- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

HOUSTON (AP) — Shelley Breedlove used to tease her mother about not being able to tell her apart from an identical twin sister. Now, as a new mother, Mrs. Breedlove has her own identity crisis: identical quadruplets.

For now, though, the 24-year-old is feeling only exuberance over the four daughters who were born March 24 and conceived without fertility drugs.

“It is so exciting and unreal,” Mrs. Breedlove said. “I always said I would love to have twins, but I never thought I would.”

Mrs. Breedlove plans to mark the bottoms of her daughters’ feet with markers and paint their toenails. So far, lace ankle bracelets, with buttons in different shapes, have helped hospital workers and family members tell the babies apart.

The girls — Adelle, Bonnie, Chloe and Daphne — each weigh about 5 pounds and could be home with their parents and 15-month-old brother within the next week or so, said Dr. Jayne Finkowski-Rivera. The girls each weighed about 2 pounds at birth.

All had heart surgery and some suffered brain hemorrhages the first few days after birth, but doctors said they have recovered.

Yesterday, Mrs. Breedlove and her husband, Eric, got their first glimpse at a new five-bedroom home in which a local builder has agreed to let the family live free for a year. A Houston furniture-store owner said he will furnish the home.

“We feel so incredibly overwhelmed and grateful,” Mrs. Breedlove said. “We are just going to take it a day at a time, and that is really all you can do for the next 20 years.”

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