Babies get a lot of credit for being really freakin' adorable. But not every moment with newborns is so cute, with all their sloppy messes, cryfests, drool, and uncontrollable bowel movements.
Still, mere words don't capture what it's like to be a parent during your little one's first 12 months or so.
We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to send us one photo that sums up what it's like to live with a baby and received hundreds of bodily fluid-filled responses. From spit-ups to cuddles to emotional rollercoaster rides, the pictures show why people say taking care of a baby is really hard work.
Here are 27 parents' photos and thoughts about life with babies.
"He's not pooping... he's just judging me."
"Don't play with baby once he eats, or you get puke in your mouth."
"These photos are taken all of ten seconds apart... Happy baby... Angry baby. And for no apparent reason."
Kami Singh Gocool
Kate Grandgeorge/Henning Photography
"Parenting a baby is full of compromise. I had just finished trying for nearly five minutes to get my son to put on pants as he protested. We both decided that pants half on would need to be OK."
Sonya Smith Hohlt
"Nursing at a rest stop during a car trip. He kept his foot there the whole time."
Agnes Lopez Payne
"The new Football Sundays ... Dad, baby, gigantic bear all passed out in front of the TV."
Reghan Hailey Straily
"Brushing teeth and parenting."
"Grocery shopping -- let me sing you the song of my people."
Lauren Ann Macke
Jen Swanson Stapp
"Just when I thought I could sit down."
"Cheerios are coated in glue."
"Babies are a family blessing, so it takes a family effort!! She adores her big bro!"
"Peas. Peas everywhere..."
Emily Gresk Tompkins
"Apparently the baby food was so good that she decided to take matters into her own hands."