I’m a Triplet Now…

My husband’s twin brother is visiting us right now (they recently had a birthday), so I’ve been thinking a lot about how him being a twin and me being an only child affects us.

My hubby likes to always have me right next to him, with some point of physical contact. I guess having his brother beside him in the womb for 9 months got him used to that. He actually, really loves to share, and he naturally thinks of others; when he buys himself a shirt, he also gets one for his brother and stashes it away until the next time they see each other. Sometimes he doesn’t speak in complete sentences. Why should he? His twin knows what he’s thinking. As an only child, I’m just about the complete opposite. I like my space, my food, and my purchases to be all mine. And I don’t speak in half sentences; instead, I often say nothing at all. 

These sorts of statements are often heard in our house:

“Come closer. You seem far away.”                         

“Honey, please give me some more room. I can’t turn over!”

“Here, try some of mine.”                                         “

No, you can’t have any of my ice cream.”

“Tell me what’s on your mind.”                                 

“Wait, what are you talking about?”

Now that I’m married to a twin, I’m sort of an honorary triplet. I’ve gained a brother, learned lots about sibling relationships, and gotten much better at sharing along the way.

I’m wondering what it’s like for other birth order combinations… How do a firstborn and a middle child interact, for example? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments!