Personality Differences?

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Personality Differences?
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 5:00pm

How different are your multiples?

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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 5:06pm
Hmm.. not sure where that javascript is coming from...

Anyways, my twins are complete opposites! They are physically different, Connor is very husky and solid, while Matthew is a bit leaner. Connor excels at math, Matthew at reading. Matthew will work on learning something new for weeks (started at a very early age with crawling, rolling, etc.) and finally master it. It will only take Connor a day or so after he sees Matthew doing it. Matthew loves sports, while Connor could care less about them.

Connor is right-handed and Matthew is left! I swear the list goes on and on. I think the most interesting thing for me with having twins is watching how different they are and how they approach life.

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 7:55am
Mine are too young to know any real differences in personality. Just about the time I decide that I see something, the other one does the same thing and throws me off lol. I love watching them interact with each other. That is fascinating to me. I can't wait to see how different, or alike they become :D
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Wed, 08-17-2011 - 6:02pm

So interesting isn't it?! I'm sure mine are way too young to tell just yet, but I swear I see pesonality/temperament differences already. Elia is zero to 60, knows what she wants and wants it now. When she's mad she lets you know. When she's happy she's the happiest little baby I've ever seen. Jules is much more middle of the road, generally laid back but can be mildly fussy for no reason. I think most of the time she doesn't even know what she wants. ;) I can't wait to see how it all plays out as they get older!

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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 11:24am
It's so much fun to watch them together, I didn't pick up on my other boys' personalities as much as I did with them. Seeing them together makes it more obvious, I think?

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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 11:29am
I look back now and can see how much they were the same as babies as they are when they got older. This will probably seem odd, and is totally just speculation on our part. When they were born, there was substantial difference in cord size between the two. Matthew's was nice and wide, while Connor's was pretty thin. It made us think that Connor really had to fight for nourishment in the womb, and he was a very greedy eater after he was born, while Matthew would fall asleep most of the time. Matthew is still more laid back and relaxed, while Connor is the more aggressive of the two. Does this come from way back in the womb? It's hard to say, but interesting to think about :)

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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 10:04am

My b/g twins are 20 months and very different! She is Type A, does everything first, and is very bossy, which actually works out because my baby boy is very laid back, shares well with his sister (like he has a choice!). I'm trying to teach them to share, we're getting into the tricky twos. Any tips on toddlers?

I am also running out of things to do. I work from home, so I am around, but I'm at the computer. We dance, do flashcards (which they eat), and build things when I take a break (about once an hour). I feel guilty! Can you imagine if I worked outside the home?! I'm trying not to feel guilty, but I know I'd like to get out of the house more! Worry I'm gipping them. They have a weekly play class, too. Ideas?


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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 4:26pm
LOL! I wonder if that's a girl thing because that's how it is at my house too. :/

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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 8:36pm
My 14 month old girls are pretty different. April is aggressive, fun-loving, energetic, and always smiling. She is sensitive. Awna is more shy and baby like. But she has the bigger appetite (that's when her aggressive side comes out) and is very sweet. She's a cuddle bug.
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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 8:29pm
I think you are doing great with them, don't forget that you are teaching them valuable lessons on how to be independent and entertain themselves. Sharing can be tricky, most of the time I let them work it out themselves or try to set some limits. Maybe give the child that has the favored toy something else so that they'll be more willing to trade off?

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Thu, 09-22-2011 - 8:30pm
Awww.. they sound so sweet. I love that Awna gets aggressive around food, I'm the same way ;)

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