Dressing your kids in watermelon is apparently the hottest trend of Summer '17. And since today's National Watermelon Day—well, you know what to do.
Jennifer Grey may have carried one to hilariously embarrassing effect in the movie Dirty Dancing, but now—thanks in no small part to social media—the watermelon is currently experiencing viral cult status online. Plug the word in on Instagram, for example, and you'll be treated to hundreds of colorful photo squares filled with things like watermelon-themed pool floats and makeup looks; watermelon tap kits, and boozy bright pink popsicles.
And since today happens to be #NationalWatermelonDay—which I swear is not a thing I just made up—we couldn't let it pass without giving a shout out to some of the best parenting-related posts featuring the refreshing summertime staple.
For starters, we are LOVING the way parents are celebrating the holiday by posting pics of their kids fake-rocking outfits made out of melon.
Like this one:
A post shared by Fit4MomFredericksburg/alison (@fit4momfredericksburg) on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:39am PDT
And this one:
A post shared by Salonist (@salonist.it) on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:11am PDT
And this one:
Joelle Melton, age 4, flaunts her best "Watermelon Dress” on #NationalWatermelonDay. Join us tomorrow at the #USDAFarmersMkt from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all things #watermelon related. We’ll be hosting an official watermelon eating competition at noon & 1:30 pm. While exploring the market, purchase a slice of watermelon to be a part of the latest fashion trend and design your own #WatermelonDress or test your watermelon seed-spitting skills in the spitway, provided by the @watermelonboard. _ 📷 Proud dad Ken Melton / AMS #watermelon #food #foodie #fruit #watermelonlove #melon #farmersmarket #usda #instagood #august #washingtondc #usdafarmersmarket #Friday #friyay #nationalmall
A post shared by USDA Ag Marketing Service (@usda_ams) on Aug 3, 2017 at 6:08am PDT
So fun! Although, this little guy didn't seem to think so:
When it's National Watermelon Day and you saw all these really cute #watermelondress photos as part of the #babymeloning trend and you want to be part of the trend.... #honestmotherhood #babiesofinstagram #momlife #motherhoodintheraw #childhoodunsensored #mommycommunity #candidcapture #summerfun #momofthree #babygirl #posttheordinary #realinsta #cutebabe #nationalwatermelonday #therealinstamoms
A post shared by Julia (@realboringmom) on Aug 3, 2017 at 9:59am PDT
Apparently, the whole #babymeloning thing has been a trend since late spring, with parents co-opting slices of the fruit and turning them into pieces of juicy couture for their mini me's via some strategically-placed bites.
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There's super-melon man:
A post shared by Jennie Benitez (@jen_chilada) on Jul 5, 2017 at 8:10am PDT
The 'Merica melon:
A post shared by Cara Braude (@carabraude) on Jul 4, 2017 at 11:41am PDT
And the look one mama dubbed "sleeveless and seedless":
A post shared by Amy Edler (@littlestoladies) on Jul 1, 2017 at 5:57pm PDT
I think she may actually be onto something there, since overalls are currently making a major comeback!
And speaking of mamas... we are LOVING this super-cute photo on the Instagram of inspirepregnancy, in which a new mom and dad pose with a couple of watermelons for an adorably creative before and after pregnancy pic:
Transformation Tuesday! How absolutely adorable are these shots of @enmisstrece! Such a fun way to remember a darling pregnancy! #transformationtuesday #postpartumbody #9monthspregnant #pregnant #pregnantbelly
A post shared by @inspirepregnancy on Aug 1, 2017 at 7:32pm PDT
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Just like Jennifer Grey, this glowing mom-to-be carried a watermelon—except she did it for 9 months. Which just begs the question—why isn't there a national holiday for THAT?