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post #21 of 26
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Also, I've read (I think in Reader's Digest) very recently that some people actually have a handicap where they can't distinguish people - and that handicap is on a spectrum, so some people can usually get by but still have trouble in certain situations, like twins that look like siblings but are the same age. Since hardly anyone has heard of this handicap I would imagine most people aren't even aware they have it, just find it hard to identify people in everyday situations.
I'm not a twin mom...I just happened to see this post, so I read it. But, I honestly think I have the aforementioned handicap. I do have difficulty telling people (especially children) apart, when I first meet them. I have a friend who has 2 daughters that are seventeen months apart. They both have long blond hair are are about the same height, but other than that, really don't look alike at all. However, it took me seeing this family at least 10 times, before I was able to distinguish the two kids...and seeing them from more of a distance, still confuses me. . I also have difficulty telling apart boys that have similar hairstyles and and hair colors.

I am absolutely terribly at seeing family resemblences...I never SEE that someone looks like someone else. And, honestly...all babies look alike to me, except for major differences like different races or different hair colors/amounts, etc.


It is very true that people differentiate people by age, then gender, then race, then hair color/style. And, if two people are very similar in those things..then I might have difficulty telling them apart.
post #22 of 26
I belong to another twin message board, where people are allowed to post pictures in their signatures. I'll tell you, there is a LOT of monozygotic denial there! People with OBVIOUSLY MZ/ID twins will tell you "But they look so different to me!" This even after a DNA test. :

So, some of you might want to consider.... maybe they ARE identical / monozygotic? : If you have same sex twins, and they have the same blood type, it really might be possible.
post #23 of 26
Yes, I've actually had people say, "oh, they must be identical, they look alike"... Hmmm.... Yeah.... No they dont, and... They are a BOY AND A GIRL!!!!!
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by MaryJaneLouise View Post
I belong to another twin message board, where people are allowed to post pictures in their signatures. I'll tell you, there is a LOT of monozygotic denial there! People with OBVIOUSLY MZ/ID twins will tell you "But they look so different to me!" This even after a DNA test. :

So, some of you might want to consider.... maybe they ARE identical / monozygotic? : If you have same sex twins, and they have the same blood type, it really might be possible.
Yes I agree that some people are in denial. When I was pregnant with my girls I was wondering if they were going to look alike and the doc said they were most likely fraternal with a small chance of being identical. now that they are here and are a few months old, they look sooo different that if anyone said they look alike or ask if they are identical is just making conversation. My girls dont even look related....they have completely different looks and of course different personalities....
post #25 of 26
Coming into this late, but this happened to me just yesterday. My twins really really don't look alike. I just don't get it.


That said, 3happygirls, I can't always tell your girls apart. :
post #26 of 26
My boys do look a lot alike, but according to MY docs, they are fraternal. I don't know for sure though. The Ped. says they are the most identical, non-identical twins he has ever seen, and he HIMSELF is a twin. So before I suck it up and order the DNA test, why don't you all weigh in:

They were EXACTLY the same size at 3 consecutive appts. As of yesterday they are a little bit different, but Kieran has had a cold and Owen usually leads off growth spurts by a few days.

Owen: Kieran :

14lbs (5%) 13 lbs. 11 oz. (> 5%)
27.5 inches long (85%) 27 inches long (85%)
Head circ. 44 cm (50%) 44 cm. (50%)

Both boys have their 2 bottom front teeth which came in within 24 hours of one another in the same order. Neither sits, both can roll, but only Owen really likes too. Owen also babbles more than Kieran, but again, Kieran is able to make all the same sounds as Owen. I'll add a picture as soon as I can get a new one on-line.
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