My boys are acknowledging each other in a positive way!
Sure, in the beginning they needed to be near each other to sleep. But that was an instinct not a choice; a simple result of having slept together for 34 weeks prior.
But as they grew and we moved them to separate cribs, they seemed to pay almost no attention to each other. I kept wondering when they would like each other. If they would like each other.
Now in their 18th month, they are really starting to care for one another. Sure, they still take each others toys away, just for the sake of it — not because they actually want that toy — but when it counts, they are proving that they do love each other:
When one cries, the other will come over and rub his back or smack pat him on the head.
When one gets hurt, the other one will cry in sympathy.
When they go to bed, they can be heard for 15 minutes in their room blowing each other kisses.
When they wake up in the morning, they can be heard “talking” and laughing with each other for a while before yelling out for “Daaaaadeeee” to come get them out.
We even caught them holding hands before bed the other night. Finally, the twin bond is starting to emerge.