Karen Rodgeris the woman who just can’t stop having twins.
She’s expecting her THIRD set at the end of May. And that makes the 41-year-old a mum in half-a-million.
Those are the odds against her triple bundles of joy. She already has 14-year-olds Lewis and Kyle and 11-year-olds Finn and Jude.
But after more than a decade Karen is thrilled to be pregnant again, telling The Sunday Post: “I just never felt like I was finished.”
Karen’s double delights started with Lewis and Kyle back in November, 1998.
“I’d forgotten my gran on my mum’s side was a twin so it was a total shock when the scan showed two babies.
“I had pre-eclampsia so they were delivered by emergency Caesarean section.
“I’d been told they might struggle to breathe as they were seven weeks early. But when I heard Lewis crying heartily I knew all would be well.
“When I held the two of them I’d never felt love like that in my whole life.”
The Langbank mum’s instant family-of-two was soon to double.
When the boys were just eighteen months old, Karen found out she was expecting again.
“People had joked saying it’d be funny if it was twins again but I thought that’d be like winning the lottery twice,” she smiles.
“It was the same lady at Paisley Maternity doing the 12-week scan and when she said she could see two, I just laughed.
“When she said: ‘No, you really are having another set of twins,’ I was in total shock. My husband Colin actually did pass out briefly.
“We just sat staring at each other and thought: ‘Here we go again’.
“The first time I sat with all four boys with me on the hospital bed was just amazing.”
The boys, also non-identical twins, were born in May, 2001, and having four kids under the age of three left Karen exhausted.
“Colin and I used to open the fridge and see a nice bottle of wine now all we saw was bottles of baby milk.”
Karen says every move was planned with military precision.
“Every time I went to Tesco you’d have thought we were going on holiday to the south of France,” she laughs.
“We had to get a seven-seater car but even that was full with double prams, buggies, nappies, changes of clothes and everything else. People assumed I worked in a nursery.”
Now, more than a decade on, Karen is set to bring up two babies once more.
“When I turned 40 last year I wanted to try for another child although I knew I might be disappointed because of my age,” says dance lecturer Karen.
“I love being a mum and I never felt finished. But I could never have imagined it’d be twins again.
“I had the same severe morning sickness as the Duchess of Cambridge and was so ill the boys were really worried.
“I told them it wasn’t something awful, just that they were having little brothers or sisters.
“People have said to me that I tried again because I wanted a girl but that’s honestly not the case.
“I just want that baby joy again.”
Karen, who’s due at the end of May, has a hunch she’ll be hunting for boys’ clothes and toys.
“I love family life and I like the thought of having lots of people round my dinner table as I get old.
“Now I’m going to have that, and all at the double.”
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