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Last weekend, I attended "Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend" with my preemie blessing, Emily, and my husband, Craig. I'm not sure who was more excited about the event -- me or Emily!
Getting ready for Sesame Street Live was like getting ready for a rock concert! I wore an Elmo headband that I found online -- and dressed Emily in Elmo attire.
Our aisle seat on the floor of the Patriot Center provided Emily with a great view -- it also allowed her to see the characters up-close as they walked up and down the aisles.
Sesame Street Live was a high-energy performance, consisting of song and dance by all of the great characters that you know and love, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Bert, and Ernie.
During the course of the show, the characters welcomed Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, the characters learned about friendship and cultural similarities.
The performance was interactive and even included a demonstration of the Elmo dance. Elmo encouraged everyone to stand up and try his "slide." Elmo certainly has some excellent dance moves!
Emily imprinted on Elmo about a month ago. She was memorized for the entire show -- but was most fascinated when the focus was on Elmo.
Now, Emily wakes up saying, "Elmo" and she seems to think that anything and everything the color red is him! Craig and I are beginning to refer to Elmo as "the red puppet" to help reduce Emily's desire to watch Elmo on television 24-7.
We also bought a few Elmo books online and from the dollar section at Target. One of the best books we found is called, "Elmo Says...," written by Sarah Albee and illustrated by Tom Leigh. The book is basically a game,similar "Simon Says." It provides a great foundation for an Elmo-spurred conversation that can continue once you have finished reading the book -- with a bit of thought and imagination. I found that the book is a great way to talk about Elmo without having to turn on the television.
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