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MEDIA RELEASE: Third set of twins from same family start primary one

  Rodger twins - Langbank Primary A mum who defied odds of 500,000 to one to give birth to three sets of twins is celebrating the milestone of the youngest starting school.

Twin girls Rowan and Isla Rodger made worldwide headlines on their arrival in 2013 and are the last of their siblings to start primary one at Langbank Primary School in Renfrewshire this week.

The girls, who turned five in May, are following in the footsteps of older brothers Lewis and Kyle, 19, born in 1998, and Finn and Jude, 17, born in 2001.

Mum Karen Rodger and her music promoter husband Colin, have three sets of non-identical twins and dance lecturer Karen, 47, said: "It is so emotional seeing the girls in their uniforms and off to start their school adventure. I was absolutely fine until one of my older boys Lewis said to me he thought I was going to cry when I was dropping them off. I insisted I wouldn't then he confessed that he cried too.

"I think we were all bubbling but the girls have been so excited to start school, I think because they know their brothers went here. "

Rodger twins - Langbank Primary 2  Lewis and Kyle are both at university while Finn and Jude are in their final year of Secondary school at Park Mains High in Erskine.

There is a history of multiple births in Karen's family with her maternal grandmother a twin, but she said: "It's totally random that we have had three sets. Many people assume we've had IVF treatment which we haven't.

"After four boys I never felt finished and when I hit 40 I thought 'it's now or never'. When I was pregnant for the third time it didn't cross my mind it'd be twins again. I had a scan at six weeks when Colin was away on business and he nearly fell off his chair when I told him. After the girls were born it all seems a bit blurry life was so hectic!"

The couple opted not to find out the sex of the babies and Karen added: "We didn't know what we were having, so when the girls were born and they pulled out Rowan, Colin and I looked at each other in genuine confusion. It took the consultant to tell us it was a girl.

"I'm a million times more relaxed with the girls and I think as a family of boys they brought us even closer together. I think the boys will be amazing dads and husbands as they were a great help when they were born and still babysit the girls.

"It's been an absolute joy but girls are definitely different to boys. They were negotiating with me aged three."

All the boys still also live at home and along with Karen and Colin, their phones are all synced to one planner so everyone knows where everyone else is.

Each member of the family also has their own colour coded towels.

Rodger family collect  Karen added: "Like everybody else I can be shattered and it can take its toll, but we just get in with it. The boys all are pretty self sufficient now.

"It's lovely to have another milestone like this and exciting times lie ahead."

Langbank Primary head teacher Simon Cundy said: "We are absolutely delighted to welcome the third set of twins from the Rodger family to the school. I know Rowan and Isla are very excited to be following their big brothers Lewis, Kyle, Finn and Jude.

"I'm pretty sure we must be the only school in the country which can make the claim to fame to have educated so many twins from the same family and we all wish the girls every success in the first steps of their school career."

 

Article published August 15, 2018

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