Tressa and Manuel Montalvo had a huge bundle of joy delivered to them this past Valentine’s Day — Tressa gave birth to two sets of identical twins. That’s right, not quadruplets, though there are technically four babies, but two sets of identical twins. At once. What are the odds of something like this happening? Really, really slim. Around 1 in 800,000 births are quadruplets. About 1 in 70 million are born as two sets of identical twins. The babes, named Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan (yup, ABCD), were delivered prematurely at 31 weeks and are still in intensive care, but should be home soon.
The two sets of twins will join Tressa and Manuel’s first son, who is two-and-a-half. I won’t pretend to be super excited about ever getting pregnant (childbirth really freaks me out), but this may just send me over the edge. That is one too many sets of twins for me. [NPR]
Guys, a lot of stuff happens in a day, and sometimes important things slip through the brain cracks. There were a lot of memes we wanted to make happen this year — involving “American Horror Story,” Kanye West, soup and more — but some of them just didn’t get done. Well, before we move on to 2013, we wanted to get ‘em out of the way — some of the best memes that never happened. There’s still time (we hope!).
On the right is a picture of Daniel Day-Lewis at the premiere of his new movie “Lincoln.” On the right is a picture of British mope-singer Morrissey. We love them both and appreciate that they seem to be aging into the same person. [Photos: Getty]
Look, I can’t say for sure that Hollywood’s heavy-hitters were inspired by my and Amelia’s “Twinsing” post. But I will say that it seems like a bit more than just a coincidence that mere weeks after we attempted to ignite a photo trend in “Twinsing,” it was announced that Danny Devito, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eddie Murphy will star in a sequel to the classic 1988 movie called “Triplets.” Oh yeah that’s right, Eddie Murphy will play Arnie and Danny’s third brother. Oh, hell. This sounds like a great idea. Where do I sign up? [Dlisted]
“I actually felt one of her contractions! I knew she was having some type of pain—I felt it. Not only that, but I was craving the things she was craving, like nachos! I don’t even eat nachos … Tia and I have twin telepathy … I know exactly what she’s thinking, I can feel her and I can sense her. All I have to do is look in her eyes and I can tell what she’s thinking and visa versa.”
—Tamera Mowry on her vicarious experience of her twin sister’s pregnancy. Those twins and their crazy telepathy thingy. Luckily we have an entire season of their new reality show “Tia & Tamara” to explore more of their sister-sister-ness. I wonder if Tamera’s phantom contraction hurt as bad as Tia’s real one? I sure hope not. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Carla Bruni is pregnant with twins, according to French magazine Voici. The 43-year-old singer/actress/model/French First Lady already has a nine-year-old son, Aurelian, from another relationship. Carla is allegedly due to have her first child/children by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in October. But Carla is being mum about any potential pregnancy. When asked in an interview on Monday if she is pregnant, the Telegraph claims Carla said:
“If you’ll allow me, I’d rather not answer these questions about my family. I’d love to talk to you woman to woman about my family life, my personal dreams – and I’m really a very chatty person. But on this subject, I’m going to keep quiet. Not through arrogance or because I like keeping secrets. I am remaining tight-lipped about that to protect something. I would really like to to talk about it, but then it would take over everything else. And besides, it also involves people, so I’m not answering.”
Sounds like a non-confirmation confirmation to me! Another magazine, VSD, claims a senior aide to President Sarkozy also confirmed her pregnancy in off-the-record remarks. Sarkozy’s communications officer refused to comment, saying “That is a subject that is none of my business.” I guess we’ll have to wait un petit peu longer for an official confirmation about a trés trés chic bébé.
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“My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life! I won’t ever be able to top this!”
—Nick Cannon‘s tweet from just a few hours after wife Mariah Carey gave birth to twins on Saturday, which happened to be their third wedding anniversary. Good point—not even butterfly shaped diamonds top “dem babies.” [People] Keep reading »
Four-year-old conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan are an anomaly among anomalies. Not only are they surviving conjoined twins, and not only are they attached at the head, but they actually share part of their brains, the thalamus. Almost unbelievably, Macleans.ca reports, “There is evidence that they can see through each other’s eyes and perhaps share each other’s unspoken thoughts.” The thalamus is the portion of the brain that processes and relays sensory information, and the twins have a “bridge” that runs between theirs. During tests, a neurosurgeon involved in their medical progress found that when one twin looked at an object, the brains of both twins recorded the information. These strange factors have led some to wonder — are the twins two separate people … or one? Their mother reports they have two distinct personalities, but it’s clear that with their brains intertwined, their minds may be far more complex than we can imagine. [Macleans.ca] Keep reading »
A Utah woman was shocked to find out that she was pregnant with two babies that aren’t twins. One fetus is five weeks and four days old, and the other is six weeks and one day old. So how did this happen? Angie Cromar, who has didelphys or double uteruses, beat the one in five million odds to conceive in both her uteruses. This rare condition wasn’t a factor in her other pregnancies, but now she and her husband are “a little nervous” about complications, like pre-term labor and low birth weight. Still though, the parents, their family, and the medical community are really excited about the babies. [Impact Lab] Keep reading »