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Poll Results: Are Jenn's boys Identical or Fraternal?

 
  • 36% (55)
    Identical
  • 42% (63)
    Fraternal
  • 18% (28)
    Tell Jenn to spend $240, because I don't know!
  • 2% (3)
    I didn't read your post, I just like voting in polls.
149 Total Votes  
post #41 of 62
Definitely fraternal. Different jaws/chins, different shaped eyes, different mouths.
post #42 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mommymaemae View Post
I also know that my guys look much more alike in pictures than IRL. Is that the case w/ SlingWearin'Mama's boys?
Jenn and her DH can always tell them apart, but I would always just guess or have to ask... Alex? Jacob? If I didn't see them side by side to see who was bigger... I was a goner. I just could NOT tell. It was kind of embarassing not knowing your good friend's kid's names! I finally just decided to commit to memory the size of Alex and the size of Jacob. That's the only way I can tell anymore. I really can't see any differences... Alex seems fuller. Jacob seems more compact.

Also, they have the same blood type, eye color, hair color/texture, born weight the same pounds and ounces and I think they cut teeth similiarly too.
post #43 of 62
i voted fraternal after thinking of babygrant's thread in tao.
and my own non twin identical kid experience too. my girls are two years apart and recently thier dad was staring hard like his head hurt at a picture of the oldest at a year and said 'i cant remember which one this is' :
post #44 of 62
In high school, my best friend had identical twin brothers. They were two years older than us. They looked differently. I only knew them from age 16-18 but they always looked different to me. And, they were identical! Even identical twins can look different as they grow a bit different and get varying nutrition at times and sometimes one is sick. These two, in the first post, look different a bit so I voted fraternal but they could be identical.

I say tell her it really does not matter and save the money to do something really nice for the family.
post #45 of 62
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Originally Posted by Spark View Post
Also, they have the same blood type, eye color, hair color/texture, born weight the same pounds and ounces and I think they cut teeth similiarly too.
This is true of my *very* fraternal twins, too, except for the eye and hair color. They have the same blood type, weigh within a few ozs of each other and have for the last year and a half and are the exact same height. They cut their teeth in the same, very unusual, pattern. So I don't know how much weight those things have with respect to zygosity.
post #46 of 62
another twin mama here I say MZ yes they have a few diffrences in weight but lots of my friends twins do too. And yes I am good at spotting the who's who with the whole group we hang out with
post #47 of 62
I'm the Mama of MZ girls who will be 5 next month. I voted identical (monozygotic/identical). Even with the weight difference you can see how much they look alike. My girls looked NOTHING alike at birth but we went ahead and got the test done. The results were MZ and as they've grown - even though you can see differences in things such as shape of face - they defenitely look like MZ twins.
post #48 of 62
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Originally Posted by ananas View Post
Definitely fraternal. Different jaws/chins, different shaped eyes, different mouths.

Same with my girls but they are MZ for sure. DNA proves it.
post #49 of 62
ID...one of my ID's is lightly heavier too.
post #50 of 62

Placentas?

Do you know? or Can you ask if they came out with one or two (or two fused) placentas?? That would tell you as well. We knew from the start our boys were ID because they were sharing a placenta.
post #51 of 62
I vote MZ. I find that almost everyone I know who was uncertain enough to consider doing the test (myself included) has turned out to have MZ twins. Given the additional info about blood type, etc. I would be very very surprised if they turned out to be DZ.

What is SWMs "gut feeling" about the question? I always "felt" my girls were ID. Actually even in the womb, at 9 weeks, I told some ladies on another board (not MDC) that I thought I was having identical girls. Even when they were in the NICU and looked different (Lilly was born vaginally and Kate was a c-section, so for those first weeks their head shapes were drastically different) I knew in my heart they were MZ. Sometimes mama just knows, ya know?

As for the "why does it matter?" question, to many of us, it just does. It doesn't change who they are or how we treat them, but it's a pretty fundamental question - what sort of biological miracle created these wonderful children? Was it the kind where one egg and one sperm somehow managed to create two babies? Or was it the kind where 2 eggs and 2 sperm somehow managed to meet up and both became babies? Either one is incredible, but I could not pass my life not knowing for sure which it was.
post #52 of 62
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Originally Posted by CidNConnor View Post
Do you know? or Can you ask if they came out with one or two (or two fused) placentas?? That would tell you as well. We knew from the start our boys were ID because they were sharing a placenta.
But monozygotics can have 2 plancentas as well if the egg splits right away. So that doesn't really tell you for sure. Except if it is only one placenta would you know it is positively monozygotic.
post #53 of 62
Identical!!! Cute babies!
post #54 of 62
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Originally Posted by OGirlieMama View Post
As for the "why does it matter?" question, to many of us, it just does. It doesn't change who they are or how we treat them, but it's a pretty fundamental question - what sort of biological miracle created these wonderful children? Was it the kind where one egg and one sperm somehow managed to create two babies? Or was it the kind where 2 eggs and 2 sperm somehow managed to meet up and both became babies? Either one is incredible, but I could not pass my life not knowing for sure which it was.
I have tried to put this into words before but never this well -- you did a great job summing up why it DOES matter. Thanks, mama!

And to this eloquence, I would add that it is helpful just to have an answer when the zillions of people ask.
post #55 of 62
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Originally Posted by LoisLane View Post
I have tried to put this into words before but never this well -- you did a great job summing up why it DOES matter. Thanks, mama!

And to this eloquence, I would add that it is helpful just to have an answer when the zillions of people ask.
Thanks! I'm glad my answer resonated with someone else. And yeah, having an answer when people ask is really really nice. People look at you funny when you say "we're not sure" and that usually just leads to more questions and more wasted time.
post #56 of 62
Do other people outside the immediate family get them confused often? Like people who might see them once a week, and know them fairly well, but just can't keep track of who is who? That's a definite Plus for monozygotic.

Were they spontaneously conceived (no clomid or IVF)? Do their ears and hands look very similar? Have they tended to wake / sleep / eat at the same schedule? More monozygotic signs.

How about closeup pics of their hands and ears?


I voted mono, just because SO many twin families are in denial about their monozygoticness (LINDSEY -- I'M TALKING TO YOU!!! )
post #57 of 62
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Originally Posted by MaryJaneLouise View Post
(no clomid or IVF)? Do their ears and hands look very similar? Have they tended to wake / sleep / eat at the same schedule? More monozygotic signs. (LINDSEY -- I'M TALKING TO YOU!!! )
IVF actually increases your chances of monozygotic twins as well. It's one of those crazy, not-totally-understood things. I think your chances of having mono twins as a result of IVF are still incredibly small, but higher than the chance of having them without IVF.

My (very) fraternal twins wake/sleep/eat (and poop) at the same time, so I'm not sure how that one would play into zygosity.

Lex
post #58 of 62
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Originally Posted by lexbeach View Post

My (very) fraternal twins wake/sleep/eat (and poop) at the same time, so I'm not sure how that one would play into zygosity.

Lex
You're right they are very frat . Did they have the same wake / sleep / eat / poop routine spontaneously as babies, or did you have to work them onto the same routine?
post #59 of 62
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Originally Posted by MaryJaneLouise View Post
You're right they are very frat . Did they have the same wake / sleep / eat / poop routine spontaneously as babies, or did you have to work them onto the same routine?
They were born on the same "schedule." I never could understand how moms could breastfeed their twins one-at-a-time since mine were *always* hungry at the exact same moment. I guess they are probably less alike now since they don't eat exactly the same foods (even though they eat at the same time). And I think Jasper needs more sleep at night, whereas Lukas needs to take a nap during the day. Unfortunately, they only very rarely sleep at separate times so inevitably one of them is on a less-than ideal sleep pattern (i.e. either they both nap or neither of them naps, or they go to bed too late or wake up too early, etc.).

Sometimes I do wonder if it would be easier to have monozygotic twins, but I guess that's a topic for another thread!

Lex
post #60 of 62
They are so cute! What great little guys...Identical!
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