Jon & Kate Plus 8 - The First 10 Years
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Before we move onto the next chapter in the life of the Gosselin family, it's time to look back and reminisce about how we got here. Last night's episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" took us back in time -- 10 years, in fact, to the very beginning of the couple's marriage. This retrospective could provide Jon and Kate answers as to what has gone wrong in their marriage, giving them points to focus on if they decide to try again.
On the other hand, some of these memories seemed to highlight exactly why they don't want to be together anymore.
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High school sweethearts who married very young, Jon and Kate almost immediately became parents to twins, Cara and Mady. Kate loved the whirlwind of being a newlywed mom of twins, but Jon seemed to wish he were elsewhere (a frat house, possibly).
As soon as the twins turn one, Kate wants another baby, although Jon mutters he was getting sick of hearing her talk about it. Maybe he should have spoken up a bit more forcefully, because Kate is already down at the fertility doctor's office, and then next thing they know they're looking at an ultrasound of six babies.
Kate was hospitalized and on bed rest during her pregnancy with the sextuplets, but even then Jon doesn't seem to get it. When she goes into labor and calls him, at 4:00 a.m., to ask if he's ready, he replies, "For what?"
As the sextuplets become toddlers, we see how each child's personality differs from the others. Alexis is loud and takes charge. Hannah is always there to help. Aaden loves animals. Collin is a bit obsessive-compulsive. Leah is cute and little. Joel whines and loves fashion, and he inspires Kate to say that she is sure he will find "a woman someday who falls in love with his looks, and then she'll marry him, and then she'll realize how clueless he is." Was she talking about Joel or Jon?
TLC gave us a look back back at quality family time last night: We remember when Jon made a Korean dinner for his first attempt at cooking anything besides breakfast for the whole family, to introduce his heritage to the kids. Discouraged by having to spend $100 to take the entire family to the movies, they have a chaotic movie night at home, complete with popcorn (Newman's Own organic, of course!).
There's also family camping fun with an adorable montage of the kids roasting marshmallows and eating s'mores. Both Jon and Kate comment on how much fun they had camping out in the backyard. Maybe if they had done that more often, things might be different today.
Then there are the family trips: The Utah ski trip and the infernal plane ride to get there, Hawaii (notice there were no reminders of their vow renewal there), the beach in North Carolina, and the visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis where the kids picked out Christmas gifts for the St. Jude patients.
We also revisited the the children's milestones: First poops (complete with pictures that gross Jon out), first bike rides, first words and first dentist visits. More changes include Kate's hair (lighter and lighter), houses (bigger and bigger), and dogs (Kate's attitude gets snootier and snootier).
The biggest change in the Gosselins' lives, of course, is the failure of Jon and Kate's marriage. Scenes from the past of Jon complaining that he can't be himself and Kate saying they're in an "odd place" illustrate how they came to the decision to end their marriage. Kate hopes this will bring peace for the kids. Maybe the best way to bring peace for the kids is to quit having a camera crew follow them around all the time, but since, as Kate said, "the show must go on," that doesn't seem to be a possibility.
"Jon & Kate Plus 8" is on hiatus until August, while the Gosselins sort out their family issues. Will you be tuning in when the show returns, or have you seen enough?
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