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Robert and Rebecca Rodgers hold their 6-month-old quadruplets, from left, Abigail, Mia, Olivia and Julia. Behind them is the Rodgers' 4-year-old daughter, Baylee.

The Rodgers quadruplets were born six months ago, weighing only a few pounds each. Now the prematurely born girls are growing so fast their parents can hardly believe it.

“They’re wearing 12-month clothes now,” said proud mother Rebecca Rodgers as she and her husband Robert sat in their Shenango Township living room, surrounded by the babies and 4-year-old daughter Baylee.

Dressed alike in pink velvet track suits, Abigail, Mia, Olivia and Julia weigh between 15 and 17 pounds each. Olivia, who was born with an intestinal infection that was operated on when she was just a week old, is doing well and is now the biggest at 17 pounds.

The girls were born May 19 in Pittsburgh and have a clean bill of health, Mrs. Rodgers said. They have no health problems usually associated with premature babies, such as heart problems or underdeveloped lungs.

“Healthwise, it’s gone better than I expected,” she said.

What she didn’t expect was being treated like a celebrity family when going out in public. The quadruplets’ first outing was at a park in Segil, Pa., where the family was bombarded with all kinds of questions and comments.

“That was our first encounter with the general public. People were enthralled with the babies. It’s fun to watch their reactions,” Mrs. Rodgers said.

A routine checkup at the hospital where the girls were born turned into a mob scene. The family wanted to visit the staff who cared for the girls after their birth but didn’t even make it past the hospital’s lobby.

“People were taking pictures and it was a steady stream of people,” she said.

The family is still getting used to doing everything times four, including keeping the babies’ names straight, Rodgers said. The girls are slowly becoming easier to tell apart. Julia has chubby cheeks, Mia has the darkest hair, Abigail has the lightest hair and Olivia is the biggest.

Mrs. Rodgers and her husband have mastered the routine of feeding, changing and bathing the babies, which they said they couldn’t have done without outside help.

“We’re very fortunate with the help we received from family, friends and the West Middlesex Presbyterian Church. There’s no way to thank everyone,” she said.

The church collected diapers, wipes and other baby supplies for the family and has also been cooking them meals. Dorene Ward, a church deacon, has now become a family friend because she visits once a week to help care for the children.

Big sister Baylee also helps out by entertaining the babies when they’re cranky.

“They’re great. They’re cuties,” Baylee said as she made faces at Olivia, making her laugh.

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