I believe that when a woman becomes a mom she gains some kind of super powers. It's simply too hard to believe that they are all that good in multitasking, caring and selflessness without any kind of magic.

Lucy Knisley is a cartoonist and one of those magical moms. She draws adorable illustrations about her life as a mother to a 10-month old baby boy that she calls Pal (short for "Palindrome," because his birthday was a palindrome date). It's not the real name of the adorable one, but Lucy did not want to subject him to Internet name recognition.

Lucy explores various topics about how a child might affect your life - from sleepless nights to friends and fears.

Take a look at some of her comics and vote for your favorite ones.

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#1

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Adorable. I Frequently Get Buzzed By The Daddy/pal Flight Team.

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LittleGirlWithShortLegs
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3 years ago

Ground control to Baby Tom

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#2

A Glorious Angel? A Woodland Fairy? A Powerful Witch???

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

She uses real-life cheats

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#3

Tru Luv

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Emillee yang
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3 years ago

Still better than twilight.

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#4

Pal Was Very Intent On What The Pancake Had To Say

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LittleGirlWithShortLegs
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3 years ago

Pancake: *in a whisper* I'm the real slim shady

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#5

There Sure Is A Lot Of Advice In The World.

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

Follow your feelings....If you love your kids, then everything will be fine

Vesna Brnić
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3 years ago

Some people beat shit out of their children and say they love them.

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Charcoal Kitten
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1 year ago

Most (not all) parents are like this. Mom: cares about health and safety. Dad:cares about fun. Not all parents are like this but a lot are

Sas
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3 years ago

After some pretty damn hard work to demand more engagement I finally understand my mothers empowering silence and wished I had done the same

Lucybaby
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3 years ago

Best part about having parents when your a little kid. "I don't know go ask your Father." "I don't know you go ask your Mother. "Mom, Dad said it was fine."

Cotton Candy Sheep
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3 years ago

My parents in real life

Blue wolf
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3 years ago

Lol

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#6

Why Are Sleepsacks So Crazy Long, Anyway?

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Master Markus
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3 years ago

Ha! Every mother I've met is like "When they go to sleep, we have to be extra quiet because I need that time alone for once".

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#7

This Might Be Getting Old With John But I Will Never Stop Doing It

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

When I get a baby I will definitely do this when my wife least expect it. It will make her either laugh or drive her insane!... But first I need a wife.

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#8

Happy Sunday!

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Donna Braamse
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3 years ago

Mine are 10 and 12 and their laughs are still The Best!

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#9

One Star. (ohio Funeral Trip, Day 1)

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Ha! This is perfect!

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#10

Watch Your Fingers!

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Maria Lazaridou
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3 years ago

What an adorable mini-vamp!

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#11

He Wasn't Really Sad, Just Overtired. I, On The Other Hand, Was An Actual Mess Of Goo.

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LittleGirlWithShortLegs
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3 years ago

that's my coping mechanism for every situation.

#12

Cute Either Way. It's Pretty Easy To Tell Who Dressed This Guy, Though

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borklaser
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3 years ago

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for us it was always putting the girls in boys clothes.

#13

Da!

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Classy Plant
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3 years ago

dadadadadadadada BATBABY!!

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#14

Maybe A Nose Ring Would Help

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AmStick
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3 years ago

All 3 of mine got Mohawks! 2 boys & 1 girl with bows!

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#15

Yup

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Baby: "Worth it!"

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#16

Look, I Love Cake, But I Wish I Loved Cake Even Half As Much As This Kid Loves Milk

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PurpleUnicorn
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3 years ago

So satisfying when it works. Heartbreaking when it doesn't. I had one of each!

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#17

Between Sleep Deprivation And Breastfeeding Efforts And Emotional Exhaustion From Baby Wrangling, All That's Left Is Pretty Much Love And Bones.

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Jessica Alice
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3 years ago

One of the best grump faces ever drawn.

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#18

Inventory. (ohio Funeral Trip, Day 1)

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Lindsay Ropiak
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3 years ago

We now travel with all five of us having our stuff in a single laundry basket. Hubby lifts and off we go!

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#19

Contemplative Boy.

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PurpleUnicorn
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3 years ago

Usually means there's a big stink on the way!

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#20

Exactly The Same Bedtime With Wildly Differing Results. That Drawing Of Trying To Put Jammies On A Furious Baby Is The Most Accurate Illustration I've Ever Done.

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Hello Al
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3 years ago

Anger sleep!

#21

Not Everyone Is Psyched About This Developmental Stage.

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Socially Awkward
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3 years ago

Angry cat in 3... 2...

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#22

This Field Of Pal's Studies Is Not My Favorite.

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Lindsay Ropiak
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3 years ago

Aww isn't it a game of fetch yet?

#23

Is There Anything More Soft And Fragrant And Cuddly Than A Post-bath Baby? We Give Pal A Bath Every Night Before Bed, And I'm Not Sure Which One Of Us Loves It More. I Do Know That This Kid Is Cleaner Than Anyone Else In This House, By Far.

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Out of chocolate
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3 years ago

One of the best feelings- post bath drippy baby towel snugs.

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#24

I've Determined That Like 90% Of Baby Hats Have Ears On Them. What A Glorious Time To Be A Baby.

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

This is a scientific fact that continues into adulthood

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#25

No Puff Is Puffy Enough For My Puff Standards.

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Natalie Binebrink-Davis
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3 years ago

Or all their life, if it were only possible!

#26

My Personal Stylist.

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

This looks actually very adorable :)

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#27

The Daredevil Dangle. (ohio Funeral Trip, Day 3 (of 3)).

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Enea
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3 years ago

Been there, done that. Then again, I've yet to find a more effective way to calm down an upset baby in a traffic jam. Or to amuse passing truck drivers.

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#28

It Would Be Hilarious, That's What.

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Maria Lazaridou
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3 years ago

What a thought!

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#29

Trophy Room.

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#30

One Of Us.

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Aengus Ball
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3 years ago

aw

#31

Baby Island Is A Great Idea For A Sitcom. I've Already Written The First Two Episodes In A Haze Of Sleep Deprivation.

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#32

Someday I Will Have A Cute Photo Of Us Both At The Same Time. Maybe.

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Lindsay Ropiak
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3 years ago

I feel your pain. When I attempt to get all three in the pic it's really humorous.

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#33

It's Nice To Be Reminded That He's Not Always A Fussy, Sleepy Baby.

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Lindsay Ropiak
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3 years ago

We do that all the time, too!

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#34

How Can He Always Tell I'm About To Put Him Down? Is My Baby A Body Language Expert? Quick! Grab, Tighten, Claw, Bite, Leg Lock!

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Nuniek Widiayani
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3 years ago

Baby koala

#35

Breathe In. Breathe Out. Hug A Baby.

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Master Markus
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3 years ago

I'd rather not. But I heard you have a cat!?

#36

That Moment Of Silence Between The Bonk And The Wahh... My Perfect Niece Is An Imperfect Stander.

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Natalie Binebrink-Davis
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3 years ago

Decide your reaction based on theirs, not theirs off of yours. They're usually okay but will sense its worse if they see or hear panic.. Sponges!

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#37

Good Literary Mouthfeel.

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#38

The Holidays Are No Time To Rest!

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Nuniek Widiayani
Community Member
3 years ago

My first baby never sleep for her first 3 months, I almost felt of the bridge with my car, sleep while driving, then i took her to my mother in law in the village, she put my baby to sleep just an instant in her arm (I think she cast a spell on the baby, I believe my mother in law is a guardian fairy for children)

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#39

I Should Kickstart This. Pal Digs His Bouncer Thing, But Man Is It Ugly! Someone Could Come Along And Seriously Scoop Up The Market For Parents Who Would Pay For A Less Ugly Baby Thing Like This. I Just Think It Would Be Funny To See Babies Working At Little Baby Desks.

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LRo
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3 years ago

I hope you make this a real thing. And I wish it was a real thing when my babies were babies.

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#40

I Think Maybe I'm Shrinking?

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Vesna Brnić
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't carry baby that way. It seems heavier and it's not good for him nor your back.

#41

Good Thing Elastic Waisted Pants Are (kinda) In Right Now.

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Nuniek Widiayani
Community Member
3 years ago

I have pants like that

#42

I'll Take It.

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

It's a Boy so this won' t change :-)

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#43

Baby Chair Dilemmas.

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Aldea
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3 years ago

Relax chair was the best of them all. It was a gift actually, but it was in the shape of a rocking chair by fisher price. It included toys and massaging. She is 29 months now and still loves it.

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#44

Pal Is At This Stage Where He Wants To Be Held But He Also Wants To Be Free To Roam Around And Doesn't Really Understand Gravity Yet. This Means He Cries To Be Held And Then Struggles To Launch Himself Out Of My Arms Into Thin Air. And He Is Strong! It's Like Holding A Tiny Little Wrestler.

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#45

Guilty Momthoughts.

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Nuniek Widiayani
Community Member
3 years ago

I always breast feed my baby whe she cries. Boobs always solve problems

#46

Come Back Here And Be Cute Friends!

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Leah Ropp
Community Member
3 years ago

For some reason, I thought the cat was farting on the baby at first xD

#47

Sleep Aid. Sleep And Love Are Strength. Trying To Unclog The Fear From My Pipes With Love So I Can Sleep.

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#48

Bad Words < Bad Deeds.
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When I Was About Four, My Mom Took Me To A Skating Rink. I Was Wobbling My Careful Way Out Onto The Ice When A Big Kid Doing His Impression Of A Hockey Player Skated Up And Body Checked Me Straight Onto The Ice. Once I'd Gotten My Breath Back, I Used It To Loudly Utter The Word "fuck!" .
My Mother, Witnessing All, Couldn't Even Really Be Mad, And Just Said "well, Yeah, Actually, This Situation Is Just How That Word Is Meant To Be Used."
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So While I Am Sad That Pal May Be Learning Some Impolite Terms, At Least They Are Being Used The Way They Are Meant To. .
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Leah Ropp
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3 years ago

At least he'll grow up with a big vocabulary.

#49

400 Times A Day.

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Lindsay Ropiak
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3 years ago

And I say it's all ok, because they have padded diaper butts :D

#50

Plus He Changes Sizes Depending On The Person Holding Him!

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#51

Okay Then.

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Nuniek Widiayani
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3 years ago

My baby use me as junggle gym

#52

I Got Sick And Then Pal Got Sick And Then John Got Sick. What A Week (lemon, It's Tuesday).

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#53

I Smudged Pal's Eye And My Mom's Only Whiteout Was Older Than I Am.

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FlyGirl
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3 years ago

Anyone else see Lion King in this?

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#54

When I'm Working But I Can Hear The Baby Crying In The Other Room.

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#55

Why Break Dance And Nurse Separately When You Can Do Both At The Same Time?

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#56

I Don't Know What Happens.

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#57

Unorthadox Technique.

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#58

He's Really Let Fame Go To His Giant Squishy Head! This Is My Only Drawing For Tonight Because I Got To Watch The First Movie I've Seen In Four Months! Such A Luxury! It Only Got Interrupted By Baby Wakeups Twice! It Was Ghostbusters. Who Wants To Talk With Me About A Movie That Came Out Months Ago? Can Kate Mckinnon Be Any More Perfect And Wonderful? I Put Forth That She Cannot.

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#59

What I Like To Imagine He's Saying As He Boops Up The Stairs For The 20th Time Each Night.

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Brivid
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3 years ago

"I'm gonna give myself a bath too"

#60

That Thing Could Pierce Armor! If He Bites Me, Do I Turn Into A Werebaby!?

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#61

Somebody Kept Coming To Visit Me At Work Today

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#62

I Guess I Didn't Really Need To Work As Much As I Need To Carry Pal Around Forever Until My Arms Fall Off.

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#63

I Love The Smell Of This Kid's Little Toothless Puffs.

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Ruth Caruthers
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3 years ago

I ADORE milk breathe!!!!!!

#64

I'm Just A Rhyming, Sobbing, Shedding Creature Now.

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Vesna Brnić
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3 years ago

So true.

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#65

Shh.

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Ayue Ryu
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3 years ago

Mine do this even now when he's already 2yo!😊

#66

Punctuation Changing Station.

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Leah Ropp
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3 years ago

The dot in the explanation point is supposed to symbolize the poop, haha.

#67

The Baby's Sleeping Temperature Is Never Okay With Me.

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Ally Kaye
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10 months ago

If it ever gets to hot to actually worry, what I do is nothing but a diaper and a thin blanket.

#68

In Addition To The Baby Waking Us Up, There's This Sort Of Nonsense At Night. Thanks, Brain.

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PurpleUnicorn
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3 years ago

My husband says he has never enjoyed a museum since our son was born... Doesn't stop him going though!

#69

Knowledgeable Advice That Is Hard To Follow. It Had To Do With Sleeping And Crying And Whatever I Guess He'll Just Nurse Three Times A Night Until He's Thirty That's Fine Really Whatever.

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Sas
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3 years ago

Worst empty moment: when you realize you turned into the advisor and finally understand their true message .. realizing years have passed

#70

This Bed Is Amazing, Though!

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

My nephew would still be right up in my hair, no matter how big the bed was

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#71

Bathtub Contemplation.

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Silent Skeleton
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3 years ago

i bet he has a whale of a time in the bath, it was money whale spent ;o)

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#72

Pal Has Been Having Super Energetic Bedtimes Lately, Full Of Thrashing And Singing And Screeches And Kicks. It's Pretty Hard To Remain Calm And Soothing When Your Kid Is Acting Like A Hilarious Lunatic. Also It Takes Forever To Get Him Down, Which Cuts Into My Usual Sketchbook Time. Ah Well, Squeezed This One In After He Sang And Danced His Way To Sleep.

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#73

Giant Heavy Hardcovers And One-handed Nursing Do Not Mix.

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LRo
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3 years ago

Like me and my grad school homework. I need the full two-three weeks to write a paper that used to take me two days.

#74

The Sleeping Baby Ninja Carry. Don't Jostle!

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Beloved
Community Member
3 years ago

I love Lucy Knisley! Feels like she's right there with me and my baby :)

#75

Really Digging Having A Warm Little Dude On Me These Days.

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Misty Mills
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3 weeks ago

I’ve read her books, she’s Swedish (I think)

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