A pair of adorable twin sisters from New Jersey delighted in learning that being identical meant they get to look alike — but their reactions quickly diverged when they learned one inevitably had to be the older twin.
The parents of 3-year-old Ava and Alexis, from West Orange, posted video on YouTube last week showing the conversation the girls' mother had with them about what it meant to be a twin.
"Lexi, what do you think being identical twins means?" the girls' mother Ami is heard asking.
"Adordable!" Alexis replies.
The girls hug each other as Ava explains that it means they have the same birthday.
"It also means you look alike," their mother tells them, and the sisters look closely at each other and grin as they confirm that they indeed resemble each other.
But when their mother tells them that Ava is one minute older, Alexis promptly starts crying.
"But I want to be older!" Alexis says.
"I'm just one minute older," Ava tells her mournful sister, grabbing her chin as she tries to comfort her. "I'm just one minute older, that's it."
But the tables quickly turn when the girls realize that Alexis is actually the taller twin, by about a half-inch.
"I'm bigger than Ava!" Alexis announced proudly as Ava begins to cry.
Then it's Alexis' turn to hug her sister.
Ava and Alexis' mother Ami told NBC 4 New York the girls have always been very competitive but that they're also "naturally very affectionate with each other."
The twins were born six weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, 6 ounces, according to their parents. Since they came home at around four pounds, life for dad Justin and mom Ami has been "chaotic but wonderful."
The family loves going to the park and the playgrounds, and they especially enjoy the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.