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post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 

anyone want to start a chat for life with our infant twins?

the first year of life is amazing regardless of how many there are, but so much more when there are two or three!

 

there seems to be a lot of questions that are small "is this normal" or "what would you do" i know i often dont ask a question because it seems to small for a whole thread. So lets ask them here!

 

feel free to introduce yourself

 

  • Babies Birthday (gestational age at birth)
  • What number babies they are for you
  • Sexes
  • Mono or Di
  • and please share on thing that has really pleasantly surprised you so far with them

 

Katie063008 babygirl.gifbabyboy.gif June '10 @37w2d di/di

StacyAnn babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif June '10 39.5w di/di Born on different days!

mauri456 babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif Born Oct '10 @39w6d di/di possibly ID

SashaBreeze babyboy.gifbabyboy.gif Born Oct '10 35w Mono/di

budwana birth babyboy.gifbabyboy.gif Born Oct '10 36w Mono/Di

KellyTTC#1 babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif Born Nov '10 37.5w di/di

annettemarie babygirl.gifbabyboy.gif Born Nov '10 @38w1d di/di

~Adorkable~babygirl.gifbabyboy.gif Born Dec '10 @36w0d di/di

mamalovex3 babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif Born Jan '11 @38w2d Mono/di

ladydodson babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif Born Feb '11 37w1&2d di/di Born on different days!

mylilmonkeys babygirl.gifbabygirl.gif Born Mar '11 38w3d di/di


Edited by ~Adorkable~ - 3/31/11 at 9:37pm
post #2 of 40
Thread Starter 

My babies were born Dec 27th at 36w 0d

they are my 1st and 2nd and most likely my only children

Older little Girl and younger bigger Boy

Dizogotic (unless they are half twins, have you heard of this?!!!)

 

 

pleasantly surprised so far by how well they sleep thru their siblings noise! it seem like nothing one does will ever wake the other, really lucky, wonder if that is normal? hope it lasts!

post #3 of 40

my girls will be five months on thursday!!!   they were born at 39.6 weeks.  

 

they are numbers 2 & 3...what a jump from one!!! :)

 

two girls.....di/di but prolly ID...they look alike but i havent done the dna test... it's more fun to guess

 

they are very peaceful babies.   my older dd had colic and was just gassy and fussy her first six months.   i thought all babies were like that.  these babies are very calm... it is still insanity with two infants!

 

i can't believe how fast this is going.  i am so stinking tired but i keep telling myself that things are gonna get better!   they have in a way... it is easier than the newborn days...lol!!

post #4 of 40

Great idea :)  I don't know if my babies are still considered "infants" but I would still like to participate!  I read here often, but don't post/reply very much because I so rarely have two hands free to type!  However, this seems like such a great supportive little community of moms... I love that people can share their concerns/problems/etc. without judgment.  I think that moms of multiples totally understand that we cannot be perfect parents and are all just trying to do the best we can under challenging circumstances!

 

Anyways, I am Stacy and I have 3 kids:  a son who is 4, and twin daughters that are 9 months.  They were born at about 39 1/2 weeks and were big babies (8 lbs and 9 lbs 2 oz).  They were born at home and on two different days, which is kind of fun.  They are di/di and have VERY different personalities and appearances (at least to me).  One was colicky at birth (which was a nightmare), but is now the world's most happy-go-lucky baby.  The other was so mellow at birth, but is now a more high needs baby. 

 

I've been pleasantly surprised by how well they play independently now at 9 months.  Maybe because I can't always be there immediately to meet their every need (which I hate, but it is a fact of life with multiples), they have learned to be a bit more independent than my first child, who always needed me to be within arm's reach and could not sit and play by himself for more than a few minutes until he was about 3.  My girls can sit and play with their toys for a good 15 minutes now, which is a lifesaver when I need to do dishes, cooking, etc.

 

And I agree with the previous poster... going from 1 child to 3 children felt like a HUGE change!  I can only imagine that going from no kids to 2 kids is equally shocking!

 

 

post #5 of 40
Hola!

* Babies Birthday (gestational age at birth): 38 weeks, 1 day 11/23/10
* What number babies they are for you: 5 sand 6
* Sexes: One of each
* Mono or Di: Di, obviously. I had a nurse ask if they were identical. I said yes, her penis is just like his. eyesroll.gif
* and please share on thing that has really pleasantly surprised you so far with them: They have such wonderfully different personalities. You can see it in just about every picture-- Matthew is my "mellow fellow" and Ms. Molly is super serious.

500
post #6 of 40

Hi,

 

I also went from one child to three.  DD1 was 11 days shy of two when the twins were born. So, to answer the questons

  • 37 wks 2 days at birth
  • babies 2 and 3
  • boy and girl
  • Di/Di (no guess work, but a surprising amount of people ask me if they're identical.  I usually say, well they're boy girl so no...)
  • I am surprised at how well they play together and also at how well my older daughter plays with them.  If I'm cooking or busy and one baby cries DD1 will bring him/her a toy or sit on the floor and play to keep them amused.  It's so sweet.
post #7 of 40

Hello ladies, I just wanted to tell you all "Way to go!"  I am preggo with twins right now (24 weeks) and when I get really overwhelmed at the thought of caring for them on the outside I love to read your stories and advice to each other.  You give me hope that I can get through it and enjoy the babies while doing it. 

post #8 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by star8kitten View Post

When I get really overwhelmed at the thought of caring for them on the outside I love to read your stories and advice to each other.  You give me hope that I can get through it and enjoy the babies while doing it. 


That's just the kind of thing these forums are great for. Sometimes knowing that you are not the only one is just what we all need!
post #9 of 40
  • my babes are 10 weeks today, born at 38w2d
  • they are numbers 2 and 3, I have an older son who is 9
  • two beautiful girlies
  • mono/di - two sacs, one placenta but I don't think they are identical
  • my favourite moment so far was seeing them "see" each other for the first time.  they just got each other smiling and laughing - it was truly precious!

  •  
post #10 of 40

■ 10-13-10 (born at 35 weeks)

■ babies number 6 and 7 for us 

■ both boys 

■Mono/Di

 

 

The first month was heartbreaking, the next month at home was a nightmare, but then after that it has honestly been a pleasure.  So far we have been very blessed that both the boys are very laid back fellows.

 

0319110225a.jpg

snapped this last night, they often sleep like this.love.gif

post #11 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamalovex3 View Post

  • my babes are 10 weeks today, born at 38w2d
  • they are numbers 2 and 3, I have an older son who is 9
  • two beautiful girlies
  • mono/di - two sacs, one placenta but I don't think they are identical
  • my favourite moment so far was seeing them "see" each other for the first time.  they just got each other smiling and laughing - it was truly precious!

  •  

Do you think there was two placentas that fused? Cause if there was just one, I think they have to identical?



Question for folks? At what age did your twins discover each other in a real way? Mine are 12 weeks, 8weeks adjusted and they look at the other one from time to time but no real achknowlgment yet, i really look forward to that.
post #12 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Adorkable~ View Post

Do you think there was two placentas that fused? Cause if there was just one, I think they have to identical?



Question for folks? At what age did your twins discover each other in a real way? Mine are 12 weeks, 8weeks adjusted and they look at the other one from time to time but no real achknowlgment yet, i really look forward to that.


 

I know, I've heard the same thing.  While I was pregnant, we saw one huge placenta and a thin membrane between the two.  After they were born, they said there was one placenta but I just don't think the girls look alike.  To be fair, one has a full head of hair and the other is a baldy, and there's about a 2 lb difference between them...but I still think they look different. 

 

To answer your other question, mine first smiled at each other last week - like really looked at each other and made each other smile.  Most of the time they are completely unaware of each other though.  I'm the same as you - I can't wait until they really are aware of each other!
 

 

post #13 of 40

Their birthday was 3-3-2011.  They are number 7 & 8.  Both girls, but di/di.  They look very different.  Lucy has dark hair and round face, Lily is blond with more delicate features.  

 

I love watching my husband with them.  Usually I do all the newborn care, not because he wouldn't but just because it's easy to do when you AP a singleton.  With twins, I can't attend to both all the time.  It's too sweet to watch him curl up with a baby at night, when I'm nursing the other.  I've compromised by getting a pack of sposies for his ease, but he's done a few diapers with pins, too.  And it's pretty cute to wake up from a nap and find him with a babe in each arm while he sits and plays a video game. LOL  Now, if I could just get him to establish his own milk supply, he'd be about perfect!

 

ETA: I forgot to say they were born at 38w3d.


Edited by mylilmonkeys - 3/23/11 at 8:49am
post #14 of 40

Hi!

 

My girls (di/di) are 4.5 months and were born at 37.5 weeks (babies 1 and 2 for us).

 

My girls looked at each other early on but didn't really acknowledge each other until 4 months old when they started smiling and squealing at each other.  Now they roll over and look at each other in the morning... they are in separate cribs beside each other.  I find it is getting easier all the time or at least that is what I have convinced myself.  I think I'm figuring things out and they are too!

post #15 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Adorkable~ View Post

anyone want to start a chat for life with our infant twins?

the first year of life is amazing regardless of how many there are, but so much more when there are two or three!

 

there seems to be a lot of questions that are small "is this normal" or "what would you do" i know i often dont ask a question because it seems to small for a whole thread. So lets ask them here!

 

feel free to introduce yourself

 

  • Babies Birthday (gestational age at birth)
  • What number babies they are for you
  • Sexes
  • Mono or Di
  • and please share on thing that has really pleasantly surprised you so far with them


our girls were born 2/14 and 2/15, two hours apart (10:05p and 12:20a), they were 37wks1 and 2 days

they are our 4th and 5th children, our 3rd and 4th girls

both girls :)

di/di

now they are only 5wks old, but im pleased to say they aren't as hard as i thought. it could be because ive had babies already and have just been in baby mode for four years straight...and i have a good bit of help...but im not as insane as i'd expected...though, there is certainly still time. :)

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Adorkable~ View Post

My babies were born Dec 27th at 36w 0d

they are my 1st and 2nd and most likely my only children

Older little Girl and younger bigger Boy

Dizogotic (unless they are half twins, have you heard of this?!!!)

 

 

pleasantly surprised so far by how well they sleep thru their siblings noise! it seem like nothing one does will ever wake the other, really lucky, wonder if that is normal? hope it lasts!



the twins dont typically wake one another, but my toddler can sure scream loud enough to get them stirring...they wake her up sometimes too...



Quote:
Originally Posted by mauri456 View Post

my girls will be five months on thursday!!!   they were born at 39.6 weeks.  

 

they are numbers 2 & 3...what a jump from one!!! :)

 

two girls.....di/di but prolly ID...they look alike but i havent done the dna test... it's more fun to guess

 

they are very peaceful babies.   my older dd had colic and was just gassy and fussy her first six months.   i thought all babies were like that.  these babies are very calm... it is still insanity with two infants!

 

i can't believe how fast this is going.  i am so stinking tired but i keep telling myself that things are gonna get better!   they have in a way... it is easier than the newborn days...lol!!


my girls both have different temperaments, though one isnt colicky, she is definitely easier to piss off...the other is very mellow and observant...ive wondered often if they'd change later on...

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by StacyAnn View Post

Great idea :)  I don't know if my babies are still considered "infants" but I would still like to participate!  I read here often, but don't post/reply very much because I so rarely have two hands free to type!  However, this seems like such a great supportive little community of moms... I love that people can share their concerns/problems/etc. without judgment.  I think that moms of multiples totally understand that we cannot be perfect parents and are all just trying to do the best we can under challenging circumstances!

 

Anyways, I am Stacy and I have 3 kids:  a son who is 4, and twin daughters that are 9 months.  They were born at about 39 1/2 weeks and were big babies (8 lbs and 9 lbs 2 oz).  They were born at home and on two different days, which is kind of fun.  They are di/di and have VERY different personalities and appearances (at least to me).  One was colicky at birth (which was a nightmare), but is now the world's most happy-go-lucky baby.  The other was so mellow at birth, but is now a more high needs baby. 

 

I've been pleasantly surprised by how well they play independently now at 9 months.  Maybe because I can't always be there immediately to meet their every need (which I hate, but it is a fact of life with multiples), they have learned to be a bit more independent than my first child, who always needed me to be within arm's reach and could not sit and play by himself for more than a few minutes until he was about 3.  My girls can sit and play with their toys for a good 15 minutes now, which is a lifesaver when I need to do dishes, cooking, etc.

 

And I agree with the previous poster... going from 1 child to 3 children felt like a HUGE change!  I can only imagine that going from no kids to 2 kids is equally shocking!

 

 



my girls were also home birthed and have different bdays and wow! they were big girls!



Quote:
Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post

Hola!

* Babies Birthday (gestational age at birth): 38 weeks, 1 day 11/23/10
* What number babies they are for you: 5 sand 6
* Sexes: One of each
* Mono or Di: Di, obviously. I had a nurse ask if they were identical. I said yes, her penis is just like his. eyesroll.gif
* and please share on thing that has really pleasantly surprised you so far with them: They have such wonderfully different personalities. You can see it in just about every picture-- Matthew is my "mellow fellow" and Ms. Molly is super serious.

500


cute!



Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie063008 View Post

Hi,

 

I also went from one child to three.  DD1 was 11 days shy of two when the twins were born. So, to answer the questons

  • 37 wks 2 days at birth
  • babies 2 and 3
  • boy and girl
  • Di/Di (no guess work, but a surprising amount of people ask me if they're identical.  I usually say, well they're boy girl so no...)
  • I am surprised at how well they play together and also at how well my older daughter plays with them.  If I'm cooking or busy and one baby cries DD1 will bring him/her a toy or sit on the floor and play to keep them amused.  It's so sweet.


i cant wait til the babies are big enough to trust my toddlers near them while i do something else!

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by star8kitten View Post

Hello ladies, I just wanted to tell you all "Way to go!"  I am preggo with twins right now (24 weeks) and when I get really overwhelmed at the thought of caring for them on the outside I love to read your stories and advice to each other.  You give me hope that I can get through it and enjoy the babies while doing it. 



i remember reading only horror stories and getting very anxious. this board and the one at twinstuff.com have some really positive members tho...i think the key is not letting it get ahead of you (the anxiety), there is no way to really know what it will be like down the road, so why waste your pregnancy in worry? and then when they're here, the same thing...one hour/day/week/month at a time. if you look too far ahead, it can really get sticky...haha.



Quote:
Originally Posted by mamalovex3 View Post

  • my babes are 10 weeks today, born at 38w2d
  • they are numbers 2 and 3, I have an older son who is 9
  • two beautiful girlies
  • mono/di - two sacs, one placenta but I don't think they are identical
  • my favourite moment so far was seeing them "see" each other for the first time.  they just got each other smiling and laughing - it was truly precious!

  •  


oh yay! i cant wait til they do that!

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by SashaBreeze View Post

■ 10-13-10 (born at 35 weeks)

■ babies number 6 and 7 for us 

■ both boys 

■Mono/Di

 

 

The first month was heartbreaking, the next month at home was a nightmare, but then after that it has honestly been a pleasure.  So far we have been very blessed that both the boys are very laid back fellows.

 

0319110225a.jpg

snapped this last night, they often sleep like this.love.gif



 

so sweet. mine are swaddled at night mostly, but they i do have them very close in their co sleeper and then next to me as they wake up.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by mylilmonkeys View Post

Their birthday was 3-3-2011.  They are number 7 & 8.  Both girls, but di/di.  They look very different.  Lucy has dark hair and round face, Lily is blond with more delicate features.  

 

I love watching my husband with them.  Usually I do all the newborn care, not because he wouldn't but just because it's easy to do when you AP a singleton.  With twins, I can't attend to both all the time.  It's too sweet to watch him curl up with a baby at night, when I'm nursing the other.  I've compromised by getting a pack of sposies for his ease, but he's done a few diapers with pins, too.  And it's pretty cute to wake up from a nap and find him with a babe in each arm while he sits and plays a video game. LOL  Now, if I could just get him to establish his own milk supply, he'd be about perfect!

 

ETA: I forgot to say they were born at 38w3d.



yay! i didnt know they were here! congrats! and how sweet about your hubs. :)

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by KellyTTC#1 View Post

Hi!

 

My girls (di/di) are 4.5 months and were born at 37.5 weeks (babies 1 and 2 for us).

 

My girls looked at each other early on but didn't really acknowledge each other until 4 months old when they started smiling and squealing at each other.  Now they roll over and look at each other in the morning... they are in separate cribs beside each other.  I find it is getting easier all the time or at least that is what I have convinced myself.  I think I'm figuring things out and they are too!


very positive to think about life getting easier all the time. :)

 

post #16 of 40
SashaBreeze, that picture is sooooo sweet. I've tried to co-sleep my two, but they just end up beating each other up or-- my favorite-- one tries to latch on to the other's head. And yay for you on cloth diapers! I'll admit I'm only CDing about 1/3-1/2 of the time.

My sweet babies are 4 months old today!! They don't really acknowledge one another yet. I'm looking forward to when they do.
post #17 of 40
Has anyone else noticed significant gaps in development? Molly has been putting weight on her feet and superstrong forever, and Matthew is just so laid back. He's so floppy compared to Molly! And neither one is rolling yet. Well, Molly did last night but she hasn't repeated. They both seem to be early achievers in the teeth-getting department though,.
post #18 of 40

love the photos!  A bunch of cuties!!

 

Here's my 2 girls (4 months old)

H&CMarch12-2.jpg

 

 

AnnetteMarie: My girls are so different and have had there own personalities from the beginning.  I try my best not to do too much comparing because I think it makes me overanalyze things~~there is such a range in timelines for development.  With that being said, one always weight bears and the other does not (when are they supposed to be able to do that by?).  They both roll over although my smaller girl does more often.

 

Adorkable: my girls wake each other only if they had already started to stir or they are not in a deep sleep (so during the day they wake each other up but not so much at night time).

 

mauri456 : I would really enjoy some sleep too!

 

StacyAnn: 9 months sounds like a nice age.  My girls really enjoy the activity mat so I can put them on it for 30 min to an hour and they have a great time.

 

mamalovex3: I loved the moment when they saw each other too! 

 

mylilmonkeys: I wish my husband had a milk supply too!  sounds like your DH is being really supportive!

 

katie: that is so nice that your daughter is being such a great big sister!

 

sashabreeze: very cute photo.  My girls were hanging out holding hands yesterday... love that.  My girls sleep in separate cribs beside each other because they kept thrashing around in their sleep and scratching each other and pulling each others hair.

 

ladydodson: twins born on different days... how fun!  glad you're making out well so far!

 

star8kitten: you'll enjoy the babies for sure... it's all what you make of it!  just don't put too much pressure on yourself worrying about it... you'll figure out how to make it work.

 

post #19 of 40

i have a question...rowan (baby a) was born a full lb lighter than lennox (baby b) and then got jaundiced. lennox was a lot sleepier than ro from birth, and i was feeding ro a lot more due to the jaundice, so she gained quicker...then they started to even out and weigh the same...since lex seemed to be gaining slower, i made a point to feed her longer/more often than i was since she was sleeping a lot. they both have great diaper output...that said, rowan seems to weigh MORE than lennox now...

 

has anyone's twins gained at different rates? my gut says that its normal, but there's also the fact that rowan is a lot more HERE than lex...she's physically stronger (has been lifting her head since birth and is already trying to roll over at just 1 mo. old) and seems more alert/present than lex...

post #20 of 40
Sounds like my babies-- Baby A (Matthew) was born first and was about a pound lighter and still is, at four months.
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