My two P’s are supposed to be identical. We found at our 12 week scan that we were expecting twins and the sonographer couldn’t be certain, but as pretty confident that they were identical. Why you ask – here comes the science!
Identical Twins are known as monozygotic twins. This is where a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm – then splits exactly in half, creating two identical DNA sharing babies. They share the same blood type – and are the same sex. Now you may laugh at this, but the amount of my twitter friends with boy/girl twins who get asked if their twins are identical is crazy. For easy reference – NO. One has a willy & the other doesn’t, OK? Lets move on.
Identical twins usually are in their own sac yet share a placenta. Our original sonographer also presumed they were ID as there was one free floating membrane that separated our two babies – this, along with the single placenta, is usually the way that they tell if they’re identical. The hospital usually sex the babies too to be sure, but we had this done privately as I was too impatient!
None scientists – you can look back now.
Anyhow, identical twins! How on earth was I ever going to tell them apart? Googling ID twins was no use as all I got was images of Jedward and bloody hell they really are identical. Many people suggested painting a toenail, but I thought I’d wait and see. Surely a Mom can tell, right?? Luckily, P1 was 6lb and P2 was 7lb1 and the weight difference really helped. And despite switching from biggest to littlest – there has always been a good weight difference between them.
|Now THAT’S what I call identical. And a bit scary.
But I have to admit that even in the cross over period I’ve never really thought that they were impossible to tell apart. Granted there have been moments where I wasn’t sure but they never lasted more than a few minutes.
When the girls were born, the Doctor who delivered them said I had a mahoosive placenta weighing around 2kg which apparently is 4 times the average size? It was only later it made me wonder – could it possibly have fused? The only way to be completed sure is to have a private DNA test (apparently Jeremy Kyle isn’t interested if they’re identical… The git) but I don’t know if I would ever do it.
In my head they are identical twins and it may feel a tad weird if it comes back that they aren’t. Not because I’d be disappointed in any way but because that’s what we’ve always thought. Maybe one day if they really want to find out – but for now. I just love seeing how different yet the same they really are!
Regardless of anything, I feel so so lucky to have had such a stress free birth and had such healthy twins with no health problems.
|Can you tell which is which?
Credits – source of photo @planetjedward
It was Charlie’s school picnic today. It sounded such a lovely idea – bring along your blankets and we will all sit in the sun with your children and friends LOVELY! Then after there’d be a show put on for them inside and then you can toddle off home early. sounded such a lovely afternoon. WRONG. Complete and utter chaos.
Now I’m in no shape or form claiming to be an expert parent (did you not READ my bad mums club post?! but I’d like to think that at a family event I would keep an eye my son. Surely not much to ask? Obviously it is. After being swarmed by children on the loose who were interested in my babies, one of whom tried to pick Phoebe up and almost strangled her in the process, we were then treated to a mass game of football happening right alongside us. This resulted in a football almost being kicked squarely across our picnic and nearly smacking my friends 2 year old in the face. Both incidents I hasten to add – at no time did we see any parents try to intervene or tell their children to stop. Lovely. I would be utterly mortified if Charlie was on the loose almost taking out a 2 year old but as always, it’s left to other parents to parent. How can they just let their little darlings run amuck whilst they sit on their arses gossiping? I had two 13 month old twins & still managed to keep Charlie in check. Am I from a different planet or what? It was only when (finally) a teacher intervened and took the football away that we could mildly relax without thinking we were under fire from testosterone fuelled stinking school boys. I guess I am.
It’s the same story at most soft play areas I have been to. One that particularly sticks in my mind was when there was a kid no older than 18 months roaming around completely on their own to the point of me & my friend actually thinking there was no one with her. She then started absolutely howling (probably to do with the fact her nappy absolutely honked and stunk the whole place out) and howling that we literally had to go and ask people if she was theirs. It was only that the woman and her mate looked up from being sprawled across the sofas drinking coffee that she gave somewhat of a sigh and plonked the girl next to her on the sofa & started feeding her crisps. Delightful Why are people so keen to just leave their kids to it & them just being there so it appears is enough? Today I was getting really quite annoyed with the persistence of the little girl who almost inadvertently strangled my child – but when I stop and think. It’s actually her parents (or lack of) that I should be annoyed at. I’ve come to the conclusion – I really don’t like many other children and I like their good for nothing lazy parents even less!!
I was lucky enough to be sent a complimentary bottle of InfaCare Night-Time Baby Bath from the lovely folks @infacarebaby and it’s a winner with us!
It comes in a huge 750ml bottle which is perfect for me with my twins! The bottle is a squeezy one – again a winner with me who hates waiting to tip out the last dregs of the bubble bath when it’s nearing the end
The product itself smells absolutely gorgeous! I have quite a fussy nose so some bubble baths seem too extreme for me but this smells so good I could eat it!! (I won’t – obvs!!)
The bottle bubbles up really well giving longevity too as there’s nothing worse than after a couple of minutes they all evaporate.
As for the girls – when they came out the bath again they smell good enough to eat but not overpoweringly so. I was pleasantly surprised that it left their skin feeling soft too. A mandatory (and inevitable) part of bath time when bathing twins together is splashing and I’m happy to report no sore stinging red eyes.
I definitely think that we have had our heads turned and at £2.99 for a huge bottle why not?!
DISCLAIMER – whilst I was sent this complimentary bottle free of charge all views & words are my own and have been done specifically for my blog. Thank you.
Ill be the first to admit I was absolutely as dreading weaning as it was a sign my girls are growing up far too fast. However as they are now 7 months we are underway – I am just loving it!!
I had a bit of a panic after doing the age old reading a parent book & saw that they were saying by 7 months babies should be having 3 meals a day – I panicked. Then took to Twitter where I was reassured by lots of lovely tweeps and picked up the mantra of “food is for fun, until they are one”
I also got lots of great tips & food advice so armed with that knowledge and confidence I started to relax & have really started to enjoy it. And for identical twins these girls are far from it!!
P2 seems to love the sweeter foods – fruit especially plums are her favourite. Whereas P1 when we started (and up until a few days ago) was really not enjoying it. You’d only put something NEAR her mouth and she would be recoiling in horror with a twisted face. However after Sunday’s roast dinner, we seemed to have had a mini breakthrough & she’s more accepting to try foods but she is definitely more of a savoury fan.
With my son, BLW was not one of the buzz words so he was fed via a spoon! I am veering more towards a wholly BLW approach however I still feed them certain things on a spoon.
The more Tangier fruits seem to be preferred over your apple & banana. Weetabix (dry and wet) were also a massive favourite. This morning we have had cheese & spinach omelettes with kiwi, mango & melon slices to try afterwards
If anyone has any tips / recipes please let me know. We are wanting to try lots of new things & having fun doing so!!
I woke up on Tuesday 11th December 2012 praying my little monkey in my belly was ok (not to mention feeling awful and so so poorly sick)
Dragged myself down to the hospital and lay across DH as we waited to be called into the scan room. When we were I apologised as I hadn’t got a full bladder as I could barely keep a sip of water down. They agreed to try to scan me so on the bed I hopped.
Many people have asked if I knew I was having twins or any inkling – the truthful answer is NO. I thought in the back of my mind it was possibly a girl as the pregnancy was the total opposite to Charlie’s.
Hearing the line “there’s baby. And there’s the other baby” will never ever ever ever seem real to me. That instant my heart grew bigger and my life changed in a way I never thought possible. Twins. TWINS!!
So I went to bed on Tuesday 11th December 2012 hugging my tummy knowing there were two monkeys in there. Two beautiful special little monkey chops who I still cannot believe are safe, well and MINE!!