In 1978 my mum was told she was pregnant with a baby girl , she was excited to hear the news and had my grand mother go and start knitting some baby clothes!!
Mum put on around 15kg and by 6 months she was almost bursting, telling her doctor that she feels like there may be ”two in there”, “are you sure there is only one girl, I am huge my belly looks like I am having twins”.
It was then her closest friend her doctor, who had only done a 3 month ultrasound, suggested my mum have another just to make sure!It was then at 6 months pregnancy, the doctor discovered two heart beats, mum was told ” you are having twins”.
Mum was not surprised, and it was a mad rush to have two of everything not just one, mum and Dad went out and bought two bassinets, two cots , two of everything and gran went and knitted identical outfits for all the ones she had already made!
On the 2oth Febuary 1978 my sister and I were born, I was of-course much larger around 6 pounds I think and my little sister around 5 pounds, as we were born4.5 weeks premature. Apparently I hogged all the food and my sister got me back by making sure she was delivered first.
After both of us jostling for position neither of us could get out,so my sister eventually won and was delivered around 1 minute before me via cesarian.My poor mum was in labour for 36 hours and with us fighting over who was coming out first!
I think that is why I am so competitive, from in the womb I always had my twin to compete against.Then growing up we had to make everything a competition! I remember so many times we had competitions like racing to our best friends house up the hill on our cruisers and she would always beat me, I was heavier ok!;) In the pool we had holding our breath and summer-salt comps.We would see who could hold there breath and do as many turns under water, I remember Simmy did 8 flips and came up breathless! I thought ‘I can beat that’ and did 8.5 but almost blacked out as she dragged my head out of the pool!
That was the seond time she saved my life, apparently( I dont remember) the frist was when I was 2years old, and fell face first in the sand pit and couldnt get up( I was fat ok).My sister rescued me, by pulling my hair and yanked me out of the sand pit, as mum watched in astonishment running from the kitchen!
I never seemed to win though, maybe thats why im like I am today…hating losing and trying to win every competition even if its a card game!
So back to Febuary 20 1978, the doctor told mum when we were born being so small and fragile, to take care to feed us alot and nourish our ‘little’ (haha) bodies as we were very weak.We both lived in incubators as were were born prem with a ’hole in the heart’ (congenital heart defect – a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. This change the normal flow of blood through the heart.)
I dont seem to have any problems with that obviously and neither of us are exactly small and weak!!
The doctor warned mum that we would be very ‘athletic’ and we would not grow to be very strong or tall.That doctor was so wrong in many ways!
When we were born back in the 70′s ,technology wasnt as advanced and Mum was told that were were most likley NOT identical.The general rule is identical twins share placentas and amniotic sacs.We were an odd case as we both had our own placentas, although I am sure I managed to steal some of my twins!The crazy thing was we also had one amniotic sac , but it was partially divided.Thus the doctors couldnt confirm fraternal or paternal!
The doctor analysed our situation and concluded this on our birth certificates ” It is almost 100% certain that these two babies are NOT identical twins”. So much for that conclusion!
As babies we were 100% identical except for the fact that I was called double decker becka,as I was always weighing in higher than my sister( haha I finally am winning on that stake now…sorry Simmy)!
I looked through all our childhood photos and until we were about 13- 14 years of age, even we cannot tell each other apart.I have to check with mum if its me in the pic…very scarey!!We also have listened to voice recordings and neither of us know who is who!
We are now 33 years old, and decided it was time to see if we really were identical! My sister sent off our saliva test to check our DNA and we nervously awaited the response neither of us knowing what the answer would be!
Who is who can you guess....I cant haha!!!
It was a long two week wait, then my twin Sister Simone called me and said “Guess what..? W e are 99.99992 % identical” . I was a little shocked as I dont really think we look that alike anymore!I guess my training for Ironman may have slightly changed my physique, and shrunk in some areas alot too!!
Twins to be identical have to be over or above 91% identical, so it was very certain and a little scarey to think we are 99.99992% identical.It still didnt explain one thing though(those of you close to me will know what i mean), perhaps its the 0.000008 % that deciedes this!;)
Its very cool to think I have a real identical twin, although we are different in some ways. our personalities are not that dis-similar.Certainly our attitude to life , drive for success and dealing with adversity its something we certainly share!
Love to mum for putting up with us all these years, and ll my love to my amazing sister Simmy- you are my identical twin and I’m proud of it ,I love you sooooo much!