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Love is in the air, the flower orders have been placed, and dinner reservations have been made—that's right, Mama, Valentine's Day week is here. If you're not exactly loving it, we get you: Scrambling to get our kids' cards ready, hoping our heart-shaped cookie cutters arrive in time, and debating whether to celebrate with our partners or blow off those romantic V-day plans. Just another (holiday) week in the life of a busy mama!

The best thing about Valentine's Day? Chocolate, obviously. The worst thing? The fact that it's not a federal holiday, which means we still have to power through the full week. Luckily, we have some hilarious viral moments to keep you smiling through the chaos...and a viral video that will make you feel seen.

These are the viral moments that made us smile this week:

These exhausted parents fell asleep during their newborn's (now viral) photoshoot 😂

In those early days of parenthood, we are often obsessed with capturing the cuteness of our newborns—but if there's one thing we want even more than those perfectly posed newborn photos, it's sleep.

New parents Cindhi and Ross Davis prove this in a now-viral photo snapped at Simply Joyful Moments Photography. That's them, in the background, sleeping on the couch while photographer Sarah Jankowski created beautiful images of their newborn son, Theodore.

"I remember leaning into my husband and thinking, 'I'm just going to sit here and watch the shoot.' That was my last thought," Cindhi told Today. "Next thing I know, Sarah is like, 'It's done!' And I was like, 'What? What do you mean it's done?' I had passed out cold. It was the first bit of uninterrupted sleep we'd had since Theo was born."

Cindhi, we get you, mama! And Sarah, thank you for being a hero and letting these tired parents nap. 💪

Viral video shows little girl reunited with her 'daddy doll'

Kids losing things while traveling is pretty commonplace—but sometimes the loss is truly devastating. Such was the case for Kenley Britton, a little girl whose father is deployed. Kenley has a 'daddy doll,' which helps her cope with her dad's absence; the doll even plays a recording of his voice. According to Kenley's mama, the little girl will even play the recording when she wakes up in the middle of the night, and it immediately brings her peace.

You can imagine how heartbroken this family was when the doll was lost during the family's recent trip. Kenley's mom, Arielle, posted on social media hoping for some help. Delta Airlines sprang to action...and amazingly, the team found the doll.

"Daddy Doll is back home safe and sound and @delta not only showed up, but they showed out!" Arielle posted on Facebook. "They made sure Daddy doll got home ASAP and brought some Delta swag for Kenley...We are still so humbled by everyone who helped and everything that was done to make this happen so quickly!"

The original 'pizza baby' who sparked a viral trend turns 2! 

The original 'pizza baby' is now two whole pies old! As you may recall, mama Dani Leigh went viral thanks to the photos she took of her son. Dani put her own tasty spin on the whole month-by-month photos many mamas take when she photographed her little one next to slices of pizza that indicate how old he is.

"Pizza babe turns 2 tomorrow!!!!" the mama writes alongside the photo. "On National Pizza Day, he wants you to remember that the Earth is the only planet with PIZZA!"

How adorable (and delicious) is this photo? And how creative is this mama's idea? It spawned a serious trend in milestone photos, and it's still just as cool as it was when this little guy was only one slice old.

Why we are still talking about the viral postpartum ad postpartum that didn't air during the Oscars 

The people at Frida did the best thing they've done since bringing their game-changing nose-sucker to market: They released a commercial that shows the honest, unfiltered side of being a new mother.

Watching this commercial might take you right back to those initial days after giving birth. You'll recognize the mesh underwear, the massive pad in the background, the careful positioning a mother's body assumes when using the bathroom...and you'll probably also remember the stinging pain that accompanies every bathroom in the aftermath of childbirth.

That's why Frida's ad felt so revolutionary—it finally gave the world a look into what mothers really go through after they leave the hospital. Unfortunately, the ad was rejected from ABC and the Oscars and would not air during the awards show...and the people of social media have some strong feelings about this.

"The fact that @ABCNetwork banned this ad is truly absurd. Society relies on us to bring children into the world and yet they can't handle the truth about postpartum," one user tweeted. Another added: "No idea about their products. But I've never seen an accurate portrayal in the media of what it looks like to be a postpartum new mother. The stomach pouch, the blood, the leaking breasts, the haemorrhoids [sic], the sheer fatigue that penetrates your bones."

Amen. We are happy to finally see the postpartum experience represented accurately. We believe everyone should know what early motherhood truly entails...and we applaud Frida Mom for putting out this important ad.

This viral video of a mother-daughter reunion is 😭

Lawyer Luis Cortes Romero made the internet sob this week when he posted a video of his mom seeing her mom for the first time in 30 years. Grab some tissues before hitting play on this powerful tweet.

"I surprised my mom by reuniting her with her parents after 3 decades of them not seeing each other. Her parents live in MX, and my mom cannot visit bc of her [immigration] status. When I went to law school, I vowed to figure out a way to reunite them, & was able to help them get visas," Cortes Romero captioned the video.

"I will note that we had to go through four denials, and the visas were granted on the fifth try. They live in a small rural town in Mex, so it required them to travel for several hours by bus each time. Her dad is deaf/mute and illiterate, so it made things more challenging," he explained in another tweet.

But this son was determined to reunite his mama with her parents and he did. Three decades is a long time, but a mother's love is forever.

This 5-year-old saved his family from a fire + his heroic story is going viral

He's only 5 years old but Noah Woods of Bartow County, Georgia is being hailed as a hero after saving his 2-year-old sister from a house fire, CNN reports.

When Noah woke up to find the bedroom he shares with his sister was full of smoke he pulled his sister out of an open window, then went back in and rescued the family dog. He then took his little sister to his uncle's house next door.

The rest of his sleeping family, six people, were then wakened and saved, thanks to his actions.

"If it wasn't for Noah, we may not be here today. The electrical fire began in the children's bedroom. Noah woke to flames in his room. He quickly grabbed up his 2-year-old sister, Lilly, opened the bedroom window, climbed out the window, and ran next door to get help from his uncle, our son, Josh," Noah's grandfather, David Woods wrote on GoFundMe.

Noah's family is trying to rebuild their lives after losing their home and is grateful for the donations that are helping them as they plan to stay in a motel temporarily and will then have to rent a home while they rebuild. The fire department is grateful that a little boy saved so many lives.

"We've seen children alert their families before," Bartow County Fire Department Chief Dwayne Jamison told CNN. "But for a 5-year-old to be alert enough to do this ... that's pretty extraordinary."

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There are few kids television shows as successful as PAW Patrol. The Spin Masters series has spawned countless toys and clothing deals, a live show and now, a movie.

That's right mama, PAW Patrol is coming to the big screen in 2021.

The big-screen version of PAW Patrol will be made with Nickelodeon Movies and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"We are thrilled to partner with Paramount and Nickelodeon to bring the PAW Patrol franchise, and the characters that children love, to the big screen," Spin Master Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Jennifer Dodge, announced Friday.

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"This first foray into the arena of feature film marks a significant strategic expansion for Spin Master Entertainment and our properties. This demonstrates our commitment to harnessing our own internal entertainment production teams to develop and deliver IP in a motion picture format and allows us to connect our characters to fans through shared theatrical experiences," Dodge says.

No word on the plot yet, but we're gonna bet there's a problem, 'round Aventure Bay, and Ryder and his team of pups will come and save the day.

We cannot even imagine how excited little PAW Patrol fans will be when this hits theatres in 2021. It's still too early to buy advance tickets but we would if we could!

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Chrissy Teigen is one of the most famous moms in the world and definitely one of the most famous moms on social media.

She's the Queen of Twitter and at least the Duchess of Instagram but with a massive following comes a massive dose of mom-shame, and Teigen admits the online comments criticizing her parenting affects her.

"It's pretty much everything," Teigen told Today, noting that the bulk of the criticism falls into three categories: How she feeds her kids, how she uses her car seats and screen time.

"Any time I post a picture of them holding ribs or eating sausage, I get a lot of criticism," she explained. "Vegans and vegetarians are mad and feel that we're forcing meat upon them at a young age. They freak out."

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Teigen continues: "If they get a glimpse of the car seat there is a lot of buckle talk. Maybe for one half of a second, the strap slipped down. And TV is another big one. We have TV on a lot in my house. John and I work on television; we love watching television."

Teigen wants the shame to stop, not just for herself but for all the other moms who feel it. (And we agree.)

"Hearing that nine out of 10 moms don't feel like they're doing a good enough job is terrible," she said. "We're all so worried that we're not doing all that we can, when we really are."

The inspiration for Teigen talking publicly about mom-shame may be in part because of her participation in Pampers' "Share the Love" campaign. But even though Teigen's discussion coincides with this campaign, the message remains equally important. Advertising can be a powerful tool for shifting the way society thinks about what's "normal" and we would much rather see companies speaking out against mom-shame than inducing it to sell more stuff.

Calling out mom-shame in our culture is worth doing in our lives, our communities and yes, our diaper commercials. Thank you Chrissy (and thank you, Pampers).

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Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade have been blended family goals, an inspiration to those struggling with infertility and now they are an inspiration to parents of trans kids and supporters of trans rights.

Earlier this month Wade appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and spoke about his 12-year-old daughter Zaya coming out as transgender and Union posted a beautiful video + caption to Instagram, inviting fans to "meet Zaya."

This week Wade appeared on Good Morning America, explaining that Zaya has known she was transgender since she was 3 years old.

"Zaya has known it for nine years," the proud dad said on GMA, adding that he credits Zaya (who was assigned as male at birth) with educating him and helping him grow.

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"I knew early on that I had to check myself... I've been a person in the locker room that has been a part of the conversation that has said the wrong phrases and the wrong words myself," he told GMA's Robin Roberts. "My daughter was my first interaction when it comes to having to deal with this conversation...Hopefully I'm dealing with it the right way... Inside our home we see the smile on my daughter's face, we see the confidence that she's able to walk around and be herself and that's when you know you're doing right."

It sure seems like Wade and Union have been doing it right. When Union posted a video to Instagram earlier this month introducing Zaya it was clear the tween's dad and step-mom have her back.

In the video Zaya is riding in a golf cart with her dad and dropping wisdom. She says: "Just be true to yourself, because what's the point of even living on this earth if you're going to try to be someone you're not?...Be true and don't really care what the 'stereotypical' way of being you is."

Union was so impressed by her step-daughter, captioning the video: "She's compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It's Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people."

Later in the week Union addressed criticism of Zaya's transition on Twitter, writing: "This has been a journey. We're still humbly learning but we decided quickly w/ our family that we wouldn't be led by fear. We refuse to sacrifice the freedom to live authentically becuz we are afraid of what ppl might say. U have the ability to learn & evolve."

Zaya's big brother is also on her side. Newly 18-year-old Zaire posted the cutest throwback pic from when he and Zaya were just little kids, noting how the siblings were and are best friends.

"Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of," Zaire began his caption. "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together … we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind."

Zaire continued: "I've told you that I would lay my life down to make sure you are ten toes down and happy on this earth," he told his younger sibling. "I don't care what they think Z, you are my best friend and I love you kid, and if it means anything, just know there's no love lost on this side ✊🏾"

We are so impressed and inspired by the love Zaya's family is showing her (and other kids by sharing this story publicly). You've got this Zaya!

[A version of this story was posted February 12, 2020. It has been updated.]

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Back in August the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Contigo announced the recall of millions of Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles—about 5.7 million of them.

Now, the CPSC and Contigo are recalling millions of water bottles and the replacement lids that were given to consumers as part of the August 2019 recall.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled water bottles and the replacement lids provided in the previous recall, take them away from children, and contact Contigo for a free water bottle. Consumers who received replacement lids in the previous recall should contact Contigo for the new water bottle," the CPSC states.

Millions of Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles were originally recalled after it became clear the silicone spout could pose a choking hazard.

"Contigo identified that the water bottle's clear silicone spout in some cases may detach from the lid of the water bottle," Contigo stated in a notice posted to its Facebook page back in August.

According to the CPSC, "Contigo [had] received 149 reports of the spout detaching including 18 spouts found in children's mouths" before the original recall.

Now, the CPSC reports "Contigo has received a total of 427 reports of the spout detaching including 27 spouts found in children's mouths."

All of the recalled water bottles have a black color spout base and spout cover.

This week Contigo expanded the recall. The original date range was for Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottle from April 2018 through June 2019. Now it is for bottles purchased through February 2020, and all the replacement lids.

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If you are looking for some alternative water bottles, here are a few of our favorites:

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask features an easy-to-drink (and clean) top, a silicone bottom that won't scratch your furniture.

Motherly has tested these with a two-year-old and an eight-year-old and found these bottles are perfect for Pre-K to elementary school.

$29.95

CamelBak

The CamelBak is a big hit with little kids as it is easy to maneuver and it's a big hit with moms because it is easy to clean in the top rack of the dishwasher. CamelBak Eddy 12 oz Kids Vacuum Stainless Water Bottle

$14.99

Skip Hop

The designs on the Skip Hop stainless steel bottle keep kids happy and the silicone sleeve keeps the bottle from falling out of little hands! Bonus points for a flexible straw that is easy to clean!

$17.99


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{A version of this story was originally posted August 27, 2019. It has been updated.]

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