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Sesame Family Robinson – From making Muppets to Raising Moppets


Curriculum of the day:   Weather patterns

The baby shower. What a blessed tradition. Especially in a recession. I had one recently that was supposed to be a surprise but was blown instantly when one of my dear friends sent out the e-mail invites but didn’t write, “It’s a surprise!” so I got several RSVPs myself. Still, Marty held strong to the surprise concept, denying all, or saying it was canceled because of snow. Even when people were showing up, car doors slamming outside, he kept up the façade slowly taking a shower after his karate class. I could HEAR people coming inside, saying, “Hello!” and Marty was still upstairs with me shaving and refusing to let me go down. It is torture to me to have guests needing help or basically not being attended to but I had to wait and be “surprised.” He enjoyed it thoroughly, as did I, once I was set up like a beached whale on the couch with people coming to chat, eating cake and sushi and telling tales of epidurals.

The Whale and her Pal  (also known as Nadine Zylstra, producer/director
at Sesame Street).

And then we opened presents. Cute outfits, breast pumps, burping bibs. Marty made little snow suits into puppets. It was all very entertaining. I’ve been to many a baby shower myself and noted in a very disconnected way the vast variety of baby items being received. Mothers would exclaim, “Oh, you’ll need that!” or, “Oh, that’s a must!” and they were right. We DO need these items. So, it was with gratitude that I lay sprawled on the couch as vital gifts rained down upon Marty and me.

Fran Brill and Carmen Osbahr – or Zoe and Rosita – enjoying cake.

Karate Kicks

Word of the day:   Karate

Among Marty’s many talents is karate. He recently became a black belt, and we often joke about the twins wearing little karate outfits before they can walk.  

Karate Man.

At breakfast this morning, I got a particularly ripe kick by one of them right under my rib cage. Marty asked me to try and describe what it felt like—is it a feeling similar to nausea, getting nailed by a foot to your stomach from the inside? Having recently been VERY nauseous from a virus I could honestly say no, it didn’t feel anything like that at all. As all pregnant women can attest, it’s truly like there is an alien inside you. Not some evil acid-for-blood-monster, just something other that is alive and has its own agenda. You would not have your liver kick your stomach because it was feeling an overwhelming need to stretch. But my little creatures do, all the time.

Do you see those legs kicking into the side of my uterus?

Unfortunately, Marty will never really know what the kicking sensation is truly like even when he can put his hand on my stomach and feel the thuds. However, I can say that our twins are already adept at pre-natal karate.

Tiny Bladder

Letter of the Day:  P

I have always had what is sometimes referred to as TB – Tiny Bladder. People such as myself (perhaps you are one, too) deal with this condition by always strategically being aware of all bathrooms in your vicinity as well as timing out your schedule for maximum visits with as little schedule disruption as possible. At the theatre, I always buy an aisle seat and am up and on my pilgrimage before the intermission lights are up. I am also adept at using the great outdoors when on walks, and I admit that the ocean and lakes are not off-limits.

But never in my years of TB have I experienced what pregnancy can do to your bladder. I swear, cruising now deep into trimester three, I got up at least seven times last night as yet again nature called, or a child kicked my bladder so hard nature couldn’t stop itself. The trouble, of course, is that you don’t want to dehydrate, so you have to drink a ton of water, which you know is only going to plague you at the wee hours of the morning. Talk about your Catch-22. Water also keeps away the urinary tract infections, which are much worse, but it’s hard to remember that as you awaken once again, the clock only having moved one hour, and you’ve got to go. Early in my pregnancy, I did my best to try and drink as much water in the morning as I could to avoid the nighttime treks. I even measured out a quart container to be sure I finished it every day to get my requisite daily amount. However, that seems to have fallen a bit on the wayside on bedrest where I’m sometimes not able to get a refill right away from my dear husband, or I’m actually sleeping in the afternoon and don’t drink for a few hours. I know this is a universal issue for all pregnant women, singletons to quads, and my heart goes out to us all, especially at 3 a.m. and trip number four. For us, the Sesame Street letter of the day is often “P.”  

Got to pee, again!


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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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