It’s been a baby wonderland sort of week. Lots of gushy cheeky grins to photograph! I thought it would be fun to include some interesting twin factoids for the post this week in honor of these two cuties!
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
The twin birth rate in the United States rose 76 percent from 1980 through 2009, from 18.9 to 33.3 per 1,000 births. The Yoruba have the highest rate of twinning in the world, at 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
Fraternal or dizygotic (DZ) twins (also referred to as “non-identical twins”, “dissimilar twins”, “biovular twins”, and, in cases of females, sororal twins) usually occur when two fertilized eggs are implanted in the uterus wall at the same time. When two eggs are independently fertilized by two different sperm cells, fraternal twins result. The two eggs, or ova, form two zygotes, hence the terms dizygotic and biovular.
Dizygotic twins, like any other siblings, have an extremely small chance of having the same chromosome profile. Like any other siblings, dizygotic twins may look similar, particularly given that they are the same age. However, dizygotic twins may also look very different from each other. They may be of different sexes or the same sex. The same holds true for brothers and sisters from the same parents, meaning that fraternal and/or sororal twins are simply siblings who happen to be the same age.
Studies show that there is a genetic basis for dizygotic twinning. However, it is only their mother that has any effect on the chances of having such twins; there is no known mechanism for a father to cause the release of more than one ovum. Dizygotic twinning ranges from six per thousand births in Japan (similar to the rate of monozygotic twins) to 14 and more per thousand in some African countries.
Dizygotic twins are also more common for older mothers, with twinning rates doubling in mothers over the age of 35. With the advent of technologies and techniques to assist women in getting pregnant, the rate of fraternals has increased markedly.
The two little sweeties below are very special. They have such a lovely family to spoil and love them to pieces. I loved how they loved hearing Grandma sing to them. It was too cute! I hope you all enjoy my favorites from the session and learned a wee bit about twinsies!
I want to thank you Brittney for bringing in your little dolls! And to your helpers. They were great and made things go super smooth! I love these little guys! I’m going to love watching them grow up! They are such an amazing blessing!