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Tummy Mountain

Curriculum of the day:  Creative Play

Marty and I are natural born goofballs. This is probably why we’ve both ended up at Sesame Street. Play has always been at the center of our lives. We’ve attempted several times to see if one or the other of us could get through the day without using some kind of silly voice. I can’t get beyond 20 minutes.

Our children are playing in my bursting tummy as I write. In an ultrasound, Baby B had her feet way over her head and a look on her face like a determined Nadia Comaneci about to do a tumbling routine. Baby B also had her fingers laced together once in what was clearly an attempt at “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple.” …

Our first good look at Ripley Patricia Evans Robinson.

And we as their waiting parents are playing with them as well. We’ll never know if they are aware of our antics, but it doesn’t stop us from our exploits on “Tummy Mountain.” Hopefully, we’ll keep improving our mental and physical health playing with our children until they beg us to stop since we’re so embarrassing.

Tummy Mountain.

The Last Ultrasound

Curriculum of the Day:  Science and technology

We recently went to what will probably be our last ultrasound with our maternal fetal medicine doctor. He has been our cohort in cervix-watching these past two months and has enlightened us on how to see our girls on this magic machine in his office.   

Lyra applauding the ultrasound machine.

Marty and I are both getting very good at seeing their full bladders which we did NOT know empty just like a baby outside the womb. What was a little disconcerting to learn is the urine becomes part of the amniotic fluid, which they re-drink to practice being little breathers and drinkers. (A fascinating cycle I’m glad ends upon birth). What has been miraculous is to see them grow from little heartbeats barely visible, to two babies that no longer can be fully viewed on the screen. From their measurements, the doctor can actually figure out their weight! Go figure! Today, we even saw little heads of hair (I hope they have their father’s curly locks). I once wrote a show for Elmo where he learns what sinks and what floats. He was constantly astonished by these simple facts of science. Astonishment is not reserved for 3-year-olds.  

This really does look like our daughter Ripley Patricia Evans Robinson!

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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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