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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Nini Meow
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4 years ago Created 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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Kay Ann
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dad jokes never grow old. They just evolve.

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riley.girl
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Kay Ann
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Save this pic for when he grows older. Lol

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Ivo H
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4 years ago Created 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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Patti
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4 years ago Created 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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Stille20
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4 years ago Created 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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Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created 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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TheReader19
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Brandon Collinsworth
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4 years ago Created 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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Sasy
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like punching someone in the Eurythmics

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Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created 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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Nini Meow
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4 years ago Created 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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Hans
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4 years ago Created 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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Hans
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So you can watch sports on the big one!

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Online grocery shopping saved my sanity (nearly).

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Ben S.
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4 years ago Created 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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Anne
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4 years ago Created 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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Ben S.
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4 years ago Created 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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Angela
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4 years ago Created 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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Lilly
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4 years ago Created 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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JD Cassavaugh
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Veee V
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4 years ago Created 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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Allen Partridge
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Won't work for me. My kids love nuts

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Rob Williams
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4 years ago Created 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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Sue Prewitt
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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