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.”


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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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Anne 1 week ago

love the last line :)

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

Wolverine is an important topic

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

We will have to bring them together to know...

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

Into a squeaky clean princess

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AmetRaven 1 week ago

I shall adopt this with my teens

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

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

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Kay Ann 1 week ago

Dad jokes never grow old. They just evolve.

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riley.girl 1 week ago

I laughed soooo hard! Oh my god!! So good

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serena 1 week ago

Now the song is stuck in my head.

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

but that IS how it's done!

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Kay Ann 1 week ago

Save this pic for when he grows older. Lol

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Ivo H 1 week ago

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

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Patti 1 week ago

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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Stille20 1 week ago

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

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

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

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TheReader19 1 week ago

Or Australia, you’ll find out when you get the bill!

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Brandon Collinsworth 1 week ago

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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Sasy 1 week ago

Like punching someone in the Eurythmics

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TheReader19 1 week ago

Just stand and look important

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BusLady 1 week ago

"I'll sleep when I'm dead"

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

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

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

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

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Hans 1 week ago

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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Hans 1 week ago

So you can watch sports on the big one!

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

4-year old children know their parents are probably fools.

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TheReader19 1 week ago

Always have extra wipes.

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brandon sat 1 week ago

i wonder if he used that diaper for his baby later

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

Online grocery shopping saved my sanity (nearly).

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Aud Wey 1 week ago

I was looking for a four leaf clover! :)

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Ben S. 1 week ago

"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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Anne 1 week ago

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

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Sophia Cai 1 week ago

Good job with the Minecraft!

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Angela 1 week ago

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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Lilly 1 week ago

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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Kay Ann 1 week ago

Lol. Like father like son.

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JD Cassavaugh 1 week ago

"Oh, but maybe this new one will work..."

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JillVille 1 week ago

The mittens!! Oh dear, hahaha

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Veee V 1 week ago

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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Rob Williams 1 week ago

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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Sue Prewitt 1 week ago

Teaching the baby how to treat animals just might be a great idea, huh?

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JillVille 1 week ago

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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brandon sat 1 week ago

yep...same here, true story!

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Valereee 1 week ago

You'll need to get used to that !

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

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

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Abby Rexroth 4 days ago

Yeah! The lazy hypocrites!!!

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Creep Reap 1 week ago

That is the best last name ever. /o\

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Creep Reap 1 week ago

Won't they just jump on you and stuff?

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Brandon Collinsworth 1 week ago

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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Stille20 1 week ago

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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JillVille 1 week ago

Don't blink or you'll miss a milestone!

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Ben S. 1 week ago

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

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Laugh Fan 1 week ago

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

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Full Name 5 days ago

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.