AN exhausted couple with five children shared an adorable snap of their quadruplets cuddled up in bed as they celebrated their third birthday in isolation.
Carla and Paul Crozier, from Essex, were determined to give the four girls a proper birthday bash – even if that meant partying behind closed doors.
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Big sister Darcie, six, was on hand to help her frazzled parents by keeping Isla, Demi, Alyse and Milla entertained at their home in Grays.
But despite the sweet snap of the four girls, who are two sets of identical twins, snuggled up in their pajamas, Carla warned that looks can be deceiving.
"They fight over anything," she told the Sunday Mirror.
"If one sits too close, they'll whack each other."
The 70million to one foursome celebrated their third year chomping on cake in the garden.
The mum-of-five said: "I made cake and we played games. Thank goodness we have a garden. Seeing my babies at three makes me so proud."
Carla and Paul tried for five years to get pregnant before Darcie was born in 2013 – after a third and final round of NHS-funded IVF.
Wanting siblings for Darcie, the pair spent their savings on self-funded rounds of fertility treatment – which to their suprise bought them not one baby, but four.
The family tragically suffered two miscarriages before the quads arrived.
After discovering they were about to be parents to not one but four babies, Paul, who works as a builder extended the couple's home and built a playroom for the five girls.
Carla now advises charity Multiple Milestones, which supports parents of triplets and quadruplets.
Talking of her work, she said: "It can be lonely and overwhelming, but reaching out can help."
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She revealed that some nights the couple only manage two hours of sleep per night if one of the girls is poorly or teething, adding: "I get teary – then I remind myself of what I've got."
Parents across the country and having to get imaginative with the ways to keep kids occupied during coronavirus lockdown.
One crafty mum complied a list of fun activities to do around the house and after writing them all on a piece of cardboard she cut them up and placed them all inside a small bag.
The idea is for each child to pull out a fun activity each day, in which the whole family can be a part of.
Among the activities included are some arts and crafts projects including painting, making a crown or making sock puppets as well as some other fun activities that involve baking cookies or having a tea party.
Sharing her brilliant idea with other desperate parents on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, the mum wrote: "Cheap idea to keep them busy while they are off. Pick one each day. The simple things we already do but more fun and most of these things cost nothing or very little to do."
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