I never thought I'd be a father, nor did I ever really want to have kids, until I went on my first real date with my wife. I remember sitting there and the thought just popping into my head that if I were to have kids with someone, I could definitely see myself raising another being with her.
And although it happened a hell of a lot sooner than I would have liked, I'm really digging being a dad and look forward to hanging out with my son every chance I get. The love that the little rambunctious monster is capable of is astounding and he's easily one of the best things that's ever happened to me.
Although I had a lot of fears about becoming a parent, I think one of the bigger ones I had was that it was going to turn me into some insufferable know-it-all when it comes to raising children. But the fact is that helping to raise a tiny human 24 hours a day affords you a certain amount of knowledge on the subject of child-rearing. So you learn a thing or two about parenting.
Chris Illuminati said in an interview with Metro that he decided to be a stay-at-home dad because childcare was "obscenely expensive" and that it didn't make sense for him to work another job so someone else could take care of his kids. So he decided to stay at home with the children and do freelance work on the side for extra income.
He joked about writing down the duties in case he forgot, and soon the serious notes took on a more humorous tone, which made his wife laugh. And his ridiculous messages were born.
The response he got online was overwhelmingly positive, so he started his own Instagram account, @messagewithabottle.
"The purpose is to make other parents (or even non-parents) laugh. Because raising a kid is sort of the same for everyone. We all have these moments with our kids."
He even released his own Daddy Parenting book called The New Dad Dictionary: Everything He Really Needs To Know.