5 Things Thursday: Twins—The Same, Yet Different

Yesterday, I got an exciting email from a reader who just found out she’s having twins (at 10 weeks, which is a 9 week jump on my heads-up that I was getting a 2-for-1 deal; still trying to decide if that’s a good or a bad thing). It was exciting for me, at least. Because I have twins (newsflash!), I’ve already gotten past the hardest part of the newborn stage, and I have yet to traverse the minefield of Terrible Twos TIMES Two.

So, ask current day me what having twins is like, and I say annoyingly perky things like, “SO much fun! I really think everybody should have a set!” (Until they’re simultaneously hungry, screaming, and poopy, that is). People tend to back away from me slowly when I say things like that. As if I were to touch them, I might accidentally transfer my twin-birthing power, and—BAM!—preggo X 2! (Wouldn’t their husbands be confused when they blamed that crazy fitness instructor at the gym for their predicament!)

But what this poor blessed girl really wanted to know is: will I survive? To which I could only answer: yes, by the grace of God! (Yeah right, that’s all I said; my answer was more like a doctoral dissertation).

(Ha! Apparently, the twins’ ears were burning because they both just started fussing from their pack n’ play where they are “napping”).

So…what is having twins like, really? Well, I was telling the truth before. It really is fun. Mostly because they do so many of the same things, but in their own separate ways.

Here are 5 ways that my girls are the same, yet different.

1.

They both suck their fingers.

finger suckers

The twins never took to pacifiers, but they’re huge fans of their own fingers. Nola sucks the first two fingers of her left hand only (she tries the right hand every once in a while, presumably so it won’t feel left out, but the results are hilariously awkward and ineffective). Evy is the most delicate thumb-sucker I’ve ever seen. Most kids plug that thing in their mouths like a sink-stopper, but she looks like she’s nibbling at a delicacy, almost like she’s afraid that if she sucks too hard, it’ll fall off (and that would be bad). She’s also an equal-opportunity sucker and is equally proficient with her right and left hands. In fact, if she’s especially in need of comfort, she alternates between the two—almost as if to say, “Okay, that one’s no good. I wonder if this one’s working today.”

And, yes, I am really looking forward to breaking two toddlers of their finger-sucking addictions.

suckingfingers

2.

They’re both aspiring gamers.

techcollage

Although, it appears that Evy takes her remote control (ha, ha. get it?) a tad more seriously than Nola. And, honestly, if I had to guess about their future personalities, I’d have to say that that’s pretty spot on.

3.

They’re both prone to silly faces.

nolaweirdface

funnyface 

4.

They both love shopping.

shopping

Okay, so “love” might be too strong a term (it’ll come). But when Mama puts them on the floor of the dressing room, they’re both equally willing to embark on a mission to find every last gum wrapper, dead bug, or discarded tag available for possible consumption.

5.

They both look great in polka dots (see above pic for further proof)…

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…but it would probably make people a lot happier if they wore their “N” and “E” onesies more often.

monogram

All of my good friends are able to tell them apart pretty consistently by this point, but I’ve had complete strangers tell me I couldn’t possibly distinguish who’s who (despite my adamant declarations that I can, with zero difficulty).

I suppose I could have them wear their initials all the time, but then, how could the complete strangers be sure that I’d gotten it right when I dressed them??!

What a conundrum.

P.S. My sweet friend, Lisa, made those adorable monogrammed onesies for the girls, and I absolutely love them!

0 thoughts on “5 Things Thursday: Twins—The Same, Yet Different

  1. Haha, what is with complete strangers telling us twin moms we can’t tell our kids apart?!?! I get that with my 21 month boys (and have all along) too. At first I admit there was very little difference between them and we marked a toenail with green nail polish, but by 2-3 months? No problem! : )

  2. I’m so glad to see a pic with them wearing their monogram onesies! I was just thinking a couple days ago that I need to make some for my own child now 🙂 The twins are looking cute as always!

  3. heh. i think even I can tell them apart… LOL!

    Nola is a bit (just a teeny tiny bit) chunkier than Evy… and their eyes are just *slightly* shaped differently… Evy’s have a stronger corner on the outside and are *higher* in their roundness…

    Yes. I just sat here and jealously studied your babies and prayed FERVANTLY that my husband’s vasectomy that he had done before we ever met will FAIL and God will hear my heart and give me one. more. baby.

    *sighs tearily*

    I can’t imagine the bliss of a tiny baby all my own tucked under my chin, me their whole world… I so miss those days. My baby is almost all grown up… turned 13 on the 1st..

    I would give ANYTHING for another shot at it….

  4. Congrats to the lady having twins. Abbie gives great advice about having twins as I had to ask her some things earlier this year! The girls are growing so much and even more adorable every day, Abbie!

  5. So precious. My husband and I have 4 boys between us and I was hoping this time around we’d be blessed with twin girls 😉 Alas, another boy. Hahaha. HELP!

  6. thank you for the update!!! It is so fun to see all your kids grow, but being that I started following you just a few months before you were preggo with the twins, I have a special connection with them 😉 They are adorable and you do make having twins look breezy 😀

    double the blessings FOR SURE!!!

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