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#1 of 33 Old 08-09-2007, 05:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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1. …you can explain, in detail, the difference between monozygotic and dizygotic even though you haven’t taken a biology class since high school.

What else? There are funny lists like this for almost everything else. Come share and help create a twin/triplet one.

http://twinkies.bastetweb.com/2007/0...-multiples-if/

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2. You have discovered that the primary purpose of your mouth is not for eating (as if you had the time!) but to serve as a third hand.
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3. You can nurse two babies at the same time and still manage to read goodnight moon to a toddler!
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4. You can say (with snark) "Yes, better me than you!" when someone at the grocery store says, "Wow, better you than me!"

5. You find it REALLY annoying when there are places that DON'T give a multiples discount.

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2. You have discovered that the primary purpose of your mouth is not for eating (as if you had the time!) but to serve as a third hand.
This is so true! I remember laughing so hard the first time one of the boys picked something up and carried it in his mouth (so that he could also put two other things in his hands). I was like, "well, I know where he learned THAT trick!"

Another one:

You can pick up a young baby (or a toddler) with one hand without any hesitation or difficulty.

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When you hear, "Wow, you've got your hands full" at least 5 times a day!

"We think we're gliding down the highway when in fact we're slip sliding away." Paul Simon
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1. …you can explain, in detail, the difference between monozygotic and dizygotic even though you haven’t taken a biology class since high school.

And you feel obligated to correct everyone who's wrong about it!

Here's mine...

The biggest way you prepare your twins for school sounds like this:

Me: "Okay....let's go over this again because you will be asked A LOT! Are you twins?"

Them: "Yes!"

Me: "Identical or fraternal?"

Them: "Identical!"

Me: "Who's older?"

Lillie: "ME!!"

Faith: "ME! No....Lillie!!"

Me: "By how much?"

Them: "47 minutes"

Sad, but true.

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That's both sad and funny that you had to rehearse that.

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That's both sad and funny that you had to rehearse that.
I know. And I'm a bit neurotic about referring to them as "the twins" and trying to avoid the whole unit thing. It's really been recently that people have been asking them directly if they are twins and not me. They look at people like they're speaking a foreign language or something. So I knew when they started school I wouldn't be there to help them out and they'd need to know. They, of course, know that they grew inside of me together and that they were born together, etc. I've just always avoided labeling them. KWIM?

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You automatically grab two of everything. Two burp cloths... if one's gonna barf, the other one will too. Two diapers... if this one's wet, the other's gonna be wet soon. Two sandwiches... if I'm this hungry now, I'll have a snack for 20min. later.

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I overheard this conversation between my DBF and my dd, Faith (Baby B). He was showing her a picture my mom has on her wall of me and all three of my girls. He asked her who everyone was in the picture and then points to Lillie. She says "That's Lillie". He points to her and she says "That's Lillie". He said "They can't both be Lillie". She looks really closely and says "But they both LOOK like Lillie!" Can you imagine being in the position that you look so much like someone that you can't tell who you are in a picture?

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You experience serious pronoun problems when talking to your friends about their singleton babies.

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I'm a twit. I fixed the link. http://twinkies.bastetweb.com/2007/0...-multiples-if/

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I overheard this conversation between my DBF and my dd, Faith (Baby B).
You refer to your child as Baby A or Baby B after they are born.


You see two parents walking with a single stroller and you think to yourself, "Two adults and one child, isn't that overkill."

Let them sleep in the middle, Let them be little
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if you have four children, and just taking only two children with you somewhere feels like a date!

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if you have four children, and just taking only two children with you somewhere feels like a date!
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Or, when one is sick or one is out with dh, having only 2 kids is SO manageable, I have no idea what other moms complain about!

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You get asked, TWICE, at the grocery store yesterday:

"Are those two babies? Are they twins? Are they yours?" :

Seriously people, do you THINK before speaking?

****

The lady at Trader Joes gave me a free plant because she just couldn't imagine how I managed with twins and a toddler. Um, what choice do I have?

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You give death glares to the moms who "only" have two children and take the big carts at Target.
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You give death glares to the moms who "only" have two children and take the big carts at Target.
It's the moms who take it when they have ONLY ONE child that ticks me off!!

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... when people gawk slackjawed at you while you tandem nurse and either tell you how beautiful it is to see twin nursing or send you the death stare. The gawking is universal though

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What? you tandem in public? I can't figure out how to do it discreetly yet... well that and we don't really go anywhere yet either!

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I absolutely can't stand the "Are they twins?" question. I should just get over it, but every time I'm asked I give the person the, "Are you dumb?" look before I answer. Maybe I should just say, "Are you dumb?"

Lets see, they look the same, same size, usually dressed the same (get less questions) and are in a double stoller.

Nope. Not twins We had this one cloned. Or maybe it was this one....
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You give death glares to the moms who "only" have two children and take the big carts at Target.

Wait a minute here. There are big carts at Target? All I ever see are those plain old regular-sized ones. I end up taking my aria twin and jamming as much crap as I can into that basket (it's like the clown car in there, I swear! I have to do the same thing at Trader Joe's.) Are they the big carts like Costco and BJs have? Where are they? I need those!!

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I absolutely can't stand the "Are they twins?" question. I should just get over it, but every time I'm asked I give the person the, "Are you dumb?" look before I answer. Maybe I should just say, "Are you dumb?"

Lets see, they look the same, same size, usually dressed the same (get less questions) and are in a double stoller.

Nope. Not twins We had this one cloned. Or maybe it was this one....
This is my fantasy response:
STRANGER: Are they twins?
ME: Actually, it's really funny... They are identical cousins! We had their DNA tested and everything. Remember that Patty Duke show from the fifties? You know, "they're cousins, identical cousins and you'll find They walk alike and talk alike..." It turns out that's based on a true story! Yeah, it actually happens in real life! (smile, shake my head and walk away)
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What? you tandem in public? I can't figure out how to do it discreetly yet... well that and we don't really go anywhere yet either!
I didn't tandem my twins in public until they were toddlers. I couldn't do it discreetly at all when they were smaller.:
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Wait a minute here. There are big carts at Target? All I ever see are those plain old regular-sized ones. I end up taking my aria twin and jamming as much crap as I can into that basket (it's like the clown car in there, I swear! I have to do the same thing at Trader Joe's.) Are they the big carts like Costco and BJs have? Where are they? I need those!!
Yep. At least there are at the Targets around here, but I do live in Target land (hq in Minneapolis). BUT there are only 3, they usually have them at one entrance and not the other. I don't know the BJ's/Costco carts, but it has the regular cart up front with two seats for older kids and a platform (perfect for infant carrier).
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Yep. At least there are at the Targets around here, but I do live in Target land (hq in Minneapolis). BUT there are only 3, they usually have them at one entrance and not the other. I don't know the BJ's/Costco carts, but it has the regular cart up front with two seats for older kids and a platform (perfect for infant carrier).
OK, I think I am headed to Target sometime today (without the girls! yay!) and I am totally scouring the place to find that thing!

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if you have four children, and just taking only two children with you somewhere feels like a date!
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My friends - all with the standard 2 kid families - almost keel over when they have a weekend alone with the kids. DH and I will take the kids to visit grandparents or aunts/uncles for a weekend 2 at a time - leaving the other parent home with 2 - and it feels like a spa weekend for both of us!

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it is not uncommon for your little ones just learning to dress themselves to come out with 2 left shoes on OR 2 right shoes! Guessing not a lot of singleton families always have 2 pairs of the same shoes. I cracked up the first time this happened.

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Who said I was discreet

Seriously though I have loose tops, glamourmom tops and belly socks to cover everything.... when I actually care. I wear the extra layer among muggles, but if i'm around family or fellow breastfeeders they can deal with my belly flub showing a little. Sometimes the lactivist in me just doesn't care (of feels the need to educate the world) and I just nurse them where ever. It's very empowering

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