What went viral this week: Pregnant Disney Princesses + an airline nightmare

Now, more than ever, we need to hear those good news stories.

Pregnant Disney Princesses

Last week was a week.

We lost a legal and cultural icon with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and deadly wildfires continue to blaze on the West Coast. Now, more than ever, we need to see creativity, kindness and compassion in our world—we need to hear those "good news" stories, but we also need to see the headlines that show us how and why the world needs to change .

And right now both kinds of stories are going viral.

Here are the viral stories you need to read right now:


Why this mom went viral after she was kicked off flight with 2-year-old son

Mom Rachel Davis is going viral after sharing her travel troubles on Instagram. Davis says she was trying to fly from North Carolina to New Hampshire on American Airlines when she was kicked off a flight because her 2-year-old son would not keep his mask on.

Parents can understand how frustrating flying with kids must be right now, and Davis says that her son had been on four other flights with American Airlines within the week and had not been required to wear a mask on those flights.

"I tried repeatedly, begged him, bribed him, pleaded with him, did everything I could while he was screaming and crying as I tried to hold him and put the mask on, feeling my absolute lowest of lows as a mother," Davis wrote on Instagram, adding that her family had to make alternative travel arrangements with the airline after all the passengers deplaned. It was incredibly stressful, she says.

Most airlines do not require children under 2 years old to wear masks, and American Airlines is one of them. In a statement to Motherly the airline explained: "To ensure the safety of our customers and team, American Airlines requires all persons 2 years and older to wear an appropriate face covering throughout the entirety of their journey. Policies are enforced and approved face coverings are made available at key points throughout the customer journey. We've reached out to the family to learn more about their recent travel experience and to address their concerns."

Unfortunately, Davis' son was over 2, so he did need to wear the mask per their policy, but that doesn't mean that airline attendants couldn't have shown some compassion or empathy when they saw Davis struggling. Traveling right now is so stressful and while the CDC and other health authorities do recommend masks for everyone over 2 years old, some children will not be able to wear masks. It's something that's important for everyone to remember as we move through this pandemic together.

These Disney princess maternity shoots are stunningly perfect

A Brazilian photographer found a way to make expecting moms feel like absolute royalty: styling them like Disney princesses during their maternity sessions. The results are ridiculously cool, and something these moms are going to treasure forever. If you're looking for some inspiration for an upcoming maternity shoot of your own, you're definitely going to want to pin these pics.

Photographer Vanessa Firme says the idea to dress moms like Disney princesses came to her when she was working with a client who was expecting a little girl she planned to name Bella. That reminded them of Belle, so Firme decided to dress the mom in the princess's iconic yellow gown. Firme says that first shoot was so amazing she immediately realized she wanted to do more like that. "I thought: this must be what happens after 'happily ever after'," she explained.

Since that first Belle session, Firme has transformed pregnant mamas into Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, Cinderella and even Maleficent. She's even gotten some dads to join in the fun, like one who dressed up as the Beast. Even more adorably, she's also had the opportunity to do sessions with some of the babies after they're born and include them in the Disney-inspired shoots as well.

Firme says the shoots aren't just about getting great photos. She says they let the moms forget about the not-so-magical parts of pregnancy, if only for a short time. "They were removed for an instant from the real world and taken to a world of enchantment." She says she also thought about the ways that children idolize their mothers, and view them as princesses in their own right. Now, they'll have pictures to match that sentiment.

Firme has styled so many amazing shoots, she says she "can't choose a favorite." And we definitely can't either.

Anderson Cooper shares sweet selfie with baby Wyatt: 'He’s such a happy baby'

Anderson Cooper's cute co-anchor is growing up!

The veteran journalist shared a sweet selfie with his son, Wyatt. "My son will be five months old in less than two weeks," Cooper wrote on Instagram. "He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething. He loves being read to and so far Dr. Seuss is his favorite, particularly One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Ok, that's my favorite, but he does seem to like it a lot."

Cooper's followers were quick to show their support for the father and son duo.

Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen commented, "❤❤❤❤❤❤" while fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg pointed out that Wyatt looks an awful lot like Cooper's late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

The newscaster announced baby Wyatt's arrival back in April with a heartfelt post, thanking their medical team and surrogate. "As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I'm grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth.

Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him."

Cooper wrote about how he wishes his late parents and brother could meet Wyatt. "I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues."

There's a lot to love in the new photo, between Cooper's proud papa smile, Wyatt's exposed belly, and their matching gazes. Here's to hoping we see more of this news team soon!

Katy Perry shares adorable gift Taylor Swift sent for baby Daisy

Katy Perry recently shared the sweet gift that Taylor Swift sent for her newborn daughter, Daisy Dove (and of course it went viral). "Miss 🌼🕊 adores her hand embroidered blankie from miss @taylorswift 😩😩😩," writes Perry. "Hope it's one she drags around for years till it becomes an unrecognizable shred that she keeps in her pocket as a teenager 🥺♥️"

Swift embroidered a flower and the words "Daisy Bloom" on the blanket.

Perry, 35, and fiancé Orlando Bloom, 43, welcomed daughter Daisy to the world in August. The singer also tagged the location of her post as "Stream Folklore"—a nod to Swift's latest album, which dropped in July.

We love to see women supporting women—and adorable baby gifts!

This Black mom + her white daughter are going viral for the best clapback to ‘Are you the nanny?'

Her video went viral on TikTok and it's one everyone should see.

Jenna Wilder is a Black mom raising a white daughter and as she explains in the video, the constant invasive questions from strangers are upsetting.

The TikTok is one of those "Nope Yep" videos. It shows Wilder and her 6-year-old daughter answering questions set to Lil Skeet's song.

"Are you the nanny?" ("Nope!")

"Are you her mother?" ("Yup!")

"Did your husband cheat on you?" ("Nope!")

"Does she call you Mommy?" (Yup!)

"Is she biologically yours?" ("Nope!")

"Do you love her unconditionally?" ("Yup!")

Wilder made the video because she's tired of the questions and because she wants to help foster a new perception of families. As we've said before at Motherly, families don't have to match, and that's not just okay—it's beautiful. But that's a lesson more people need to learn.

"It's a lot of, 'Oh, are you the nanny?' Wilder tells TODAY Parents. "No one has ever outright asked, 'Did you kidnap that child?' But that's what they're trying to figure out."

It's a racist and uninformed assumption and it needs to stop, not just for Wilder's family but for all families that don't share skin tones or features. Three of Wilder's children are mixed race and her 6-year-old daughter is white. And when she's out with her kids people make comments, asking which kids are hers or if she works in childcare.

"I'm like, 'Nope. These four are mine. I take care of them all day, every day. I worry about them all the time. I'm their mother,'" Wilder said.

Wilder and her husband adopted their now 6-year-old daughter when she was a toddler. "We realized quickly that she hadn't been introduced to a lot of Black people or people of color. I think she was in shock," Wilder tells TODAY Parents. "We've always talked a lot about race in our home because my husband and I are an interracial couple. So, we just started having even more conversations about skin color. We explained how being in a family has nothing to do with skin color."

Thank you, Jenna, for educating TikTok (and now the rest of the internet).

This mom's viral post is about so much more than chicken nuggets 

Back in July, Steph Willson wrote a Facebook post detailing her feelings about her children growing up. This week, that post is spreading across the internet with moms everywhere relating to Steph.

The picture she posted is simple—it's just a couple of plates of chicken nuggets and fries—but the story she tells alongside it is the story of motherhood. It's the story of the "lasts" we have with our children without realizing that this is the last time.

Wilson writes:

"One day you'll realize you are serving them whole chicken nuggets instead of cutting them each into four pieces.

One day instead of a bath they will want to shower, then you'll look back and realize their last night time bath was months ago.

One day you will realize that the last night that they slept in their crib was the day before.

One day you'll realize that their car seat is no longer facing backwards and you don't need that little rearview mirror on the head rest anymore.

One day you will realize that you haven't given them a child proof water bottle in three weeks.

One day you will miss brushing their teeth for them because now they can do it themselves.

One day you will see them take their own seatbelt off and they don't need your help anymore.

You never know when the last day of a precious phase will be, so embrace having to help them a little more, embrace it taking longer to prepare one of their meals, embrace all the effort it takes to get them in and out of the tub because before you know it that phase will be gone and they will be just a little bit bigger in a little bit more independent."

Hundreds of thousands of people have shared Wilson's post. She tells Motherly: "I am beyond humbled that part of my motherhood journey has resonated with so many other women and if the post allowed one mom to feel like they were not alone that made it all worth it for me. Fortunately, it allowed hundreds of thousands of mothers to not feel alone and that in itself is a dream come true for me."

Thank you, Steph.

This surrogate mama is caring for baby months after giving birth due to COVID-19 travel restrictions 

A surrogate who agrees to carry a child for another family is already doing amazing, admirable work. But one Idaho mom has ended up taking on more than she ever could have imagined. With the baby's parents stuck in China due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Emily Chrislip has now been caring for the surrogate child since May.

Chrislip told TODAY Parents that the baby's family knew what a big ask it was. "They were like, 'We understand if it's too much.' They didn't pressure us."

She says after some debate, she and husband ultimately agreed to it—knowing that the alternative would mean sending the baby to live with a nanny full-time. "We knew the right thing to do was to care for her, Chrislip said. "We knew we could give her a loving home."

She told People that they initially expected the situation to last for about four weeks—but now it's been more than four months.

Surrogates work very hard to keep emotional boundaries in place throughout the pregnancy, and Chrislip explains that she's had to be diligent about keeping those boundaries in place even while caring for the baby round the clock for the past few months, including things like pumping instead of breastfeeding. With a child of her own at home, she's also had to make it very clear to her son that the baby won't be with them forever and is not a sibling.

"She's not our child," Chrislip explains. "She belongs with her parents. We want to get her to her parents." Nonetheless—Chrislip says the baby girl is getting all the love and care she needs right now. "We just treat her as our own because at this stage in life it is so important to have the proper attention and love," she explained to People.

Even though Chrislip has found herself in an unimaginable situation, she knows that the baby's parents are dealing with something even harder. "I can't imagine what they are going through," she told TODAY. "They tried to have a child for so many years and now they can't be with her."

She says the two families video chat regularly and the parents send care packages to their little one. And in the meantime, all involved are hoping for a speedy reunion.

These Schitt's Creek costumes are perfect for Halloween 2020 

Beloved Canadian export Schitt's Creek swept the Emmys over the weekend and it might just sweep Halloween, too.

Mom and designer Lauren Mancke is collecting Instagram likes this week after posting a now-viral shot of children dressed up as the cast of the CBC comedy.

"When I thought maybe we shouldn't do #manckemonthofcostumes this year, I just kept thinking, but we just have to do @schittscreek," she captioned the pic. "As Moira would say and with the vigor of a wartime radio operator, the show must go on! Be sure to follow along for DIY costumes every day in October using @primarydotcom clothing."

This idea deserves as many awards as the show received!

A pregnant woman saved her husband from a shark attack in Florida

Pregnant women are superheroes in so many ways and one Georgia mama-to-be is extra heroic.

Atlanta couple Andrew Eddy, 30, and Margot Dukes-Eddy, 29, were on a private boat with family in the Florida Keys when Eddy went snorkeling and was attacked by a shark. His pregnant wife, Dukes-Eddy, reportedly jumped off the boat and hauled her injured husband back on board.

A Monroe County Deputy noted in their report that the pregnant Dukes-Eddy saw the shark fin and the blood from the boat and moved immediately to save her partner.

"Without hesitation, she dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat," the deputy noted. "The family called 911."

Eddy's shoulder was severely injured in the attack, but thanks to the quick thinking of his pregnant wife he will survive to see their baby born.

The HATCH Mama collection is everything your pregnant body needs right now

Their oil is the only thing that stopped my belly from itching as it grew bigger.

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Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of moisturizing. I hate being wet and sticky and after applying product to my body, I have to stand around awkwardly until I'm fully air-dried—a practice that is not compatible with having three kids under the age of 3. However, as someone who has carried three children in her body, I also know how much your belly needs hydration as the baby grows.

This was especially true with my second pregnancy. My belly popped way sooner (a thing that happens with subsequent pregnancies) and on top of that, I was carrying twins, which meant I became super pregnant super fast. My belly was itching constantly from the skin stretching (I checked with my doctor to make sure I didn't have Cholestasis) and there was no scratching in the world that could ease my discomfort. My doula recommended the HATCH Mama belly oil and changed my life. The oil is nourishing—but more important to me, quick-drying—so I could apply it all over my planet-sized twin belly and get dressed immediately after without having my clothes ruined nor stuck to my body. Because of how much I loved the oil, I tested other products, and let me tell you, they're all equally amazing.

Curious about the HATCH Mama collection? All of their products are non-toxic and mama-safe, designed to help pregnant people overcome the challenges unique to pregnancy. As their website claims, "from stretch marks to thinning hair, to sleepless nights, we're helping you tackle every prenatal and postnatal beauty issue head-on so you can continue to feel like the best version of you." I'm here for all of this. For the entire Hatch Beauty collection click here.


Here are my favorite products from HATCH Mama:


Belly oil

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Intensely hydrating + fantastic at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, this will be your favorite through pregnancy + beyond.

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Belly mask

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Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of stretch masks + scars during pregnancy + postpartum, but there is a little non-toxic wink (and that's to you, mama.)

$42

Nipple + lip ointment 

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Calming + soothing, this magic sauce is lanolin-free & made of tropical butters and super fruits. I'm not lying when I say you will not want to stop using this, even way after birth.

$28

Belly tattoos

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A very rock and roll way to honor your bump. And non-toxic + plant-based at that!

$18

This article was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated.

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Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.

Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

All this to say that we get how busy you are—and how hard that might make it to fit in a birth class.

And that's why we created The Motherly Birth Class. The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.


Think you'll want to watch each lesson a few times over? Great!

Due date's next week and you need the option to take a birth class very quickly? No problem!

Like everything at Motherly, we designed this class with you in mind.

Taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Diana Spalding (who also wrote "The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama"), this class is broken into 12 lessons—and you get to control how and when you watch them. We'll teach you about what your (amazing) body is up to in labor, how to decide when it's time to head to the hospital or birth center (or when to call your home birth midwife), what your options are for coping with pain and so much more.

When you sign up for The Motherly Birth Class, you'll get access to a downloadable workbook and meditations. Plus, you'll be invited to join our supportive private online community (where you can chat with the class instructor!)

Oh, one more thing: Your insurance or flexible spending account might even able to able to cover the cost of this class.

Pregnancy is wonderful—but it's a lot. You deserve a birth class that works for you and empowers you to have your best birth. Because vaginal or Cesarean, unmedicated or medication, birth is incredible. And you are the star of it all.

You've got this.

Sign up for The Motherly Birth Class today!

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Take our completely digital birth class from the comfort of your living room. We'll help you have your best birth—because you deserve it.

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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Stepping Stones

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Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$19.95

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$79.99

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

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Extended breastfeeding just happened for me—and I'm in no rush to end it

My son is two and a half and still nursing, and it's what makes sense for us.

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When I became pregnant with my first child, I assumed that I would breastfeed. I also assumed that I would pump and give bottles. I even had all the bottles, a bottle warmer, and a bottle drying rack all ready to go. I made sure I got my pump before the baby came, so I was ready. But then, I actually tried pumping a couple of times and hated it. It was tedious, time-consuming, and not as effective, so nursing was the standard between my two children. It came naturally for me, and I found it the easier of the two options since I stayed home with them anyway. I was always there when they needed it.

I was able to breastfeed my first until she was two and a half, at which point, I was seven months pregnant with her brother. Between the hormones, being touched out, and being uncomfortable, I decided to fully wean her. It had been coming for some time because the clock was ticking on getting her to sleep on her own before the new baby came since we had been co-sleeping up to this point.

I cut night feedings first, moved her to her own bed, and then weaned her completely as I went along in my pregnancy. She still wanted to nurse to sleep, but I had to stop eventually because I was so uncomfortable. My body and brain could not take it anymore, but I'm proud I made it that far with her and that I nursed that far into pregnancy.

When my second child came around, my son, breastfeeding was not only easier, but I found myself here: extended breastfeeding.


He recently passed two and a half, which is where my daughter stopped, and he is still co-sleeping. He still nurses quite a bit, because his tummy hurts because of constipation issues. He still uses it to soothe and help him go back to sleep at night. He's getting too big to stay in our bed much longer, but I'm in no rush to wean him completely until he's ready.

Being able to stay home with them has definitely fostered the breastfeeding relationship. Cuddling is a huge part of it, too, and I'll continue to breastfeed until it makes sense to stop.

While my husband doesn't always agree with that philosophy and tells him that he's a big boy and can be done having milk, it's ultimately not up to him. I told my son that we would work through it together.

It is still an emotional connection thing, and at the same time, it still has benefits for him. He's still getting nutrients especially designed for him. He's still getting supplemental nutrition while he doesn't want to eat as much otherwise if his stomach is hurting.

My body has been doing this for a long time. I'm used to it. While I get touched out some days, I also know how helpful breastfeeding still is to help him settle down and how much he still appreciates it. I don't feel the need to cut him off quickly—both for his sake and mine.

I'm also painfully aware that this is probably my last baby. My breastfeeding journey, over five years in the making, will soon be over. As long as he is still getting the benefits and I'm not stressed over it, I'll let it continue on a limited basis. I know it will end soon—it has to. He will be growing up and entering the next stage before I know it. But until then, I'm going to cuddle my baby boy a bit longer. I'm going to let him nurse at certain times and in certain situations.

I never intended to do extended breastfeeding with either of them, but it just happened naturally. And that's okay. You need to do what makes the most sense and do what your intuition tells you is right for your family.

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Car seat safety isn't a gray area: Why one mom's story is going viral

She texted her husband to remind him to tighten the straps. Minutes later, he was in a car crash.

This story was originally published on August 01, 2018

For most parenting tasks, there's more than one way to get things done. This is important to remember if you're parenting with a partner who has a totally different laundry system than you do or packs the diaper bag in a way that makes no sense to you. It's not the end of the world if the onesies are hung instead of folded or if the bottles are in the wrong pocket. We have to give our partners room to do things their way, too.

But when it comes to buckling our kids in their car seats, there really is only one way—the safe way—and one mama is thankful that she reminded her partner of that just in time.


Rebecca Tafaro Boyer is a new mom and nurse at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. On her first day back at work after maternity leave she asked her husband to send her hourly updates on how her 3-month-old son, William, was doing on his first day without her.

When her husband texted her a photo of William in his car seat, Tafaro Boyer knew she had to let her husband know that there's really only one way to buckle a baby in. "My nagging wife reply was to correct William's position in the car seat—the straps were too loose and the chest clip was way too low. And because I know my husband, I'm sure that he laughed at me and rolled his eyes before tightening the car seat and fixing the chest clip," she wrote in a now viral Facebook post about the experience.

Just 15 minutes after her husband fixed the straps, he and little William were in a collision.

According to Tafaro Boyer, an unlicensed, uninsured driver pulled into oncoming traffic attempting to make an illegal left turn, and although her husband slammed on the brakes at nearly 50 miles an hour, he just didn't have enough time to stop and hit the other car.

"My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat, THAT HE DIDN'T EVEN WAKE UP. Even with the impact of the two cars, William only received a minor jolt - so insignificant that he was able to continue on with his nap," Tafaro Boyer wrote.

Her husband was injured, but baby William was snug in his Britax B Safe 35 car seat. Had the straps been left as they were, it could have been a different story.

"I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely," she Tafaro Boyer explained. "I truly believe that the reason my family is at home sitting on the couch with a pair of crutches instead of down at the hospital is because of my annoying nagging mom voice."

Fellow moms are all up in the comments of Tafaro Boyer's post tagging thier partners and leaving notes like, "This is why I nag."

It's not nagging if it's a safety issue.

Sometimes our partners (or our child's grandparents or babysitters) just don't know that something isn't safe. We've got to tell them when they're doing something we know could hurt our child. That's a text worth sending. The ones about the way your significant other folds the laundry wrong, those are the texts you might want to keep to yourself.

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