When I was pregnant with L, 7 years ago, I wondered what she would look like. I always said I hoped she took after Hubs physically and me personality-wise, as he was devil-baby and I was angel-baby, and it turned out to be that way more or less. When she was born she was Hubs’s spitting image and everyone used to call her his mini-me.
Fast forward 6 years to when I was pregnant with C, and again I wondered what she might look like. The only baby I could visualise was L, as she was the only baby that I knew that well. However I couldn’t imagine having two siblings that look alike. That might sound strange, but let me explain. I am one of five children (same parents) and none of us look in the slightest alike, here we are as children:
So I did wonder whether my two babies might resemble each other, whilst finding it hard to imagine at the same time. Then C was born and though she was similar to L as a newborn it didn’t go any further than that. Around the time C was 3 months old I started to look at photos of L as a baby and that’s when it hit me, they were almost identical! Just recently I dug out a picture of L at 10 months old and put it next to an equivalent picture of C – and I realised I had twins!
Funnily enough it’s not just the physical similarities either. When L was born in France nearly 7 years ago I didn’t read (or really know about) any parenting books, so we just went with the flow with regards to feeds and sleeps, and she settled herself into her own little routine, was an incredibly chilled baby who slept through pretty much from the get-go.
6 years later I wanted C to fit into our existing routine, so from birth we went down the Gina Ford route….for 6 weeks, then L was on school holidays, Hubs was on paternity leave and I couldn’t see any sense in setting an alarm for 7am to wake my sleeping baby. So I didn’t. And the strangest thing happened. C slipped into the same routine that L had developed on her own 6 years earlier. And C then started sleeping through from the dream feed to 7/8am in the morning. That I could definitely handle.
So not only do my girls look like twins, but they also seem to have a very similar personality (that remains to be seen as the years go by though!). It really is the strangest thing for me: my two girls are like twins, yet I am one of five and we couldn’t be more different. Out of the five of us four have lived/live abroad (New Zealand, Cyprus and France) and career-wise it’s very varied too: I’ve worked in languages, marketing/PR, teaching and been a PA, then we have a business owner, a doctor, one in the City and another in the police force. I wonder where my girls will end up, and as what…..??
What about you? Are your children alike? What about you and your siblings? I’d love to hear what your experiences are.
I am so lucky to have the amazing daughters that I have, similar or different, it doesn’t matter, they are just perfect. I’m linking this post up to The Oliver’s Madhouse magic moments, click below to read other magic moments: