Identical twins but unique individuals
TAYA AND DANIEL
Double trouble, or twice as nice?
Zoe and Isla were born in October 2009 in Christchurch.
They were born via emergency c-section 12 weeks premature, due to Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction (SIUGR).
Zoe weighed 990grams and Isla 690grams. They spent four-and-a-half months in Christchurch Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Initially it was very tough having twins, especially medically fragile ones.
These were our first children, so we had a very steep learning curve.
Needing to do everything twice, and trying to coordinate feeding and sleeping was extremely exhausting.
The first year of having the girls at home was a complete blur.
When the girls were born we had no family in the South Island, so we had to cope the best we could. After the devastating February 2011 earthquake, we left Christchurch and returned to the North Island.
As the girls have grown, things have definitely become easier. Getting them both to sleep through the night was a big step.
They have an amazing bond and don't like to be separated.
But despite the fact they share the same DNA, they are very unique individuals.
Isla is very girly and loves all things pink and sparkly.
She decides everyday on the clothes she will wear and she loves unicorns and ballet.
And while Zoe also loves ballet, she doesn't care what she wears, her favourite colour is green and she wants to be a Chef like Jamie Oliver.
They also have very different personalities and ways of dealing with different situations.
It was when the girls were around three-years-old that they started to realise they looked alike.
One example of this was when I put the girls hair into plaits for the first time.
I asked Zoe if she wanted to see what she looked like in the mirror.
She goes "No Mum, it is OK I will just look at my sister".
We as parents are looking forward to seeing them grow as individuals and deal with the challenges and benefits that come with being identical twins.
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