30+ Times This Cartoonist Nailed The Ups & Downs of Relationships
From leaving hair everywhere to choosing who needs to do the dishes, the artist reveals the truth of married life from his perspective, and though the moments are intimate windows into his relationship, they often produce a giggle from fans who’ve found themselves in exactly the same predicaments. The following illustrations are a great way for couples to realize that their everyday life isn’t as ordinary as they might imagine and that they share their daily struggles with other couples all over the world.
Who Will Wash the Dishes?
The Pressure of Weight Gain
The Other Use for Fitness Machines
Finding Hair Everywhere
Signs of Aging
A Hairy Dish
The Big Yes
Time for a Healthy Lifestyle
The Hairball Monster
Knowing when to Apologize
Caught in the Act
When Baby Fever Kicks In
A Strategic Baby Plan
Formulating a Baby Potion
Please Don’t Show Up
Men can be Dramatic when Sick
Finally, We Did It!
Easier Said than Done
Effects of Pregnancy
The Excited Parents
A Magical Moment
It’s Labor Time!
The Fruits of Labor
Can’t get enough of Baby Ariel
She Changes Their World
People who aren’t parents may ask when they are so tired in light of the fact that infants nap so much, but they just don't understand. Nobody comprehends a parent's weariness until they experience it directly. For one little infant, she is a force to be reckoned with.
The First Trip Away
Though couples deserve to take a break here and there, it can feel terrifying to leave their child with someone else for the first time, even if it is a trusted family member.
Embracing Our Flaws
Though it can be difficult for women to come to terms with the way their bodies change due to motherhood, it’s important to remember that the results are well worth the effort.
Angry But in Love
Confined at Home
“This Can't Be True"
Mom Needs a Break
Indeed, even one moment of peace can be useful. Being a parent is the hardest work, and it takes a great deal of mental solidarity to keep going, even on the toughest days.
Multitasking at Its Finest
We Know Best
Baby #2 On The Way
Spending Quality Time Together
Maya is likely looking into things to expect with a second baby while he watches Hulk cartoons. In the end, it’s okay if they occasionally need to tune out in each other’s company and enjoy a little shared alone time.
While being in a relationship is an amazing thing, nobody discusses those moments of love when nobody is watching. Away from plain view, relationships aren’t always a bed of roses. Yet, the legitimate portrayal of daily existence in a long-term relationship is what many people really want to see. Instead, we get a filtered depiction on social media and in films, and who can really identify with that? Acknowledging the dark, silly, and frumpy times doesn't imply that living in a relationship is dull or less romantic. In truth, it reveals that love can be found in the littlest things – we simply need to figure out how to see them.
From discovering your partner’s hair on every surface to maniacally popping their pimples, artist Amanda Oleander impeccably captured the real moments people don't share on the internet. We’re sure everyone can relate to at least one of these circumstances.
After a monotonous seven-day stretch of work, the weekend offers a genuinely necessary break. There isn't anything better than staying in bed on a weekend and sharing a homemade breakfast with your partner.
The house is loaded up with the smell of pancakes, and there’s nothing but love in the looks a happy couple shares. Regardless of what occurred during the week, these intimate moments make every one of those things melt away, and a person can simply appreciate the presence of their partner.
"Can I Please Pop It?"
“Oooh, can I please pop this pimple?" Of course, the person who owns the big juicy pimple rarely wants it interfered with. "Only this one, I swear. Then I’ll leave you alone." Those are the famous final words before his entire face is shrouded in red imprints since his partner noticed some additional spots that just had to be popped.
It’s a clear sign that a relationship has evolved to a new level of intimacy when the pimple popping fixation comes out. When a pimple popping aficionado’s partner allows them access to their pimples and blackheads, it’s a gesture of genuine trust and affection. If that’s not love, we don't have the foggiest idea what is.
Date Nights at Home
Date nights don't always have to incorporate extravagant meals and fancy outfits. Now and again it's a treat to plunk down for supper together in comfortable garments and get up to speed with your favorite shows. Nights spent relaxing and cuddling are a great way to strengthen a relationship.
With everything going on in the world, more date nights resemble this these days since many cafés, bars, and clubs are shut, and people need to remain at home. What matters most is that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.
Two Couch Potatoes
Have you ever spent a whole day with your loved one gorging on an addictive Netflix series? Before the day's over, you presumably feel like a pair of potatoes, yet you’ve made some cozy, intimate memories together. Regardless of how long you have been dating, those little things fortify a relationship.
Who cares if a loved-up couple goes through the entire day sitting in front of the TV – they each had a wonderful time snuggling up to the person they adore, and they bonded over appreciating each other’s presence.
Out of Love
Name an option that could be hotter than seeing your partner doing the dishes after you cooked dinner… we'll wait. Sharing all the little jobs and household duties in a relationship is the best thing you can do since everything isn't left for one person, and there isn't a lopsidedness of power.
The dishes are pretty quick and easy to do when it’s just two people in the house. Still, it means a lot when someone does them without having to be asked as it means they did it out of love.
If one member of a relationship is into gaming but the other is not, this can cause some tension if respectful boundaries aren’t drawn. However, if both people love to game, the situation is far easier from the start.
All you need is some Nintendo 64 time and a glass of wine to reawaken your inner child. Plunking down for a game night filled with favorites from your youth is another wonderful way to connect with your partner.
After brushing your hair, it appears as though it is on every surface of the restroom, and your partner discovers strands of hair each time they go in there. Let’s not even think about the stuff that builds up in the drain!
Regardless of how long you have been dating, it is difficult for him to become accustomed to the measure of hair you shed in one brushing. Our advice: it’s impossible to get them all, but try your best to clean up the most obvious strands.
"Just One More Game"
Having a boyfriend is great until he starts playing computer games with his pals and you can't get him to take a break. It reaches the point where you genuinely need to drag him to bed since "one more game" transforms into three additional hours.
Even when you attempt to captivate his attention with a scanty outfit, the computer game often has a stronger pull. That is the point at which it's time to utilize the rolling chair and make sure you get your way.
When you are freezing but your beau is perspiring, you consent to turn on the AC despite the fact that it feels like Antarctica. You can attempt to twist up in a cover, but it often doesn't help much. What's up with your sweetheart, and for what reason would he say he is perspiring to such an extent?
He is likely wondering how you could be freezing in July. When you live with a partner, one of the greatest trade-offs you need to make is who is responsible for the thermostat.
When Brushing Our Teeth Is Fun
When you are dating the ideal person, any activity can be enjoyable, even when you are simply brushing your teeth. You can discover little approaches to make your days more energizing with somebody who makes you smile in any circumstance, particularly when they have toothpaste all over their mouth.
If you appreciate even the most unremarkable activities with your partner, this is a good sign that they are the ideal match. When you love somebody, each day is another adventure that you are eager to embark on.
A Great Airplane Buddy
We are all missing the excitement of getting on a plane and taking off for a vacation with our partners. The best thing about flying with your better half is that you have somebody to use as a headrest on the plane.
When you travel alone, you must be careful to avoid nodding off on the shoulder of the stranger next to you. However, your partner will readily lend their shoulder. It is additionally thrilling to go with your sweetheart since you will be making beautiful memories together.
Relationships are about compromise. At times, your significant other may require more love, support, or time, and you give a greater amount of yourself to help with their necessities. There will be other times when the roles are switched and they offer extra time and attention to you.
Over time, these patterns tend to even out, with each partner contributing significantly to the relationship. However, there are circumstances when one needs to pick up the slack. This may involve something little like doing the dishes or preparing supper.
Sneaking a Funny Picture
When you nod off, it’s a good idea to hide the cameras and smartphones so your partner can't sneak an entertaining image of you or demonstrate that you snore. It is difficult to nod off and still look attractive, but that doesn't mean you should skip your afternoon nap.
You may be snoring, drooling, or your face is crushed into an odd position. Who can say for sure where that image will go. At the next family gathering, you may find out about the time you drooled all over the cushions during a nap.
Wife and Hairstylist
While everybody has been stuck at home, and businesses are shut, people are taking on various jobs at home, such as turning into a stylist. If you trim your better half's hair during isolation, it is a major honor since they trust you with their valuable locks.
It may very well be the first occasion when you have utilized a trimmer or some haircutting scissors. However, there’s no need to stress about doing a bad job. The great thing about hair is that it grows back!
The Big Move
Choosing to move in together is a big step in any relationship and an exciting achievement. It means you love the person so much that you would prefer not to go through a day without them.
Living with a partner is something everybody anticipates doing eventually. Indeed, you never truly know somebody until you’ve shared a home with them. It is also a whole lot of fun since you get to mix up your design styles and make the apartment feel like home for the two of you.
Comfortable with Prickly Legs
When we shave our legs, there is a brief and glorious window of time during which our legs feel smooth. Then comes the thorny stage. Any person who touches our legs during that stage feels like they are scouring their hand on a prickly plant.
It's okay with a partner since they eventually become acclimated to the cactus stage. The second day of the stubble is the sharpest, so do warn your partner before you begin rubbing your legs against them.
If you and your significant other can endure a long-distance romance, you can survive almost anything together. It is so difficult to be away from the person you love the most. If you put in the energy and extra attention it takes to make an LDR work, it is so awesome.
Of course, nothing is more difficult than only having the option to see your partner through a screen. All you need to do is reach through and give them the most secure embrace on the planet.
Regardless of how frequently you cut your toenails, they can often feel like sharp claws on your partner’s legs. For reasons unknown, it is calming to rub your feet on their legs. It produces a sense of closeness and intimacy, but only if you’re mindful of those sharp nails!
Despite the scratches they suffer, they never get frantic or advise you to put on socks. That is real love and understanding.
Pimple, Go Away!
When you are stroking his back, and your finger discovers a pimple. You grin at him as you begin picking, and after a couple of moments, he finally acknowledges what you are doing.
From the start, it is alright until he feels the littlest squeeze and says, "Don’t dig your nails in!" While most people end up yielding and allowing their partner to excavate the pimple, others refuse to be poked and prodded. If your partner lets you squeeze to your heart’s content, you’ve found a keeper!
The Big Question
Many people long for the day somebody gets down on one knee and asks the big question. When somebody loves you so much that they need to be with you always, it is an amazing feeling, especially when they put a lot of thought into the proposal.
In some cases, you don't see it coming, or you had an inclination that it would happen soon but didn’t know precisely when. It's not about the ring or how grand the proposal is; it's about the two of you committing to building your new life together.
Reality TV Bonding
When you eventually persuade him to watch your number one reality drama, and he gets hooked – is there any better feeling? You never figured your beau would be so devoted to the lives of wealthy middle-aged housewives, yet here you are, watching the surprise on his face as the drama goes down.
It's always fun when you and your partner share an obsession with a show, regardless of whether it took a little persuading for them to finally sit down and watch it with you.
The Best Hugs
One of the best things about having a partner is the surprise hugs you get. Those unexpected hugs are so soothing and special. Whether you’re cooking or doing the laundry, when you have somebody offer you some affection to make the experience more exciting, it doesn't feel like a task.
Those warm hugs are little tokens of how much you are cherished. If you are having an awful day or simply feeling down, an embrace from your significant other can cause it to feel like all will be great as long as they are close by.
Regardless of whether they are coming in for a kiss or a quick cuddle before they leave for work, that little intake of breath shows that they can't get enough of you. It may sound odd to say that you smell your significant other, however, those fragrances are typically soothing and cause you to have a sense of security.
There isn't anything wrong with taking an additional whiff of their hair before you take off from the house. It is an expression of love and a great way to remind them how much you care.
A Calming Human Blanket
On days when everything appears as though it is turning out badly, there is nothing better than curling up with your partner. Those close hugs fill you with warmth and make every one of the terrible things wash away, even if it’s only for a while.
Regardless of what the issue is, it gives you peace of mind once you are in your partner's arms since that is the place where you have a sense of security. When you discover somebody who can make your stress dissolve like this, never let go.
Regardless of what time of day it is, you can put on a film, and in no time, one of you will be sleeping soundly. This is understandable. However, if they insist on picking the film and then they fall asleep halfway through, it can be annoying.
If this happens, your best bet is to quietly reach for the remote and switch over to the movie you wanted to watch. Just hope and pray they don’t wake up while you’re doing it!
Snuggling is delightful until you begin to lose feeling in your arm. Be that as it may, you never want to move because your partner always looks so comfortable and peaceful. Why disturb them over something so trivial?
Of course, as the night wears on, the numbness spreads and you begin to wonder if you’ll ever get sensation back. Eventually, you have no choice but to reclaim your arm and then go through the odd sensations that occur as blood returns to your limb.
There are various milestones in a relationship, and one of them is having kids. The second you see those two little lines on the pregnancy test, it creates a mind-boggling blend of excitement and anxiety. The really thrilling part is telling your significant other the news.
Regardless of whether it was a surprise or you had been pursuing it for some time, that moment you share with your partner will be one both of you will remember fondly until the end of time.
Dates in the Time of the Pandemic
The pandemic has been tough on romance since we are all cooped up inside, and it is easy to run out of activities. When you find the opportunity to head outside and spend time together in nature, it feels like you’re back in the early days of your relationship once more.
Getting a charge out of nature and each other's company is important when all we have done is sit inside for such a long time. You just have to get inventive with your outside dates to ensure they fit with the COVID-Safe guidelines in your area.
Your Biggest Supporter
Things begin to get more challenging as you get further into your pregnancy. Over the final weeks, it can even be hard to see your own feet! Basic things like getting off the sofa, going to the restroom, or getting to sleep become difficult.
Sooner or later, you need to ask your significant other for help since everything is extra taxing for you. While having your nails done isn't a necessity, it's nice when your partner is prepared to help you in any capacity they can.
Discovering your first gray hair can be terrible since it causes us to feel like we are going downhill. Fortunately, your significant other will love you regardless of what hair color you have. They will even help you trim those grays, so you don't need to be confronted by them every time you look in the mirror.
Discovering gray hair isn't the apocalypse, however, it can feel like that when it first happens. Having your partner next to you will, at least, make you feel supported and cherished through the ordeal.
Tired but in Love
When you have an infant at home, life tends to be chaotic. There must be numerous feedings throughout the day, and other household tasks can accumulate since you’re both depleted from waking up with the child throughout the night. The house may look like a mess, however, that is normal for new parents.
At last, you get an opportunity to unwind, and your better half sympathetically deals with the laundry that has accumulated. This is one of those moments when you realize you picked a good one.
When somebody chooses to watch The Notebook, it’s likely that you will both end up balling your eyes out. There isn't anything amiss with having a decent cry to a sad love film every so often. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy.
The best part about watching sad films is that you can hug your partner for comfort. Nothing beats the feeling of security and calm you get from snuggling with your better half.
A Hairy Situation
When you cook for your partner and they discover one of your hairs in their dish. "How did that get there?" You can play it off and say that your hair adds more flavor or that it is your special ingredient. However, you can’t be offended if they lose their appetite for the meal you prepared.
Of course, a strand of hair in the salad or spaghetti won’t do them any harm. Indeed, they kiss your hair all the time. Somehow, though, there’s something mentally off-putting about finding hair in your food.
Showered with Affection
When you’re done taking a shower and realize you neglected to bring a towel, your partner becomes your knight in shining armor. "Darling, would you be able to get me a towel?" It may be a simple gesture, but it really does feel like they saved the day.
It's extra sweet when your better half goes to the trouble of bringing you a fluffy, warm towel fresh from the dryer. If they wrap you up in it instead of just handing it to you, then you’ve definitely found a keeper!
"Make A Wish"
When you discover an eyelash on your loved one’s face, you need to put it on your finger for them to make a wish and blow it off. In an ideal world, they won't have anything to wish for since everything would be wonderful and they wouldn’t want anything to change.
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you can't think of anything better than being near your partner? That is a dream come true.
Let Your Hair Grow
At the start of a relationship, you shave each time before you see your beau. Some women aim to be as smooth as a dolphin, despite the fact that no one expects such perfection. At a certain point, however, most women quit being so conscientious and allow their hair to grow wild.
Everybody should be reminded that ladies have body hair, and it is perfectly natural for them to leave it as it is if that’s what they want to do. If a woman is comfortable flaunting her body hair, then more power to her!
When you have been with somebody for years, there aren't many boundaries left that haven’t been crossed. You become accustomed to one another, and things that once felt humiliating are ordinary for you and your life partner.
For some couples, this even includes being in the restroom together, regardless of what you are doing. It might appear strange to new couples, however, life is so much easier when you can share the bathroom. In relationships, everybody ought to feel comfortable when their other half is around.
Having somebody read to you is a beautiful way to enjoy a story since it allows you to truly envision what's going on in the book. You could get an audiobook, but wouldn’t it be better to listen to the voice of the person you love?
These personal moments allow couples to bond and appreciate each other's company. Though they may not be Instagrammable moments, they are ones you will think back on fondly as you grow older.
Self-care is Necessary
All of us need to set aside time for self-care, yet that doesn't mean you can't share a kiss before your partner leaves for work. You may be wearing a face mask and looking like Hanibal Lecter, but he will still give you a peck as he hurries off to work.
It doesn't make any difference what you look like – your partner still thinks you are the loveliest person on the planet.