15 Humorous Illustrations That Show The Small, Often Forgotten Moments Of Parenthood

"I can't pause the moment when I'm getting peed on or when my son brings me books while I'm on the toilet."

"The only predictable thing about parenting is it's unpredictable. You can have a plan A, a plan B, and a plan C, but as a parent, you're going to be on plan Z," Jonathan Jui told A Plus. 

The 33-year-old London-based illustrator became a first-time dad 21 months ago when his wife Tina gave birth to their son. They named him Milo, but call him "Baobao" at home, which Jui tells us is Chinese for 'little treasure." The couple met in middle school when they were just 12 years old. "I took her to the eighth-grade formal, and then we moved to different cities in the U.S. after that. We didn't date until we were 26, but we wrote letters to each other all that time in between," Jui said. 

While Jui's day job is in asset management, becoming a father inspired him to turn to art as a hobby. He started Baba's Fieldnotesa collection of modern and humorous parenting moments depicted through illustrations and letters. 

"I just wanted to give my son my memories, and it quickly occurred to me after becoming a parent that you rarely can capture all those moments on a camera despite the convenience of smartphones," Jui said. "I can't pause the moment when I'm getting peed on or when my son brings me books while I'm on the toilet. I could write it all down in a journal, sure, but even that somehow loses the sense of a moment, and as any parent knows, childrearing is literally a series of non-stop moments." 

He hopes to capture the humor in some of the tough parenting moments and celebrate the ones that are often forgotten. Creating the cartoons has caused him to reflect on these moments more than he might have otherwise. "I think it's important to carve out that bit of time for it, especially in the chaos of parenting," Jui said.

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Although Jui understands that parenting is a unique journey for each person, he hopes his cartoons will bring people comfort or give them a good laugh when they see them. 

"I always want my cartoons to be descriptive rather than prescriptive because who am I to say what form of parenting works for someone else?" Jui said. "So I always strive for crystallizing a single moment or feeling that others can relate to in some way. For the more difficult parenting moments, it's comforting to know others are going through the same issues. And for the lighter moments, hopefully it reminds readers of something funny their own children have similarly done." 

Jui shares his cartoons on his Instagram account @jonajooey where he's been happy to reach a diverse audience of people in different stages of parenthood. Some are current parents, others are expectant parents, and others aren't thinking about starting a family anytime soon. Although parenting is the theme of the cartoons, the message is really about trying to connect with someone you love. 

Check out some of his illustrations below:

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