They’re growing bigger every day – and now the Clark quads from Rotherham have reached another milestone after starting nursery.
Darcy, Caroline, Elisha and Alexis are the centre of attention at Busy Bees, which is based in the grounds of Rotherham Hospital.
Proud parents Justin and Christine, from Brinsworth, said their 14-month-old daughters had been given a warm welcome by staff.
Justin, a lorry driver, said: “The girls all really enjoyed the first half day at the nursery and it will be so exciting when they start there full-time.
“We’re trying not to think about the toddler years! They were good as gold, as we knew they would be.
“These girls were 10 weeks premature and so any milestone for them is huge for us. We are just so proud,” he said.
Nursery manager Helen Smith said: “We’re really happy to be welcoming these gorgeous sisters at the nursery.”
The quads made medical history when they were all born from the same embryo, weighing just 10 pounds in total when they were born in Sheffield’s Jessop Hospital.
Justin and Christine had been trying for a baby for nine years before having success through their first round of IVF, the couple having suffered three miscarriages.
Justin said: “It was a very emotional time for us as we’d been trying for nine years to have one child and had no luck.”
Having four children from one embryo was estimated by fertility experts as a one in two million chance.
Christine, a staff nurse, said: “When we found out we were having four babies, I just couldn’t believe it. I was speechless and, to be honest, I didn’t believe it until I saw them for myself.”