Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Year of Parenting




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197 comments:

  1. Adorable :-)
    But I have to say try it with twins...

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  2. Beautiful! My sister had her baby almost a year ago and She will totally agree with you.
    I felt sometimes as you describe and I'm just his uncle.

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  3. This strip is awesome. Living this right now...best time of my life though!

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  4. love it. the "me to we" thing is beautiful. I'm there right now

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  5. So lovely and so true. Been through that three times, and as hard as it was, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Even if it meant having to read "Goodnight Moon" a thousand times more.

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  6. It's been a while for me.. my baby is 9 years old now, but I remember those days like they were yesterday. Each season passes quickly. Enjoy every moment and thanks for the reminder. Your 'me' to 'we' illustration is beautiful and spot on.

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  7. I have to say, this is really cute. That said, a poodle is not an object and I strongly disagree with that part.

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  8. I love being child free. None of this crap applies. The only thing I get to do is whatever the hell I want.

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  9. You are brilliant! I wish you were in the daily paper.

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  10. The Dogs mother: We did! Grant is a twin.

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  11. First anonymous you're right! You're on the Me part! That's the whole point! We(parents) were all there once. Winwin.. I agree a dog is not an object but that is not what he meant. I have a minidachsund and I chuckled when I saw that BC it is true.
    It's ALL true lol my little one is almost 2

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  12. For what it's worth, the author of Olivia (the pig with the stripey shirt) does have a couple of kids.

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  13. i know exactly what you mean! my best friend had her first 3 years ago and I feel ive been through all of that and more

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  14. It's beautiful, your illustration is soooo true. :) God Bless.

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  15. Beautiful. And very true. :) God Bless.

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  16. This is hilarious. I have a 2 year old so can relate totally.

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  17. I'm not a parent, but after I saw this I can't wait!

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  18. "Me to We" is the most beautiful thing yo have ever draw.

    And now in spanish. Tener hijos te vuelve la vida del revés, para lo bueno y para lo malo y hay que saber ver las dos cosas.

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  19. Lovely lovely.. How so very true!!!

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  20. Ha ha.. Very very true.

    I like the ending part, ME to WE

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  21. my name is Luka I live on the 2nd floor

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  22. My live right now... as a comic! :-)

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  23. I love this! I've been a #newdad for 13 months now and 98.5% of this story applies to me. Wouldn't change a thing, tho. (murakami is the other 1.5%)

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  24. I never heard my parents and parents in law talk about us this way. I am sure it is not that their kids were different. I think they were different!, and most loving! That is not to say parents of today are not loving.

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  25. oh my...that is so true...i feel that...

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  26. Lovely :)All the parents will be always caring for their kids even if they grow old.

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  27. @winwin, Two things: First, it's a figure of speech. Like the other examples, the poodle is an entity upon which the baby is acting which will then react. Second, the choices in the context are Person and Object. The poodle is not a person, therefore it is an object - and here is where I strongly disagree with you.

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  28. Mine would be modified slightly to fit my single parent situation. Especially the Me - We part.

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  29. N Lefer, you and your child (children) aren't "we"?

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  30. brilliant.. i liked the way it simplified the tough transition from ME to WE

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  31. Congratulations, Grant! You win.

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  32. Loved it. This is happening with 'us' right now. And I am loving it. I am quite surprised that I am not the only one to think in 'those' directions.

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  33. The whole segment is delightful, but your last frame is a wonderful and powerful illustration what it means to truly "grow up."

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  34. oh my...that is so true...i feel that... hahaha

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  35. I love the last part...simply beautiful!

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  36. amazing and so true.. jut love it.

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  37. What a lovely post! Turning the "ME" into "WE" is so clever, I love it :) Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy your work.

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  38. Funny! And like @the dogs' mother said, try it with twins :) Double the fun!!

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  39. Genious! Just perfect! Says a dad from south of Brazil.

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  40. Genious! Just perfect, very realistic! Says a parent from Brazil... So it seems to be the same everywhere.

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  41. Exactly what i felt... Thanks for the drawing.

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  42. ... and doesb't get better! :D

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  43. I don't have kids, but this certainly reached my heart.

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  44. I also wanna be a parent someday..

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  45. I loved this cartoon. I pity the poor father!! At the same time its nice that today's fathers' are willingly contributing to raise their kid in a safe environment and the burden of feeding, nappy change is shared by Father's. Well Done!

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  46. I loved this cartoon. I pity the poor father!! At the same time its nice that today's fathers' are willingly contributing to raise their kid in a safe environment and the burden of feeding, nappy change is shared by Father's. Well Done!

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  47. This is the most awesome presenatiaon of Parenthood. Its easy to realise when you are going throught it.....

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  48. this is truely awesome. U have got it all right. Love this

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  49. wonderfull---> uncle of two nieces n one nephew from working parents....ToT

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  50. I am going to be a parent in 6 months time and I am getting jitters .... Many such questions cross my mind, whether I would be a good parent, How will we be able to stay awake through the night and so on..... But seems like God has made this cycle to realize and appreciate our parents....

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  51. I am also a parent like one child you shown....
    i agree with you.. thanx for this

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  52. Perfect demo reaching 'M'-'W'(if) limit 2 saying 'Dilli ki laddu';best entertainment no tools tackles need ;but ,never for awe-inspire remaining childless to enjoy live demo.

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  53. That's true!!! I was Me now turned to We...

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  54. You win my day. Such a nice thing..

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  55. Awesome! Thank you for this piece of poetry...

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  56. Now my kids are both grown ups I MISSED the situations.
    Thanks for the brilliance of your pictures! Nothing could describe better.

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  57. Thank you so much for this comic! Coincidentaly our little girl is one year old today, and I really feel the change from "me" to "we" as her personality continues to emerge.

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  58. i'm never having kids

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  59. Beautiful! I love the ending :)

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  60. Amazing strip!!
    I'm there right now, my daughter will be 1 year old in a few days.
    Everything is so true, I felt as if you were describing my everyday life!

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  61. one of the coolest thing I have ever seen and oh-so-true! low the me to we. i am your new fan - and re-blogging this! :)

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  63. True and nicely described. We are completing that one year tomorrow and can relate each and every moment with these pictures. Me2We was nice. Also i like that 'Nap time' :-). You are a nice guy and lovely artist!!

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  64. Really its very nice which i am going thru it in real life.... .Thanks for sharing..Deb

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  65. What, I'm not the only one with the "Is she still breathing?" :)

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  66. Genious! Beautifully captured both in words and in pictures

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  67. Love it. Greetings from Nairobi Kenya.

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  68. it has been forty years since i became a parent - and this still makes so much sense!

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  69. Love it! Greeting from Tuscany!

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  70. Pablo and Nacho's DadNovember 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Nice Strip!. For twins, just multiply it by 2.5. That .5 is the "do things twice BUT at the same time AND in different places".

    Enjoy those unique feelings

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  71. Moral of the story is always use a condom. Always.

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  72. Simply great and realistic! Greeting from Bologna (Italy)

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  73. Absolute delight and simplistic approach to real life...

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  74. this is superb especially ME went WE awesome idea and true

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  75. Wow. Spot on. Thanks for writing from a dad's perspective. The ending is exactly how I feel about my wife.

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  76. The Universal truth for both of them

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  77. Funny, I came to a similar conclusion after having a kid. http://jasonsturgill.com/96613/862211/work/we-not-me

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  78. "the dogs mother"
    Twins? try it with three kids...

    three kids? try it with 4 kids...

    etc etc

    IT'S NOT A COMPETITION!

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  79. Four facts: 1) you're a genious 2) I love my wife 3) I love my daughter 4) I love WE :)

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  80. Love this! Someone shared this as my first kid turned 1. Lovely!

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  81. This is a comic about my life .... only 6 months and already upside down

    Greetings!!!

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  82. here is my lessons from a year of parenting:
    1. before he cries, he tries.
    2. language is utterly and completely unnecessary. my child gets me to do whatever the hell he wants without using a single word.

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  83. Thanks for all the comments! I appreciate the overwhelming response to this comic. :)

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  84. Thank you. I read this laughing and crying at the same time. Beautiful.

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  85. Make this a poster, please!

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  86. this is dreadful, I rather have dogs..

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  87. Me to We, simply genius! teared up when i saw that frame..compliments from a proud Bolivian mommy :)

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  88. Absolutely agree with this, it's been my life frame to frame. My tot is now 5 years:-)

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  89. love it too much, thank in advances

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  90. Wonderful!! Especially the last one, so beautifully said.

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  91. It's gonna be one year of parenting in 5 days and every single bit of this strip is so true! Thanks to make it funny! :)

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  92. sooo true :)) 8 months now and rolling :) :)

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  93. Lychee Fred SpringmanNovember 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Thanks.
    Leaves me sit straight and think.
    The last piece is the best.
    Thanks again.

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  94. brilliantly drawn up. I love the bath time-meal time-bed time. lov the "is she warm enough" as I have found myself covering uncovering re covering re uncovering re-re covering and re-re uncovering etc etc so manytimes.. lov the me to we.... lov the everything. I am not the only one whose life has changed from "young me" to "mama we"... with no regrets at all! God bless

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  95. Wonderful! My baby is 9 months old, and it's really like that! But it's incredible feeling to be a part of WE. I wish everybody to have that!

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  96. awesome !! "ME to WE" is the best part.

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  97. Brilliant. Truly brilliant.

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  98. I really love this!!!!
    <3

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  99. Really Loved this..... Am going through the same situation now..... Enjoyin each bit of this...

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  100. Just a quick comment - first for the artist - beautiful. And then one for all the new parents - get ready now! My baby just recently turned 36, and I still have those fears. Being a parent is forever.

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  101. For all those folks who read this and feel the need to share that they are never having kids - please, don't have them. No one wants you to. The last thing this world needs is more bad parents. Please leave the parenting to people like Grant Snider, who are good parents.

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  102. Came across this on 9gag. So beautful, Grant! Thank you for this! - A Loving Mom to a Loving Father

    P.S. - The "We" frame....amazing to show the transition into parenthood/marriage.

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  103. Wow. CFG is a total ass.

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  104. Baha this is great! Love the last set of frames.

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  105. True, but second time around you know better.

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  106. Hi,
    I teach AP Lit and find your literary drawings fantastic. Can I post a few on my class blog?

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  107. Almost all happening..she is only 16 months..lot of things to learn

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  108. Better be single.Such a horrible experience.No life atall :(

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  109. Loved it,,,true indeed :-)

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  110. Wonderful! I especially like the "ME" which turns into "WE". I will share this with several of my already/soon to be parents.

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  111. Having a child changes YOU!!

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  112. Parenthood changes YOU!!

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  113. Es genial, tal cual. Sobre todo el tema del miedo y del ego. Saludos.

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  114. OMG I love the "me to we" at the end… Congratulations, and best wishes for the next year!

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  115. I have to agree with someone else here that has twins. My daughter has twins and it is an almost impossible existance for her. She is like a walking zombie.

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  116. Absolutely loved this illustration. The fears section is so me! And love the 'Me to We'. Thanks.

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  117. Really nice comic:)

    My children are teenagers and I almost has forgotten how this is in the beggining:)

    Still if you have 2 or more children, with second, third,... things change.

    As Keli said: Enjoy every moment while they are so small. As they grow, they spend less and less time with us (and that's ok).


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  118. Great father of a 18 monthes old little girl I enjoy to help parents and feel reset time made by the little daughter into her grand-father's clock.
    Comics nice to read. Enjoyment and happyness.

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  119. This is so so true...loved this strip :)

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  120. Bellissima.... Il finale è geniale e ti scalda il cuore... Bravo!!!

    Very Nice indeed... The finale part is great and warm up your heart!!!
    Bravo!!!!

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  121. Amazing.. and super True!!

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  122. AWESOME!!
    This is the animated way of how i Feel everyday as a parent!!

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  123. Totally concur with all of the above... and I wish I could tell ya it gets better as they get older, but alas, I would be lying. At least you have a wife to help you with the baby. I know it's not a competition, but imagine doing that for 7+ years, without a spouse and without financial support from family or the baby daddy, whilst working full time and paying for the obviously needed child care. Oy. I might have to be off to the Looney Bin soon.

    I will enjoy sharing this with all my friends who THINK they want kids and have absolutely no idea what it's really like. Kudos sir! And good luck to you! :)

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  124. I certainly can relate this stuff!

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  125. As much as I liked the strip, I feel I need to criticize that me->we -part. You might already realize I do not have kids, and those who think I am therefore not "grown-up" and able to have mature opinions, you don't need to read further ;) It _really_ hurts when someone considers the child free/childless persons automatically as selfish (me, me, me..) just because they do not have children of their own. There are also other aspects of life where one can act in a non-selfish way besides parenting. People that don't have children have time and energy for example for volunteering or taking care of other family members besides kids. The world would in fact be a better place if our circle of people that we care about would expand far beyond the walls of our own homes. --Jenni

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  126. i feel like i was not like this when i was an infant?
    But guess what, all the trouble i probably gave my parents, are coming back to me though my kids. Talk about 'Taste of your own medicine.'

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  127. I am going through that phase and I am loving it.....,,,happy,sad,and funny moments of life..

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  128. But, after all, you fell inexplicably happy!!!! ...And always tired!!!

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  129. Very funny but VERRRY True. I was told it'd be like ds n I laughed impossible..... But eventually reality caught up wit me. I hope some single guys also read this. Congratulations dads...

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  130. Simply awesome and so very true.

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  131. I see the these comics by a hot link. I am be a father recently. This comic has struck a responsive chord in my heart. Thank you and best wishes to your baby.

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  132. Spot on - 6months in and I can completely relate. Despite the sacrifice and tough days it is the best thing in the world to be a Dad.

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  133. I found the last part "from ME to We" horribly offensive for your partner. Meaning that you were not a WE before having a baby? you mean you were all about yourself ME when were only the two of you? Ewwwww I hope the person I will have kids with would never ever do this to me

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  134. Couldn't have said it better, such a fun wrap on the journey of parenting.

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  135. How did you know about my life?!! It's the same :o)

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  136. It would be nice to have a cartoon with more positive aspects of parenting…not only at the end…e.g. the sense of achievements we feel as parents when the child achieves something, the feeling of being proud for small things, the new joy of simple discoveries...

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  137. It is really true.

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  138. i love it beb, true mostly

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  139. Awesome and so true...

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  140. Absolutely stunning work, yet another one on my 'need to buy' list!

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  141. Really an astute noting & expression exact of the experience / observation!!!

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  142. Only in the pic showing 2 parent but in real live most of the time only one parent do all of it.

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  143. And it all starts with sexy time!

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  144. This is fantastic, and I absolutely love the ending. So sweet and well done.

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  145. I love this! I've shared on Twitter and Facebook.

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  146. "Me to We" is the best way to summarize it, thanks!

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  147. That last 3 panels was a brilliant finishing touch X) Lovely insight into parenting, and told beautifully.

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  148. Try it with twins, you say? Try it with two sets of twins, and two other children, I say. :)

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  149. thank the goddesses I'm a lesbian!!

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  150. From Kiwi mum and dad.the pics are so real and the WE pic is especially true. Try it with 5 kids,our youngest says we just kept trying till we got one we liked!! But we hung in there and have just celebrated our 40th Wedding anniversary with all five and partners and 6 (so far) wonderful grand kids. Life is good and worth all the blood, sweat and tears. Have as many as you can manage, not as few as you can get away with.Keep smiling-

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  151. I return again and again to this comic, it is so brilliant - simple yet to the point and funny. I just adore your comics!

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  152. Soo true!! No complaints though.:)

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  153. the point of the me to we is that the day you have a child is the last time you wake up and think about yourself first. Even if you have a partner, they (hopefully) are not totally dependent on you. That is the huge mental shift

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  154. A year of parenting .. indeed it looks funny but that's the real story.

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  157. Still one of your best comics, Mr. Snider!

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  158. I like your comic strip pictures!

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