TISHA & TIFFANY: For Tiffany Watson, age 46 of Holyoke, being a twin means “always having a friend and someone who knows you backwards and forwards.” A downside is that when she goes where identical twin sister Tisha Goodemote lives in Berthoud, everyone thinks Tiffany is Tisha. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
PIPER & KYRAH: Holyoke twin mom Heather McConachie had her first funny but scary moment when she thought she had mixed up her identical twin girls after taking their hospital bands off. Now, Piper and Kyrah McConachie, age 15, are learning how to drive and making each other laugh so hard they can’t catch their breath. They come from a family with multiple sets of twins on both sides. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
JOCELYN & JORDAN: Fraternal twin sisters Jocelyn and Jordan Kingman joined a Holyoke family of “J” names when they were born three years ago. On their dad’s side, their great-grandma was a twin, and another great-grandma had twin siblings. Jeanette Kingman, the twins’ mom, said the girls are in tune with each other and never apart. “There isn’t anything they don’t do together,” said Jeanette. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
KRISTEN & KARINA: Karina (Kramer) Davis, age 32 of Holyoke, thinks it would have been fun to be able to pretend to be her sister Kristen Kramer of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, but the fraternal twins didn’t think they could pull it off. Davis said that being twins put expectations on them that they would have the same likes and dislikes. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
LINDYN & LAKYN: It’s been a blur, but Holyoke’s Luedke family has made it through the baby and toddler years with 5-year-old fraternal twins Lindyn and Lakyn. When mom Arika went in for her six-week ultrasound, the doctor joked that she was having Irish twins because her son was only 6 months old. “When she did my ultrasound, she heard two heartbeats. I was in shock!” said Arika. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
JAQUELINE & JESSICA: It’s hard to tell them apart, but Jaqueline and Jessica Mosqueda, age 19 of Holyoke, are actually fraternal twins. They even switched spots for a few days in the fourth grade, and their teacher never found out. The sisters say there are times when they have the same thoughts, and Jaqueline said, “Whenever my sister is nervous, no matter how far apart from each other we are, I can feel her butterflies.” (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
ANDREA & ANGELA: Andrea Kammer, age 39 of Holyoke, admits she still can’t tell who’s who in baby pictures with her identical twin sister, Angela Edwards-Aker of Fort Morgan. In fact, their mom was scared to take the hospital bracelets off until Angela developed a birthmark. And eventually she began dressing the girls in different colors — Andrea in blues and purples and Angela in reds and pinks. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
DAVE & DAN: In consdering the pros and cons of being a twin, Dave Johnson, age 66 of Holyoke, said he couldn’t think of any cons, but one definite pro is that “you always have someone you can count on.” His fraternal twin, Dan, lives in Kersey and enjoys calf roping, while Dave likes to spend his time golfing. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
AZUCENA & SUSANA: Azucena Torres, age 42 of Yuma, always laughs when people ask if she and identical twin sister Susana Torres, of El Paso, Texas, are twins, because it’s a pretty obvious “yes!” She said the attention is fun until the silly questions start. “It gives people great pleasure to be able to notice the differences, but yet there are those that we grew up with that still don’t know who is who,” said Azucena. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
BRADY & BRANDI: Fraternal twins Brady Haynes and Brandi (Haynes) Lippert joined uncles Gale and Dale and Garry and Larry in the Haynes family twin tradition when they were born 34 years ago. Brandi, who now lives in Ogallala, Nebraska, said she walked first while her brother Brady, of Sedgwick, was the first to talk. (Read the full article in print or the e-edition!)
Throughout history, twins have been causing people to take a double-take. Whether it’s because they look alike, sound alike or think alike, twins are fascinating. Ten sets of twins with local ties agreed to give their input on the matter, and now we’re doubly interested in all things twins.
A thing or two about twins
1. Twin births in the U.S. rose 79%from 1980 (1 in every 53 births) to 2014 (1 in every 29 births). However, the twin birth rate declined 4% between 2014-2018. Two factors in the upsurge could have been the use of fertility treatments and women having babies later in life.
2. Women can inherit a gene that makes her more likely to release multiple eggs during ovulation. This increases her chance of having fraternal twins, which are produced from two separate eggs.
3. Identical twins result when a single fertilized egg splits in two, which is completely random, not hereditary. They account for about only 4% of twin births.
4. Identical twins have the same DNA at birth, but it eventually becomes more distinctive based on environmental factors. Fraternal twins are as alike as other siblings are.
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