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A Short Cervix

Curriculum of the day:  Patience

I have a short cervix. Actually, the correct term is “dynamic.” You’d think that being dynamic was a good thing, but when it comes to a pregnant cervix, it is a recipe for premature labor. During one ultrasound, we saw Baby A hiccupping and bouncing off it like a mini-trampoline. It is hard to tell her at this stage that this is not helping the situation. So, like many women who are expecting twins, I have been put on “house arrest.” That means in bed with permission to use the toilet, take a shower and use the stairs once a day. This is very limiting in a triplex-style house.

Bedrest is NOT restful. It is frustrating, uncomfortable and stressful—particularly for someone like me who multitasks while she is multitasking. Friends who are not on bedrest look at it as some kind of nirvana. These are statements by people who really just need a vacation. Someone on “doctor ordered bedrest” is constantly desperate to get OUT of bed for that one piece of paper with the insurance phone number on it so you can call and check something off your list! Before a trip to the bathroom, you must chart your course of the few nearby places you can stop to gather vital objects—a book, a working pen, a charged phone, tissues—and calculate whether those items exceed your five-pound lifting limit. Is it worth getting up for that apple your husband left across the room and risk your cervix calling it quits?

The curriculum goal of patience is used often on Sesame Street.   Your average 3-year-old wants everything NOW! My blankie NOW! My bottle NOW! Patience is good counsel for me as well, because this WILL be over one day. At 40 weeks to be exact. 

Bedrest with our now deceased bunny in my bedroom lair. Note the table that Marty built for me to hold my computer, meals, etc. Nell is always a doggie presence.

Tummy Mountain

Curriculum of the day:  Creative Play

Marty and I are natural born goofballs. This is probably why we’ve both ended up at Sesame Street. Play has always been at the center of our lives. We’ve attempted several times to see if one or the other of us could get through the day without using some kind of silly voice. I can’t get beyond 20 minutes.

Our children are playing in my bursting tummy as I write. In an ultrasound, Baby B had her feet way over her head and a look on her face like a determined Nadia Comaneci about to do a tumbling routine. Baby B also had her fingers laced together once in what was clearly an attempt at “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple.” …

Our first good look at Ripley Patricia Evans Robinson.

And we as their waiting parents are playing with them as well. We’ll never know if they are aware of our antics, but it doesn’t stop us from our exploits on “Tummy Mountain.” Hopefully, we’ll keep improving our mental and physical health playing with our children until they beg us to stop since we’re so embarrassing.

Tummy Mountain.

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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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