WITH two sets of twins to look after you might think that Karen Rodger had more than enough on her plate.
But the mother of four boys now has two more mouths to feed after giving birth to twin girls.
Mrs Rodger, 41, had her third set of twins last Wednesday and said she was “over the moon” to welcome the girls, called Rowan and Isla, into the family.
The odds of having a third set of twins were 500,000-1.
The girls, who are not identical, were delivered by Caesarean section at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Rowan arrived first at 11:21am weighing 5lb 8oz followed two minutes later by Isla weighing 6lbs.
The couple, from Langbank, in Renfrewshire, already have four boys, Lewis and Kyle who are 14, and Finn and Jude, 12.
Speaking about her surprise when she discovered she was pregnant with twins again, Mrs Rodger, who works as a dance lecturer, said: “I just could not believe it. It never crossed my mind that it would be twins again, I just thought that just doesn’t happen to people like me but I’m absolutely delighted.”
After she discovered she was carrying twins for the third time, during a six-week scan, she sent a text message with the news to her husband.
“He thought I was joking and immediately wrote back to say ‘this is not funny’ I had to explain that it really was true,” she said.
Mr and Mrs Rodger decided not to be told the sex of the babies before they were born and were delightfully surprised with girls.
“I still haven’t really taken it on board, because I was convinced I was having two boys.
“The girls are only a few days old so I’m still getting my head around the fact that there will be girls in the house to steal my sparkly shoes and my make-up.
“I’m absolutely over the moon it’s girls it’s definitely a good journey ahead.”
The pair decided to try for another baby after Mrs Rodger’s 40th birthday.
“After having Finn and Jude I didn’t feel that my family was complete, I don’t know why, but I did,” she explained.
“I turned 40 and I thought if I’m going to do it, I should do it now. I spoke to my husband and we both thought we’d quite like another one so that was it and one month later I was pregnant.”
Mrs Rodger says she is “excited” by a family of six children even though it means she needs a new car as her seven-seater people carrier won’t fit in all of her children and the pram.
The couple are also looking to convert the loft of their house into bedrooms for the eldest twins so that the girls can have their own room after sleeping in their parents’ room for a few months.
The first big test for Mrs Rodger will be in July when her husband, who is an events manager, will be away for most of the month working.
“It is daunting, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about it, but actually because the boys are a bit older it makes it a bit easier, they understand more and I’m going to need to take a lot of help from the boys, definitely.”
Mr Rodger described the arrival of Rowan and Isla as “life changing” and said that he was looking forward to raising daughters. “Boyfriends will be completely unacceptable,” he joked. “I think the girls are going to have five dads with the boys looking out for them too and it will be a frightening gauntlet for any boyfriend to run.”
Although daunted by the prospect of parenting six children, Mr Rodger said: “Karen is so great at being a mother and a wife that I’m sure we’ll get through it.”
Twins occur in about one in 65 pregnancies in the UK