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(Exploding Unicorn)   1st kid: Parents take a million pictures. 2nd kid: Parents take like 4 pictures. 3rd kid: There's no photographic evidence this child exists   (explodingunicorn.com) divider line 101
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2013-12-29 01:25:25 PM
Your blog sucks?
 
2013-12-29 01:26:10 PM
Whar photographic evidence!? Whar?!?
 
2013-12-29 01:27:07 PM
As the third kid - I wish my parents followed the same pattern.
 
2013-12-29 01:28:39 PM
It's true. I have been a third kid and a parent and a photographer.
 
2013-12-29 01:30:39 PM
I'm the 7th kid. I'm surprised I made it to adulthood.
 
2013-12-29 01:32:28 PM
summery: "I am a douche, and I will share it with the world".
 
2013-12-29 01:33:45 PM
Then again, the third child is *always* the difficult one.
 
2013-12-29 01:33:49 PM

Dear Jerk: It's true. I have been a third kid and a parent and a photographer.


Same here. Like Christopher Titus says, "I hate to admit it, but if my youngest gets abducted, I'm gonna have to hire a sketch artist."
 
2013-12-29 01:33:52 PM
 We don't have a single picture of our 1-year-old, Mae. There are images of her on Facebook and various flash drives, but we don't have any physical photographs.

Durr.
 
2013-12-29 01:36:39 PM

bittermang: Your blog sucks?


over in 1
 
2013-12-29 01:37:31 PM
My sister (first child) got three photo albums. My Brothere (second child) got one. I got the back page of his.

Having said that, now that I have a little gremlin of my own, I fully appreciate that it's hard enough finding the time to do anything while taking care of just one, taking care of three? Christ, I don't want to even think about it.
 
2013-12-29 01:38:02 PM

jonohull: We don't have a single picture of our 1-year-old, Mae. There are images of her on Facebook and various flash drives, but we don't have any physical photographs.

Durr.


Physical photographs?

Do those even exist anymore?
 
2013-12-29 01:38:29 PM

bittermang: Your blog sucks?


I think it's a pretty awesome post.
 
2013-12-29 01:38:48 PM
Is that the worst blog in the world or is that the worst blog in the universe? It's like someone, who thought they were funny, TLDR'd about every gangrenous, syphilitic th
 
2013-12-29 01:39:45 PM

Bemused Rhino: Then again, the third child is *always* the difficult one.


Not true, I was apparently the easiest kid apparently - well, at least mum assumes so, as she can't remember much about me.
 
2013-12-29 01:40:05 PM
On average, a US family has fewer than three kids, so on average that third kid doesn't exist. It's not really reasonable to expect lots of pictures.

Well, not with current camera technology, anyway.
 
2013-12-29 01:40:09 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: Dear Jerk: It's true. I have been a third kid and a parent and a photographer.

Same here. Like Christopher Titus says, "I hate to admit it, but if my youngest gets abducted, I'm gonna have to hire a sketch artist."



"C'mon Honey, smile for the milk carton!"
 
2013-12-29 01:40:48 PM

iheartscotch: Is that the worst blog in the world or is that the worst blog in the universe? It's like someone, who thought they were funny, TLDR'd about every gangrenous, syphilitic th


+++CARRIER FOUND+++
Oh god, I shouldn't have made fun of that stupid blog; argh
+++CARRIER LOST+++
 
2013-12-29 01:40:48 PM
As the fourth kid, I was thankful they remembered to feed me.
 
2013-12-29 01:41:15 PM

jonohull: We don't have a single picture of our 1-year-old, Mae. There are images of her on Facebook and various flash drives, but we don't have any physical photographs.

Durr.


Actually, he's right. Nowdays, we have more of our pictures on our iphones and digital cameras and usually don't bother with taking them to an outlet that will print out actuall pictures of them. We take our phones with us and we'll gladly show them to you on the phone, but when you come over to our homes, it lacks pretty much anything of pictures past the 1990's.

/actually, it's pretty sad that we've come to this, but it's understandable.
 
2013-12-29 01:41:25 PM
It's true.  I'm a 3rd kid and there are less than 10 pictures of me as a baby/toddler/kid.

And I'm not exaggerating.  It's been a topic of discussion and jokes for years around my house
 
2013-12-29 01:42:21 PM
Acquaintance does daycare on a Disney cruise. One mother was asked as she was dropping off her kid if there were any special instructions. "She's my fifth, honey, just keep her alive".

We've taken probably five hundred shots of our crotchfruit, of which several dozen could be real keepers.   Sadly the best shots were taken with my crappy cell phone camera as it was at hand when something cute happened.

/will agree with  bobowski, article is pretty douchey.
 
2013-12-29 01:42:27 PM
I was at a c-section today.  Fourth girl being born.  Me:  "Didja bring your camera?"  Dad:  "No, I'll get some pictures later".  I brought him his phone so he could at least get a few now, instead of waiting for her middle school graduation.
 
2013-12-29 01:42:46 PM

LincolnLogolas: As the fourth kid, I was thankful they remembered to feed me.


Did your parents ever get get your name confused with the dog? Because that's a feeling I understand.
 
2013-12-29 01:42:54 PM
Is...is this what happened to barking unicorn?
 
2013-12-29 01:43:44 PM
CSB

I was of the opinion (as the third child) that there was no photographic evidence of my childhood.
Then in my 40s my mother taught me that during my 1970s childhood 35mm slides were the craze.

So I bought a slide scanner at dx.com and sat with my mother and had my daughter scan them.

Her grand daughter (my child) scanned them for us as Daddy and Farmor tried to make sure she didnt kick the USB cable out whilst talking with each other and remembering.

VERY magic moment between mother and son after a LOT of turmoil. Followed by posting the pictures to the internet so our other family members could share them (note our family lives on many continents even in this generation so the internet is our main means of communication)

end CSB
 
2013-12-29 01:45:41 PM
I've always felt it was the middle kids that got forgotten about. If your not the oldest or the baby you're just another kid.
 
2013-12-29 01:46:08 PM

megarian: Is...is this what happened to barking unicorn?


No, barking unicorn never e-mailed me. Let this be a lesson to you. :p
 
2013-12-29 01:46:10 PM
As the first child, there are some pics of me in albums. My brother is 10 years my junior, and there are a TON of him. Actually, after he was born that was the primary use for film...
 
2013-12-29 01:47:28 PM

Kit Fister: megarian: Is...is this what happened to barking unicorn?

No, barking unicorn never e-mailed me. Let this be a lesson to you. :p


Hahahahahaaaa!!!
 
2013-12-29 01:48:22 PM
Other way around for me. A few pictures of babby me, a gap, young school me, gap, graduation. Youngest sister has enough pictures to fill shoe boxes but then again she is and always be the baby of the family.
 
2013-12-29 01:48:29 PM
Really, two kids is basic replacement rate for the parents, the third kid is only for insurance if one of the others croaks.
 
2013-12-29 01:52:14 PM

theorellior: Really, two kids is basic replacement rate for the parents, the third kid is only for insurance if one of the others croaks.




Traditionally, the 3rd kid joined the Clergy.
 
2013-12-29 01:52:43 PM
I was humiliated. In 1974, 6th grade, we were all supposed to bring in a baby picture of ourselves for a year end collage. I couldn't believe my parents had all kinds of pictures of my 3 brothers, one older, two younger, but none of me. The youngest photo of me was my first grade school picture.
We looked through my grandparents photo albums too. No pictures of me at Christmas or spending summers with them. I began to wonder if I'd been adopted, but my older brother and I did DNA tests and we do have the same parents.
 
2013-12-29 01:56:35 PM

acad1228: I was humiliated. In 1974, 6th grade, we were all supposed to bring in a baby picture of ourselves for a year end collage. I couldn't believe my parents had all kinds of pictures of my 3 brothers, one older, two younger, but none of me. The youngest photo of me was my first grade school picture.
We looked through my grandparents photo albums too. No pictures of me at Christmas or spending summers with them. I began to wonder if I'd been adopted, but my older brother and I did DNA tests and we do have the same parents.


I was born with blond hair but it darkened to brown. All my early photos are a little blond kid in a Hawaiian shirt. For the longest time I thought maybe my parents' kid died and they stole me at age 3 or so.
 
2013-12-29 02:01:52 PM
So true. I'm the 3rd and there are maybe a handful of pics of me. Tons of brother and sister though.
 
2013-12-29 02:02:05 PM
Being the oldest is as good as they say it is. I didn't cause it, so I have no guilt in enjoying it.
 
2013-12-29 02:04:29 PM

doglover: I was born with blond hair but it darkened to brown. All my early photos are a little blond kid in a Hawaiian shirt. For the longest time I thought maybe my parents' kid died and they stole me at age 3 or so.


I feels ya. I was born with bright red hair which lightened to ash blond when I was a toddler and then darkened to dishwater brown by the time I entered middle school.
 
2013-12-29 02:04:35 PM
My wife and I are in stitches over that


/have four of em'
 
2013-12-29 02:05:00 PM

CutBoard: jonohull: We don't have a single picture of our 1-year-old, Mae. There are images of her on Facebook and various flash drives, but we don't have any physical photographs.

Durr.

Actually, he's right. Nowdays, we have more of our pictures on our iphones and digital cameras and usually don't bother with taking them to an outlet that will print out actuall pictures of them. We take our phones with us and we'll gladly show them to you on the phone, but when you come over to our homes, it lacks pretty much anything of pictures past the 1990's.

/actually, it's pretty sad that we've come to this, but it's understandable.


Only having digital pictures is different from having no pictures. If you need a physical picture you can print out the one that best suits your need at the time, and you usually have many more to choose from. I don't understand how an electronic photo album is less valid than a physical one.
 
2013-12-29 02:10:51 PM
My parents did this backwards. I'm the oldest I think that's why I take so many pics now.
 
2013-12-29 02:12:12 PM

Slartibartfaster: Then in my 40s my mother taught me that during my 1970s childhood 35mm slides were the craze.


They weren't a "Craze", they were just popular with the small denomination of people that had more money than sense and wanted to drive other people nuts with their "nights 'o slideshows", which we've seen enough movies and TV shows made reference to these nutjobs sort of evenings.

Slide were/are a pain for multiple reasons, and had no other reason than make some people want to be asshats, as they were not for normal general public use.

But yes, once digitized and shared, it's a nice thing for the family.
 
2013-12-29 02:12:42 PM
My older sister has a lot of shoe boxes of baby and childhood photos. I was the second and last child but I have very few infant and childhood photos. However my father got a movie camera when I was about 2, I have nearly my entire childhood on 8mm. My Dad used to say that he had to use the movie camera because I wouldn't stay put for a still photo.
 
2013-12-29 02:14:03 PM

imfallen_angel: Slide were/are a pain for multiple reasons, and had no other reason than make some people want to be asshats, as they were not for normal general public use.


This. They were the ne plus ultra of correct color reproduction, but such a thing was not really necessary for snapping the kids playing in the sprinkler.
 
2013-12-29 02:15:15 PM

NotARocketScientist: CutBoard: jonohull: We don't have a single picture of our 1-year-old, Mae. There are images of her on Facebook and various flash drives, but we don't have any physical photographs.

Durr.

Actually, he's right. Nowdays, we have more of our pictures on our iphones and digital cameras and usually don't bother with taking them to an outlet that will print out actuall pictures of them. We take our phones with us and we'll gladly show them to you on the phone, but when you come over to our homes, it lacks pretty much anything of pictures past the 1990's.

/actually, it's pretty sad that we've come to this, but it's understandable.

Only having digital pictures is different from having no pictures. If you need a physical picture you can print out the one that best suits your need at the time, and you usually have many more to choose from. I don't understand how an electronic photo album is less valid than a physical one.


That's really the kind of cool thing. It's not really any different. But, yet, it does. There's nothing wrong with having that electronic photo album, but, where is the care of having the paper photos made? Is it really asking too much of ourselves to stop, while we pass by the photo booth at the local store? No, it's not, yet, we still pass by. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be mean to people that do this, hell, I'm as guilty as the next person. But is it really to much too ask of us, and why shouldn't we? It's not like we don't have the time, we do, we just like to think that we don't.
 
2013-12-29 02:16:57 PM
#fwp
 
2013-12-29 02:21:16 PM
As an eldest child, smug in the knowledge that I was cuter, smarter and much more personable than my siblings, I'm getting a kick out of this article.
 
2013-12-29 02:21:41 PM

Enigmamf: bittermang: Your blog sucks?

I think it's a pretty awesome post.


Agreed, it was funny. But you can't have a thread without a crap post. Irresistible it seems.
 
2013-12-29 02:24:52 PM
I am the youngest of 10 kids and apparently I did not exist before 6 years old. All photos of me were kept in the attic (why just me has never been explained). When my parents sold the house, they forgot the stuff in the attic. When they went back several months later the new owner told them everything had been sent to the incinerator.
 
2013-12-29 02:28:44 PM

LincolnLogolas: As the fourth kid, I was thankful they remembered to feed me.


I'm sure that you are also familiar with being called every other sibling's name until they finally get to #4.
 
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