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Alyson Hannigan: A mom and loving it

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How I Met Your Mother actress Alyson Hannigan is teaming up with Tylenol and the Smiling It Forward campaign to “help raise awareness and money to help children across the country have access to healthcare.”

The American Pie star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two daughters — Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 18 months — with husband of 10 years, fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Alexis Denisof, who starred in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing earlier this year. She also talked about her goal to stay working in television after the ninth and final season of HIMYM, which returns from holiday hiatus Jan. 13.

Hannigan spoke with

Tell us about teaming up with Tylenol on the Smiling It Forward campaign.

We’re asking people to go to and upload a photo that makes them smile. For each photo uploaded, Tylenol will donate $1 to Children’s Health Fund, an organization that gives free healthcare to kids who need it. All children deserve great health care. I’m having so much fun seeing all the great photos go up on the site — who doesn’t want to share cute pictures of their kids and family?!

The campaign benefits the Children’s Health Fund. How do you comfort your kids when they are sick?

We cuddle a lot and wrap up in our favorite blanket and read books. There are lots of hugs. There is nothing like that smile a child makes after she has been sick — when you see it, you just know everything is going to be OK. Actually, Keeva is teething right now and I feel so bad for her. I’m a bit more relaxed though now that it is my second child. With my first, I was calling the pediatrician all the time to make sure that everything was OK. I remember when Satyana was teething I took her into the doctor’s office and the doctor just looked at me and said, ‘Alyson, if she’s in pain, you just give her Tylenol.’ It was a big ‘aha' moment for me.

How are your daughters doing?

Being a mom is simply the best thing I have ever done. My kids make me laugh and smile every day. Satyana is very into dressing herself and everything has to be bright pink or purple. If it glows or is shiny that is even better. If you need sunglasses to look at her outfit, you know that’s a good outfit.

How have you and Alexis adjusted to having two children? Was it a huge adjustment? Or did you feel the bigger adjustment was with baby No. 1?

Having two is a lot harder! When I only had one, I thought I was busy, but now that time seems like a piece of cake. I’m an only child so the biggest thing for me was making sure that Sati was ready and excited for a new baby sister. Someone gave me this great advice to give the older sibling a gift but say it is from the baby. We were planning on getting a swing set for the backyard, so we did that but said it was from the baby. Sati immediately thought having a baby sister was the best!

How are things over at “How I Met Your Mother”? Are you sad it is ending? What’s up next for you?

This last season is really bittersweet. I will miss everyone for sure, but I’m glad we get to have a ninth season so that the writers can give the show the send-off it deserves. I love working in television and I am taking meetings and thinking about developing another show.

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