There are two kinds of reactions people have upon finding out they are having twins. The first one is excitement that you are doubly blessed. The second is fear -- how will you handle TWO babies?! Of course that fear quickly goes away and twin parents feel they've won the baby lottery. The reactions other people have upon finding out you are having twins range from happiness for you to "I'm so glad it's not me" kind of thing. I'm a mom of twins and I've even had someone respond with a frown, "Ugh! Oh my gosh," when I told her there were two in my belly. Parents of twins have my back here -- having two at one time is magical and amazing. One mom knows that very, very well -- she had twins ... twice!
Twenty-five-year-old Emma Power and husband John have 6-year-old identical twin boys, Connor and Kyle. When Emma learned she was pregnant again, they also found out there were two more babies in her belly!
And what I'm about to tell you may blow the minds of non-twin parents. Are you ready? Prepare yourselves. I'm about to answer the question that is on your mind. The Powers twins were conceived naturally. Score one for the beauty of nature! And double it! Not that it matters -- twin babies are still adorable twin babies even if conceived with a little help.
Now onto the next question inquiring minds want to know when it comes to twinners. Do twins run in the family? Yes, Emma has identical twin sisters. But that doesn't always mean you're going to have twins if someone else in your brood has.
Emma's newborn twins are girls, but are not believed to be identical. So yes, even twins of the same sex do not necessarily have to be identical. However, boy/girl twins can never, ever been identical because ... well, one has a penis and the other a vagina. Nothing identical about that. This is a common mistake people make about my twins who are boy and girl, look nothing alike, and are ... boy and girl.
The Powers are helping us out with a little lesson in twin trivia.
The little girls -- Ruby and Jessica -- weighed 6 pounds each, which is a fantastic weight. Nothing can beat the mom who had triplets who weighed 5.5, 7.3, and 7.8 for a total of 18 pounds and 11 ounces of baby in the belly. But still, 6 pounds each for twins ... very good.
For those twin parents thinking of having another baby and are worried they might have two more instead of just one more, don't freak out. The odds of having twins twice are believed to be 170,000 to 1. Still, it could happen. And if it did ... you'd just be doubly blessed again.
Isn't this story magical?
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