Twin life

Seven months old

Hattie and Joe are seven months old! And as I noted yesterday, we didn’t bring their monkey with them and can’t take the monthly photo. Instead, here’s a shot of Hattie giving Joe a head massage this morning.

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As all of you who read my blog on a regular basis will know, I’m finding life as a twin mother challenging and rewarding in equal measure at the moment. Hattie and Joe are adorable, hilarious, affectionate, relentless little mentalists, and I love them beyond all measure. They’re also in possession of their own very distinct personalities these days, so I thought that it was time for a little quiz.

ARE YOU A ‘HATTIE’ OR A ‘JOE’?

For each of the following scenarios choose the option that best suits you.

1. You’re out for dinner, and your dining companion has received their food before you. Do you:

A: wait patiently for your food?
Or
B: burst into tears, reacting as if you’re starving to death?

2. You’re out running errands, and you see a stranger. Do you:

A: give them a cursory glance, and get on with your day?
Or
B: stare at them with unblinking eyes, seemingly memorising their every feature in case you hear them described on Crimewatch one day?

3. When having a poo, do you:
A: turn bright red, and grunt and groan, not unlike a woman giving birth?
Or
B: quietly get about your business, and possibly indulge in a satisfied smile at the end?

4. You’re at a party. Do you:

A: spend most of the night chatting intently to one or two people?
Or
B: flit around the room talking to everybody, and stand on a table to attract attention if necessary?

5. While peacefully eating some watermelon, a companion notices that you’ve got a small seed stuck to your cheek. They helpfully remove it from your face. Do you:

A: placidly continue eating your watermelon?
Or
B: throw down your watermelon, burst into tears, and scream inconsolably for the next half an hour?

6. When you wake up, are you:

A: slightly groggy for a few minutes, and not necessarily in the mood for lively conversation straight away?
Or
B: so wide awake and perky that it’s as if you’ve been intravenously fed coffee overnight?

7. You’re hanging out in a bar. Do you:

A: largely ignore everybody and watch TV?
Or
B: totally ignore the TV and interact with your fellow patrons?

8. When it comes to smiling, do you:
A: make people work for your grin, but then show them that it’s worth it by beaming at them like they’re the best thing you’ve ever seen?
Or
B: bestow your smile indiscriminately, reminiscent of somebody seeking political office?

9. While serving you, your waiter is unavoidably called away for a moment. Do you:

A: pitch a massive fit, with a look of complete horror on your face and tears rolling down your cheeks?
Or
B: wait reasonably calmly, as long as the delay isn’t excessive?

10. You’re at the supermarket and you feel particularly cheerful. Do you:

A: largely contain your contentment, perhaps sharing a smile with somebody who catches your eye?
Or
B: laugh loudly and maniacally at random moments as you cruise the aisles?

Results

Count up your A responses and B responses.

IF YOU MOSTLY CHOSE ‘A’

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Congratulations! You’re on Team Joe. You’re easy-going and sweet natured, and you take pleasure from simple things. As long as nobody interrupts your dinner, you’re cool.

IF YOU MOSTLY CHOSE ‘B’

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Congratulations! You’re on Team Hattie. Patience isn’t your strong suit, and at times you’re somewhat unpredictable, but you’re vibrant, engaging, and hilarious.

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