Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions

Do you do New Years Resolutions?

We do.  We take it as an opportunity to reassess how life is going.  And now that we are moms, that self-assessing does not happen much anymore since there are so many other needs to be met throughout our days.

Health is important to us so making sure we are on track in that area and prioritizing taking care of ourselves is always something we consider important to do at the beginning of each new year.  We have always been decent eaters when it comes to the food choices that we make but we are lovers of food too so quantity plus quality are going to need to be themes we focus on this year.

Giving back to others is part of who we both are too.  We make sure to recognize what is important to us at the beginning of a new year and assess where needs fall in our communities. Then we try to reach out and help in those areas throughout the year.

Having a twin is helpful for us when it comes to setting New Years Resolutions.  We are good at reflecting back to each other what we know is important in our lives and how to prioritize those things.  Plus, we can be totally honest with each other and help each other work on bettering ourselves throughout the year ahead.  We set Real and realistic goals to work on.

In the end, it is all about being the person we hope to be in that coming year and being there for each other while we become that person!

Happy New Year to you all and we hope it is a happy, healthy 2012!!!!

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 13

Day Thirteen of Twinipedia: 

Shakespeare and his family
Fact #13
William Shakespeare fathered a set of boy/girl twins.

His twins names were Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare and they were born Nov 2, 1584.  Sadly, on Aug 11, 1596, William's son, Hamnet, died from bubonic plague.  He was only eleven years old.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

365 days of Twinipedia - Day 12

Day Twelve of Twinipedia: 

Fact #12
Twins do not have to be born on the same dates. The longest gap between birth is 85 days.

Cases of longer distances between birth dates tend to come when one baby is born prematurely due to complications, while the other is left in the womb to develop further.

Additional fun facts from the informative Twin site

twins born 63 days apart
Darren & Kim Rugg were born 63
days apart!  One twin was born very prematurely
at only 25 weeks gestation, and the other’s labor was able to be
stopped, for an additional 63 days, which is rare, but possible.

"...Can twins have different birthdays?  OF COURSE, especially if it’s close to midnight, on the day your twins are born, however, it’s possible to have twins born even days or weeks apart, especially, and most commonly, in the cases of pre-term labor, where the mother’s labor is halted, after the birth of the first twin.
 Also, they can be born in different years…NO, not years apart really, but if it’s New year’s eve, then giving birth to two babies in two different years, is a definite possibility.  One set of twins, Aaron and Luke Hegenberger, were born only 8 minutes apart, but were born in two different millenniums, back on New Year’s eve, then New Years day, the second twin came, making these twins born in different millenniums. How cool?..."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Twin-Buzz: World News about Multiples

Twins born 2 days apart
Sick mum's 50hr labour as docs battle to save all 3

THE SUN      Published: 08 Jul 2011
Twin-credible ... happy family

MIRACLE twins Seth and Preston Campbell were born TWO DAYS apart — and in two different COUNTIES. The pair beat million-to-one odds to survive, along with mum Donna Grove, 27, after a string of terrifying birth complications.Donna gave birth to 2lb 6oz Seth while 28 weeks' pregnant at Frimley Park hospital in Camberley, Surrey.
But Preston — who was in his own womb sac — arrived...

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365 days of Twinipedia - Day 11

Day Eleven of Twinipedia: 

Fact #11:
The Yoruba tribe in Nigeria has the highest incidence of twinning in the entire world. Why? They believe it is because they eat lots of yams.

Background - 
The Central African country of Benin produced the highest rate of twin: 27.9/1,000. While all of Central Africa has a higher than average twin rate (18/1,000), Benin reported even more twins! Like Nigeria, long recognized as a hotbed of twinning, Benin is home to many families from the Yoruba tribe. Some attribute their abundance of twins to diet; the Cassava, a type of yam, may induce hyperovulation.

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Additional Information from Wikipedia

Twins in Yoruba society

The Yoruba present the highest dizygotic twinning rate in the world (4.4 % of all maternities).[21] Twins are very important for the Yoruba and they usually tend to give special names to each twin.[22]The first of the twins to be born is traditionally named Taiyewo or Tayewo, which means 'the first to taste the world', this is often shortened to TaiwoTaiye or TayeKehinde, or Kenny for short, is the name of the last born twin. Kehinde is sometimes also referred to as Kehindegbegbon which is short for Omokehindegbegbon and means, 'the child that came last gets the rights of the eldest'.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

The January, 2012 Issue of National Geographic, titled TWINS, has some stunning, and intriguing images of twins in it.

I just love this cover shot and wanted to share it here for Wordless Wednesday!  

Just beautiful!!!

365 days of Twinipedia - Day 10

Day Ten of Twinipedia: 

Fact #10:
Fraternal twins run in families. Identical twins are a fluke of nature.  In fact, women who have conceived fraternal twins have an increased chance of doing so again!

My sister and I are Fraternal Twins.  We also have twin nieces that are my older sister's daughters and who are also Fraternal Twins.  So clearly this fact that Fraternal Twins run in families has been proven by our very fertile family - LOL.  
Becca and I look extremely alike but definitely have some differences both in appearance and how we act.  My nieces are polar opposites.  They are 10 years old but one of them is taller than my 11 year old and the other is around the same height as my 8 year old.  My taller niece Grace has blond, blond, blond straight hair and has gorgeous blue eyes.  My other niece Tess has chocolate brown hair with banana curls galore and stunning green eyes.  My nickname for them is Salt and Pepper.
Their personalities are just as different as their looks too and they add so much joy and laughter to our family.  It's just a blast to experience the twin experience through these amazing little individuals.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Twin-Buzz: World News about Twins and Multiples

The Twin Buzz - National Geographic 2012 Issues: TWINS

Our friends at Talk about shared some really cool information with us today.
The January addition of National Geographic is ALL ABOUT TWINS!!!  The issues is called "Twins" and is a collection of images and stories about twins, their relationships, the concepts of Nature vs Nurture and many other fascinating multiples Topics.
So check out the January 2012 edition of The National Geographic.  It's sure to be Twin-tabulous!!!

To Check out past Twin-Buzz Articles and Posts, go to our Twin-Buzz Page on our website.

A Great List for all your Post-Christmas, Twins and Multiples online shopping needs!


Looking for some Post-Christmas on-line shopping options for your twins, triplets...
Well here is a list of some great Multiples sites to check out.  Some are having after-holiday sales and promotions.

So cozy up on the couch with your laptop, a yummy post Christmas coffee or cocoa and check out all the great multiples products at available at your fingertips. and their amazon store at (closed until after new year but post holiday sales will be available then) (For all my UK friends and those interested in what is available to twins "across the pond")

Maternity wear that is Multiple-Pregnancy friendly and fashionable!!   (20% holiday sale going on too)

365 days of Twinipedia - Day 9

Day Nine of  Twinipedia: 

Fact #9
Fraternal twins are much more common than identical twins. The chance of having twins is about 1 in 285 births.

Monday, December 26, 2011

365 days of Twinipedia - Day 8

Day Eight of  Twinipedia: 

 Fact #8:
Identical twins have almost identical brain wave patterns. They also can share very similar physical characteristics; for instance, if one twin's tooth doesn't grow in, his or her identical twin will most likely miss the tooth as well. Mirror twins are identical twins with mirror characteristics - one may have a dimple on the left side, and the other a dimple on the right side.  Thus they look like they are looking in a mirror when looking at one another.

Mirror twins: 
Representative pair of female mirror twins. Twin A and twin B have been digitally overlapped.  
When digitally subtracted from each other, the image shows symmetrical “ghosting” consistent 
with anatomic mirroring of the pair’s skin findings.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Our Family to yours and a Happy, Healthy New Year is wished for you all!!!

365 days of Twinipedia - Day 7

Day Seven of  Twinipedia: 

 Fact #7:
Cirque du Soleil employs the most sets of twins, well, that is with the exception of course of the Twins restaurant in New York City where you can only be a waiter if you are an identical twin.

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