Parenting is hard. It’s reeeeeal hard. And after seeing these photos, we will never question this again.
Simon Hooper, a London dad and owner of the @father_of_daughters Instagram account, has jumped onto social media to describe his parenting experiences with a troop of 4 girls ALL UNDER 10! The photos that Hooper have posted are absolutely hilarious (and slightly nightmarish) as he aims to highlight the reality of parenthood.
The photos are each captioned with all too real day-to-day parent struggles, such as the eight steps it takes to get his twin daughters to day-care each morning.
The girls have now been going to nursery for 2 weeks & although they love it, the morning routine is still the same: Step 1 – perform intricate human origami to get them into the car seat before they have a chance to impersonate a steel girder. Step 2 – drive to nursery wishing I had arms with 3 elbows so I could reach the sodding toy they've dropped that's taken up residence in the one dark recess I can't reach without pulling over. Step 3 – wipe the blood from ears resulting from the 10 minutes of screaming. Step 4 – remove the girls from the car who have now bedded into their seats deeper than a tick who's on a blood binge after breaking up with their boyfriend. Step 5 – walk them to the door & distract them by pointing a random directions saying there's a horse. There's no horse. Step 6 – walk them in, put bags on hooks and watch their faces as they convince themselves I've traded them in for the horse I mentioned earlier. Step 7 – leave feeling like a terrible human being. Step 8 – return 8 hours later to twins that have decided the horse trade was fair as they prefer it at nursery anyway. step 9 – repeat steps 1 through 8 tomorrow. I love being a dad. #lifeonrepeat #nurserydropoff #imcomingback #rigidtwins #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod
The Instagram account takes on a light-hearted humour to the daunting reality that is parenthood. It’s definitely an account that all parents can jump onto when they’re stressed and realise they’re not alone. Being a mum or dad is hard for EVERYONE.
Another monday, another last minute rush to the shops to avoid the armageddon I.e running out of nappies, wipes & baby crack (milk) for the addicts. I basically live in this aisle of the supermarket now. New parents seem to gravitate to me as an "experienced parent" (i.e. the tired looking guy shivering in the corner) and ask "do you know where so and so is please?" My reponse – "Sure 3rd shelf, half way down on the left hand side, buy 3 & get a discount,although you want to use that in combination with blah blah blah." I'm like a walking encyclopaedia of baby product info. I used to use my brain to solve global corporate wide problems. I now use it to calculate bulk buy discounts. #ishouldgetanamebadge #bogofking #iliveherenojoke #dadbrain #lifeinthefastlane #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
Usually bedtime is like walking into a warzone, a warzone with low level lighting, soft furnishings & bunny rabbits. Its a place where books are used as sharp cornered weapons and children break camoflague from underneath soft toys to lob bottle shaped milk grenades indiscriminately at people over 4 ft tall, but tonight was different. In the time it took me to get milk squared away and peg it back upstairs, the twins exhausted all of their energy reserves, allowing the silent assassin, sweet sweet jetlag, to stealthly slip in behind enemy lines and render them comatose. This was our victory photo. Of course the victory is bitter sweet as I now have to move these dead weights & will no doubt be revisited by them at 3am when they think it's morning, bit for now, we'll bask in the glory that is 2 little girls that fought the good fight, but lost to sleep. (See stories for vids). #jetlagforthewin #theycametheyfoughttheylost #easiestbedtimeever #ilovethesmellofnappiesinthemorning #fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad
The photos totally draw on some of the adult fears that are pent up in my subconscious. But there’s also a heart-warming, silver lining.
We seem to have been given the gift of time even though I don't remember asking for it. Thanks to the kids who are still not quite adjusted & keep referring to UK time, we're up before the sun rises, providing us with a full-on 15 hours of awake time to stuff with more fillings into than the burger I had for lunch. As a fringe benefit to early rises, not only did we get to transport Ottie around in full diva mode (she refused to take off the glasses or ears, not even for passing princesses), we were also one of the first people into the park, so after necking caffeinated drinks, we hit 'Tower of Terror' – a 13 floor free fall in an elavator (or 'lift' for us British lot). I think I left my breakfast somewhere up on the top floor but everyone came out alive & wanting more. Then, with failing legs by 12pm, all the girls took turns to go on one of the popular rides that never has a queue – my shoulders. I swear I'm 3 inches shorter now than at the start of the day. How come I never get carried!? #dadsshouldersarethebest #leftmybreakfastupstairs #familyganghang @waltdisneyworld @visitflorida #ad #loveflorida #MagicKingdom #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod
Huh, maybe having babies isn’t so bad afterall.
Part 1: outbound – travelling with almost the same number of small people that followed snow-white around can be stressful & canlead you to consider getting on a different plane to your family at the airport. Arguments over who locked the door, who has the passports and who didn't bring the snack bag that was lovingly prepared the night before start from the moment we pull away from the house at stupid o'clock in order to catch the early morning "I've got kids so can't afford to fly at a decent time of the day" flight. By the time we get to the airport, we're all filling out family divorce papers. My main mess up this time was packing 2 buggies, only to unfold them at the airport to find I'd not brought the lining, cushions or straps, rendering them more useless than a fireman who's hose produced petrol instead of water. I still tried to blame my mistake on @mother_of_daughters but she was having none of it. At least we should all be happy after holiday on the inbound journey, right? Part 2 – inbound coming up ….. #familybaggage #3shortofsnowwhite #itwasherfault #travelstress #incarentertainment #outbound #compareandcontrast #fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad