Back when I was pregnant I signed up for a weekly email update from BabyCenter.com. For those of you who don’t know, they send out an email letting you know how the baby is developing that week, and how big they might be, etc. After the baby is born the emails continue letting you know what they might be doing developmentally. I only sometimes look at the emails. Most of the time I just delete it before I even open it. I mean, really. I don’t have a whole lot of free time. But this morning I did look, and found what it said to be very funny. Here is just a brief excerpt.
…babies this age parallel play, staying happily engrossed in their own activities alongside one another, but without really interacting. This is normal — focusing on their own abilities and needs is how babies develop. Over time, though, you’ll notice your baby stealing glances at fellow babies and perhaps crawling over to try to use the same toy…
Ya right! I had read when I was pregnant that twins began to notice and interact with their twin before a singleton baby would begin to socialize with other babies, but I did not think this difference would be this drastic. My girls have interacted for a very long time. They hold hands while they are in their high chairs eating , they steal toys from each other, they play together. Alyssa thoroughly enjoys putting things in Kylie’s mouth (blocks, spoons, plastic alphabet letters, etc). They both get such a kick out of it. They ride their cars into each other, they laugh at each other when we play peek-a-boo with blankets over their faces, or behind the big cardboard box. They even use teamwork to get (or get into!) things that they want. They smile when they see each other for the first time in the morning or after a nap.
It is so amazing how different the world of twins can be from the world of singletons.