What went viral this week: Teachers going above + beyond during the pandemic 😍
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For many families being at home all the time is feeling less weird and more like a new normal. This isn't the spring we expected, but new routines are being formed and old relationships are blossoming through new mediums. We are in a period of adjustment. Our kids are adjusting and so are their parents and teachers.

This is hard, but there are so many happy moments to celebrate.

There are the stories making us smile this week:

This teacher's viral TikTok song perfectly expresses parents' feelings right now

makeshift.macaroni on TikTok

A TikTok user named Liz, who says she teaches first grade, used the app and music to share her feelings about the overnight transition to distance learning.

In the viral video, she says: "As some of you guys might know, I'm a music teacher, and I've found that one of the best ways that I can process the whole transition to online learning and teaching is to write a song. So, I wrote a song, and I'd like to share that with you guys now. Here we go."

What happens next perfectly sums up how so many parents are feeling now.

Thanks for the laugh, Liz!

Viral video shows woman explaining the pandemic to her past self

Comedian Julie Nolke is going mega-viral on YouTube for bringing some humor to current events. Her viral hit shows her present day self explaining the pandemic to her past-self, who felt like 2020 had already seen some historic news events.

"I'm Julie for 4 months in the future," new Julie tells her old self.

"Put a little money in Zoom [stock]," she explains. "While you're being proactive, do a Costco run."

Nolke's past self was looking forward to doing some travel for work, and her future self laughs.

"Your definition of 'a pretty big deal' is going to change for sure."

For. Sure.

This viral photo of a teacher being there for her student will make you 😭

The little girl in this viral photo is Hannah. She still has Zoom events with her friends from school, but recently she's become withdrawn and her teacher noticed, even without seeing her face-to-face.

Hannah's mom Kelly Close posted this image to Facebook, writing: "Hannah's class has a Zoom session each evening. Last night she got really sad and kinda shut down. Today her teacher came over and hung out for a bit...They chatted, read books, and just talked. This woman has FIVE kids at home and STILL she sat in my driveway for an hour to make sure Hannah was okay."

That teacher is Katie Ricca of North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Florida and she is a hero.

Pink and her family are fully recovered from COVID-19 

As Today reports, Pink is going viral for sharing an update on how her family is doing now that Pink and her son Jameson are recovered from COVID-19.

Back on April 3rd, Pink opened up about her family's fight against coronavirus, taking to Instagram to make the announcement. "Two weeks ago my 3-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19," Pink revealed, noting that she tested positive and has since recovered.

It's now been nearly a month since Jameson and his mom got sick and Pink's latest family photo proves her youngest is now full of energy.

"Whose child is this," Pink captioned the pic, which shows Jameson in a rock star pose that reminded Pink's followers of his mom.

We're so happy to see him feeling so much better!

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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