The first week in June, while riding the train home from work, I received an email from a producer at NBC. She stated she was working on a segment that discussed multiples and identity and was interested in speaking with me. I assumed she came across my blog while researching multiples and wanted to ask me some questions that would aid her in pulling together the segment. The thought of being featured on the show didn't cross my mind.
That night, I spent a few minutes checking online to see that she really was a producer at NBC. (She is! Unfortunately, I'm a bit skeptical nowadays when it comes to the internet.) I responded that I would be interested in talking with her but with work, nights and weekends would be easier for me. At the time, I had a lot of meetings on my work calendar. The next day, I chaperoned a field trip for Allie's class. As the bus pulled onto the school's street, I received an email from Lindsay, the producer, saying that she was at her desk and had time to talk. The timing was perfect. I had about an hour before the girls would be released from school, so I sat in my car in the school parking lot and called her.
The conversation went really well. Lindsay asked a ton of questions, as I suspected she would, but she was such an easy person to converse with, very personable and full of energy. I immediately liked her. At the end of the call, she told me that she would like to film us for the segment. My first thought was there's no way we can go to NY but then she said that they would come to our home. I needed to talk it over with Rich and most importantly, the girls.
I explained it all to the girls and they immediately responded with YES in chorus. Then Anna added, "only if the people are nice." So then came the difficult part of scheduling the filming, which they needed to do the next week. I had work commitments, meetings that I 100% could not miss. There was also the girls' last ballet class, field day, their gymnastics show and then the dance recital with dress rehearsal. Plus, I didn't want them to miss a full day of school. We finally agreed upon late Thursday afternoon and I started cleaning the house again. Although at one point, I was so tired of cleaning I told Rich I was just going to leave it the way it was. It's real life. That got Rich cleaning.
So Thursday rolls around and it's 90 degrees, hazy and humid. I spent the entire morning cleaning. By the time Lindsay and the camera and lighting guys arrived, I was so tired. Can you tell that I hate cleaning? I feel like it's all I do and if I don't do it, it takes forever to get back to clean. I had given up on the playroom. I wasn't even going to bother but Grammy came over later in the day to help and picked it up for me, which worked out well as they decided to film the girls' interview in there.
We had a fun time with the interviews and filming. Everyone was just so nice and relaxed. The girls having their own identity is something that comes up quite often here (I was actually working on a blog post about recent events when this came about) and I think it's awesome that the girls were able to be a part of a TV segment on that very subject.
We had a tentative air date and time but we decided that we wouldn't announce it (FB or blog) until it actually happened, for a few different reason, one being in case it didn't air. You never know what will happen with the world, on the news, etc. Thursday night, the week before, I received some emails from readers here and FB messages from family and friends asking if they had just seen the girls in a promo spot for the Today Show. I was floored. I don't know what I was thinking, but I never expected that many people to see it.
You can view the segment HERE.
It was definitely a cool experience. The girls loved it and wished that the segment had been longer. As long as it featured more of them and not me! They are the real stars.
(And in case you're wondering, the girls chose their own outfits. I thought it was so cute that Anna insisted on wearing her Easter dress.)