Parents have an inherent predisposition to believe their children are absolutely beautiful. Even when their children aren't much more than tiny blobs that eat, sleep and cry (read: newborns), parents will swear that their children are the most good-looking babies they've ever seen. That's just what you do.
But what happens when a parent starts to think that maybe, just maybe, their child isn't all that cute, after all? It sounds sad, but that's the issue that parents took to Reddit to address last week. In fact, in an AskReddit thread titled "Parents of unattractive children, when did you realise your child was ugly? How did you feel about it?", a number of commenters shared the moment they first realised that their child was unattractive. (Ouch.)
Read on for some of the most hilarious (and downright sad) moments these parents shared. And don't worry—most all of them went on to say that their children grew up to become much more attractive in their eyes. Now here's to hoping none of the older kiddos mentioned have their own Reddit accounts…
1 | When They Spotted Their Daughter's Nose
Reddit user MotterFodder says she literally gasped when she first saw her daughter in the delivery room. Her nose was "ridiculous" and looked like a "beak," she wrote. "Luckily it turned out that it was really swollen from pushing against my insides during my 26-hour labor," MotterFodder explained. "It's much much better now." Phew!
2 | When They Realised Their Son Looked Just Like His Dad
This one might make you extra sad: Commenter Lancey says that his 6-year-old son has always looked just like him, but that's not a good thing because he is "not a physically attractive man." Thankfully, though, the little guy inherited another thing from dad: "He's already very bright, though, so I know he'll find ways to work around that problem, like I did," Lancey wrote.
3 | When They Noticed the Second Daughter Looked Nothing Like the First
Reddit user TreeOfLight says that her first daughter "was the single most beautiful child that had ever blessed the planet" ... but when her second daughter was born, she looked absolutely nothing like her. The mom also wrote about how she could relate: When she was growing up, her older sister was also more attractive — and her mom's nicknames for the siblings ("beauty queen" versus "butter bean") made it painfully clear. Ouch.
4 | When Their Son Hit Puberty
Apparently, puberty hit commenter sammy_nobrains's son hard. (But really, is this painfully awkward part of childhood kind to anyone?) "Puberty made him gangly and scrawny, which, coupled with his wavy red hair and poor eyesight, made for a rather geeky-looking kid," the Reddit user wrote. Now almost 17, the boy is reportedly growing into a handsome young man, giving us hope that truly every child can overcome this much-dreaded stage.
5 | When Grandma Insulted Their Second Daughter's Looks
This one really had to hurt: Reddit user Susan_Werner wrote that when her second daughter was born, her own mother (a.k.a. the daughter's grandmother) looked at her and said, "Now there is a face only a mother could love." The mother, who thought her newborn daughter was beautiful, was absolutely heartbroken.
6 | When Their Son's Awful Temper Only Added to His Unattractiveness
Angry isn't often a good look on anyone, but commenter pm-me-a-stray-cat says that it looked especially bad on her youngest son, who was "not overly cute" to begin with. "He was angry as hell, jaundiced and had splotchy skin, and we barely saw his eyes for nearly a month," the Reddit user wrote. "It was very challenging having loving feelings for a screaming ball of rage that was so disappointing-looking." (An update: Now, at 6 months, the baby is much cuter…but still angry.)
7 | When Their Son Started Losing His Newborn Hair
Reddit user steerpike88 swears that her 3-month-old son is actually very cute, but he is starting to lose his newborn hair—and unfortunately, he's losing it from the top of his head first. "The new hair underneath is blond, so he looks like he's going bald," the mom explained.
8 | When Their Baby Looked Like a Cross Between a Monkey and a Frog...
The people of Reddit sure have some imaginative ways to describe their babies' appearances. Take commenter huiki, for example: "I think my son is a good looking boy now—he certainly gets a lot of compliments—but my God, he was an ugly baby. He sort of looked like a cross between a monkey and a frog," the user wrote. "No lie, he had a hairy forehead until he was about 6 months old. Then bam! Suddenly he became cute.”
9 | ...and Their Baby Looked Like a "Tiny Grumpy Churchill"...
Just try imagining what this creative description looked like in real life: "[My daughter] looked like a tiny grumpy Churchill, which was, in fact, her nickname until she was about 9 months old," one Reddit user wrote. The commenter remembers thinking the new baby was adorable just after she was born and posting tons of pictures of her to social media. "I still cringe when I see [the posts] three years later. What an odd creature," the Reddit user said of her now-"insanely adorable" daughter.
10 | ...And Their Baby Looked Like Sloth From "The Goonies"
Possibly the most inventive description comes from commenter FancyAdult: "My daughter looked like Sloth from The Goonies when she was an infant," the Reddit user wrote. (Side note: Yikes.) "But now after a corrective helmet, she has a perfect head and both eyes are the same size. Wasn't the case when she was a baby. She started getting super cute at about 1-1/2 years old.”
11 | When They Couldn't Believe the Baby Was Actually Theirs
After Reddit user IAmThe0neWhoKn0cks's C-section, the nurses revealed her newborn son. Admittedly still on pain meds, the commenter said, "Are you sure that's my baby?" The new mom couldn't even believe that the baby, who she wrote "looked like a little rat" but is "very cute now," could possibly be her own. Oops.
From: Good Housekeeping.