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.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Not to put the pressure on or anything, but being identical as they are, I would think that baby books would be even more important - so you can document their differences even at a very young age, and they can look back and see that you appreciated the differences. I'd imagine girls, more than boys, being really interested in their baby book when they're grown.