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This is it mama, we have officially reached the end of August. Summer is nearly over but there is still a lot of sunshine to be had if you look in the right places.

Here are the headlines that made us smile this week:

This Disney princess was a hero to a special needs family 👏

As Today reports, mom Lauren Bergner's post about a Disney princess turning into a hero is going viral.

"I am so emotional with these pictures," Bergner captioned a series of photos she uploaded to Facebook.

The images show her son Brody, who has Autism, being comforted by Snow White while the family was visiting Disney and Epcot in Florida. The heat and the lines were getting to 6-year-old Brody and Snow White stepped up to help his mama out.

"It was our turn to take pictures with her and he wanted nothing to do with it," Bergner wrote.

She continues: "He was crying and was overwhelmed and just having a hard time. Snow White was amazing with him! She kissed, hugged and cuddled him. He was laying his head crying on her lap. She then took him for a walk away from the crowd! She was amazing. She held his hand, danced with him, took him over to a bench and sat with him. She went above and beyond!! She took so much time with him. She was a pure angel! She was magical and my family is forever thankful and touched!"

Because the characters never step out of character Bergner doesn't know this woman's real name, but she emailed Disney to let them know how amazing this theme park employee is.

Snow White, if you're reading this, we think you're pretty amazing, too.

This mama gave birth to two babies in just 11 weeks 

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A mom from Kazakhstan went viral this week after the world learned she'd given birth to two babies just 11 weeks apart!

The Kazakh Health Ministry posted the story on Facebook and it went viral from there.

As Women's Health explains, 29-year-old Liliya Konovalova has a a rare condition called uterus didelphys, or a double uterus, so her twins (a boy named Maxim and a girl named Liya) each had a private womb. That's why Maxim was able to stay inside for three months after his sister was born.

Liya was born on May 24 and Maxim hung in there until August 9, coming into the world weighing about three times what his big sister did.

Konovalova says her doctors basically performed a miracle and now the babies are about 6.6 pounds each and are getting ready to be discharged from the hospital!

Why this adorable Daddy-Daughter photo shoot went viral ❤️

Three weeks ago, proud dad Devante Bennett-Dotson and his adorable daughter Londyn, age 3, celebrated their birthdays. Londyn was a late birthday gift for Devante, coming into the world just one day after his birthday.

The bond between Devante and Londyn has always been special, People reported this week after the duo's birthday photoshoot went viral.

Londyn's mama, Ashleigh Sheppard, is a talented photographer and captured her "Daddy's girl" hanging out with her father in the driveway, where he loves to fix cars. The two dressed in matching overalls and did some work under Londyn's pink toy car. The whole family had fun during the shoot.

"In my free time I'm a mechanic and Londyn watches and tries helping with everything I do," Bennett-Dotson told People. "I was all for it and [the experience] made my day, especially seeing my little girl actually doing it and [being] into something that she watches me do."

This is seriously adorable and we love that this dad is teaching his daughter that she can do things that many see as traditionally male activities. It's 2019 and girls can fix cars with their dads, boys can do ballet, and millennial fathers are spending three times as much time with their kids as previous generations!

"If he's outside, she's outside. If he's under a car, she wants to be under a car," Londyn's mama told Good Morning America.

Happy birthday to this adorable duo!

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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