Папа четырех дочерей стал звездой Инстаграма. За его буднями следит почти миллион человек!

Кто хоть однажды не мечтал о большой дружной семье? Это кажется таким прекрасным, когда дома много детишек, которые бегают, играют и шумят с утра до ночи. Разве не замечательно знать, что, где бы ты ни был, можешь всегда быть уверен — дома любят и ждут.


Но при этом мало кто задумывается о сложностях и подводных камнях семейной жизни. И если ты всё еще мечтаешь о большой семье, то обязательно послушай знающего человека. Речь пойдет о Саймоне Хупере — отце четырех дочерей. Мужчина завел канал в Инстаграме и быстро стал звездой Интернета. Только взгляни, как ему приходится выживать в своем гиперактивном семействе.


Папа четырех дочерей стал звездой Инстаграма. За его буднями следит почти миллион человек!

С первых дней близняшек Отти и Далилу в семье решили одевать по-разному, чтобы у каждой была индивидуальность.



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We vowed early on that we wouldn't dress Ottie & Delilah the same as Frankly it weirds me (and other people) out & makes the task of identifying them harder than threading a needle while wearing oven gloves covered in baby oil. We wanted them to embrace individuality, to be a seperate entities unto themselves & forge their own paths forward through life. What do they want to do? Dress exactly the same, all the live long day. If I attempt to offer up garms that are not identical, the world implodes in a crescendo of screams that dissolve eardrums & both of them get naked quicker than still life model who really likes his job. After getting so close to the end, I find myself riding the long snake everyone hates, all the way back to square 1. They win. Wear what you want. Sorry nursery, good luck telling them apart. #snakesandladdersdressing #twins #thesamebutdifferent #fatherofdaughters #notworththefight #identicalfashion #dadlife #instadad #fod

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After 2 days of sun, silence, sangria & celebrations, we came home with 5 important lessons under our belts. 1). Never eat questionable grey crayfish the day before a wedding unless you fancy spending a large proportion of the day in a 2ft x 2ft tiled room with a porcelain bowl & stomach cramps for company. 2). There is no way to avoid a hangover if you drink G&Ts bigger than your own head. 3). It IS possible to go away & not talk about the kids once, 4). Children make you pay a hefty 'going away' tax for leaving them and 5). Children's love is flickle & can be bought for the price of a packet of chocolate fingers. Despite pouring all our love and attention into the twins for almost 2.5 years, we returned to be greeted by a pair of twin shaped shoulders so cold we got a warmer 'welcome home' from freezer. It seems that in the 48 hours we were away, we tumbled down the poularity charts quicker than a one hit wonder pop princess who'd fallen from grace & found ourselves relegated to the 'you're not worth eye contact' club, while the grandparents climbed to the #1 spot. This is the price we pay for leaving, so today I've been forced to buy their love back with chocolate fingers. Affection is cheaper than I thought!  #thegoingawaytax #cheaplove #sunburnandstomachcramps #chocolatebuyslove #Fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad

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Однако малышки капризничают каждый раз, когда им предлагают разные наряды.



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No one's happy about bedtime at the moment, especially the twins. The routine used to be so simple - Change, feed, whack on the musical mobile, kiss & leave the room so quietly, you could hear a baby mouse fart - Done. Over the last 2 years however, We've buckled to the demands of the mini dictators with whom we share genetic code in order to buy silence which has resulted a routine that is quite frankly ridiculous. The whole process takes around 90 mins if we're lucky - bath, teeth, wrestle nappies on, choose PJs, remove PJs as they don't have bunnies on, find a twin that's run off & hidden behind clemmie's clothes, put nappies on again, give them milk, ensure they have more soft toys than an assassin who went to a fair ground, cleaned up on the duck hunt & promptly won all the cuddly bears, read a book, deal with a tantrum, argue over who had the dummy last, put them in one cot together to read, separate them after extensive hair pulling, kiss, hug, kiss again as one twin didn't feel they got enough first time around, leave, come back in to return to their cots they've escape from, then repeat the whole process again until they're shattered. Then it's on to the eldest 2! No wonder our adult time has dwindled to 45 minutes in the evening..... #theroutineisbroken #wecanonlyblameourselves #twins #wegaveintoomuch #bedtime #gotosleep #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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It's ok to be scared. These 2 balls of pure energy, along with our older girls, are the centre of our universe, but it wasn’t always like that. I knew that outwardly I was supposed to be excited & celebrating that my tackle worked despite being kicked in the balls as a teenager, but in all honesty, when we found out we’re we destined to be twin parents, I bought a 6 month supply of brown trousers as we were scared shitless & we cried. A lot. To my knowledge, No one in the history of the planet has ever turned off the TV, leaned over to their partner & whispered seductively “tonight, let’s try for twins”. I know I didn’t. So to be told that we’re we getting a surprise ‘buy one get, one free’ offer from the “small human" supermarket was initially very hard to take onboard. We needn’t have worried as with all things, we adapted & made it work & now I can’t imagine life without being heavily outnumbered by my girls but I know many people who find out they’re going to be parents do, so this is a message to them – It’s normal to feel anxious. To be scared of the unknown & to feel out of control. It’s ok. Talk to your partner openly & share your worries. Bottling things up doesn’t solve problems & by opening up, you may just find you can support each other and become closer in the process. See stories for more on info. (Now cue a load of questions about their dresses & how cute they are). #beingscaredisok #sharingisntaweakness #twins #foreveroutnumbered #dadscanworry #partnersupport #fatherofdaughtes #BOGOFchildren #fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad

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«Различить их сложнее, чем продеть нитку в иголку, предварительно надев на руки хозяйственные перчатки, смазанные маслом. Но когда пытаешься прибавить любой из них хоть каплю индивидуальности — они взрываются визгом»,
— сетует многодетный папаша.



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Parents know all too well that unless you want all the snack food to be demolished at world record pace & to have the house torn apart by bored children who's eyes has glazed over from overdosing on smart TV that dumbs everyone down, it's essential to go outside. Fresh air is nature's sedative, so while Clemmie was out with Anya, I let the twins blast about on the beach, who then wondered around hand in hand & nattered away like 2 elderly women on day release from the care home. This knocked them out but as we drifted passed the 3 hr mark, it was decision time. Do let them keep inspecting the inside of their eyelids so I can get on with life admin & run the risk of making bedtime a living nightmare or do I wake them? Seeing as we only just got them down, guess which option I went with.....was it worth it? No. Routine is king, never forget it. #withwnoughfreshairyoucouldperformsurgery #dayatthebeach #geriaticsdayout #twins #parebtingdecisionfail #youliveandlearn #toomuchsleep #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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So this is us for the next 3 days - me & my little women. Clemmie's weekend away with her girlfriends has snuck up on me like a particularly large tax bill that I knew was coming but had chosen to ignore only for it to happy slap me in the face. Combine this with the fact the girls school wasn't open & ended up takin a day of unplanned parental leave. 'Dad rules' were immediately drafted & passed by the local government (that I am head of & am the only voting member of) without incident. The rules were designed to give me absolute power, but it's turned out to be a lawless state in which I have absolutely no power & under 10's rule with an iron fist. band sweets were traded in dark stair wells, Anya worn her dressing gown until midday, Marnie seemingly found a back street surgeon who fused rollerskates to her feet (it was like watching a poorly coordinated cat ice skate while drunk) while the twins insisted on 'the big guy who keeps heavy exhaling & saying no' carrying them like super glued parrots for every minute of the day. Despite it's trials, we've had a tonne of fun, but it's resulted in a house that looks like the aftermath of an all night rave. It can all wait to tomorrow though, right? #dadguns #houseofgirls #whendidiagreetothisagain #dadrules #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #FOD

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Хотя малышки и правда очень похожи, они всё же предпочитают решать сложные жизненные задачи по-разному.


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Ottie & Delilah still confuse the hell out of me but I'm starting to see differences. They could be mistaken for a narcissistic toddler starring in the mirror, yet they're obviously wired differently when it comes to tackling everyday problems that 18mth olds face. Much like a team building exercise at work that no one really a cares about (apart from Phil in finance) this morning the twins tackled the age old conundrum since bowls were invented - "How do I drink the milk at the bottom of the sodding bowl if the bowl's stuck to the table?" Ottie opted for the traditional 'spoon the milk on the table & face plant in it' - standard. Delilah thought outside the box & employed brute strength to overcome the gravity of the entire planet & poured the bowl, tray still attached, down her gullet. Somedays I struggle to express in words just how proud I am of these 2. #1problem2solutions #futurecrystalmazecontestants #nopointinclothesatbreakfast #philinfinanceisageek #breakfast #feedingtime #parenting #problemsolvers #twins #fod #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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А вот, что бывает, когда просишь их не сильно плескаться в ванной.

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Did anyone else get the memo to inform all parents that its international opposites day today? No? Me neither but Apparently all children have been informed it's totally ok to do the exact opposite of what all overbearing full grown humans tell them to do. Case in point - this evening's Bathtime - I said "please stop splashing! mummy will kill me when I forget to tidy this up later". What they heard was "please go ahead & start up a toddler induced wave machine the scale of which could be used to test war ships, soak the floor & then flail about like a confined depressed killer whale which will eventually eat it's trainer". Turns out it's fine though as the water has now drained through the cracks in the floor boards & has seeped through the ceiling downstairs. This only even happens when I'm in charge on my own. Coincidence? #bathtimetusnami #theyremakingmelookbad #ineedflooddefences #imadeadman #thewaterisnowdownstairs #Fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad

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Хотя и просто уложить их спать — то еще «удовольствие».



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There are times that my children are so unresponse to my commands that particularly lethargic sloths would call them slow. It's at these moments (usually when we're trying to nail a mudane activity like getting dressed or going to bed) I find myself concocting a one off game to stir them from their dormant state (like this double horsey ride I do to the sound of black beauty every freaking morning to get the twins somewhere near clothes), only to find i executed it so well that I immediately regret it as I know this will now become ingrained in my repertoire & demanded of me again & again. I just hope I don't I end up like a comedian who had one joke they were famous for & dined out on for a while, but then were forced to repeat said joke from the rest of their miserable lives until the day they were found crying in their dressing room repeating over and over again "I am more than a single punch line!" What have you started but now can't stop for fear destroying the routine? #doitagaindaddy #morethanaonetrickpony #ididittoowell #anythingtogetthemmoving #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod #twinlife #twins

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Conventional wisdom tells us that the passage of time through space happens at a constant rate forwards, but when you have children, that changes. I can only conclude that there's a rip in the space time continuum right above the girls bedroom as time just vanished this evening, leaving me feeling like I'd be screwed hard by a flux capacitor with anger management issues. One moment it's 6.30pm & I'm rounding them up for a bath, then I blinked & it was 8.15pm the world had fallen apart. Bath time - a tsunami nightmare that would have drowned the entire cast of 'honey I shrunk the kids'. Teeth - a stand off that ended in toothpaste in the eyes. Story time - A jackanory balls up that left me questioning my life choices. Bed time - a yoga session for hyperactive chipmunks that ended with Ottie hiding for 15 minutes in silence & me shouting down the street in the dark because I thought she'd gone (only to be found eating a chocolate egg under Anya's desk covered in a blanket). Of course, as I'd focused all my energy on these 2, the elder ones hadnt even had dinner! It may have only been a total of 1hr 45 minutes but I've aged several years on the process. I'm stongly considering calling Doc Brown to take be back to 2015 so I can get a vasectomy. #doctakemebacktogetavasectomy #ihatetuesday #screwedbyyimetravel #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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Иногда они устраивают забастовки по поводу и без. Вот как сейчас.



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Its the age old conundrum - for no good reason, your child has decided to do an impression of a 40 tonne boulder, welded themselves to the middle of the street & refuse to budge despite bribery so excessive that the courts would have you up on criminal charges, so what do you do? A - sit down with them & have a 7 minute counselling session to understand their issues & broker a treaty so you can all move on with your lives. B - pretend to leave with over exaggerated waving and loud shouts of "ok, I'm going now" in the vein hope they follow C - make a scene while trying not to by gently levering said child (who seems to have magically tripled in weight) from their new home while muttering things like "oh, you silly thing" or " these kids...hahaha" through gritted, forced smiling teeth as you slowly boil inside or D - pick the child up, chuck them over your shoulder & leave the scene with a rigid screaming kid quicker than a getaway driver who's released the police are closing in on them because you've got shit to do & refuse to be held hostage by a toddler. I'm a B & C man myself, but D is usually where we end up. #whatwouldyoudo #squattersrightsdontapplyhere #parentingissues #theimovableobject #briberydoesntalwayswork #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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Just so we're clear, this isn't an ad!! This evening I successfully picked up all 4 girls & completed an emergency shop on the way home. With my arms laden with life admin essentials, everyone disembarked from the car & bounded off towards the house, arguing over who could scream the loudest. Every that is apart from Ottie, who instead decided to do her best impression of discarded flavourless chewing gum & welded herself to the pavement. A 2 minute silent stand ensued during which time 3 people walked passed this small human obstacle & tried to help encourage her to give up on horizontal protest / cloud gazing session, yet she proved to be tougher to shift than lipstick from a carpet (and that's tough, believe me). I honestly couldn't tell you why this all started, but it finished with her getting up, starring at me with death ray eyes that went straight through heart and walked off as if I was nothing had happened. I've been in meetings where I wished I'd employed this tactic. Oh to be 2 again. #toddlerstandoff #bemoreottie #gumimpressionisonpoint #noidea #parenting #Fatherofdaughters #fod #dadlife #instadad #twins

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Dont be decieved. This child is not in pain. There are no tears. She has not recently found out that she owns £25k in baby back taxes with no means of paying. She hasn't just been dumped by the hot 3 year old boy with flowing blond hair & the sparkle in his eye at play group. Ottie has taken on her father's thespian skills & is acting - She's the newest unofficial anchor of the fake news network and she's selling it hard. Scroll for her latest performances. What's more frustrating is that it can be apparently set off my absolutely nothing, leaving us with a ridge pink sausage like creature on the floor that we have to negotiate our way passed as it tries to squeeze out water from its tear ducts & produce noises that could pass for crying sounds (which in reality are closer to a fox having kinky sex behind a wheelie bin). Oscar winning performance it ain't, but she's got years to perfect this. By that point I'll have been manipulated into a ring shape she can wear on her little finger with the word 'sucker' engraved on it. Right now though, if I were the casting director, she wouldn't be getting a call back #backtoactingclasses #babybankruptyitaint #dumpedbyahottoddler #crocodiletears #babyacting #fatherofdaughters #instadad #fod #dadlife

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А когда пытаешься побыть один, эти малышки изображают сцены из малобюджетных фильмов ужасов.

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No, this is not a background extra milking their scene in some low budget B movie horror film. It's the moment when I was getting headshots taken for my book & Ottie decided she absolutely positively couldn't give me a moment to myself - transforming my moment, very much into her moment. Clemmie scooped her up seconds later & I can laugh at this now but it does remind me just how hard it can be to achieve the simplest of tasks when a wailing child is within close promixity - thanks @philippajames for catching the memory & exposing the realities behind the image you see in the book! (Click on the link in my bio to get a copy) #backgroundscenegrabber #stealingmymoment #zombietoddler #theimagebehindtheimage #parenthoodinapicture #foreveroutnumbered #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #fod #instadad

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Хорошо, что у Саймона есть старшие дочурки, которые время от времени приглядывают за младшими. Вместе им всё по плечу.



На самом же деле большая часть домашних забот ложится на плечи супруги Саймона, с которой он в браке уже больше 10 лет.


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This weekend I've hardly seen my partner in crime & I've missed her. She was away Thursday & Friday, Saturday we were being a free uber and ferrying kids around south london and today we took the old divide and conquer approach - @mother_of_daughters took marnie out and I had Anya, her friend and the twins. It takes 2 to keep this never ending circus going and we don't take enough time to tell each other what a good job we're doing despite being massively outnumbered and living in a world of 110 decibel noise. Weekends like this make me appreciate just how hard it would be to do this on my own. Make sure you tag / tell you partner or friend how well they're doing - it makes a huge difference hearing it from someone. #parentingappreciationclub #shesprettyspecial #teamwork #twins #hungoveremoshpost #FOD #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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И единственное, что многодетный отец попросил на годовщину, — в следующие 10 лет совместной жизни ограничиться теми детьми, что уже есть.

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If @NASA ever needs volunteers for the first family in space, we'd be up for it. Without knowing we've been in training by living in confined close quarters for years. @mother_of_daughters is always saying "were running out of space, i haven't got room to breath!" That, in actual fact, is not true. 95% of time i look around me & all of my family are within spitting distance. The rest of the house is as empty as my social calendar. Irrespective of where we are in the house, gravity pulls everyone towards a singular point. This just becomes plain awkward in the bathroom but it seems the concept of privacy left my life back in 2007. #noonecanhearyouscreaminspace #welivein10sqftofspace #closefamily #undereachothersfeet #spacecadets #FOD #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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На самом же деле Саймон обожает каждую из своих 5 женщин и готов на всё, чтобы сделать их счастливыми.



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Everyday in my house is #internationalwomensday & in our little microcosm of the world - if you aint rockin' a vagina you ain't nobody - Beyonce's right - girls run the world (Or my world more specifically) However as father of daughters, I find it hard to believe that I'm bringing up 4 little women in a world where a gender equality gap still exists. We aim to encourage our girls to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be, to be inspired by strong women who have forged the way & to achieve whatever they set their minds to. They need not look any further than their own @mother_of_daughters for that inspiration. She's a mother to 4, a midwife that's helped 1000's of women believe in themselves & their bodies, she's written a book & supported women who start their own businesses. To all women everywhere - Get out there, be who you want to be and #beboldforchange. Tag an inspiration women and spread the love. #outvaginaedeverytime #yesitsanoldpicturebutitsagoodone #FOD #instadad #dadlife #fatherofdaughters

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Ottie & Delilah finally turned 1 today after what seems to have been a very long and testing year. Who knew twins would be such hard work?! BIG UP to all of our family and friends for the love and support you've given us at the times when we most needed it. I feel like I've aged 20 years while @mother_of_daughters seems to remain around the 25 mark. Dam her and her wonderful skin. We've learnt a lot in the last 365 days not just about bringing up little women but also ourselves - we are stronger than we give ourselves credit for & a great team. Happy birthday twinbops I'm glad you guys are around - life would be too quiet without you girls. #gushingdad #imnotcryingtheressomethinginmyeeye #theybetterputmeinanicenursinghome #birthday #twins #FOD #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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Даже носить на руках…



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I always wonder how toddlers view festivals as it's such a break from normal life. They see a lot of adults stand in a field usually reserved for farm animals & watch them slowly regress to being teenagers again, shouting "I love this tune!" Or "who's this band - I've never heard of them", while embarrasing their families by dancing as if their limbs were independently controlled by an invisible puppet master. They're treated to a muffled audio experience of the world through neon ear defenders while observing other children run around, seemingly free of supervision (although infact mum & dad are taking turns to have 'eyes on' & make sure they don't stray too far), fuelled by a day long course of glucose supplied by parents wanting an arguement free afternoon. Their nappies get changed under open skies & sleep covered in coats, only to wake and find they are still in same field, but the sun's gone to bed, everyone's covered in glitter & daddy is sporting a childs tutu. It must be a very confusing sensory overload, but they seem to love it & a break from norm is something we all need now & again #festivalfashion #throughtheeyesofatoddler #breakfromthenorm #whosthatonstage #onemoretune #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #twins

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Much like Bear Grylls, when the parenting team is cut by 50% for any period of time, you're allowed to do things you wouldn't normal do in order to survive (just with less drinking of my own urine). @mother_of_daughters has been away for 3 days now & although I haven't drastically changed the rules or deliberately sabotaged the routine that's taken longer to construct than the Sagrada Família, I may have created some subsidence in the foundations. It's now ok to get dressed in the play room while eating breakfast. Clothes can be worn for 3 days in a row if desired because it's not worth the argument. Scatter cushions are banished to the floor as they are a complete waste time (especially on the bed), the twins will now only get out of the bath if carried simultaneously like sacks of old potatoes while I whistle the theme tune to block busters (I have literally no idea where that one came from) & bedtime happens when I can get children to stop hiding & lie down. Oh & as a special surprise, the twins will now only refer to their mother as 'Clemmie' because I trained them to - ok, that change was just for my own entertainment. #dadrules #changeisgood #doittosurvive #unlessitsbad #welcomehomeclemmie #twins #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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Открытость и юмор Саймона Хупера, а также та легкость, с которой он проходит через все неурядицы, привлекла к его инстаграм-каналу почти миллион подписчиков. Вот уж действительно примерный отец для примерной семьи .


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