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Totally engrossed with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. #hackmom

Little man is congested so this is the only way he’ll sleep, other than on my shoulder. #hackmom

" Be the person you needed when you were younger "

What do you do with a passed-down crib mobile that’s too heavy to mount on to a Pack N Play to replace a Pack N Play mobile that no longer winds up? You hack them together, of course. See it pre-hack here:

" Women need to feel that they have been consulted, respected and given the information they need to make free choices in the best interest of themselves and their child. This allows them to begin motherhood feeling strong, capable and mentally healthy… "

I did not expect that reaction

I was so proud of myself. I had stumbled on the “Curious George” movie, voiced by Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore, earlier today and recorded it, thinking my boys would love it — they love watching Curious George on my PBS app. And I gestured smugly toward Michael, who was riveted by the movie when he got back from daycare, with a “I told you so” look on my face for my husband.

At the movie’s climax — right where the Man in the Yellow Hat (named Ted in this movie) is letting George be taken away to be shipped back to Africa — I was dealing with Chris, who had a fever, and telling Mike to take his fingers out of his mouth.

And Mike burst into tears.

I was floored. I knew instantly what the problem was — he was so into the movie, and became distraught at the thought of George being put in a cage and taken away from his dad. Wow. Obviously, I was not paying attention at how Michael was growing by leaps and bounds and understanding more and more around him — of what he watched.

He spent the rest of the movie in my arms — in fact, I had Chris in one arm, in my lap, and Mike in the other arm, keeping his arms down.

I feel bad that both of them felt so bad, but at the same, it was so nice to have my big boys in my arms, without them struggling to extricate themselves.

Check out this list of differences between Mother’s Day before kids and after kids, only on!

I wish he would sleep like this at 3 a.m. #hackmom

Elliott is a little fusspot today. So much for all the stuff I was planning to do! #hackmom

Baby Elliott and his daddy have a conversation. #hackmom