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Q: What's one unusual food that he likes to eat?

A: I don't think it's so unusual in LA, but he loves edamame. It's funny because [my husband] Dave didn't like edamame until Ben started eating it, and I was like, "Your son has a wider palate!" Really, edamame is just a nice way to eat salt.

Q: Does he have any favorite music or music that you like to listen to?

A: He loves this one song and this was not provoked by any of us, but it just happened to be on the radio for a little while at a very formative point for him, but there's a song by Better Than Ezra called "Juicy." And he loves it. Loves it. And he knows the classics, like "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider." He takes his hands, puts them behind his head, and reaches as far back as he can. It makes me want to cry every time. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Q: What's the best parenting tip you ever got?

A: First-time parents sometimes stress out about their child, and try to do everything. The best tip I ever got was to imagine you already had one child on your hip. What would you do? For example, if your infant is crying or upset, your instinct would be to rush and get it for him. But imagine if you already had a kid who needed your attention right that moment. You wouldn't be able to drop everything. So it teaches you that you don't have to freak out so much, and that you can relax a little.

Q: And what do you most look forward to as Ben grows up?

A: Being friends with my kid. I really, really look forward to that. I have a great relationship with my parents, and my husband has a great relationship with his parents, and we all get along really well. It's so much fun to go to dinner together and enjoy each other's company as adults. I really look forward to that with Ben, being friends.

Q: Has there been a moment in the last two years where you've thought, "This is what I'm supposed to do? This is the best thing ever?"

A: I suppose every stage of his life there's a moment like that, but most recently we were sitting down at dinner, and I sit right next to him so I can help him. I was talking to Dave and [Ben] wrapped his arm through my arm and laid his head on my shoulder. I almost died. It was the cutest thing ever and it was completely unprompted.

Q: Do you two have a favorite bedtime story?

A: You know what's so funny? Before I had Ben, my character on the show had a child. They had one episode where I read him "Goodnight, Moon," and for some reason I just didn't get it. I was like, "Why am I reading this stupid story?" But now it's my favorite story to read him.

Q: Anything else you'd like to share about being a parent?

A: Just that it's just the best thing. I absolutely love it. It's harder than you ever thought and just so worth it. It's awesome.

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