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View Poll Results: Are the identical?
Duh, yes. 111 77.62%
Duh, No. 7 4.90%
Maybe, maybe not. Hard to say from the info. and pics. 23 16.08%
Other. 2 1.40%
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#1 of 54 Old 11-25-2007, 03:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm following SlingWearingMama's lead and starting a poll for my girls. My mom is thinking of paying to have the test done, so tell me what you think

Willow: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2101/...8d78423230.jpg

Annabelle: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2140/...3334eed4bb.jpg

Hopefully you can see this one. It's from a photographers flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1318354...7603013481894/

There is also a side by side photo in my siggy (last link).

They have the same hair and eye color, are the same size, same blood type, and were the exact same size at birth, but are di/di
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19 views and only 2 votes? Really? I thought people loved to vote in polls.
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I don't quite understand. What is di/di? Can we have more of a backstory?

They look alike to me.
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I don't quite understand. What is di/di? Can we have more of a backstory?

They look alike to me.
di/di just means they had their own sacs and placentas. If I recall, that means they have a 25% likelihood of being identical.
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I think you can't tell if they are identical because you know them so well. I'm friends with 2 sets of twins. Both sets are identical. I couldn't tell them apart for the first few weeks I knew them. Now they are as different as night and day.

Your twins are identical. That's my two cents.

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Yes, it's hard to be objective since I'm their mama. Although, there are times when my husband and I confuse them momentarily. One night I was so sleepy as I was bathing them and putting them to bed that I actually put them in the wrong beds! They seemed so confused, so I took a second look and sure enough, I had mixed them up
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I had best friends in high school who looked exactly alike - teachers couldn't tell them apart and neither could people they weren't really close to, I could because I spent so much time with them, anyway they were NOT identical twins technically even though they seemed so identical to look at them. The other twins in our school WERE identical even though they looked nothing alike. So, I think the only way to really know is to do the test..

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They certainly could be. Or they might just be siblings who look a heck of a lot alike. I mean, you could compare my childhood photos with my aunt's at the same ages and have trouble telling us apart (but the 60's vs 70's clothes help make the distinction ) and we don't even have the same parents!

The only way to know for certain would be with the blood test. Is there really a NEED to know, would it affect any medical decisions, or is it just a matter of curiosity?

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It would just be for curiosities sake. I wouldn't actually pay for it, but my mom is dying to know.

And yes, they look a lot like their older sister as well. I guess dh and I just make little clones
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I completely think your twins are MZ. If they were mine, I wouldn't even feel much of an urge to do zygosity testing. Especially since you and DH have mixed them up on occasion. They are adorable, too, by the way.

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They look identical to me. Let it remain a mystery

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duh, yes.

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I am not usually a good judge of this (my MZ girls who shared a placenta and so we know are MZ look completely different to me in some photos, especially) but I had to vote Duh yes on this one. Same little chins, same eye shape, so many similarities.

Oh, and they are cute little ones, too!!
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I've mixed my kids up on occasion and none of them are even twins! Mostly it happened when I was half asleep ("what is it honey?" with my eyes closed) or when DD2 was wearing something that used to be DD1's and I thought she was her sister.

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Oh all your kids are beautiful! I am not a twin expert (don't have any of my own) but they look identical to me.
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I wanted to vote "yes", but I didn't want to say "duh, yes". : I do think they're identical, BUT...they DO have different expressions. I would think it's probably not hard to tell them apart on a daily basis. This coming from a mom of twins. My girls are di-di, too....did NOT look alike at birth and they are not identical, however they have VERY similar features. As much as I could tell them apart all along, when I look back at pictures I could SWEAR they look identical in some. Very hard to tell apart. They're 5 now, though, and it's no question...they are not identical (same hair color, eye color, though).

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first off, i must say that all of your kiddos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

i voted that they're mz.
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Thanks for the votes and compliments, all
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Wow! your children are so beautiful! I loved looking through your photos on flickr. You take really nice pictures. Of course they are identical. Look at them. If you and your husband have confused them then there is no question. And just why is it so important to know for certain? Just curious.

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Wow! your children are so beautiful! I loved looking through your photos on flickr. You take really nice pictures. Of course they are identical. Look at them. If you and your husband have confused them then there is no question. And just why is it so important to know for certain? Just curious.

Well thanks, I think they are beautiful as well Just to be clear, one of those flickr albums is a friend's who is a professional photographer.

It is not at all important to know for certain. The poll is for fun, and a DNA test would be for curiosity only. That is why my mom would be the one to pay for it, because it isn't worth $200-$300 for me to know!
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I want to say yes, but I'm not certain enough to add the "Duh" . I thought slingwearin'mama's boys were MZ but I'm in the minority in that poll so now I'm second-guessing myself. I answered "Maybe" but my gut says they're identical.
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If anyone does another one of these threads again, I really think the options should be something like:
I have multiples & think they're Identical
I have multiples & think they're Fraternal
I have multiples & I don't know
I do NOT have multiples & think they're Identical
I do NOT have multiples & think they're Fraternal
I do NOT have multiples & I don't know.

Over at SlingWearin'Mama's thread about 90% of the multiple moms thought Identical, but there were SO many non-multiple moms that almost all voted that they were Fraternal. I do think multiple moms understand more about mitochondria differences, variations, fingerprints, etc.

I can see differences in your beautiful daughter's faces, but they're pretty insignificant. I voted Identical. Definitely save the money!

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I voted identical too! They are gorgeous, and very similar!
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I voted yes too, but they do look a lot like their older sister apart from their eye colour. Oh and they are all gorgeous. If your mum wants to pay for a test I would let her.
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I voted monozygotic, they look identical to me. And I totally understand the curiosity, I'm in a similar situation but my guys are only 4 months old. I'm tired of saying "We don't think so" when asked if they're identical, and then have to explain why we don't know yet. So much of the masses think that it's something you will automatically know when they are born.

And I agree with Spark on the identifying of twin mommies in future polls. I think most of us have done a lot more research on twins.

For me, I would still do the test if you mom was willing to pay. Only way to know for certain. At Affiliated Genetics they are $160, so that can save you a little.

Keep us posted!

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Beautiful girls - totally MZ! I'd still do a test - heck I want a test for my boys and they look NOTHING alike!

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Totally adorable and totally identical!

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I don't think that they are identical. They do look a lot alike. But so do my two boys who are 6.5 years apart.

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Well I voted Duh! but I would want to know for sure.

And your family is beautiful Mama!!! :
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I think they are MZ for sure. Your story sounds much like mine. My girls were di/di, same blood type, same hair color, eye color, height and weight has been almost EXACT at each appointment, etc. At birth, they looked NOTHING alike but very quickly started looking the same. I did the zygosity test at 3 months....I feel it's something that is a need to know thing. I say MZ but think you should let your mom splurge on the test.

By the way....you and your DH do make clones but all three of your girls are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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