“Are they twins?” This is a question I get asked more times than not when I take Emma and Lily out somewhere. Most, reading this who follow me, know that they are only 16 months apart. Emma was born in July 2009 and Lily was born in November 2010 (as the math teacher I was in my previous life that adds up to indeed 16 months).
We go to Target to run a few errands and I probably get asked this question a dozen times. We go to Stop and Shop, the mall, the park (in warmer weather), out to eat (when I am feeling brave), and even their doctor’s office (other patient’s parents) and yes I get asked this question over and over again.
The thing is Emma was born at 39 weeks term, but was only 5 lbs. 15 ozs. So, she wasn’t even 6 lbs at birth. She was the tiniest baby I ever laid eyes on that wasn’t a preemie and even my mom when she held her right after I delivered her remarked by saying, “This baby is tiny, tinier than you were at birth.”
And good old mom was right again, because like I said she was indeed tiny and small for her gestational age, but she was bright, alert and according to my doctor, who has delivered countless babies, “Won the award for most alert and awake baby after delivery!”
That said, Emma has always been small and when it came time for the wonderful growth chart that the pediatricians have, she actually had her own, because of this.
Then, of course, I had Lily and she weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 ozs. Yup, she was just normal and average for her gestational age. At this point Emma, of course, looked older. But as months and then now years have gone by the weight gap has pretty much closed in. The girls were roughly about the same weight at their last checkups, except Emma is still taller than Lily. But if they are seated, they practically look the same size.
So, you got it, this is why I hear the twin comments more often then not. And even though my followers know that they aren’t twins, even they when I post pictures make similar comments about them looking like twins. I have to admit, I do find it a bit comical and even entertaining, because how can I not after hearing it so many times over now.
But I am also getting tired of explaining this when I go out somewhere, because I feel like I should have a tape recored message to just repeat the same story again and again. I got to thinking though after writing this post and am debating something.
Should I just answer that they are twins for those who don’t know us and will probably never lay eyes on us again? Because it can be quite exhausting to have to keep explaining that they are 16 months apart to complete strangers constantly. What do you think? What would you do?
Disclaimer: For those who don’t know me, let me reassure you I am not a habitual liar and I would actually never do this, but I just couldn’t resist to poke fun at this situation, because like I said I hear this too many times now that I have truly lost count. This was just my humorous attempt to make light of this one. Hope you enjoyed!!
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