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What went viral this week: A mama pumps during a marathon + another gets a second chance

Mothers are amazing. We are strong, we are brave and we are resilient.

Each week at Motherly we round up the stories going viral across the internet to help keep you up to date on what you may have missed in your news feed. But this week feels extra special. This week the internet is celebrating stories of mothers overcoming challenges.

We all face our own challenges every day, and if you need a little inspiration to overcome yours, you may find it in these viral stories that are making us smile:

Mom goes viral after giving birth + getting cancer diagnosis on the same day 

When Brooke Taylor was pregnant she noticed a lump on her breast and told her doctor...but her doctor wan't concerned and told her it was probably just pregnancy related and didn't examine it. When she was 38 weeks pregnant and the lump was still bothering her, Taylor demanded her OB take it seriously and have a look at it, she tells Good Morning America.

"I actually took off my shirt and said, 'I'm not leaving until you feel this,'" Taylor says. "I will never forget the look on her face when she felt the lump. I saw the color drain from her face and she looked at me."

A biopsy was quickly performed and the results were positive for breast cancer. After the doctor called to tell Taylor the results they also told her to get to the hospital—she would need an emergency C-section as soon as possible so that cancer treatments could begin immediately.

"Elsie James Taylor was born at 2:04 p.m. on July 22, roughly six hours after her mom learned she had breast cancer," Good Morning America reports.

Taylor has gone viral thanks to her interview with GMA and her social media presence. On Instagram. Taylor is using her story to encourage other women to demand their doctors check out bumps and lumps, and to share their family histories with their medical providers.

As a new mom who is also a chemotherapy patient, Taylor is tired these days, but she tells GMA she's enjoying life with her daughter and doesn't take it for granted.

"Now that we're in month three, I feel like the shock has finally worn off and I'm able to connect with Elsie on the more maternal level," Taylor said. "I'm better able to balance the cancer treatment with motherhood."

New mom goes viral for pumping while running marathon 

We often say that giving birth is harder on the body as running a marathon, and that mamas are the ultimate endurance athletes but a mama who went viral this week takes it to another level.

Molly Waitz just completed the New York City marathon—and when she crossed that finish line, she had ounces of pumped breast milk on hand. That's right: She actually managed to pump her milk right there on the marathon's course. Yup, we're just as blown away by this as you are.

So how exactly did she manage to pump while running? Well, Waitz used the Willow pump, which is a wearable device that allows women to pump hands-free. The pump is connected to an app that alerts a mama when her milk bags (which sit inside the pump) are full. According to ABC News, Waitz would stop to pop her full bags of milk into the backpack she wore during the race. She'd then replace the bags with new ones and continue.

"I pumped for the first time somewhere between miles three and four and then I did it again right off the Queensboro Bridge, which was mile 16," Waitz tells ABC News. "I slowed down a little bit to do it but I didn't really have to. You could do it blindfolded."

The mama reportedly finished the race in six hours and 46 minutes, and pumped about 20 ounces of milk along the way.

While Waitz is definitely an inspiration to so many mamas out there, she also wants fellow moms to know that her story is just that—her story—and it shouldn't serve as a comparison tool for any other moms out there.

"I wanted to do the marathon and the necessity was figuring out how I was going to do it," the mama tells ABC News. "There's a lot of stigma about how should you feed your child. That's not what I wanted to get across by doing this."

While Waitz's accomplishment is absolutely amazing, it wasn't something she dreamed about—in fact, she never even imagined she'd be able to run a marathon while just eight months postpartum, let alone while working full-time and breastfeeding.

"I never thought I would [run a marathon] and the fact that I was able to do it while working full-time and caring for my child, it was just unbelievable," Waitz tells ABC News.

No mama, you're unbelievable. You made this happen.

Mom whose overdose went viral is now celebrating 3 years of sobriety 👏

Three years ago Erika Hunt went viral after police released a photo of her overdosing on heroin in her car while her 10-month-old son was in the back seat. It was Hunt's rock bottom, and a story the police chose to share widely in the hopes of convincing other opiate addicts to get help before getting to the point of desperation Hunt was clearly in,

Now Hunt has gone viral again for the best reason: She's celebrating three years of sobriety!

"I hope people see how low my bottom was and that they know if their bottom is not that far from mine, that they can come back too, she tells Good Morning America. "I just think it's really cool because I feel even more planted and stable in my recovery [today]."

The first time she went viral, Hunt was humiliated, but now Hunt is proud. She's sober, working full-time and is able to parent her son in a way that became impossible when, after a drug-free pregnancy, she relapsed at two months postpartum. She credits the first responders who administered Narcan to her the day of her overdose with saving her life and giving her back to her son.

"Now we're inseparable pretty much. He's a mama's boy," she explains.

Oh, and Baby Shark finally reached Stephen King and his tweet went viral 

You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard Baby Shark until now, but that's exactly what happened to bestselling novelist Stephen King, who recently tweeted: "I finally heard that Baby Shark song. I may never get it out of my head."

Trust us Stephen, you won't.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

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