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To feel fascinated that my identical twins may be mirror twins:)

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doradaisy Wed 14-Sep-11 19:08:19

I have DS identical twins, 14 months.

One twin is felt handed, the other right handed.

The one who is right handed got his first front teeth on the right.
The one who is left handed got his first front teeth on the left.

One has a dimple on his left cheek, the other on the right.


Oooh it all feels very science fictiony and interesting.

Methinks I'll do a PHD on it smile

doradaisy Wed 14-Sep-11 19:09:08

left handed obviously, not felt handed!!!

Now that would be science fiction smile

MadamXx Wed 14-Sep-11 19:09:41

I think that's pretty cool actually grin

Someonesnotinbed Wed 14-Sep-11 19:10:30

Have you checked what side their hearts are on??

WilsonFrickett Wed 14-Sep-11 19:10:44

ooh, I like it! Well cool! (not being felt handed though, that's just weird grin)

Someonesnotinbed Wed 14-Sep-11 19:11:47

Also, isn't 14 months a little early to tell handedness? What behavior is it based on?

carabos Wed 14-Sep-11 19:13:03

I thought all identical twins were "mirror " twins? You learn something new everyday.

doradaisy Wed 14-Sep-11 19:13:22

OMG someonesnot, I didn't consider organs!

Would they've known that in the hospital?

Is that the kind of thing I could check at home (I mean by listening to the heart, not perform surgery!)

MadameDefarge Wed 14-Sep-11 19:14:48

oh someone, lets not pop any balloons!

There is a theory that lefthanded folk are singletons remaining from a failed twin pregnancy.

The idea there might have another one of me is rather weird though!

MadamXx Wed 14-Sep-11 19:15:03

I was watching a movie a few weeks ago and someone got purposely stabbed in the heart. Only she survived because her heart was on the "wrong" side so it actually missed her.

candr Wed 14-Sep-11 19:15:09

My sister and I are like this, we are officially called 'mirror image mono zygotics' Our organs are all in normal place though.

doradaisy Wed 14-Sep-11 19:15:52

Maybe all identical twins are mirror? I wasn't sure, I thought not all were. Must research this carabos

someonesnot hand dominance is actually determined in the womb I believe. Behaviour based on spoonfeeding, hand they reach out to hold/grab things and pick things up.

MadamXx Wed 14-Sep-11 19:16:02

That's interesting Madame - DS is left handed.

Andrewofgg Wed 14-Sep-11 19:20:01

Some years ago I met a chap whose skull was slightly, just slightly, mis-shapen.

Then I met his twin sister whose skull was slightly, just slightly, mis-shapen but left to right from her brother IYSWIM.

I'd have to assume that their heads were pressed together in the womb and that is why, but am I right, does anybody know?

tyler80 Wed 14-Sep-11 19:21:44

Not all identical twins are mirror. It depends on the stage they split

MadameDefarge Wed 14-Sep-11 19:22:42

hm, andrew, babies heads are notoriously flexible, you should see some forceps babies just after birth, can be really, er, enlightening. but a year later you could never tell.

FabbyChic Wed 14-Sep-11 19:23:17

Kids father is an identical twin the aren't mirror twins at all.

However they are both assholes.

Andrewofgg Wed 14-Sep-11 19:25:56

Thanks MadameDefarge - but that suggests that the oddity was the result not of some heavy work with the forceps but of pressure over a longer period - which is what I thought. Well, I shall never know because quite apart from it not being the sort of question you ask they are both dead.

Paschaelina Wed 14-Sep-11 19:26:46

Now I come to think of it, my identical twin brothers are different-handed. Mind you, their temperaments are different, abilities different, everything except looks.

They partook in a twin study over a number of years, filling out questionnaires as they grew up. They were told that over the course of the study, 97% of their answers on the multiple choice parts were identical.

MadameDefarge Wed 14-Sep-11 19:27:03

oh, we could always have a seance?

In the interests of science?

MadamXx Wed 14-Sep-11 19:27:14

"However they are both assholes" - grin

I was a forceps baby and I still have a misshapen skull. However it's not noticeable unless you go "feeling" for it lol

MadameDefarge Wed 14-Sep-11 19:29:19

I have a pretty flat skull at the back. no one notices until I need to buy a hat, then they realise I have the head circumference of a baby.

Not great claim to fame, I admit. But it is the only one I have!

foreverondiet Wed 14-Sep-11 19:29:47

Read the food "Her Fearful Symmetry" - about mirror image twins.

re: left handed my DN is left handed and so is BIL (his dad) so though it was genetic rather than from failed twin pregnancy.

re: internal organs, apparently that's very rare so don't worry.

NoHunIntended Wed 14-Sep-11 19:30:43

LOL @ Fabby! smile

Someonesnotinbed Wed 14-Sep-11 19:30:46

Got a touch of monomania Fabby?

I can believe that some kids that age are obviously handed one way or the other. But I've heard of some militant left-handers misdiagnosing their kids as left-handed early on.

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