Colin and Karen Rodger’s couple needed a nine-seat VW Transporter to get around. Karen plans her meals a month in advance and organizes a shower. Colin Rodger thinks his ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ wife is joking. She just ᴘᴜʟʟᴇᴅ his leg. Already a mother of twins, she went to the doctor for the first time during her third ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ and sent him the results with a text: “There are two!”
“I think she’s having the biggest windfall she’s ever been in,” Colin said. But it is true. Colin and Karen Rodger defied ᴏᴅᴅs of half a million to become the parents of three sets of ɴᴏɴ-ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ twins, all conceived naturally. There are two groups of boys: Lewis and Kyle, 14, plus Finn and Jude, 12. And now there are two 5-month-old girls: Isla and Rowan. Hanging on their kitchen wall is a sign that reads “We are a normal family”.
But that’s not how the world reacted. Now, they can’t go anywhere without someone ʙʟᴏᴄᴋɪɴɢ their way. Karen, 42, said: “Some people’s reactions were ʜɪʟᴀʀɪᴏᴜs. Colin, 44, says: “A shopping trip is a mission in itself. Family life is run with military precision. Karen plans her meals a month in advance and organizes a shower. A giant planner in the kitchen helps keep track of where everyone is. And in a further attempt to control the chaos, each boy has been assigned a color.
Colin said: “Kyle’s green, Lewis blue, Finn is yellow and Jude is red. Their towels, toothbrushes and robes all match their colors. “Honestly, that gives us more than them,” he admitted. “When we found a towel on the bathroom floor, we didn’t know whose it was. So now if there’s a green sᴄᴀʀꜰ, I know who to go to immediately. There is a method in the madness. “It’s definitely not the family life the parents ᴇɴᴠɪsɪᴏɴᴇᴅ when they got married 16 years ago.
They were delighted to have twins 15 months later, and when Lewis and Kyle were just over a year old, they decided to try for another baby to avoid the huge age gap. “We didn’t want our youngest child to feel left out,” explains Karen. She quickly became ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ and couldn’t believe it when the ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ results revealed another set of twins. We had the same sonographer as in my first ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ and hers was sᴛᴏʟᴇɴ as well,” Karen said.
“I started laughing and I think Colin almost passed out.” Finn and Jude arrived in May 2001 and since Colin’s work as an event manager often kept him away from home in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, they hired a nanny to help with their four children under the age of two. Karen said: “She was an absolute ʙʟᴇssɪɴɢ for us. “She’s also called Karen so we have Mummy Karen and Nanny Karen.”
At the time, the family’s Vauxhall Corsa was exchanged for a seven-seat Safira. Karen says: “Like the kids, I had to stuff two double puffs in my boots. “I’m worried where all the shopping is going.” When the youngest boys went to kindergarten, Karen returned to work as a dance instructor at Stow College in Glasgow. The couple thought the family was complete, but nearly ten years later, Karen changed her mind.
“When I turned 40, I thought, ‘I feel unfulfilled’?” she explained. Colin didn’t really care at first. “He was worried that we were going to have another set of twins and I told him not to be silly,” Karen added. “There’s no way that could happen…” She was worried she wouldn’t be able to have more children at her age, but a month later she was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. Then, a few weeks later, she feared she would ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀʏ and ran to the hospital for a scan.
“Colin had a big meeting at work so I told him not to come because he had a lot of people relying on him,” she recalls. “Everything was fine but there was a big sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇ in the store. When the girl said there were two bags, I was sᴘᴇᴇᴄʜʟᴇss. When Colin understood that Karen wasn’t joking, neither of them wanted to tell the news to their four sons. “We don’t know how they will react,” Karen said. “Colin lost the game and he has to do it.”
In fact, the boys all had different reactions. Colin revealed: “Kyle was screened and started laughing. Lewis said, “Oh my God, I can’t believe you two had sᴇx. All my friends will know you had sᴇx. Kyle suddenly stopped laughing and asked if he ever entered his own room. “Finn was on the moon and Jude said he’s happy because it means he won’t be the family kid anymore.”
As Karen’s ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ continued, the doctors remained baffled by the coincidence. “The only example they could give us was a tribe in Aꜰʀɪᴄᴀ that gave birth to a lot of twins,” says Colin. They eat yams which have a very high estrogen content, and it is unusual for them to have children alone.” Medics now think that Karen has “sticky” eggs that stick together, so more than one is released at a time.
This increases the chances of having non-identical twins, this Happy when two separate eggs were fertilized. Rowan and Isla were born by ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ in May at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. For the first two pregnancies, Karen and Colin didn’t want to know their gender in advance. Colin recalls: “When the doctor pulled out the first one, I thought something was wrong.
“It took me about 15 seconds to realize it was because it was a girl. I’m happy for Karen because even though she won’t admit it, she really wants a daughter.” Now the boys have started calling their mother “The Ark”. Karen explains: “I asked them why and they said because the animals were following two!” Now, she marvels at how much her sons have grown since their sisters arrived.
There is no nanny at this time and the boys often help change ᴅɪᴀᴘᴇʀs. “There is definitely a team approach,” says Colin. Someone joked one day that they had turned into little dads and that’s what they became. As long as we follow the procedures that’s great. I wake up in the morning and do a little ɪʀᴏɴɪɴɢ before getting the kids up. It was to put Karen to sleep and also so we didn’t have to end up with a big mountain of laundry.
The eldest brothers sometimes change beds with Colin to let Karen and the babies sleep better. “Daddy’s snoring keeps them awake,” young Lewis explained. “Me or Kyle will go to bed with them. They are calmer now so they don’t cry as much anymore. Karen says that despite all the practical difficulties, she feels blessed to have three sets of twins.
She said: “I think they joined our crazy chaotic life pretty well. They are an absolute pleasure to have in the house. Those are the little joys. I cannot imagine our life without them. But both are adamant that they will not have any more children. Karen says: No need, we’re done. “We tied a big pink bow on it!”
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