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What went viral this week: LGBT maternity shoot, baby basketball fan + soccer star's reunion with son

These are the headlines that made us smile this week:

This viral video of a baby copying her father is way too cute 

This week ABC News highlighted a video mama Kimberley Tuller posted of her daughter, Amara Sanaa watching an NBA game with her dad Jarell and totally keeping up with his sports commentary.

According to Tuller, this little girl and her dad are totally inseparable, and if you watch the video it's so obvious.

"Come on man," Dad shouts at the game "Come on!"

"Come on man!" yells the little copy-cat. "It's a foul man! What?!"

Someone get this girl a show on ESPN.

Soccer player's reunion with 7-year-old son at World Cup goes viral ⚽

As reported by Today, U.S. women's national soccer team player Jessica McDonald's reunion with her son recently went viral. This all-star mama is busy working at the World Cup, but her son, Jeremiah came to meet his mama in the host country, France.

When McDonald shared the sweet moment on social media she captioned it "Welcome to France, son!"

McDonald is the only mother on the team of 23 women and says that while Jeremiah doesn't quite yet grasp that his mom is making history, she is sure that this will one day be a big deal for him.

"He doesn't fully understand, but at least he's an age right now where he's actually going to remember this," McDonald, 31, told The Associated Press recently. "He's going to look back and be like, 'Wow, I was there. Wow, my mom is actually cool— ike she said.'"

These two mamas traded places in their viral maternity photo and it is 😍

As Parents reports, the couple—Melanie and Vanessa Iris Roy—took two maternity pics a year apart. The first was shot when Vanessa Iris was pregnant with the couple's son Jax in 2014 and the second photo was snapped when Melanie was about to give birth to their daughter Ero in 2015.

"Trading places," Melanie captioned the split screen image.

"Vanessa and I have always said we would both like to carry," Melanie told The Huffington Post. "It's crazy to see that people were referring to my family as an inspiration. We are still in complete shock," she explained.

This viral video of a baby being "blown away" by a fan is spreading joy ❤️

As TIME reports, dad Spencer Fitch took this video of his 3-month-old baby girl, Teagan, experiencing the joy of a fan for the first time.

At first, Teagan doesn't know what to make of it, soon bewilderment becomes pure excitement.

When Fitch posted the video online it went viral because it is so joyful.

"I personally feel that it takes the audience back to a time where everything felt new and exciting. This is quite evident in Teagan's facial expression!" Fitch told TIME. "She is very excitable."

This viral photoshoot features newborns dressed as Buzz + Woody 😍

To cuteness and beyond! 🚀

This 'Toy Story' themed newborn photoshoot by Belly Beautiful Portraits is one of the sweetest things we've seen all week.

As PopSugar reports, these tiny twins were captured by photographer Karen Hourscht and outfitted in crocheted costumes made by The Yarn Mermaid of Etsy.

What an adorable way to capture a relationship that will likely last a lifetime.

Are you humming "you've got a friend in me" yet? 🎶

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Why right now is the best time for a drivable getaway

Flexible schedules mean more vacation options. 🙌

Looking back now, last winter feels like a lifetime ago. At the time, my husband and I were eagerly planning our summer vacation just as we've done in years past. You know how the next part goes: COVID-19 came into the picture and changed our plans not only for vacationing, but for so much else in life.

In the time since then, we've gained a truly valuable new perspective on what matters—and realized we don't have to look so far to make beautiful memories with our kids. By exploring getaways within driving distance of our home, we've developed a new appreciation for the ability to "pack up the car and go."

Of course, that isn't to say that travel is the carefree adventure it once was. With COVID-19 still a very big part of the equation, we've become much more diligent about planning trips that allow for social distancing and exceed cleanliness standards. That's why we've exclusively turned to Vrbo, which helps us find nearby accommodations that meet our new criteria. Better yet?

Thanks to the money we've saved by skipping air travel and our remote-friendly work schedules, we're able to continue with the trips throughout the fall.

Here are a few more reasons we believe it's a great time for drivable getaways.

Flexible schedules allow us to mix work + play.

After months of lockdown, my family was definitely itching for a change of scenery as the summer began. By looking at drivable destinations with a fresh set of eyes—and some helpful accommodation-finding filters on Vrbo—we were able to find private houses that meet our needs. (Like comfortably fitting our family of five without anyone having to sleep on a pull-out couch!)

With space to spread out and feel like a home away from home, we quickly realized that we didn't need to limit our getaways to the weekends—instead we could take a "Flexcation," a trip that allows us to mix work and play. Thanks to the ability to work remotely and our kids' distance-learning schedule for the fall, we're planning a mid-week trip next month that will allow us to explore a new destination after clocking out for the day.

We’re embracing off-season deals.

With Labor Day no longer marking the end of our vacationing season, we're able to take advantage of nearby getaways that mark down their rates during the off season. For us in the Mountain West, that means visiting ski-town destinations when the leaves are falling rather than the snow. By saving money on that front, we're able to splurge a bit with our accommodations—so you can bet I search for houses that include a private hot tub for soaking in while enjoying the mountain views!

Vacationing is a way to give back.

If we've learned one thing this year, it's that life can change pretty quickly. That's given us a new appreciation for generous cancellation policies and transparent cleaning guidelines when booking trips. By seeing both of these things front and center in Vrbo listings along with reviews from fellow travelers, I feel confident when I hit the "book now" button.

Beyond that, I know that booking a trip through Vrbo isn't only a gift to my family. On the other side of the transaction, there are vacation home owners and property managers who appreciate the income during these uncertain times. What's more, taking getaways allows us to support our local economy—even if it's just by ordering new takeout food to enjoy from our home away from home.

While "looking ahead" doesn't feel as easy as it once did, I am confident that there will be a lot of drivable getaways in our future.

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

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