What went viral this week: A mom's pre-birth selfie, a selfless dad + a helpful coronavirus comic

In a week filled with anxiety-inducing news about the spread of coronavirus, it's important to step away from the hard-hitting headlines for a bit and take a little time for some self-care. If you all do with that time is scroll through some feel-good stories from around the web—trust us, it'll still be worth it to clear your mind a bit.

Amazing and inspiring things are going on every day, from families expanding to moms sharing their hard-earned wisdom to lift up other moms and families, and they're all worth celebrating.

These are the stories that made us smile this week:

This awesome single dad went viral for adopting teen boy left at hospital 😭

A 13-year-old boy has found his forever home, thanks to a big-hearted foster dad. Good Morning America shared the story of Tony Mutabazi and his new dad Peter Mutabazi.

GMA says Tony had been in the foster care system since the age of two. Heartbreakingly, when he was just 11 years old, the family he was staying with at the time abandoned him at a hospital. Around that time, Peter got a call asking if he could take in Tony—an arrangement that was only supposed to last for a couple of days.

But when Peter heard what the boy had been through, the plan immediately changed. "By that time, I was crying. I thought, 'Who would do that?'" Mutabazi told GMA. "Once I knew the parents' rights were signed off and he had nowhere to go, I [knew] I had to take him."

Another big factor in that decision? Peter had once been a 10-year-old runaway in his native Uganda, and he knew what it was like to be in desperate need of a loving home. "For what someone did for me I wanted to do something for someone else," he told GMA.

The world definitely needs more Peters. Peter, you are total #dadgoals.

Quadruplet mom's before-and-after pregnancy photos go viral 

A New Jersey mom is going viral after sharing amazing pictures of her pregnancy journey, showcasing her quadruplet-filled belly side by side with her four little bundles of joy.

Lindsay Hay told TODAY Parents that the path to becoming a mom of five was a hard one, as she went through multiple miscarriages before getting pregnant with her quadruplets. Even then, her doctors urged her to consider a selective pregnancy reduction—which she refused.

She was able to carry the babies to 30 weeks and 4 days, and snapped the picture on the left capturing the size of her belly at that point. On the right, the babies at 30 weeks and 4 days old. Amazing how much things can change in about seven months, isn't it?

Hay says quads Caiden, Madison, Lucas and Grayson have all been thriving at home after their initial 45-day NICU stay. And it may surprise you to hear that Hay says parenting multiples isn't as chaotic as it's often portrayed. "We have our moments, but it's not as hard as people think it is," she told TODAY. "I don't stop, I'm always moving and I'm not sleeping the greatest, but TV makes it look so much more dramatic than it really is."

Artist's viral illustrations + comic explains coronavirus to kids

An artist just made explaining the coronavirus to children so much easier for parents. "Exploring the New Coronavirus, a Comic Just for Kids" is by Malaka Gharib, and parents can print it for free here.

The colorful booklet was created for NPR and is filled with adorable illustrations that explain the virus with age-appropriate facts and info that should soothe kids who are feeling fearful, and it's also based on info from health experts.

It explains that most cases of the virus among kids so far have been mild, with a super cute cartoon likening it to mild and spicy salsa to help little ones understand. It also reassures young readers that doctors and hospitals are closely tracking the virus, so even if someone they know comes down with it, there's a good chance they'll recover just fine.

Another adorable illustration walks kids through the step by step process of proper hand washing—one of the best possible protections from the virus. Perhaps most important of all, it reminds kids that if they're feeling confused or scared, they should never be afraid to talk to a trusted adult.

Mom's viral swimsuit picture is a celebration of post-baby bodies 

There might be a chance you've mourned the loss of your "pre-baby body" at some point, or have heard your mom friends do so. But mom Ashlie Molstad perfectly calls out the futility of doing so in her powerful post. She shared a snap of a new swimsuit she ordered online along with a picture of that same suit worn by a model. Molstad said at first she was disappointed by the way she looked in the one-piece and couldn't help but compare herself to the model.

But then she had a powerful realization.

"After you've had a kid, there is NO SUCH THING as a pre baby body," she wrote. "The body you have postpartum is post baby. And I don't think any of us would trade in our kiddo for the body we had before them, right?"

It's all about perspective, and Molstad's could be eye-opening for lots of moms. Instead of focusing on pounds and inches, Molstad wants more moms to start focusing on living. "Bodies change as we LIVE. And isn't that the miraculous thing about them?! The fact that we can grow, adapt, stretch, change.... in quite the same way WE do as we move through life? Who the hell wants to stay the same forever anyway?! Not me."

And for the record—we think Molstad looks amazing in the suit.

Teen goes viral as video captures a celebration of freedom from cancer 

A moment of triumph for an Ohio teen—19-year-old Matt Driscoll got to ring the bell at Akron Children's Hospital, and the sound just might give you goosebumps once you know what it signifies. The ringing of the bell ritual means that after three incredibly difficult years, Driscoll is now cancer-free.

He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just a sophomore in high school, and went through round upon round of chemotherapy to get to where he is now.

The teen told Good Morning America that he was flashing back to all the trying moments he'd experienced in his cancer fight as he rang the bell. "To finally been done with it was overwhelming... that was, without a doubt, the happiest day of my life," he said.

Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

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Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!


Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!


Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.


A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.


A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.


Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)


Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.


A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.


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

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