My Mono Twins Annalise and Alexis
by Angela Howard
(East St. Louis, IL)
Annalise & Alexis age 5
Well I was shocked to find out that after having 5 single birth children, I was now expecting twins! Mono Mono twins that are quite rare from what I understand. My twins are 5 now but still I am amazed with them.
I was considered such a high risk that I was told to check into the hospital at 22 weeks, which I declined to do because I had other children at home. I was closely monitored, (2 ultrasounds and 3 stress tests a week). I had a good pregnancy and delivered them both vaginally at 36 1/2 weeks. No complications and both babies were born strong and healthy. Truly blessings from God. The doctors were glad it was over because I wouldn't do anything they wanted me to do. I trusted God and prayed everyday for my babies.
Now, 5 years later, we have so much fun together. I love to just watch them play and talk to each other in their own little twin language. Even though they are supposed to be identical, I treat them as individuals. They do look slightly different as well as act and sound different.
They are very smart. They turned 5 in March and know the alphabet, all the numbers, colors, shapes, how to read and write their full names as well as family and friend's names. And, they just learned how to tie their shoes! As surprised as I was in the beginning I'm very proud to be a mother of Mono Mono twins!