held by Octomom Nadya Suleman.

Obviously, nontuplets are extremely rare and before their arrival and survival, no cases had been known where the babies lived for more than a few hours.

Happy Birthday to them!

IMAGE: Saloum Arby/BBC