weekly photo challenge: reflections

reflection

My identical twins reflecting each other (read on about mirror image twins) as I capture their reflections in the mirror.  Ha, too cheesy?  Too literal?

We got the girls tested shortly after birth and they came back identical.  In utero, they had their own sacs but shared a placenta, but we still did the DNA test to confirm they were identical.  Although identical, I’ve always thought they were mirror image twins even before they showed hand dominance (although they both ended up being righties).  Mirror image twins are identical twins (one egg) that split a little later than “normal” but not late enough to be conjoined.  Simply put, they’re identical twins who have mirrored characteristics (when facing each other, it’s as if they’re looking into a mirror).

  • Baby A (pictured in white): 1st born, 7 lbs 8 oz, used to only have left dimple, hair parts to right, uncoordinated, extremely joyful, extremely right-brained, extremely girlie
  • Baby B (pictured in blue): 2nd born, 7 lbs 12 oz, used to only have right dimple, hair parts to left, extremely coordinated, extremely intense, extremely left-brained, extremely non-girlie

The craziest thing is that their reflections look like each other in the mirror.  Catch a glimpse of them in the mirror and they’ll confuse even the most confident person about their identities.  This really throws us off when we’re driving and I can tell who is who by their speech and what they’re saying, but I’ll glance in my rear view mirror and what I see does not match what I hear.  It’s a phenomenon I dubbed “auditory-visual mismatch”, which can throw your whole body and mind into a whirlwind of confusion.

Twin behavior and characteristics are just amazing to observe.  Of all the times I check in on them when they’re sleeping, at least 75% of the time, they’re positioned either completely identical or completely opposite.  They also have opposite beauty spots on their faces.  I could go on and on about twins but I’m trying to keep to the weekly photo challenge: reflections so I’ll stop here…for now…

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6 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: reflections

  1. My twin and I have always wondered if we were mirror-image since we learned the term. We know we’re identical at the very least. We’re both right handed, but back in the day they discouraged left-handed behaviour so we could very well be mirror image. Ah well, at this stage of the game, it’s moot, but it’s something we’ve often wondered.

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    • I find the mirror image twins phenomenon just fascinating! Have you two ever stood side-by-side in front of a mirror and observed your reflections? It would be interesting to hear about your experience. Thanks for your comment!

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      • We have, but because of my Dyscalculia, it’s difficult for me to see thing spatially, so mirror images look different to me than to other people. It’s very difficult to explain.

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      • I understand. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I work with, and have experience with, people with all types of disabilities/disorders. Dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyslexia are all very interesting disabilities containing visual components. In a sense, the topic of this challenge (“reflections”) could be viewed more subjectively and/or perceptually by someone with these disabilities vs. as just an exact duplicate by someone without these disabilities.

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