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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.

When it comes to registering for baby products, there's one word we love: convertible.

In contrast to items you use for a short period of time, convertible (or multi-use) products are made to grow with your baby… and trust us, that makes them worth their weight in gold.

Convertible items allow you to reap the benefits of your baby registry for years to come—and that's just savvy shopping, mama. Also savvy shopping? Creating your baby registry with Target and enjoying their Year of Benefits registry program for expectant parents. Just by starting your registry, you will get a welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. And Target's newest registry perk, the Year of Exclusive Deals, gives you discounts on essentials for your baby's whole first year when you sign up for Target Circle as well.

If you prioritize value and longevity when creating your registry, here are 10 items you'll love from day one through day 1,000… and beyond!


A crib that can grow through childhood + beyond

Simmons Kids Slumbertime Monterey 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

A crib is a necessity as you plan for life with your baby—you know that already. But what about in a couple of years when they need a toddler bed? Or a few years beyond that when they graduate to a bigger bed? Well, you're in luck: With the right attachments, this bed can be the only one they need until college.

$299.99

A cozy blanket for snuggles + security

Plush Velboa Baby Blanket I Love You - Cloud Island\u2122 White/Black

Blankets have earned their spot on millions upon millions of registries for good reason: They function as stroller covers or play mats during the early days, then become beloved security items in the toddler years.

$14.99

A comfy spot for feeding + stories

Baby Relax Addison Swivel Gliding Recliner

During your first months of motherhood, a comfortable gliding chair will be your second home as you spend time feeding and bonding. As your child grows (and mobility makes those snuggles harder to catch), you'll discover a new love for this cozy spot for stories and bedtime snuggles.

$329.99

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Sealy Cozy Rest Extra Firm Crib and Toddler Mattress

Fun fact: A standard crib and toddler bed actually use the same size mattress. That's why it's smart to get a quality crib mattress right out of the gate: One less thing to change up in a few years!

$59.99

A changing table that doubles as a dresser

Simmons\u00ae Kids Monterey 4 Drawer Dresser with change top

If space is at a premium in your baby's nursery, look for a combination changing table and dresser. That way, you can keep using the dresser long after your little one is potty trained.

$319.99

A car seat that converts to a booster

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The safest place for your child is in the backseat of your car, in either a car seat or (later) booster. But instead of buying a new seat for each phase, you can check off multiple boxes at once by adding a convertible car seat to your registry.

$159.99

A stroller that accommodates big kids, too

Graco FastAction Jogger LX Stroller

The need for a good stroller doesn't end when your little one learns to walk, so look for a stroller that can accommodate bigger kids, too. We recommend a jogging stroller that allows you to attach an infant car seat and is still perfectly spacious for toddlers.

$146.99

A place to dine for years to come

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair - Slate

From first bites to family dinners around the table, one single high chair can be the solution you need. That is, if you look for a version that adapts into a booster seat when your child is ready for a plate at the table.

$99.99

A white noise machine + alarm clock in one

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

After spending months listening to ambient noise in the womb, white noise remains incredibly comforting for your child. It's nice to have a sound machine that can transition to a time-to-rise clock down the line. By cueing with sounds and colors, these clocks reinforce healthy sleep habits.

$59.99

A baby carrier that can haul a toddler, too

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

A carrier is a major help when your baby loves being held, but you need use of your hands. But even months or years down the line, you can still get use out of that carrier. To maximize longevity, look for one that can be used with your child facing outward or even carried on your back as they grow.

$29.99

Enjoy building your registry with Target, mama! The Year of Benefits is calling your name with a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more! 😉

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

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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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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

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.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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