If I asked you to tell me three sets of twins, quickly, who would you come up with? I asked myself and came up with Cain and Abel, The Bobbsey Twins, and Jack and Jill. Upon further investigation, I learned Cain and Abel were not actually twins “She conceived and bore Cain, … and again, she bore his brother Abel.” (Gen. 4:1-2 ESV) Apparently, the comma proves significant and again is a polite way of saying Adam …. ummm ... knew his wife again.
And who didn’t love the Bobbsey twins? The longest running series of children’s novels with over one hundred books about the Nan and Burt, Flossie and Freddie, and their detecting capers in the town of Lakeport.
Jack and Jill? I have no idea why they came to mind. History would say they were sweethearts, royalty, or perhaps even two priests but they were never twins
However, I am pleased to announce the arrival of our own darling, twin granddaughters born Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.
Aurelia Ruby 6 lb. 14 oz. Vienna Pearl 6 lbs. 15 oz.
Aren’t they just the sweetest?
Here are some neat facts you may or may not know about twins:
1) There is most likely no genetics involved in having identical twins (one fertilized egg that splits).
2) In identical twins, if the egg splits after the tenth day you will have mirror image babies i.e. opposite cowlicks, birthmarks, dominant hands.
3) The chances of having fraternal twins (two fertilized eggs) have gone from 1 in 150 in 1980 to 1 in 33 currently.
4) 1 to 2% of fraternal twins have different dads. (I’ll let you look into it)
5) Your chances of having fraternal twins the second time is four times higher. (Yikes!)
Are Aurelia and Vienna identical or fraternal? Time or DNA testing will tell
Have a great week!
Sources: twinstwice.com Twins on Twins by Kathryn McLaughlin Abbe & Frances McLaughlin Gill