'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala - ArrivalsNot only did Blake Lively see Ryan Reynolds's most recent birthday message, she raised it.

With her "Deadpool"-starring husband turning 41 on Monday, she posted a special message for him on Instagram. This was no hearts-and-flowers post -- it was a calculated, clever response to his August birthday post for her. After this, Reynolds is going to have to up his game in their war of posts.

Let's quickly revisit what prompted Lively's message: For her 30th birthday, Reynolds wrote a lovely message wishing a happy birthday to his "amazing wife." However, in the photo accompanying the message, Lively was all but cropped out.

Happy Birthday to my amazing wife.

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The year before, he tweeted a sappy birthday message -- to Billy Ray Cyrus. Lively got a simple "happy birthday."

This year, Lively got in the game, proving that she also has a knack for hilarious birthday messages; her "happy birthday, baby" message included a strategically cropped photo. The result? Reynolds took a backseat to Ryan Gosling, Canada's -- and the world's -- other favorite Ryan. Ouch.

Happy Birthday, baby.

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Lively definitely gets points for this. Reynolds had better start plotting his response now.

[h/t: EW]