DULUTH (AP) -- When Vicki Tobolaski and Steven Beasley welcomed twins Dustin and Destini to the world on New Year's Day 2001, Dustin was the first baby of the year born in Duluth.
Little did the family know then that the twins would be joined by another set of twins less than 10 months later.
On Oct. 21, Toby and Tiffani were born, joining Dustin and Destini and big sisters Kati, 5, and Brittany, 3.
"I cried," said Tobolaski, 23, recalling her first reaction to finding out she was again carrying twins.
Since October, the new twins, older twins, big sisters, and mom and dad have settled into as routine a life as might be expected. But it's a rigor that includes more than 25 bottles of formula each day, countless diapers and endless passing of babies from one parent to the next.
"People see us in the store with all this formula and they look at us like we're crazy," Beasley said. He has an early morning newspaper route so he can be home days with the children. On a good day he gets four or five hours of sleep, he said.
"There's no way I could do it without Steven, but I guess I wouldn't have this many kids without Steven either," Tobolaski said and laughed.
Tobolaski works at Diamond Brands in Cloquet, where she makes wood products such as matches and toothpicks. She works an alternating cycle of day, swing and graveyard shifts. Between work and family, the young couple are "always on the run," Tobolaski said.
"I don't really nap," she said.
For the most part, the family's Duluth apartment was calm during a recent visit by a Duluth news Tribune reporter.
Three-year-old Brittany was crying because she wanted the same Grinch movie her sister Kati got for Christmas and Beasley was explaining why they didn't need two of the same movie. Some of the twins were napping.
Big sister Kati, 5, was watching the Grinch video but paused to ask her mom: "Why did we wish for so many babies?"
It's not an easy question for Tobolaski.
"That's how we explained it to them," she said. "We say we wished for them."
"You never thought about so much crying," Kati said, before turning back to the Grinch.
That Tobolaski had twins twice in one year is pretty remarkable, especially because it happened without fertility drugs, said Kevin Haroian, administrative director for the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The center has been studying twins and their families for 20 years.
"I don't know anybody that's ever happened to before," said Dr. Michael LaBerge, an obstetrician with St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System.
LaBerge, who has practiced in Duluth for 16 years, delivered Tobolaski's second set of twins.
Usually moms that have fraternal twins have twins in their family or ancestry. "It's a genetic thing," Haroian said.
Sure enough, Vicki Tobolaski's mom is a twin and so is her grandmother. That might explain two sets of twins in one year, Haroian said.
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