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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.

Due Date


Number of the day:  0

Today is the girls’ original due date. They have caught up and are gestational age 0. It’s all up from here girls.   


Our new gliding chair from our friend Pam.  


I look like I’m dead and the Light has come for me.

Postpartum Depression


Curriculum of the day:   Sad

The doctor told me I have postpartum depression. Tell me something I don’t know. I’ve watched depression in my mother and grandmother. He wants me to get off the blood pressure meds because he doesn’t think I need them anymore. I don’t know, but I hate the fact that I’m taking them, so I’ll begin a long weaning-off process tomorrow—after I clear it with the doctor from the hospital who originally prescribed them. I wish they would all work together! Hopefully, this diagnosis will help me. And we’ve hired a nanny named Eliane from Buenos Aires. Marty is being SO patient with me. I feel terrible that I’ve saddled him with two kids and a depressed wife. Everyone says I’ll climb out of it when my body settles. I have my doubts. And when will this post-delivery bleeding stop?


Dark times


Some much needed recovery time.

Better Days


Curriculum of the Day:   Relational concepts:  Up/Down

Am I rising from the darkness? Possibly. I’ve had some good days. Sometimes, I feel like I’m still a hormonal basket case. Then, I have brief moments of lucidity. I remember that person named Annie who could multi-task with the best of them. I get everything I need to done—Dad’s bills, Marty’s bills, babies' bills, babies' diapers.  

And I’ve noticed lately how remarkable my babies are. They are so, so, so cute. And so good and reasonable. They really don’t cry unless there’s a good reason. They sleep very well.  They only get up two times a night now, most often at the same time. Marty and I will sit together at 4 a.m. in our dual rockers just chatting away while they eat; and it’s quite pleasant. It really isn’t as hard as it was just a few weeks ago.     


What a cutie!


It looks like they’ve got underwear on their heads.


My buddy Kiera with Rip.

Lauren


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.


Sisters!


A proud husband and father.   

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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?

Sommer

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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?

Edward

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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.

Glenda

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