I’m continually amazed at how many people think my boys look just alike or ask if they are identical. The truth is, I don’t know if they are identical or fraternal, but my bet is on fraternal while the rest of the family swears they’re identical.
This year will be the year we find out though.
When they were younger, I could easily see how people got them confused. And there were times when I had to do a double take to make sure I was talking about the right baby. Or I would rely on their outfits to know right away without really looking at their faces.
Often I am asked “how do you tell them apart,” and because it’s typically a quick conversation I just answer with “they look like two different people to me.” Most people don’t get that, but I’m their mom. It’s programed in me; though telling them apart was one of my biggest concerns while I was pregnant with them.
Even now, when looking at their infant pictures, I have to look for a minute to know who is who. But, that’s not the case anymore. Now there are clearly defined features and they look totally different to me. So, let me help you.
Just Look at Their Sweet Faces
Okay, let’s break down their little faces first as you’ll see the most differences here.
Henry’s eyes are more round. Oliver’s eyes are more almond shape.
Henry’s nose is wider and softer on top. Oliver’s nose is more narrow and has a slight point on the top with his nostrils being more defined.
Henry’s lips are bigger. Oliver’s upper lip is thinner.
The Jaw Line.
Henry’s jaw line is more square. Oliver’s jaw line is round.
There’s a Weight Difference, Too!
When they were born, there was only a 10 oz difference between my boys. At 35 weeks they were 4 lbs 15 oz and 4 lbs 5 oz. Slowly there became a one pound difference, then two, then three. Now at 21 months old, there’s a 6 lb difference between them and it clearly shows.
Henry is the bigger boy. He’s also taller by half an inch.
Can you see the difference in these two pictures?
What Do You Think?
Now that I have broken it down on exactly how to tell them apart, do you think you could do it? Do you notice any other features about my boys that are different? What’s your guess… are they identical or fraternal twins?