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'Got Toddlered' Instagram Shows What Parents Look Like Before And After Having Kids

"Wanna see something REALLY scary?"

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It's no secret having kids changes a person. Suddenly, you go from only having to worry about yourself, to being responsible for every need of your little one. The amount of stress and worry can take a toll.

To show just how this toll can manifest, one dad named Mike Julianelle, of Dad and Buried Facebook, hilariously created and Instagram account called Got Toddlered. The account was previously dedicated to lighthearted memes showing all the things kids have "ruined," such as the beach, leisurely breakfasts, peaceful naps, and baking.

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Recently, the dad used the Instagram to show how having kids can also impact one's appearance.

Julianelle posted a photo of himself from 2006 and one from 2016. He wrote, "Wanna see something REALLY scary? Here's me, before and after I had kids!" The image from over a decade ago shows him smiling, while the 2016 shows him looking into the camera, a tad sleep-deprived. 

He then encouraged other parents to send their before-and-after kids photos so he could post them on the Instagram to show everyone they are not alone.

Other parents liked the idea and began submitting their side-by-side images.

The funny images are bringing parents together and inspiring them to get involved in the series. Julianelle told HuffPost, "Obviously, it's meant to be lighthearted, and no one is seriously blaming their children for the state of their faces or lives."

He elaborated to The Stir, "I mostly hope people get a kick out of it ... my Dad and Buried blog and social accounts have always been about sharing the real truth about parenting, about not being scared or ashamed to admit to the depressing, lame, boring, and frustrating parts. And hopefully helping other parents realize that having myriad emotions about this gig is healthy and normal."

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