No one said that having kids would be easy. You give up your time, your energy, and most of yourself just to make sure that your baby is well taken care of. The worst part is that they won’t be able to thank you for your sacrifice for years to come (if they ever do feel like thanking you).
All of the hard work that you put into a day of child-rearing can take a physical toll on you, and that’s never been more clear than when these side-by-side pre-kid and post-kid pictures came out.
Mike Julianelle of Dad and Buried created the Instagram account Got Toddlered (@gottoddlered) where he posts funny memes of “things children have ruined.” The page really took off when he posted a photo of himself before and after he had children, inspiring others to show off what happened to them. He told Huffington Post, “I’ve gotten a lot more of these than I did of the typical ‘my toddler destroyed something’ memes I was previously receiving! Probably because taking a photo of something your kids destroyed is less of a priority than cleaning it up. And it’s much easier to clean a mess than it is to fix your own face!”
Mike doesn’t want to discourage anyone from having little ones of their own. He said, “Obviously, it’s meant to be lighthearted, and no one is seriously blaming their children for the state of their faces or lives, except for me when I seriously blame my kids for the state of my face and my life, which is basically all I do on my blog and Facebook page and Twitter.”
You can see more of the before and after effects of having kids here!
Pitfalls of Parenthood
Mike continued about his mission, “My blog and everything else have always been about the fact that it’s okay to be honest about the pitfalls of parenthood. There’s no shame in admitting that for all the peaks, there are plenty of pits. Kids are the worst best thing that’s ever happened to us and if we don’t laugh about the havoc they wreak we’d have to cry instead and I’m not a crier.”
Blonde to Brunette
You might find that many moms went from stunning blonde hair to more natural brunette hair. Keeping up with a high-maintenance hair color is almost impossible to do with a baby.
In only two years, this woman’s face has changed to include some bags under the eyes and lines on the forehead because having an infant keeps you up all day and all night.