Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tony's Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving Day, Tony ran in his first 5k! There's a big tradition (I think it's nationwide) called the Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving morning every year. In ours, there were at least a thousand people who ran.

Of course, I had to show support for Daddy from Hadley and Leila! I made "Team Daddy" shirts that they wore, although we had to take the picture before we left the house since we bundled them up.

The temperature was a cozy 15 degrees when we arrived at the start, which was one of several reasons that I didn't envy him a bit. My sister, my brother-in-law, and my nephew also competed, so several members our our family came to support them. My mom even made signs for us to hold!

Can I be honest, and tell you that I was near tears twice during the race? First, they played "Chariots of Fire" when the race started. That was all it took for me to act like a blubbering fool. Then, when I saw Tony coming toward the finish, I was so proud that the misty eyes started up again. He beat his personal best, of course. Ah, I love that guy and the things he accomplishes. Not to mention my other family members and their incredible finishes as well!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Like Father, Like Daughter

Even though the twins are "identical", Hadley has always reminded me more of Tony, and Leila has always reminded me more of a couple of my nieces. Proof: a picture of Tony that I stumbled across today. I think I've seen that smile before...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Viral Videos

The girls and I have been sick with colds this week. Nothing life-threatening, but I don't like it when the sickness hits mommy, of course! We're hoping that it stays away from Tony -- he's running his first 5K on Thanksgiving morning! Go, Tony, go! You'll definitely see pictures from that; we're so proud!

Anyway, for our sick day, I thought I'd share a couple of videos from the last few weeks. (Get it? Viral videos, and we're sick?)






Saturday, November 13, 2010

Post a Caption VII

It's been four months since I posted one of these!
Go ahead ... give it your best shot. :)
(Hadley / Leila)


Friday, November 12, 2010

On Having Identicals

(Hadley/Leila)

"We spent the last 17 months talking about how similar they are for fraternals, and now we've switched to talking about how different they are for identicals!"

Those are the words I've been thinking and saying for the last 6 days. Tony and I are still letting it sink in. We're thinking about things like,
will people be able to tell them apart when they're adults? Will we have to tell their teachers what color each girl is wearing every morning when we take them to school? Should we try to get them into commercials or movies?

Just kidding on that last one. :)

Tony mentioned that, if somebody had told us before we got pregnant that we had a 1 in 10,000 chance of having identical twins who didn't share anything in the womb, we would have assumed that it would never happen! We're living proof that sometimes, you hit the jackpot.

Speaking of being "lucky", we're thanking God for His hand in our pregnancy. In a high percentage of identical twin pregnancies, the twins share a placenta or a sac, or both. This usually leads to one twin taking more nutrition than the other, causing extremely premature delivery, and sometimes even death. Considering that I had a risky pregnancy and premature delivery anyway, I'm so thankful that our girls were able to grow healthily and independently inside me for as long as they did.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Results: Identical or Fraternal?

I cannot tell you how pumped I was this morning when the DNA results arrived! I refused to open them until I got Tony on the phone, and of course he couldn't call me back for about half an hour ... that was painful for me. :)

So, according to you, my faithful blog readers, 51.3% think that the girls are identical, and 48.7% think that they are fraternal. It was a close race the whole time! Our house was split, too -- Tony thought that they were fraternal, while I thought that they were identical.

The test has revealed that they are ....

IDENTICAL!

Crazy, huh? Statistically speaking, monozygotic twins who didn't share either a placenta or a sac make up 0.01% of the world's population. That's how unique my girls are.

A few other things: identical twinning is not proven to be genetic. It's random, nobody knows what causes it, and it's occurrence is not affected by fertility drugs. Having identicals also means that our chances of having another set of twins is extremely unlikely. If they were fraternal, our chances would be 1 in 12 (or slightly higher, depending on who you ask). Now that we know they're identical, our chances are 1 in 70,000. I don't know if that makes me happy or sad. :)

Also, "identical" twins is kind of a misnomer, as they don't share 100% of the same DNA. Scientists have discovered "variations", both genetic and environmental, which explains why "identical" twins don't always look exactly alike. The scientific world uses the word "monozygotic" instead of "identical" now.

I was going to post a couple of videos for you, but it's a busy day and I'm too excited to wait for them to upload. I promise I'll share again soon. So, what was your vote? Are you surprised?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Blog Changes

I just changed some "behind the scenes" stuff on the blog, so please let me know if you notice any difference so that I can fix it. Thanks!

P.S. We went out to breakfast at a sit-down restaurant with the same college friend last week ... SUCCESSFULLY! I think we redeemed ourselves. :)

P.P.S. We haven't heard the results of the DNA test yet, but I'm hoping it will be in the next few days.

P.P.P.S. Did you think I would leave you without pictures? Here are some from our first attempt at coloring recently. (Hadley/Leila)