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After the birth of my first child, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home dad, or SAHD for short, though I never use that acronym because it looks and sounds too much like the word “sad.”

Daycare is obscenely expensive. It made more fiscal sense to stay home with my kid than to collect a paycheck and just hand it over to a daycare facility.

One day, while still home on maternity leave, my wife left me alone with our newborn son for the first time. Before leaving, she politely reminded me of all the duties I was to perform while she was gone. “I better write this all down,” I joked, and grabbed some post-it notes and a black Sharpie.

I wrote, "don't forget to feed and keep the baby alive."

A week later I found the note on the floor of my office. It made me laugh.

On that day, the website was born.

Eight years, two kids, a separation and over 350 notes later and I'm still writing notes.

More info: amessagewithabottle.com | Instagram

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes we grown up face the same thing.. or may be its just me!

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I find it perfectly reasonable. I dislike various food combinations too, even if i really like these things separately.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes. She can play with the kids now that she's home. You (the husband) can cook dinner, get the kids in the tub, finish laundry, clean the kitchen and put the kids to bed. This is what most women do plus they work every day

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mom still does this if she is holding any kind of critter, dog, child, guinea pig.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They go off anyway and just when you thought you'd disarmed it fully..

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I tell my kids I will accept them no matter if they are gay or straight, but I will disown them if they root for the Dallas Cowboys.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love 'and maybe a snake'. The seemingly naive optimism! Clearly he's setting the poor kid up. Hee hee.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And "to glue" list is so long that sometimes you have to throw some of the 'to glue's

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No need. If you worry about being a good parent, if you are ashamed of the little mistakes you made, chances are high you are a very good parent!

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still ask my (adult) kids why they watch other people play an on-line game that they could be playing themselves. Apparently, I haven't gotten wiser with age

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Okay, we can stay for 30 more minutes". "Okay, time's up, let's go. Yeah, I know, but time flies when you're having fun..."

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this would work for a lot of adults too! I'm going to try this :)

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter designs and builds the most elaborate structures in mindcraft. And her room looks like the place where she dumped all the dug-out debris...

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

O remember giving my daughter the disconnected control when she was a toddler. She would be hours with me and her face looked so happy......

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

grocery shopping alone was my get-away, but there were many days when I saw the husband coming down the drive & was jumping into my car to go for a quiet & relaxing drive...

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, I taught my 3 yo niece to say "Chill kar(means 'do', in a regional Indian language)" ...She goes ballistic on my sis, "Mamma Mamma Mamma Mamma Mammaa Mammmmmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaa" , sis(talking on the phone, asks whoever to hold on): "Yes beta?" Neice: In a very very calm voice "Chill kar" .....I got such looks from her :P...it was super fun! #siblingthing

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember my granddaughter used to be like that until some idiot showed her where the pennies go and what they do...

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I cried outside their doors for nights on end until this phase passed. It's excruciating, but so worth it in the end.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Might need to be a bit more sneaky than this in a few years time.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and DON’T blink."

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah, but a person playing a joke after midday is the "April fool" themselves. Stops things nicely at lunchtime.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I keep all of it, I am looking forward to pulling out this huge box in my closet and going through it with them when they graduate college. I literally have kept every picture they ever handed me and said, "I made this for you daddy"

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it really that hard? This happens at work ALL OF THE TIME. I'm happy to share the bathroom with transsexuals. It's men who can't aim that drive me nuts.

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bwhahahaha! Think how good that toast would taste if you combined the two... /s

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never happens unless they are sleeping when you don't want them to!

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hubby and I spent days (DAYS!) helping oldest with innumerable Star Wars sets every birthday and Christmas for years. Within a week, he'd taken them apart, saved the box (picture) and thrown out the instructions. We'd be rich today if only......

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every guy I knew could recite those lyrics. I haven't heard that song in probably 20 years, but I just walked around my living room like an idiot and sung it! Those lyrics are probably going to get passed down through epigenetics.

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was how son learned about Southpark and the Simpsons. Hubby was banned from watching late night TV with him

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why isn't it 'not putting in too much so you don't clue in granny'?

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well technically his birthday came from something hidden in your pants.

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grandson (22 months) wants to play with my car so bad. But the cat sees him, mean mugs us and runs. Smart cat!

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