James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly put their heads together to try to figure out which of their five kids he's cuddling in his throwback Thursday snap

By Jen Juneau
March 28, 2019 03:30 PM

Telling his kids apart is easy in the present day, but the past is another story for father of five James Van Der Beek.

In a Thursday “#tbt” post on Instagram, the Pose actor shared a photograph of himself and one of his children cuddling, both sound asleep as the baby rested on his chest.

The only problem? Van Der Beek, 42, had no idea which of his children — son Joshua, 7, plus daughters Gwendolyn, 9 months, Emilia, 3, Annabel Leah, 5, and Olivia, 8½ — was in the snap with him.

“Came across this pic today. If I’m being completely honest … I have no idea which kid this is,” Van Der Beek captioned the shot. “But reasonably sure it’s mine 👍😎”

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Van Der Beek’s wife Kimberly was in the same boat, commenting on the sweet photo, “Who is that?!! I’d say Gwen but judging by your hair it’s Emilia … or Olivia … ?”

“I’m guessing Olivia … but could be Joshua,” the Dawson’s Creek alum replied.

Kimberly quipped in a confident follow-up comment, “Actually … I think Olivia.”

The date stamp may have given the parents a clue, though. As Van Der Beek explained in a reply to his wife’s latter remark, “Just checked the date on the photo. If it’s correct (and not the date it was imported or screen-grabbed) … this is Annabel,” adding wide-eyed, red heart and crying-laughing emojis.

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Van Der Beek previously opened up about the challenges he and Kimberly, 37, face in making time for each of their kids individually, revealing that they make it a priority to do so.

“Trickiest thing with multiple kids is carving out one-on-one time with each of them … but it’s SO important,” the former Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star captioned a March 2018 photo gallery featuring himself, a then-pregnant Kimberly and Annabel enjoying a day of fun without her siblings.

He added, “Had a million things I wanted to get done today, but ultimately, none it would have held a candle to watching my #3 thrive when asked something she’s rarely ever asked: What do YOU want to do?”