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More Tales from the Potty

Word of the day:  Perseverance

We are in the thick of it. The potty trenches. Every day. We have potty breaks every two hours depending on how much fluid has gone in, guessing when it should be making its way out. Our girls may be twins, but they’re on the opposite ends of the potty spectrum. Lyra knows when she has to go, but doesn’t want to use the potty, insisting she have a diaper. We oblige, backing off as the experts say, but are encouraging her slowly to sit on the potty to try and go with the diaper on. She is happy to be diaper free for practice sessions, but when it comes to the immediate need she wants that diaper.

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Ripley, on the other hand, uses the pot often when we have placed her there. She’ll sit a long time with a book, playing with a doll or my cellphone. However, she still seems clueless about when she has to go and will have accidents willy-nilly, coming up to us saying, “my underpants are wet.” As far as telling us she actually has to go, well she just hasn’t the time yet, playing is too encompassing. We’ve introduced “training underpants” which can help them know they’re wet but makes accidents a little less wet for us on the floor. Still, we’re hoping for a breakthrough before we have to every rug in the house steam cleaned. So, it’s not easy with one girl actually withholding more than we’d like and the other being rather laissez-faire about it all. Our goal is to stay open and healthy, but it’s been the most difficult milestone so far, and it ain’t over. 

Any helpful stories you have to share? 

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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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