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Carla Pregnant -  Photographer Phillip Toledano

Then, look who showed up …

"In January, photographer Phillip Toledano released a new photo book called The Reluctant Father, which follows Toledano’s honest journey through the beginning stages of fatherhood. At the age of 40, Toledano was thrown into the role, one that he didn’t necessarily plan or desire to be in. His daughter Loulou, born on July 19, 2010, would slowly change his life, but for those first 18 months, he didn’t feel as though he could connect emotionally with the young child. “Everything Loulou did was utterly incomprehesible,” he states. “Take eating, for instance. It was like watching a wildlife documentary. She’d savage the nipple (rubber, or Carla) with a crazed animal ferocity, and then slip into a deep opiate slumber, mouth agape.”

Look through these photos, and you may be able to understand what Toledano was going through at the time. As a parent, we all experience frustrating times, but in the end, we can only marvel at the beautiful life form we’ve somehow created.

“I’m not debating the genius of children,” he told Slate. “I’m just saying I didn’t really enjoy the experience initially, and of course now I’m a fully paid-up cult member.”

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"I want to apologize to Loulou. One day, she’ll see these photographs, and read these words. I want her to know that even though I found the beginning of her life quite bewildering, I’m so glad she’s here now.

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Sometimes life gives you lemons - 

Tasting lemon for the first time can result into some really amusing reactions. Photographers April Maciborka and David Wile have captured some of the best reactions of kids tasting lemon. 

The Evian Babies are back - pretty cute and clever advertisement.

Bull Dog Love - let’s play

Bull Dog Love - let’s play

Bunny Nest

Bunny Nest

Male tomato clownfish, guarding his clutch of eggs - which hatch in a week

Male tomato clownfish, guarding his clutch of eggs - which hatch in a week


Family Portrait - welcome sextuplets

Family Portrait - welcome sextuplets

smamsblog:

Three Little Birds
HH: Tres Tweeters

smamsblog:

Three Little Birds

HH: Tres Tweeters

Bunnies - photo by John Mead

Bunnies - photo by John Mead

Dog and her piglets
A dog known as ‘Yeti’ nurses adopted piglets in Camaguey, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 2,  2011. Yeti has been pulling double-duty nursing not just her own young but also the 14 swine. According to the dog’s owner Mannorkys Santamaria, no one imposed this on the dog, the piglets discovered this on their own and began nursing with her when they turned 15 days old. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Dog and her piglets

A dog known as ‘Yeti’ nurses adopted piglets in Camaguey, Cuba, Friday, Sept. 2,  2011. Yeti has been pulling double-duty nursing not just her own young but also the 14 swine. According to the dog’s owner Mannorkys Santamaria, no one imposed this on the dog, the piglets discovered this on their own and began nursing with her when they turned 15 days old. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Twins

Twins

The Bunny Pit ~ pbfcomics

The Bunny Pit ~ pbfcomics

Quail - Male Gambel’s quail reflects on his fecundity. Sonoran Desert, South-West Arizona, USA by Alex Badyaev

Quail - Male Gambel’s quail reflects on his fecundity. Sonoran Desert, South-West Arizona, USA by Alex Badyaev

Kewpie Doll - Kelley Ryden

Kewpie Doll - Kelley Ryden