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A New Mom's Most-Loved Things

FAVORITE PERSON

That 20-inch-tall guy you just met a few days ago, followed by your dear husband, your family, and your friends - all of whom you've known for years.

FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING

Those black stretchy pants that magically seem to fit even though they're size 8 and everything else you're wearing is a 14.

FAVORITE SONG

"Baby Love," "Be My Baby," or perhaps "Ooh, Baby Baby"

FAVORITE FOOD

Any comfort food - mashed potatoes, ice cream, macaroni and cheese - prepared by someone else and eaten in complete peace.

FAVORITE TIME SAVER

Although you've mastered the art of doing dishes while carrying the baby in a Snugli, you'd rather feed the baby while cuddling with your husband and watching an old movie on TV.

FAVORITE NAME

Your baby's name, of course, which (as you've now completely forgotten) you couldn't stand before your husband talked you into giving it to your child.

FAVORITE MALE MOVIE STAR

Jude Law (three kids), Arnold Schwarzenegger (four kids), or Mel Gibson (seven kids!)

FAVORITE FANTASY

A Mary Poppins/Mrs. Doubtfire equivalent babysits while you and your husband sneak off to a honeymoon hotel.

FAVORITE FORM OF EXERCISE

Dancing around the living room with the baby - with practice, you can burn plenty of calories while half-asleep.

FAVORITE TIME OF DAY

The moment you first gaze into your baby's eyes in the morning and your heart soars upon confirming once again that her existence isn't just a wonderful dream. Second favorite: The moment you finally put your feet up at night for a well-deserved (albeit brief) rest.

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