Parents: before and after kids (21 images)

So many things change when we become parents. Our money disappears, as if stolen by little elves it in the night. Friday night happy hour and staying up past midnight are things of the past. And worst of all, our general appearance takes a major hit. Makeup? HA! Blowing drying my hair? HAHA! Wearing expensive clothes that need to be dry-cleaned? HAHAHA! The before-and-after effect of parenthood is pretty drastic — which is something Mike Julianelle of the blog Dad and Buried knows all too well.

He has been sharing the painfully hilarious truth about parenting on his blog for quite some time now. But it was after he uploaded his version of ‘Before and After Parenthood’ when things really took off for him.

“I had been creating a series of memes showing rooms [and] stuff kids have destroyed and after I posted a photo of my before/after face, a user suggested I make it a series and ask for submissions. It was a great idea!”

Mike says that his blog aims to provide humor and a feeling of solidarity for parents who are dealing with the challenges of raising kids. “It has always been about not taking this gig too seriously, and these photos are a great way to visually represent that. Everyone who submits is in on the joke, we all love our kids but there’s no denying the toll parenting takes! If you can’t laugh about it you’ll never survive!