Saturday, September 20

DNA results and a FREEBIE!

now.. please don't fall of your seats and cause some unwanted damage to your selves but I actually have a freebie! 1st one since like MARCH - LOL... but before I get to it... just wanted to share some sweet pics of my little girlies and give a quick update.
Aubrie: Has been sleeping through the night (6:00pm - 6:30am) for almost 2 months now! I love it! It's kinda sad when I put her down for the night and kiss her and say "ok.. I'll see you in the morning".. that's so long to not see her! LOL... but I love the downtime (of course after all the rest of the crew are in bed...) She has the most beautiful big brown eyes ever!! She startles easily and if Lexi is crying.. sometimes she'll do a sympathy cry with her. She loves her baths and splashing in the water and playing in her jumperoo and she's a big time smiler :)
Lexi: Goes to bed with her sister but let's me see her half way through (she gets up around 1:30ish for a bottle and then right back to sleep till 6:30am). She has been rolling over from back to tummy and tummy to back for about a month now (and no - Aubrie's showing no signs of wanting to move - LOL). She giggles and laughs all the time and babbles frequently :) She also loves playing in the exersaucer and jumperoo. She's still about a pound lighter than Aubrie (and still a bit taller - so it really emphasizes her being lighter...)
I absolutley LOVE being a twin mom! nothing is greater!! It has been the most fun ever and I love waking up to them each morning. They go on my daily walk w/ me at 6:50am and that gets them out of the house. They both take a LONG morning nap from 8:30am till noon or 12:30pm and then back down for an afternoon nap from 2-4pm and then to bed by 6pm - so I really am diggin' their current schedule.
ok.. so now onto the title of this post... their DNA test results (to determine if they're Identical or not). From the beginning (even being pregnant) we had assumed they were fraternal (they were in their own sacs, had seperate placentas, heredity (my grandma is a twin), my age, subsequent pregnancies, etc..) and when they were born they looked NOTHING alike! But as they grew and got older (around the 3 month mark) we started noticing that they looked VERY similar and people started asking if they were ID (of course I said "No"... just similiar looking fraternal twins)... I posted some pics of the girls at Twinstuff (I HIGHLY recommend this site for any other twin moms reading this!) and the consensus over there was thay they were Identical... so I decided to get them tested (test involved swabbing the inside of their cheeks and sending it into a lab in California - cost: $99) and we just got the results back this week. I don't know if I'm surprised or not - LOL... but the results came back that they are IDENTICAL GIRLS! Only 30% of all twins are ID and of that 30% less than 1/3 of them have seperate sacs and placentas (like mine did -- so overall only like 9% of all twins are like Aubrie and Lexi - being ID with seperate everything). Obviously regardless of how the test results came back - it wouldn't have changed anything - but it's sooooo wonderful to know what to tell people now when we get that #1 question ("Are they Identical?") and plus for their medical records, etc... So anyway, let me share some pics of my sweet little twincesses! Oh, BTW they are getting close to 5 months old! That's just pure crazy! Alright... now on to the FREEBIE! I needed a template that would hold lots of pictures (since I literally take like 100+ everyday! no joke.) and came across a fabulous design in the Aug/Sept. issue of scrapbooks ETC (page 98 by BARB WONG) and loved it! so I used it and afterwards thought some of you might like it as well... so here it is all packaged up for you :) It's a 2 pager and you'll find 3 PSD files in the download (one of each page seperately and one of them together). You can Download it here

48 comments:

Brooke - in Oregon said...

Good Morning! Good to hear from you, love the photos! I can't get over how big they have already gotten, after all they were just born yesterday! lol Time sure flies :)

Thanks for the freebie, I sure can use it with all the photos I take of my DGD.

Have a great weekend

Kara said...

Your girls are just absolutely darling, Shandy! What a blessing they are! Thanks for the template, too!

Monique said...

Those little girls are absolutely adorable Shandy! Love the photos, and of course you're taking hundreds of photos daily... look what you have to photograph! Have a great day :-D

Brittney said...

YAY!! A post AND a freebie?! It's a great day! Your twins are so dang cute Shandy!! Holy cow! And how exciting that they are identical! WOW! I LOVE the 2-pager too. I'm really into 2-pagers these days.

THANKS!

Beth said...

wow that's a lot of fantastic photos!! They are just gorgeous!! Sure brought a smile to my face today!

Kari ~ Relocated Dixie Girl said...

They are absolutely beautiful!

Robb and Kris said...

Hey Shandalicious...cutest girls ever holy crap! I've been waiting for you to give out freebies again and I needed some templates for tons of pics so thanks. I miss you...

MissPotts said...

Oh Shandy u are breaking my heart with your twinfant talk. WAH! I miss the little days. Sniff Sniff! Ok done whining! Glad I found ur blog through here. I will fave it when I get home and get that yimmy template. I love the graphic look of it. K see ya later gotta get to work!

IkeaGoddess said...

OMG Shandy, they are so cute. I can understand that you take 100s of photos a day.
I love the 2-page template. Nowadays I mostly scrap 2-pagers, they just look better in photobooks and I can use more photos to tell the story. Thank you. Looking forward to hearing more from you and the Brady bunch :-)

Dawn said...

They are so adorable! Loved all the pics and thanks for the template!

Jeanann said...

Aubrie and Lexi are precious. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your template.

Amber said...

Oh, Shandy. Seeing the girls makes me crazy! We need to get together! They are so cute. I always thought they looked so much alike. When I held them both it was still hard to remember who was who. They really are miracles.

Whits End said...

Thank you so much! Love 2 pagers! and your identical twin girls are just the cutest!

Carolyn said...

Your little ladies are just soooo adorable. If I hadn't read your post, I would have just assumed that they are idents. They look exactly alike.

Thanks for the template. I don't take that many pics per day, but I do take lots of vacations, etc.

Len said...

Thank you so much for the freebie! I just love those cute photos! So lucky of you to have twins!

Brandi said...

Oh wow, the girls are precious! Thanks for sharing the pictures, they're just adorable. And thank you for the template!

Jenna (Sweeet) said...

Hey girl, I've been a reader of your blog for a LONG time and FINALLY (slap me will ya) decided to comment. I love the photos of your 'twincesses' (very cute!) and from the time you shared photos when they were born, I thought they were ID, so happy that you got to know for sure now. Thanks for the freebie and sharing photos again, they're gorgeous!

Chad and Amy Plus 3 said...

They get cuter every day!
I sure do miss you girly! Hopefully some day I'll make it back to visit.
Anyway, YAY for them being identical that is so cool! And you knew you couldn't do anything the "normal" way!
I can't wait until I get my computer back so I can get the freebie. It's a good one and I may have to use it often!
Miss you!
-Amy

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh!! Those girls are just too cute! Thank you for sharing pictures & congrats on finding your answers. It's nice knowing : )

Thank you for stopping by my blog : ) I appreciate the comment : )

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Sep [LA 12:09am, NY 02:09am, UK 07:09am, OZ 05:09pm] ).

Brenda said...

Cute girls!

Thanks for the template. I'm a template junkie! (paper, too).

Michelle from MD, USA said...

Your girls are GORGEOUS!! I especially love the photos at the top of your blog with the pink feather boas. The are beautiful. Thanks for the template.

Melissa said...

Your girls are precious!! Thank you for sharing the great template.

Jenna {Sweeet} said...

oh and Shandy...forgot to mention my daughter's name is Aubrie too...her full name is Aubrieana, but of course, Aubrie....hehe Love that name...and hey, thanks for stopping by my blog/commenting. I need to seriously update it with a more current post, my bad! LOL

Jenna {Sweeet} said...

ooooh and don't get mad, forgot to tell you something else...lol..I would love to RAK you ...with a LO...no pressure...would love to do a LO with your beautiful twincesses! ;)

Kathy said...

your twins are adorable. what fun. thanks for template.

kb said...

Hi I am another twin mom from Twinstuff. Your girls are absolutely adorable! I love all the bows:) My girls are almost 9 months old. I try to post in the twins to 1 year forum when I have time. Thanks for the great freebie!

Mags said...

Beautiful babies and a great template!
THX!
:) Mags
magsgraphics.blogspot.com

Carol said...

Thanks for the freebie! Your girls are adorable....they remind me of my own twin daughters at that age. My girls are now 25 years old.....they grow up so fast!

Sexton's Scrapbook said...

Thanks for sharing Shandy! You know that I think you're fabulous. I can't believe the sleep schedule your girls are on. It's unbelieveable. You're the perfect twin mom!

Janet said...

Beautiful pics of your darlings. Thank you for the template - love 2 pagers!

Laura said...

Your girls are precious!! Beautiful photos you take, too.

melissa*smith said...

Okay, you really scared me with that title...I had to scroll down really fast to make sure that everything was okay and that he really is the father, lol! These days when I hear DNA test, that's immediately what I think of. Sad, huh? That is amazing that they are identical~I guess I didn't know that was even possible with separate sacs. They are just adorable and their schedule is amazing. You sound great~so good to hear from you!!

Kelly said...

They are adorable Shandy!!! I can't believe how big they are already! Congrats on having some pink in the house now after the boys ;)

liz said...

Thank you! What wonderful photos of your "twincesses"!!

Bonnie said...

Your girls are so stinkin cute! They are looking more alike to me than they did when they were first born. You are one lucky lady :)

Rachel said...

I just learned about you today from my new friend, Heather Adams. I believe she is a friend of yours. anyway, she told me about you and then while I was browsing Breeza's blog (I'm just new to her CT), I saw your name linked so I had to click over. Heather said you were a great designer and she was right. Love your stuff and glad I found you!

Sandra said...

Oh, what a cute girls :)
I love the photos!!

And thanke you for the freebie!!

Jaye said...

Too Cute !!!
:D

Wookies Mama said...

They sure are super cute!

Iara said...

oh Shandy they are so beautiful!!! and what a wonderful shedule they have! I can barely wait for my little princess to wake up only once in the night!

The Rowley Family said...

Shandy--

You are amazing!!! In all your free time, look at your cute freebie.

xoxox
Jeniele

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Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Template(s), Overlay(s), Photo Mask(s) post on Mar. 08, 2009. Thanks again.

Jackie said...

They are adorable, even if they identical!! LOL Thanks for the freebie!

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Do Not Show post on Apr. 16, 2009. Thanks again.

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