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23 Sep 13

They can’t be twins – they don’t look the same!

Most twins are fraternal, which means two eggs, two separate sacs – a little like ordinary siblings who happened to be conceived and born at the same time.  Yet, because identical twins are the ones that people notice, those folk who are slightly clueless about twins find it very hard to believe that somebody can be a twin and NOT look exactly the same.  My twin boys are fraternal. When they were new born I would deal with comments such as ‘How do you tell them apart?” with the smarty pants response, “Well, one is blond, the other is brunette.”  Those comments were usually made by people who think that ALL newsborns look the same.  One of the advantages in having fraternal twins is that you could dress them in identical clothes without the fear of people mixing them up! But as my twins grew, and their differences became more obvious […]

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20 Sep 13

How do you tell them apart?

The trouble with having identicals is that your very own kin – even close family – can’t tell them apart, and yet complete strangers will stand in the street and argue with you that they’re not identical. Fact is, you can’t say for sure whether twins are identical – even monochorionic ones (twins that share the same placenta, as mine did), unless you have a DNA test. However, the top consultant who delivered them inspected the placenta thoroughly and said he was 90% sure that they are. That’s good enough for me – after all, a DNA test costs around £100, and when you have two babies, you’re poor enough as it is! In the very early days, one had a heart-shaped face, the other a rounder, squatter face. One had slightly more hair. And it was darker. But very soon, the differences melted away. When I got my babies […]

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12 Aug 13

You’re having TWINS!!

LJ:  The best thing about parenting twins is also the worst thing about parenting twins – there are two of them.  It’s incredibly difficult having two babies when, like me, you’re a first time clueless mother who didn’t know what to do with one baby.  But I found myself actually feeling sorry for parents that only had one because twins are just so incredibly gorgeous! If you’re like me, you developed TWIN EGO from the moment you learnt you were expecting twins.  I’m not frightened to admit that I had an attitude from the day a sonographer told me, “Yes, you’re right! It’s twins”. I knew it.  My mother was told by a psychic many years ago that her daughter with long blond hair would have twin boys. The British psychic was ‘in hiding’ in West Australia in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death because the media were hounding her […]

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