You promised to treat your second-born exactly like your first, but then you actually HAD a second child. Don't worry, these stickers have got you covered.
Raquel D'Apice is a stand-up comic and mom-of-two who runs the hilarious parenting blog The Ugly Volvo. And she's just come up with a pretty cool twist on those month-by-month photos we parents are so fond of taking of our little ones.
Apparently, there are people on Etsy who now sell stickers you can slap onto your kid's onesie to mark his or her monthly "birthday." Sorry if you already knew this, but I'm playing catch-up here since I haven't had a newborn since 2005—the very same year, coincidentally, that Etsy first became a thing.
Anyway, I'm all for a handy shortcut and this one seems pretty genius, since parents can simply buy packs of these things—labeled "1 month," "2 months," "3 months," and so on—and then use them to post pics every four weeks on every one of their social media accounts so it looks like they totally have their life together despite having recently procreated.
Easy peasy, right? But while D'Apice used the standard-issue stickers with her first-born, she found that the succinct messages weren't quite cutting it the second time around, so she decided to create her own.
There's this one, for that time she forgot to take photos on the actual two-month mark because she was "super busy staring at a bag of laundry, willing herself to fold it while simultaneously not folding it":
This one, for when she skipped a few months of snaps because "the camera card was full and 'uploading photos to the computer' somehow turned into 'four hours of reading Amazon reviews for white noise machines'":
This bad boy, because doctor's appointments have a way of falling through the cracks too, even though D'Apice "NEVER IN ONE MILLION LIFETIMES" would have let this happen with her first son. "But then again with my first son I wasn't at the doctor's office every two weeks because I had two kids who were batting a case of pink eye back and forth like a conjunctivitis-themed version of the U.S. Open," she explains.
And then, finally, there's this little guy, for when you've lost all sense of time and simply have no clue:
"I really dropped the ball on this monthly photo thing," D'Apice explains to her neglected second-born son in her post. "But am happy you'll have lots of stuff to eventually talk about in therapy,"
So relatable. I have old-school baby books for my two kids (because I am evidentally 1,000 years old), and while my daugther's is bursting at the seams with pictures, cards, letters, and drawings, my son's remained pretty much empty until I eventually decided to co-opt it to hold my daughter's overflow.
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Do I even need to tell you which one of them was born first? Didn't think so.
Got any stickers for THAT?
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.