Comedian Ahna Tessler has her hands full raising three-year-old twins in bustling New York City, but you’d never know it if you took a look at her family photos. She’s absent from almost all of them.
“[So many moments] would be such amazing photos, but they don’t exist because my wonderful husband doesn’t think to capture them,” Tessler said in an email to The Loop. “But he’s amazing and I love him. I just don’t love that he doesn’t have the instincts to take a damn photo of me with my kids!”
You see, Tessler is suffering from “My Husband Doesn’t Take Any Pictures Of Me With My Kids” syndrome — MHDTAPOMWMK for short. The self-explanatory disease has afflicted hundreds of thousands of mothers for at least two generations. While many have suffered in silence (after asking their husbands to “just take a photo already” to no avail), the New Yorker decided she’d had enough and sought out to find a cure — or at least a treatment.
“I was tired of asking him to capture special moments of my kids and me. It’s not that he doesn’t adore us… it’s just that it doesn’t cross his mind,” she said. “His things is, ‘Just tell me when to take it and I will.’ Whelp, that made me feel like a loser.”
So, the mother of two started using whatever free time she had to do research — and soon there was a breakthrough: If she physically couldn’t be in the photos, she’d have to just digitally add herself to them. Photoshop was the treatment she was looking for. (If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?)
Tessler watched YouTube videos on how to Photoshop carefully-selected staged photos of herself into actual family photos that she was missing from. And you know what? The treatment totally worked. Plus the results are absolutely hilarious. Don’t believe us? See for yourself in the gallery below!
Mom realizes she’s not in any family photos, takes drastic action
"Lizard twins" has a good ring to it, no?Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
A little champagne in the tub never hurt nobody.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Oh, she spotted a booger.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Put down the scissors, mom!Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Tessler always has her hands full.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Clearly the kids didn't get their tongues from their father.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
The twins DO NOT want anything to do with that lollipop.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
The family spends most of their time drooling.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Now that's a work of art.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
There she goes picking her hubby's nose again.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
No! Not the Gatorade. Anything but the Gatorade.Photo courtesy of Ahna Tessler
Amazing, right? But how does Tessler’s hubby feel about her finally finding a treatment? Luckily, he’s more than happy for her.
“He loves them and thinks they’re hilarious and is very proud of me and oddly doesn’t feel guilty,” she said. “No one is a bigger fan of mine than him… even if it does make him look badly. The four of us are like a cuddly family of loving bears.”
So there you have it, moms of the world. A quick fix as been found. Now all you have to do is set aside a couple hours/days/months/years to collect the photos, take staged photos of yourself and then insert said photos of yourself into your family photos. Hey, if Tessler can do it… any mom can.