Originally Posted by mamaof5boys
Sometimes we look at them and they look so similar and other times so different.
I could have written this about my MZ boys. (At least we assume MZ, as it was a very thin membrane at 14 weeks and came to a clean "T" where they met the placenta.) I wondered about what examining the placenta postpartum revealed, but I was hemorrhaging at that point and very tired (ended up with a transfusion about 33 hours later because my hemoglobin/hematocrit levels kept dropping, and dropping) and I didn't pursue questioning it.
Anyway, our boys looked so different to me that I began to wonder. My husband was like, "Of course they're MZ. They were monochorionic!" (But that's what I was questioning, WERE they? I mean, I'm sure they were, but I just wanted confirmation.)
They are morphing into looking more like each other now (8 weeks old) and they do fool us sometimes. Noel's face will plump up like Linus's, or Linus will look longer in the face and sort of transform into a Noel-like look before our eyes. If they are nursing (so I only can see part of their faces) or sleeping, it can be hard to tell them apart. And yet sometimes it's so COMPLETELY obvious.
Blows my mind the identical "things" they will do, though. Like when they have the same number of hitches in one of their broken sighs, (usually while tandem nursing), and they do so in unison. (You know the kind, right? Hitch-hitch-hitch-hitch on the intake of breath, then a long shuddering exhale. Or three, or two hitches. And somehow they manage to hit them together, with the same number of shudders!) This happens often enough that it is notable and amusing.
And oh, with the tandem nursing noises--they make all these varied and pitch-specific interlocking sounds while nursing together. It's very funny, musical, rhythmic, and regular. They just start right up and don't miss a beat. Or they "share" halves of the creaking hinge sound. It's great.
So anyway, I guess I am operating on the assumption that they ARE, indeed, MZ even though they look so different (and yet similar.)
Any thoughts on whether they actually LOOK like MZ twins?Linus in navy & Noel in yellowYou can see their different facial shapes in this oneHamming it up
(In that first photo, their arms and legs are randomly doing that mirror image thing that happens so often. Funny to notice. But totally random, of course.)swaddled L asleep
andswaddled N asleep
Another factor is that Noel seems to have inherited Gilbert's Syndrome from his daddy, so it affects his coloring a little. Since they share the same genes it seems they both inherited the tendency or the possibility of Gilbert's, but it doesn't necessarily manifest in both just because they're (presumably