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'It's Like They Know Us' Is The Tumblr Every Parent Needs To See

The stock photos that accompany many online articles tend to be a tad unrealistic. This is especially true of stock photos that depict families. Image provider websites are full of pictures of blissful families, dressed all in white, relaxing on their spotlessly clean white sofas with their perfect, well-behaved children.

Put off by these absurdly un-relatable images, a mom in Ohio named Sara Given decided to poke some fun at the abundance of ridiculous stock photos. Last week, she launched the hilarious Tumblr It's Like They Know Us. "Relax on your pristine white couch and enjoy these realistic depictions of motherhood," the cheeky tagline reads.

The concept is simple. Given takes one of the many photos of white-clad moms serenely navigating the always-peaceful world of motherhood and then adds a hilarious caption to it. The mom told The Huffington Post in an email that she started the Tumblr after a fellow member of the Facebook group for The Longest Shortest Time Mamas podcast posted "the most ridiculous picture of a woman pumping (without an actual pump) and eating a bowl of cereal in front of a window."

Soon, other parents joined in posting unrealistic stock photos, and after one member suggested that someone make a Tumblr of it, Given "jumped at the chance."

Given hopes that It's Like They Know Us can be a source of comfort to other parents. "It's cathartic to poke fun at these pictures when we know what parenting really looks like," she said. "There is so much pressure to get mothering 'perfect' that it makes every decision, every action, feel like it will make or break your child. And all of this is coming at a time when we are already mentally and physically exhausted."

Here's a hilarious selection of the images -- head over to It's Like They Know Us for more.

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"And then I said, ‘Look, if you don’t carry it in a muted pastel, I’m not interested!”
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"Don’t worry, getting out of the house is super easy."
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"Oh, really? My little guy never fusses at mealtime. Have you tried feeding him on a white couch?"
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"My child never responds to the nasal aspirator like a panicked feral animal. Deep down in her baby brain she knows that Mommy is trying to help. I enjoy sucking snot out of her face."
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"Vacationing with children is fun and relaxing. Let’s never travel without them."
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Real love transcends personal space
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"My clients love when I bring the baby to meetings. My severe bun lets them know I mean business."
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"I am getting so much work done. Toddlers are easy."
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Pregnant ladies are known for their love of salads.
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"Hey pregnant ladies, don’t hog all the salad! Kids love it, too!"
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Stock Photo: "HA HA HA, look at that turkey!"
Chris Ryan via Getty Images
In real life: "Why the f**k are you laughing at my turkey?"
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Stock Photo: Let's just set this burnt turkey on the table anyway.
Michael Cogliantry via Getty Images
In real life: That turkey goes straight in the garbage, pizza gets ordered, tears get shed.
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Stock Photo: "It will be so cute to wear Santa hats all night!"
Mike Harrington via Getty Images
In real life: "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD MY HEAD IS SWEATING SO MUCH."
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Stock Photo: "Um, dad?"
Michael Cogliantry via Getty Images
In real life: "Um, dad?"
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Stock Photo: The food is piping hot on the table, no one is anywhere to be found.
Elizabeth Livermore via Getty Images
In real life: No, this is actually exactly like real life.
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Stock Photo: "I brought you a delicious turkey!"
Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy via Getty Images
In real life: "WHOA LADY, HOW DID YOU GET IN HERE?"
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Stock Photo: "I'm having so much fun getting tickled during dinner!"
fstop123 via Getty Images
In real life: Barf. Just barf, everywhere.
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Stock Photo: "I'm so excited to eat Christmas dinner."
Lynn Koenig via Getty Images
In real life: "Do you ever feel like you're just going to be swallowed up by darkness?"
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Stock Photo: "This year, let's let Timmy help carve the turkey. What could possibly go wrong?"
Peter Cade via Getty Images
In real life: Timmy is definitely about to lose a thumb.
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Stock Photo: Dog hops up on the table and helps himself to turkey.
Yvonne Duivenvoorden via Getty Images
In real life: Yeah, none of those wine glasses would still be standing. That is just not how dogs roll.
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Stock Photo: Kids eating cookies and milk.
mediaphotos via Getty Images
In real life: We're supposed to believe that these kids -- who cannot even drink milk without getting it all over their faces -- kept this white tablecloth this pristine? I'm sorry, no. Also, the milk and cookies are for Santa, you ingrates.
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Stock Photo: A festive Christmas dinner.
Lisa Thornberg via Getty Images
In real life: WTF is going on here? Is there Christmas acid at play?
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And then there are the Headless Turkey Women of Christmas Dinner.
Sarah Bossert via Getty Images
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No, seriously, there are a lot of these.
Lew Robertson via Getty Images
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There are more of them than we ever would have imagined.
Brand X Pictures via Getty Images
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So many of them that it's making us uncomfortable.
Brian Leatart via Getty Images
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Who are these Headless Women? Do you think there is a support group?
Lisa Peardon via Getty Images
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Thanks for all the Christmas turkeys throughout history, Headless Women.
FPG via Getty Images
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Stock Photo: We eat all the food, drink all the wine and fall asleep on the table.
Judith Haeusler via Getty Images
In real life: Seems legit.