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Before My Very Eyes

Word of the Day:  Awe

I feel like I blinked and the girls are crawling and pulling themselves up.

I’ve been very good about letting go of my developmental worries lately. I haven’t even read the chapter on 8-month-olds in the baby book yet. So, it was quite a surprise to see them take such huge leaps in such a short amount of time.   

They also became extremely skilled at crawling over our pillow barriers on the floor in the TV room. A new play area solution was needed fast, so we created the play corral.

The girls in deep play concentration

The girls in deep play concentration.

With several playpen fences and alphabet pads, they can now have crawling races and pull themselves up on something I trust won’t fall over on them. Until we finish shooting and have time for serious baby-proofing, this feels safe for all concerned.

 Ripley standing.

"Ripley, look, I'm standing!"

We find we just crawl around on the pads with them, pointing out alphabet letters along the way. I even do my crunches while the girls pile on top of me.  

 Babies on the boppies.
The boppies still come in handy.

What is so astonishing is we didn’t teach them to put one knee in front of the other, or to grab onto an object and haul themselves upward. It just happened. The great universal mother seems be saying to me, “Love them with all your heart, feed them well (my kids eat MUCH better than I do), and get out of their way.”


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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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