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The Return of Me


Word of the day:   Recovery

I have returned.   

I have been feeling progressively less postpartum for the last month and a half, but lately I really feel I’ve turned a corner. My blood pressure has been normal for weeks, and it hasn’t changed since I finished weaning myself off the medicine. I no longer have vertigo. The depression has normalized. Everyone can feel down once in awhile, especially with twins. My life is still forever altered. But it’s not bleak. And I’m so grateful they are here, rather than wishing I could reverse time and never have had them. I love them so much it makes me ache.

The only bummer is I have a hematoma in my uterus. It’s blood left over from the original bleeding I had with the C-section. It’s rather large, and is the reason I still have to wear a pad everyday. It’s about the size of a tennis ball. However, the doctor really doesn’t want to do anything. He’s certain it will eventually all be absorbed. So, it’s a waiting game.

Meanwhile, I can exercise again! Back on the horse, and back on the yoga mat. The only problem—when will I find the time?!


Happy day with baby.

Mother’s Day, 12:00PM


Word of the Day:   Mother

My first Mother’s Day, and Marty is away doing a lecture on puppetry.

The girls, dogs and I had a wonderful morning on the bed, just hanging out doing nothing but singing “Officer Krupke” and other West Side Story classics. Nell gets a little anxious when I try to hit the high notes in “Tonight.”   

9:00 p.m.

Marty’s home and has shown me the secret project he was working on before he left. It’s a video Mother’s Day card by Lyra and Ripley. He’s done our classic puppetry of the baby so Ripley is “narrating” through a whole slide show of pictures from birth up until now. It’s full of classic Martin humor and his baby voice is just a killer. I wept.    

I’m a happy mother. 



My typical serenading position.

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.


A Visit From Cousins


Curriculum of the day:  Family

We had a visit today from Marty’s cousin, Jann Lardo and two of her three girls, Erica and Melissa. With that last name, it’s a good thing they all grew up skinny.  




As you can see there is no “lard” to be found, they are lovely, svelte and sweet. (And they’ve heard this comment their entire lives!) We were much too lazy to do any cooking, so we ordered from our favorite Thai restaurant and spent the entire time holding the babies and discussing the fate of the world. It was interesting to hear from Erica what it’s like to be a recent college grad and to have already experienced her first layoff because of the recession. Not an easy time to be 22. But now she’s off to Mexico for a job, which isn’t so bad!    

Turning Over


Curriculum of the Day: Front/Back

We have turn over!

Lyra turned over several times in the past few days. It’s amazing to watch her little body twist as she arches her back and lifts her arm so she can flop over to her tummy. She’s very proud of herself. She’ll even lift her head up as much as she can to look us straight in the eye and smile. Ripley hasn’t yet shown us this new skill, but she’s attempting the back arch. She looks over at Lyra playing on her stomach with what appears to be envy, but it could also be gas. These small milestones are amazing.   

There’s always a catch though—now Lyra turns over to sleep on her stomach, which immediately sends up my SIDS red flag.

The pediatrician said not to worry. I don’t have to stay awake all night turning her back over onto her tummy. If she’s that active, she can move her head to keep her breathing clear. Still, I check her on my nighttime bathroom runs and have taken all blankets and toys out of the crib. Worrywart.

Mostly, I am able to bask in my girls’ baby steps forward. Everyone says it all goes by so fast. Before I blink, we’ll be breaking out the mitts for our first game of catch.


No more babies hanging out on the jungle matt on the kitchen table.   Rolling babies go on the floor or into the playpen.


I’ve noticed we have a lot of pictures of us snoozing. I guess it’s because we’re not moving for a change, so one of us can actually take a moment to snap a photo. Otherwise, we’re up and going, going, going.

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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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