Rebecca Romijn Shocked By Differences Between Daughters

05/10/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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No role could ever have prepared actress Rebecca Romijn for the best one of all — motherhood.

“It’s better than I ever could have expected,” Romijn, 37, tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies of her “fantastic” fraternal twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, 16 months.

“It’s just shocking, seeing how different they are and watching their personalities develop.”

Earning high praise from husband Jerry O’Connell when it comes to raising the girls — “She’s the first one up, last one to bed,” the actor says — Romijn’s hard work paid off over the weekend!

“I got her a couple of gifts [for Mother’s Day],” O’Connell, 36, reveals.

“We have a rule in our family where you have to make cards — you can’t buy them, you have to make them — so I made a couple of cards. I got the girls to hold the crayons and scribble.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Pam Winsor

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Tasha on

I love this family…Rebecca & Charlie seem so down to earth and commited to each other and their girls! I wish them nothing but the best and I hope Rebecca had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Jen on

Love the tradition of making cards because they’re so much more special than store bought. Such a lovely family.

Romy on

Very sweet. We have a rule that you have to write a nice, personal note inside the card. Not just ‘Love, Jim’ etc.

tracy on

I don’t really like store-bought cards either. I think they are a waste of money. They seem so expensive. I love. love. love. homemade cards and gifts. They are my favorite. My 7 year old drew me and on the back wrote ‘my mom’ and a little paragraph. It’s the little simple things that us mom’s will cherish forever.