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For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for April 20, 2021

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    LeeCox  3 months ago

    NOW, April says her first word!

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  3 months ago

    just you wait, John, until April calls for you in the middle of the night

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    howtheduck  3 months ago

    This could be a 12-month sleep regression, which is pretty common, but it may be too obscure a parenting detail for this comic strip. Nevertheless, it is good to see that Elly and John are waiting to see which parent the baby is calling for before getting up. Since the baby is in Elizabeth’s room, the longer April cries the more likely she is going to wake up Elizabeth and maybe she will deal with April herself.

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    Baarorso  3 months ago

    Ellie: “No John, it was for me last time around. This one’s for you!” ;D

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    rshive  3 months ago

    One has to wait until the right moment to say that.

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    Wren Fahel  3 months ago

    My Pepere was living with us when I was a baby (he died 1 week before my 1st birthday). He was my mom’s father, and really wanted me to say “Mama” before he died. One day my mom had taken the 5 older kids swimming at my Memere’s house, and he was babysitting me. He phoned over there, telling my mom to come home…quick! I was not a healthy baby, so she & the kids all got in the car & rushed home. When she got there, he was standing there with a big smile on his face: “She said ‘Mama’!” And there I was, sitting on the floor, pointing at HIM, saying, “Mama! Mama!”

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    Johnnyrico  3 months ago

    April is entirely fictional. It’s because Lynn wanted another baby.

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    boydjb47  3 months ago

    With our two it was always daddy in the middle of the night. I think she trained them.

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    s_birkemeyer_2015  3 months ago

    Hey John, it’s your kid too!

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I don’t remember my first word, or any of my first things for that matter, I wonder why we forget all that?

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    dcdete.  3 months ago

    That’s the worst phone ringtone I ever heard! Could you even change your ringtone in 1991?

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    JudithStocker  3 months ago

    What’s John gonna do when April learns “Da-Da”? He won’t be able to avoid it then, I suppose.

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    dv1093  3 months ago

    I remember those days: my wife wouldn’t let me get up with our kids even if I wanted to.

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    summerdog  3 months ago

    I was never reluctant to go and see what was wrong. I was up like a shot!

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    rebelstrike0  3 months ago

    How do we not know that there will be this for a future strip:

    John departs Patterson residence wearing a coat, tie, and carrying a leather briefcase. Elly is holding April.

    Elly: There goes da-da, say good bye to da-da!

    Elly takes April shopping. April looks at a man also out shopping. He is wearing camoflague trousers and a T-shirt emblazoned with the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia and the words “DIXIE DEFENDER” on it.

    April: DA-DA!

    Elly makes her signature “bug eyed look”, as she always does in the final panel

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    timbob2313 Premium Member 3 months ago

    We were very lucky with our 4 kids, they all slept thru the night

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