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Old 05-06-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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I love MZ twins! I think they are SO cool!
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I was convinced that mine were fraternal: one square face, one round face, different personalities, slightly different milestones, etc. But DNA confirmed they are MZ. And they really are so alike, except to those who know them best. Ours "shared" a placenta but not sure if it was shared or two merged.

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ETA: Admire their nice hair. A couple weeks ago, older DD hacked it off. They now have matching boy cuts

wow - they look mz, no doubt even without the testing!!!

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I don't think I've ever heard of a Mama questioning the zygosity of her babies and then having them turn out to be dizygotic . . . if the MAMA isn't sure, then they're DEFINITELY MZ!

"Identical" twins aren't actually completely identical. They can have different face/head shapes, be different heights/weights, meet milestones at different times . . . Any Mama will be able to tell her babies apart easily whether they're MZ or DZ.

My bestfriend has untested MZ twins, and it always cracks me up when she wonders if maybe they're actually DZ since they're "so different." Meanwhile, I've known them since they were born and see them at least once a week, and still have a little trouble telling them apart from time to time (especially if they're not standing next to each other).

My twins are so incredibly DZ (different blood types, different coloring, different bone structure, different everything) that sometimes I wonder if they're actually related to each other . . . just kidding, of course .

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Lex, I love your "Now we are Six" series. What loving pictures. I'm definitely going to copy it for our girls, just hope we can do as well.

All this talk had me bite the bullet and order the genetic test. So I'll soon have a definite answer. I'm sure I'm the one mom who's twins are di, but we'll see.

PS - Seeing your site reminded me that you're Northamptoners. I'm headed up to Goshen to see my grandmother late this summer. If you're free, maybe we can have a play-date in Child's Park or somewhere fun!

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People don't even know what identical is, in my experience. INTELLIGENT people I know have asked me if my twins are identical. Despite that fact that one is pink and one is blue they look NOTHING alike and Claire is almost two inches taller than Ben with a completely different build.

On vacation, we had the twins (nine months) in the MBUD with our five year old sitting on the foot rest, and someone on the street asked us if they were triplets! I mean, they DO have strong sibling resemblances, but come ON!!
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I think it's really weird that you said that the doc said there was only 1 placenta so of course they are fraternal. Did I read that right cuz that's totally backwards!
I agree....I thought you accidentally typed "fraternal of course" because the only "of course" for one placenta should be identical. With the caveat being the possibility that nobody could tell it was two fused placentas and not a single. They did tell you one placenta? I bet your twins are MZ.
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All the MZ twins I've known got their teeth in at almost identical times...within say a day of each other.

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Okay, I am going to jump on the bandwagon and post some pics of my boys because I have been considering doing a "do you think they are MZ?" thread and I really do wonder what other multiples moms think. Please forgive the hijack!

We always thought they were MZ because it certainly appeared to be a mo/di situation according to ultrasound. Our first look was at 14 weeks, though, so not quite early enough for them actually to count layers of membrane and definitively pronounce it monochorionic. But it was likely thin membrane, clean T, and later we found out they were two boys.

I always wondered, though. I figured we would check out the placenta after the birth and confirm it, but I hemorrhaged and things were kind of foggy at that point. It was in my head to ask about the placenta, but I didn't get the words out.

So I've always wondered, and the babies looked quite different (we didn't have to mark them or anything like that.) They have their "identical moments," when I swing back to the "Maybe they are, after all!", but a lot of times they just don't seem it. And they are getting their teeth in the same overall pattern & spacing, but very staggered. (Not at the same time or right after the other.) And they don't always poop within five minutes of each other or something. (But I don't always tandem nurse, either. )

Anyway, I don't know what to think.


two months old They are very alike in this one but a bunch of pics from the same "shoot" have them looking very different from each other.

four months


and again at 4 months


two profiles (napping at 6 months)

Okay, they look so different to me in these next 3 shots, but I can't tell if it's personality making the difference or significant physical difference. It seems like over the course of looking at the multiple shots, you get a better chance to compare their features....those chins, and even their mouths/smiles....Maybe?


half-birthday 1



half-birthday 2


half-birthday 3


But then these: They just don't really look like identical twins here, do they?

8 months


and again at 8 months



nine months They often look more alike to me when sleeping.

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Opinions??? I keep thinking maybe someday we'll do the test to find out for sure. My husband thinks I'm crazy.
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AmyC, they are so stinkin' cute and TOTALLY MZ! Fwiw, my extremely different looking DZ twins sometimes seriously look alike when they're sleeping as well. Perhaps the sleeping pose brings out the similarities more than anything for any siblings.

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MZ Amy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :

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I agree - MZ!
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Totally adorable MZ boys, Amy! And I find my MZ twins look more alike when asleep or generally expressionless, too.

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Amy, they are definitely MZ!

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