Lynn's Comments: The nosy neighbour might have played a larger role, but there was already too much going on in the strip.
Lynn's Comments: I had my son in the early 70s. They took him away and washed him and I didn't get to hold him for a long time. Five years later when I had my daughter, things had changed. I held her immediately. They didn't take her to be weighed and checked out until we had been with her for over an hour. That was a wonderful experience. That was the way it should be done!
Lynn's Comments: One thing nobody really talks about is how your seat feels after baby is born. Well, sitting down ain't comfy! My favourite gift to a brand-new mom is an egg timer and a box of "TUCKS" pads. The Tucks reduce swelling and inflammation and make life much easier. The egg timer is for the middle of the night when you’ve been up many times and done everything you can do and baby is STILL crying. It allows you to take a 10-minute time out.
Lynn's Comments: I called this imaginary baby "April" because she was all fiction and born on April 1st! Many folks wrote to tell me they had named their baby girls April because they were born April first!
Lynn's Comments: People were not happy about Michael calling the baby "Ape." I thought it would be harmless. Few people were upset by "Lizardbreath," but the opposition to "Ape" was so strong that I dropped the nickname very quickly.
Lynn's Comments: Whenever I did stories about anger and putting up walls, I always got mail from people who used it to talk to their own kids about situations they were going through.
Lynn's Comments: Our dog sure loved to chase squirrels!
Lynn's Comments: I was really happy with this strip. Sometimes the muse hands you a goodie.
Lynn's Comments: April's birth connected me to a whole new group of readers—new moms who wanted to tell me what was going on in their homes. This happened to me and to many others!
Lynn's Comments: I don’t think I have ever been as exhausted as when I was up all night with my babies. My husband often said he'd take on half the nighttime routine, but when he had to go to work in the morning and I was nursing, it just made more sense for me to handle it all.
Lynn's Comments: Not wanting the family to settle into a comfortable routine, I decided to introduce the "helpful" relative who shows up to make life easier and winds up making everything a whole lot worse!
Lynn's Comments: Everyone has that well- meaning relative who wants to help but is no help at all. They always show up at births, deaths and other times where this kind of help is the last thing you need.
Lynn's Comments: Because there had never been a cat in the strip, I decided to add one that was less than friendly. Stuff like this gave me lots to work with; maybe too much!