Some people think I’m crazy, but it’s true. I do. Twins fascinate me. I used to wish desperately that Little Sis and I were twins, instead of being four-and-a-half years apart.
Ever since my dream about the twins — Emma and Hannah — I have been thinking long and hard about twins. My limited knowledge of twins was that I thought fraternal twins ran in families, and identical twins could just randomly happen to anyone.
Well, thanks to Wikipedia, I’ve got the 101 on twins — for anyone looking for/hoping for Double Trouble:
They don’t really use the word “fraternal” anymore. It’s just “identical” and “non-identical.”
Identical twins are when a single egg divides. This does not appear to be herititary (woohoo!), and can happen to anyone.
FraternalNon-identical twins are when two eggs are implanted on the wall of your uterus. If it runs on your (the woman’s) side of the family, you have a good chance.
Women undergoing fertility treatments have a greater chance of conceiving non-identical twins — or even three or more babies (see: Gosselin, Kate)
Women over 35 also have a greater chance of having non-identical twins, because their eggs get anxious and start shooting out more (or something scientific)
Well, twins do not run in my family, unfortunately. And I’m not 35. So I guess I can keep my fingers crossed for the it-can-happen-to-anyone identical twin egg division.
I’m Heather Laura Clarke. I’m a writer living in beautiful Nova Scotia, I have a 12-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, I married my high school sweetheart, and this is the story of my handmade life.
I have depression and anxiety, and I fight like hell every day to keep them from taking over my life. Creating things helps.
Whether I’m writing novels, decorating a room, busting out my power tools to build furniture, getting muddy in the pottery studio, sewing clothes, or cross-stitching a swear word, I’m all about using my creativity to craft a life I love.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2009, so if you dig deep into the archives, you’ll meet a bright-eyed 25-year-old newlywed who was basically obsessed with having kids, buying a cozy house, and supporting herself full-time with her writing. (Spoiler alert: she got exactly what she wanted.)