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Most babies enter the world in a flurry of tears—but not Isabela Pereira de Jesus. Instead, this baby girl, who was born on February 13, came into the world with a scowl on her face...and she's going viral for it.

Isabela was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to mama Daiane de Jesus Barbosa. According to Rodrigo Kunstmann, the photographer hired to capture images from the birth, the baby didn't shed a tear when she came into the world.

"She opened her eyes wide but did not cry. The doctor even had to say, 'cry, Isa!',"the photographer told Brazilian magazine Crescer. "She made that serious expression and only started crying after the umbilical cord was cut."

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Having a babe who opted to do something other than cry at birth may not seem so out of the ordinary, but wait until you see this baby girl's face at birth. Her mean mug is hilariously adorable—think furrowed brow, downturned lips and overall expression that can only be described as "unimpressed."

"My baby was born courageous," Isabela's mother said, according to a report from Daily Mail. "It's a meme already. She always wrinkles her forehead when changing diapers and nursing."

Not surprisingly, the photo of the baby's expression has become a global sensation, with outlets all over the world sharing the image. The photographer's Facebook post featuring images of the birth is gaining major traction as well. "This little lady is going to lead her parents on a merry chase," one user commented. Another added: "No, put me back! Haha."

This perfect capture is just too good for words! What was going through the baby's head in the moment, we wonder? The photographer has one idea: "Today is my birth and I don't even have clothes for this," he captioned the photo of baby Isabela's hilarious scowl.

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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