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Family's joy at third set of twins

EMBARGOED UNTIL 0001 MONDAY JUNE 3 Mother Karen Rodger, who defied the odds by becoming pregnant with her third set of twins, is pictured holding her newborns Rowan (left) and Isla (right) at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 02, 2013. A mother who defied the odds by becoming pregnant with her third set of twins has given birth to girls. Karen Rodger, 41, and husband Colin, 44, from Langbank in Renfrewshire were
EMBARGOED UNTIL 0001 MONDAY JUNE 3 Mother Karen Rodger, who defied the odds by becoming pregnant with her third set of twins, is pictured holding her newborns Rowan (left) and Isla (right) at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 02, 2013. A mother who defied the odds by becoming pregnant with her third set of twins has given birth to girls. Karen Rodger, 41, and husband Colin, 44, from Langbank in Renfrewshire were "over the moon" to welcome Rowan and Isla into their family on Wednesday, May 29 at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. The couple already have four boys, Lewis and Kyle who are 14-years-old and Finn and Jude who are 12-years-old, and were told it was a 500,000-1 chance that Mrs Rodger's third pregnancy would be twins. See PA story HEALTH Twins. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Newborn twins Isla Rodger (left) and Rowan Rodger (right), with their brothers (left to right) Finn, Kyle, Lewis and Jude

A mother who defied the odds by becoming pregnant with her third set of twins has given birth to girls.

Karen Rodger, 41, and husband Colin, 44, from Langbank in Renfrewshire were "over the moon" to welcome Rowan and Isla into their family on Wednesday, May 29, at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

The girls, who are not identical, were delivered by caesarean section with Rowan arriving first at 11.21am weighing 5lbs 8oz followed two minutes later by Isla weighing 6lbs.

The couple already have four boys, Lewis and Kyle who are 14-years-old and Finn and Jude who are 12-years-old, and were told it was a 500,000-1 chance that Mrs Rodger's third pregnancy would be twins.

"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," said the dance lecturer.

She found out during a scan six weeks into the pregnancy and 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 know 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 more girls in the house, people 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."

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."

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