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Curriculum of the day:   Emotion: Anger

The last thing I needed on bedrest was to get a stomach virus! Marty caught it either from a colleague in karate class or his brother but in his kindly efforts taking care of my meals, I finally succumbed. It’s particularly frustrating when I’m so isolated from everyone and everything upstairs in bedrest land. You’d think I had much more of a chance of catching something from my dogs. I’d understand if I was riding subways grasping a city of germs on every pole. But no. So here I am with my short cervix and gestational diabetes—as if that isn’t enough to contend with carrying twins—and on comes a tsunami of my digestive system, all contents escaping as fast as it can out whichever direction gravity feels is best. Ever wonder if you did something in a past life that suddenly the universe starts to hurl flaming mud pies at you? Well, today I’m angry at the universe for throwing these flaming mud pies! Our little family didn’t need this!

I knew very quickly as every ounce of fluid I possessed seemed to be leaving my body and learned that bile really is a bright, almost Kermit green, that I needed to go to Labor and  Delivery before I was going to be going into labor and deliver. The wise caregivers at Danbury Hospital quickly had me on an IV for fluids, anti-contraction medicine and anti-nausea medicine. After an uncomfortable night on a bed that I guess is meant for birthing but could serve for water boarding, they sent me home. Two babies still inside and kicking and seemingly unperturbed by the event and cervix thin but still closed.

I am still angry though. And in the world according to Sesame Street, it’s okay to be angry, if you’re 3 or 46.

This is later in my pregnancy but they did this a bunch of times when I was in for the evil invader virus.

The Passing of Postpartum Depression

Word of the Day: Well-balanced

If you’ve had a chance to click deeper into our “Sesame Family Robinson” site, you might have noticed that March was a tough month for me.  After I gave birth, my hormones went on a rollercoaster dive unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I was a prime candidate for a massive crash. I’d gone through three failed IVFs (in vitro fertilizations) over three years. When I became pregnant with twins, my body went into hormone overdrive. At 36 weeks, I got preeclampsia, which gave me high blood pressure. I failed to be induced, so I had a C-section.   And if that wasn’t enough, I hemorrhaged, so I had to have a blood transfusion. At this point, my body didn’t know which way was up or down. Can you blame it for getting very, very depressed?

Well I did, for a little while. I had twins; I didn’t have time for Postpartum Depression. The good news is there are many enlightened people in the world who have shown us very publicly this happens and you just need to get help. I was on blood pressure medication for three months after I gave birth, and recently weaned myself off the antidepressant I was given to help with the PPD.

I can happily say that it really is all behind me now. When I was in the lower depths back in March, I could only see the dark mold on the tree bark, forget even attempting a forest. It took awhile to get my chemicals back in balance, but I’d been confusing them for many years, so they just needed time.

I think it’s important to know how many women talked to me about their own postpartum depression. Not a just a few women, about 40 have cornered me to say they had some kind of PPD, mild or severe. I think it’s perfectly normal for all women after giving birth and utterly changing their lives to have some major highs and lows. And if you need help, go and get it. No judgments.

I can also proudly say I surprised my hypertension doctor last week. He felt certain I’d have to stay on blood pressure medication indefinitely because of the preeclampsia. But I really wanted off it and let my body try to return to normal on its own. I’ve had the same 110/60-ish pressure since early May. I say, “Ha!” For me, the answer is—exercise. It seems to be the answer to a lot of things.

The trouble is finding the time to exercise!
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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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