My girls are twins. Born just one minute apart.
They shared the same space — so tightly all squished up in my tummy. I’ll never forget the ultrasound where we saw them touching hands through their respective amniotic sacs.
It seems that the bond of sisterhood was formed immediately, before they were even old enough to process it. Before they could decide on their own. It was just a part of who they were.
Those first days were shocking.
When Jilly stayed the four days in the NICU, Lucy was home with me and did nothing but cry ALL NIGHT. She wouldn’t sleep. It was atrocious. I remember groaning and thinking, “Oh my goodness … how will ever get this child to sleep??? I’m going to DIE.”
And the VERY day that Jilly got home … the girls less than a week old … were placed on opposite ends of a bassinet. And managed to scoot and squirm their newborn way next to each other … and sleep soundly. Nose to nose. Both girls sleeping THROUGH THE NIGHT.
Lu needed her Jilly. That theme continues today three years later. The girls share a room, and if I ever sneak in and get Jill out first, Lucy wakes up in a full on PANIC. FREAKING out. BAD. “Where is my Jilly???!!! Where is Jilly???!!!”
It takes a few minutes to calm her down — even after she’s seen that her sister is fine and well and just woke up first. It is traumatic. In fact, we often just leave Jill in there to wait until her sister wakes up. It’s just so hard on Lu to not see her sister those few feet away.
Lucy’s protectiveness of her sister began immediately.
Always hugging her.
Always loving on her.
At the time, we all thought it was just cute baby stuff.
But now, looking back, it seems to be more than that.
As if she just knew instinctively that her younger by one minute sister would need her protection.
And Jill has always been a mix of okay with it and slightly annoyed with her older by one minute protective sister.
Because my girls, my TWINS, couldn’t possibly be any more different.
Straight hair. Curly hair. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Green eyes. Blue eyes. Loud and rambunctious. Quiet and demure.
One who walked by 9 months. The other who is still learning at 3 years. Making the divide seem larger sometimes. But somehow none of this seems to matter to them.
Because it’s been the sweetest bond to watch bloom. I’m always amazed at the relationship.
Perhaps different than most twin relationships because of their developmental differences, but they have such a sweet sisterhood I know God designed just for them.
Each just what they needed.
A protective helper for Jill.
And a sweet spot for Lu.
I couldn’t have penned it better myself had I been given the chance.
In that same vein, Disney sent me a preview copy of the latest Tinker Bell movie “Secret of the Wings.” If you’ve seen any of the Tinker Bell movies, you know that the color and detail of the worlds the fairies live in is breathtaking. No matter how many times my kids have watched the movies, I find myself staring at the screen mouth open wide at the colorful magic on the screen. It’s seriously gorgeous.
“Secret of the Wings” movie continues that vibrant tradition but adds to it a sweet, surprise sisterhood that was really fun to watch.
Turns out Tinker Bell has a twin, separated at birth.
Through a series of adventures, the long lost sisters find each other and cause trouble, create mayhem, and eventually succeed in doing everything they can to stay together. This look right here? I’ve totally seen it. Girls who are friends don’t look at each other that way. Sisters do. The thing as a twin mama I just loved was how these sisters didn’t even know the other existed … and within seconds of meeting, they are inseparable.
Seeing the bond my own girls have, I don’t think this is far-fetched at all. There is something special there.
Put two other random girls together and even if they got along really well, they wouldn’t go to great lengths to stay in touch. Put sisters together? Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes. (Cool side note, it turns out that Disney enlisted the help of noted twin-study experts to capture the exact reactions of twins reuniting. I thought that was super fun as I was watching with the kids.)
I tend to assume that a straight to DVD movie is less fabulous than their theater counterparts. But not so. Disney magic at its finest. Truly.
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