January 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm 9 comments


I am sorry for not writing. I know, though, what my excuses are worth.

I write today with news. Ever since the boys were first caught on ultrasound, the doctors told us “identical triplets.” The ultrasound technicians actually argued a bit about this, but every doctor who saw and scanned big A prenatally was in agreement.

But any regular peruser of the photos tacked up in this space will tell you, one of these boys is not like the others. Nonetheless, we read stories about identicals who don’t look (and, um, act or sound) identical, so we thought it could be possible in our case.

Well, I can now report that, no it isn’t. It isn’t possible. Bombshell here so make sure you’re sitting down. It. is. Official.

Pablo and Satchel, and Levi and Satchel, are dyzogotic.

Pablo and Levi are monozygotic.

We’ve got 2+1, so you see I wasn’t kidding in the header when I said “not your standard identical triplet blog.” We shelled out the big bucks to get some genetic closure, as it were. This 99.9% the law, (and 99.4% what we were expecting).

No time to philosophize about this now – but I thought I’d share the news.

(and p.s., big Mama made it home safely from her travels and we are all still alive and happy)


Entry filed under: update.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pam  |  January 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    So, they’re not all identical? Well, shoot, if that’s the case, I’m still not kicking you out of the FB group. 😛

  • 2. D&D  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

    They are still the three most cuddly peas in a pod! Have to tell you; this morning my oldest niece, 45, delivered her 7th child, Victoria! Yikes! & her husband has 6 children from his first marriage. Yup, do the math. True, xo

  • 3. Stefan  |  January 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Mystery solved! Hey, a little variety never hurts, and I agree, they are still pretty damned cute … does not affect the cuteness factor, luckily

  • 4. Charlotte & Jeff  |  January 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    WOW! Good to know who we’re dealing with! Pretty exciting science-stuff. Amazing really. So glad you got the 3rd bonus boy. xox

  • 5. Squirky  |  January 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    100% adorable no matter how you slice it!

  • 6. eden  |  January 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    So this means what I thought all along — that two were from one split egg and the other from a separate egg. Right? It makes sense since one of these things is not like the others.

  • 7. Leah  |  January 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    This sounds very interesting, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t totally understand. Can you explain a bit more?

  • 8. shnootre  |  January 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Eden, yes.

    Essentially, there were two embryos. One split, and became Pablo and Levi (babies A and B in the womb, but babies B and C at birth).

    The other was Satchel (C in the womb, A at birth).

    So Pablo and Levi are identical, and Satch is fraternal. The DNA test says they all come from the same planet, but I have my doubts.

  • 9. Lori Tishler  |  January 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I knew it! They are growing beautifully.


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