This article was originally published on ParentMood
Parenting can be a lot of fun, but anyone with kids or a pregnant partner knows that some days are better than others. Artist Yehuda Devir does a stellar job of capturing these ups and downs of parenthood. He began documenting his relationship with his wife, Maya, through the comic series "One of Those Days." Over their years together, the funny couple welcomed a couple of babies. Yehuda's illustrations have since morphed into a relatable and funny series on family life. So if you're a parent or expecting to become one soon, you'll love these illustrations!
A Bun In The Oven
Before a new baby arrives, their siblings need to learn why mommy's belly is growing again. For older siblings, the addition of a younger brother or sister can be a confusing time. They are used to being the main focus of their parents' attention, and the addition of a sibling means they won't be anymore.
To help an only child get used to the idea of the new addition, it's a good idea to include them in big moments like ultrasounds at the doctor's office. That way, they begin to understand that a new life is growing, and they will have someone to play with in a couple of years.
It's pretty amazing that a human body can create new life. When a woman goes through a pregnancy her body changes in many different ways.
Most women will find that their bellies change because all of the organs must shift around to make room for the growing baby. On top of that, a few new stretch marks might appear, along with some general squishiness. That's okay though, it is all a part of this beautiful process.
Let The Romancing Begin
Every couple needs a little spice in their life, even if one of them is almost nine months pregnant. Just be mindful of a couple of things, especially when it comes to spatial awareness.
We are all for big gestures, but pregnant ladies do not need to have their head accidentally smacked on a door frame while their husband is attempting to be romantic. Save the grand gestures for post-pregnancy.
The Triple Spoon
A lot of kids don't like to sleep by themselves for the first couple of years of their lives. That's why parents tend to place the crib or bassinet in their own bedroom.
For this little family, they embrace group naps and cuddling together. This is an excellent way for everyone to get the affection they need.
Trying To Work
With everything being a new experience for babies and toddlers, they tend to think that the entire world is their playground.
That means any buttons that are at eye level must be pressed. Even if it means a parent loses all of their new comics, and they need to start from scratch again - oops.
Let The Countdown Begin
Once kids enter the picture, major holidays like New Year's Eve tend to take on a bit of a different meaning. Instead of staying up until midnight, it is more about sleeping until midnight.
That doesn't mean parents need to stop having fun. It just means that priorities need to change, and fun can be had when kids are older.
Babies start to move at around the five-month mark in their mother's bellies. It starts with what feels like flutters, and as the baby grows it starts to visibly move.
What may look like an alien moving around is actually a baby just kicking the stomach walls as it tries to get comfortable. Don't be alarmed.
When a child's mom gets pregnant, it can be a bit of a confusing time. It's hard to understand that a new sibling is growing inside mommy's belly.
That's why it's important for parents to sit down with their child or children and explain that a new brother or sister is about to join them.
While stomaches definitely get bigger, so do other body parts as women get closer to giving birth. Bras may need to be adjusted, or even put away.
For women who are experiencing some major growth in their chest region, we would suggest grabbing a comfortable sports bra until it's time for nursing bras.
Most babies learn to walk in the first year or two of their lives. Catching those first steps are one of the moments all parents want to remember.
Once a toddler starts motoring around though, you will want to be careful that your home is childproofed. Little fingers like to get into everything!
Every parent remembers the first time their baby speaks. Maybe it is 'Da-da' or 'up' that are their first words. No matter what, this is a moment that needs to be remembered.
For Yehuda and Maya, their little one managed to say 'Ma..Ma' which was a tear-worthy moment for both of these parents.
All Tucked In
One of the greatest inventions of all time has to be the body pillow. Not only does it conform to your body, but for pregnant women, it provides the perfect resting place for a heavy baby belly.
Body pillows may not fit perfectly in a bed with your partner, but that's a small price to pay for your own pregnant comfort, right? Getting a good night's sleep can be tough while pregnant.
Babymaking is a fun business, but after the baby has been born it can take a bit of time for things to get back to normal in the bedroom.
Sometimes a few new items need to be introduced to get the old motor going again so to speak. Couples that play together, stay together right?
Carrying The Load
A pregnant belly can weigh upwards of 20 pounds, depending on the woman. Most women will lose around 13 pounds as soon as they give birth, but until then, that extra weight can be hard on the back.
Sometimes simply leaning on a partner, or having your partner hold your belly up can provide some much-needed relief for back pain.
For some women, acknowledging that your body has changed and being proud of it can take some time. Stretch marks are normal, as is saggy skin.
Throw on a one-piece or a bikini that makes you feel confident and let it all hang out. Nobody is watching, and your body has basically performed the miracle that is giving life. Be proud of it!
Time For School
Eventually, the day comes in every parents' life, where it is time to send your child off to preschool or kindergarten. This is a big day because it means you won't see your child 24/7.
For many parents, they covet this newfound freedom, but the worry for your child will always be there. Growing up can take some getting used to.
A Helping Hand
You know the phrase, "Help I've fallen, and I can't get up"? The same can be said for pregnant women, except instead of falling it is simply lying down.
As babies start to get bigger, and bellies start to get heavier, it becomes harder for pregnant women to move around like they once did. That means their partners always need to be on hand to help them off the floor, or the couch.
Some partners like to sympathy eat with their pregnant loved ones. That tends to mean both the woman and the partner pack on a few additional pounds.
Those extra pounds will need to come off eventually, but that doesn't mean you need to hit the gym hard. Start doing some light cardio, cut back on the junk food, and the weight will come off on its own. Chasing a toddler around all day will do wonders for the physique.
Cover Your Nose
Children are like little sponges, and they need to absorb their manners and proper etiquette from their parents and those around them.
One of the most important things children learn is to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. This keeps snot and other germs from spewing all over the place, but it takes practice!
Glued To The Television
Toddlers need to be kept entertained. Otherwise, they will find creative ways to entertain themselves, like drawing on the wall with their favorite markers.
One method to keep kids quiet, and entertained is to switch on that magical screen known as a television. This can keep kids busy for hours.
Ask any woman that has been pregnant, and she will admit to having some pretty strange food cravings. Some women crave salty foods like pickles.
Others simply want to have a mish-mash of flavors in the form of every condiment known to man on their burger. While these concoctions might look kind of gross, try not to judge your partner's food choices. The baby growing in her belly is demanding these for a reason.
Getting Everything Done
Women are fantastic multitaskers, this is basically a fact. They can write an email, go shopping, and watch their child all at the same time.
For some men, it is a bit of a different story. Yehuda comically made fun of himself and his lack of multitasking abilities which might resonate for some other dads out there.
Going On Vacation
Babies are born with a natural instinct for survival when it comes to water. Most know that they need to flip themselves upside down so that their face is not in the water. Once a baby is old enough, it can be introduced to swimming, first with water wings, and later all on their own.
Family vacations give a baby time in the water with their parents, and they also learn a very important rule - don't pee in the pool. It seems like this parent might just have forgotten that rule, and needs a reminder.
Every family is different, which means each parent had a different upbringing growing up. These upbringings are what every parent either consciously or subconsciously brings to their own parenting style.
Sometimes these different methods of parenting can lead to a few arguments, but ultimately parents need to remember that this is a partnership. Everyone needs to find a common ground, and work together to raise their little one.
Getting A Boo-Boo
Part of growing up is learning how to fall down and get back up again. Children will fall down, scrape their knees, and understand what it means to get hurt.
Having a boo-boo kissed better by mom or dad, and a cute little picture drawn on a bandaid shows that it is okay to hurt. A parent is always there to make it better.
A Time Out
Time outs aren't just for kids. Sometimes a parent needs a break from caring for their child. This isn't because they don't love them, but it can be overwhelming.
Partners need to make sure that each parent has some alone time, even if the baby is crying. When a mom or dad is feeling overwhelmed, make sure to communicate this and get some help.
A Stinky Surprise
Dinner time is the highlight of the day for many people. Maybe your partner spent hours cooking up some delicious spaghetti, or another scrumptious meal.
A dirty diaper and the smell wafting out of it is not one any diner wants to smell before mowing down. Always do a quick diaper sniff before sitting down to dinner to avoid any unappetizing smells.
Incoming Baby Alert
For most expectant parents, they have enough time to hop into the car and make it to the maternity ward once contractions start. Some women might be able to have their baby in a matter of hours, for others, it could take days.
Everyone has their own birth journey to follow, and for Yehuda and Maya, it looks like it might have involved a bit of yelling and screaming. That's totally normal when a new life is about to enter the world!
Always Shut Your Mouth
One of the least exciting aspects of having a baby has to be changing diapers. It seems like every couple of hours, or sometimes even minutes, the baby needs a change, and that can lead to some messy situations.
If this comic teaches you anything, it should be to always close your mouth when changing a dirty diaper. You don't want to end up with a surprise in your mouth.
A New Addition
This happy couple welcomed a baby boy into their family, which obviously meant a comic had to be created for the announcement.
According to the caption for the cartoon, this new addition has been named Ethan and he is a "new super-ultra-mega baby boy." We can't wait to see how he is portrayed in Yehuda's work over the coming months.
All Tuckered Out
After a long day of caring for your child, both you and your partner will be all tuckered out. Bedtime is not just for the baby. Most parents try to match up their sleeping schedules with their little ones.
By matching up the sleeping schedules, parents can enjoy some much-needed shut-eye, until the baby wakes up and the whole saga has to start again. Sleep while you can when you have a baby.
A Few Tickles
A new baby is always cause for excitement. As soon as that little person enters the world, it feels like anything is possible.
Baby Ethan seems to enjoy some coochy coo time with his dad, and a few little belly tickles. For babies, everything around them is a new experience that always leads to a sense of wonder.
Everyone Wants Mom
When you have children, they may favor one parent over the other when they are babies. Usually, they cry out for mom because she is the one that makes them their food. It might be hard when your partner is away, and the children won't stop crying, but it will get better eventually.
The tears and screams might be flowing, but parents do the best they can while their partners are away. The parent taking care of the children watches the clock and wonders, "how many minutes until they come back?" At some point, the kids tire themselves out, and the crying stops.
At Least Everyone Is Sleeping
When you have young children, it can be challenging to find time to sleep. But, in the rare moments that everyone is sleeping, it doesn't matter if the house is a mess or someone didn't get their bath; you just have to savor the peace and quiet.
Being a parent is exhausting, and sleep is rare, so getting even a few minutes of rest with your children is a huge parenting win. However, we wonder if parents ever get used to not sleeping because they still have to go to work even if their children were up all night.
We all age, that is a fact. For some people that means getting wrinkles, and for a lot of men, that means thinning hair or going completely bald.
Losing hair can be a major source of anxiety, but it doesn't need to be. People age, and aging gracefully is a part of life. Own that balding head, and embrace the change. With age, comes wisdom, right?
Every couple, whether they have been together for a couple of months, or a couple of decades has moments where they just need to zone out.
Social media is a great escape, and even if you and your partner aren't talking, you can be sending each other memes, and funny TikToks while you enjoy some quiet time together.
In It Together
At the end of the day, your partner is going to be with you through thick and thin. That means they are there for the highs and the lows, and no matter what, you will stand together.
Some days will be tough, but communication is key. Make sure that you check in with your partner, and assess how you both are feeling. Bottling up feelings is never good.
Winter Is Coming
As soon as that first crisp breeze blows in, or the first flurries of snow appear, women everywhere know it is time to stop shaving. Of course, some women still shave, but if you're not showing your legs off in shorts it is definitely more of a choice.
When winter hits, and women no longer have their legs on display, it is totally okay to say no to shaving, and embrace hairy legs.
Always Work Together
Being a part of a team in the workplace is just as important as being a team at home with your partner. You need to work together to raise your child, or your pet if you opt not to have kids. It takes two to clean up a baby that has gotten food everywhere or has managed to dip a hand into a dirty diaper.
You can always rely on your partner to help. That teamwork spirit will help you raise your kids to perfection, and achieve the life you have always wanted - go team!