The four little girls had on black patent-leather Mary Jane shoes when they arrived at the Martin Luther King Jr. Early Head Start program this week. Their brother had on a brown model.
Make no mistake. They are the Davis quintuplets: JaMir, the eldest and the lone boy, and his sisters, Si'ani, NaRae, Jade and Rayne. At birth, each weighed between 2 and 3 pounds. Now 2 1/2 years old, their weights range between 21 and 28 pounds.
All smiles and happy energy, they were making Easter baskets at the King Center, at Rutland Avenue near Lanvale Street.
The quints were born at University of Maryland Medical Center in September 2005.
"They are completely different people," said their 24-year-old mother, Jennell Dickens, who had been a University of Maryland emergency department administrative assistant, but is now a full-time mother.
Noval Davis, 28, the father of the five, is also a full-time caregiver. He gave up his job at an electrical wire warehouse to help with the family chores.
"They are each smart and pick up on things quickly," their mother said. "They love the outdoors and play on the porch or in the playground."
After the babies were born, the parents decided to move near Jennell's mother, Florlyn Beasley. Noval's mother, Betty Davis, is also nearby - so both grandmothers help out, too. Also lending a hand are two aunts, Sharita Dickens and Nerissa Pace.
The family has received no commercial endorsements, but an anonymous donor gave Jennell a van to transport the children.
"It's got perfect seating: three in the very back and two in the middle and two adults in the front," she said.
The children are now dealing with potty training. Some have made it - others are still learning.