When I was pregnant with my twin boys I got a slew of helpful and practical advice (“Eat tons of protein and calcium” “Freeze meals now” “Lay on your left side and drink water” “Wait until your husband is home from work to take a bath, so he can help you out of the tub”) but one thing I really appreciated and hadn’t thought of was the advice from a 30-year- old male friend who is an identical twin and a professional photographer. He told me to make sure to get these three pictures of our infant twins –
Pictures of the boys in Thing 1 & Thing 2 onesies (blue wig optional).
I love Dr. Seuss (doesn’t everyone?) and he perfectly described twins (at least my twins) when he wrote the Thing 1 & Thing 2 characters. Loud, small beings who look alike and show up unexpectedly and completely destroy your house? Yep, that’s my boys! A friend with a twin niece and nephew gave me these onesies as a gift, but they are available in many sizes/styles and I recommend getting some for your babies if no one gifts them to you.
Pictures of the boys swinging together in an infant swing.
I love this adorable picture of my happy, smiling boys (because every time I put them in the swing, they were instantly happy and smiling). And even more than the picture, I love that twin babies fit perfectly in one infant swing. I had never seen this before and if he hadn’t told me about it, I might not have realized this excellent playground containment device for twin babies.
Pictures by themselves.
This is perhaps the most important picture to take. My friend loves having an identical twin brother and he cherishes all the cute pictures of them together growing up. However, his parents didn’t even get one picture of him without his twin included. When he was asked to bring in a baby picture for Kindergarten star of the day, he had to use one with both babies. Then later in life, when his fiancée wanted to use baby pictures in their wedding, he again only had the pictures of both babies. This isn’t something that I would have thought about while I was recovering from a twin birth and just trying to keep both babies fed, clean and swaddled but I’m glad he mentioned it, so I could be sure to get a few newborn photos of each baby individually. And I’ve continued to take both twin and individual pictures at major milestones throughout their five years.
Janna Holm lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, dog and five-year-old identical twin boys.