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Number of the Day:  2

We have been released from the hospital. Me and the two new members of our family.  We were once two adults, two dogs, two cats, a turtle and an evil rooster. Now, we’re a family of four—with many pets. Plus Marty’s three step kids! I’m not sure if Marty saw himself a father of five, but he is now!   

The girls are asleep right now in their little cribettes on either side of our bed. We’re hoping this works. Each of us is assigned a baby for the night to take care of regardless of how many feedings they need. We plan to switch every other night so that we never get attached to just one baby. I feel like I’m about to be shot out of a cannon.

Another way of double-feeding, this time with bottles. I’m starting to do formula now because I’m still on blood pressure medicine and I don’t want to pass it onto the babies through the breast milk.   

Grandpa, Uncle Jamey and Aunt Catherine

Curriculum of the day – Pretending

I had a tough day. My dad, my brother Jamey, and his wife Catherine came for their first visit to meet the babies and check out an assisted living facility. My dad had a massive stroke 20 years ago and is still with us. My mother passed away last May, leaving Jamey and I with the responsibility of my dad’s care. I’ve been caretaking and paying their bills for years since my mom also had issues which kept her from running the household. Caring for your elderly parents is like having yet another job, along with my job as mother, Sesame Street writer … and let’s not forget, wife and family bill-payer. Now, try doing all those jobs on a hormone rollercoaster, no wonder I want to crawl into bed and stay there. I read recently that people such as myself are called “The Sandwich Generation.”  We’re sandwiched with the care of our children and our parents. Some people must be pastrami on rye; I’m more of a ham and cheese with mayo on white bread.
I pretended everything was fine. I curled my hair. Actually washed. Family Robinson was all ready when Jamey and Catherine arrived with Dad. It was lovely to put the girls in Dad’s arms. Watch him get all teary. It’s a shame that my Mom didn’t live to see them.

We left the girls with Marty and went to look at a nearby assisted living facility for Dad. It seemed like a big hotel. I could tell Dad wasn’t crazy about it. However, this is a route we must follow since my brother and I can’t keep trying to take care of his house on Long Island. He has someone coming in everyday for all his meals and to put him to bed. Still, it’s dangerous to leave him without someone for so many hours a day. We can’t afford more care and Jamey and I can’t keep going out there all the time to clean up the messes, grocery shop, pay his caregiver, etc. Hard stuff.

I started to get vertigo in the facility and kept sitting down. Is it hormones? Blood pressure? I’m not sure if they noticed I’m such a mess. I was grateful to wave good-bye at the end of the visit and crawl into bed.

Uncle and Aunty with a babe.
Uncle and Aunty with a babe.

Grandpa and baby.
Grandpa and baby.

Picture of Annie's Dad.
It’s great to see Dad looking so happy.


Curriculum of the Day: Family

Marty’s daughter Lauren came for a visit. She was so good to them. She held them and sang to them. She cooked some fabulous food, too. She went to cooking school in NYC last year. Good investment for all concerned.


A proud husband and father.   

Grandma Visits

Curriculum of the day:  Family

Grandma Pat came for a visit. It was so lovely to have her here. She spent most of the time just holding the girls and enjoying meals cooked by her two sons. I tried to give her and Marty a lot of private time to talk. It wasn’t hard since I have a Sesame script to write. My first show is called “Don’t Wake the Baby” with Telly and Elmo trying to keep people quiet when Leela is babysitting her little niece. Of course, they only proceed to make more noise. The girls seemed to love their Grandma’s face and performed several of their “puppeteered” songs for her.

The girls on their jungle safari play mat.

That’s it for you Charva

Curriculum of the day:   Tolerance

“That’s it for you, Charva!” has become our daily mantra.

Charva is Marty’s daughter Lauren and her boyfriend’s dog who we agreed to dog sit while she is in Berlin and he’s in bicycle school.

Charva is a hound mix with a tail like a whip that can lash you with her happiness. She has no sense of her own strength and can knock you over as she dashes past, or crush your vital organs when she jumps into bed. I’m petrified she’s going to step on a baby or knock me over while carrying one. When she goes too far—jumping up on the couch while babies are on it, whacking that tail too close to them, or just being too full of energy to stand being around—we take her by the collar and haul her outside saying once again, “That's it for you, Charva!” She’s going to think that’s her new name. If we’d known she was going to be such a nuisance we might have said, “No.” However, we know it’s helping out Lauren and Sam both financially and mentally knowing she’s safe with us. We do have a great home for a dog with lots of room to run around. And we thought it would be great for Beary to have another large dog to play with, but he seems to be saying, “That's it for you, Charva!” a lot himself, and hiding in the bushes. Nell just avoids her at all cost.

Still, she is sweet, especially when she’s exhausted from a day of being a bother, and flops onto the living room couch for a houndish snooze. I think we can survive for another two weeks when Lauren and Sam return to claim her.

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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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