Other than the obligatory trip to Disney, a tour of the White House is on most families’ dream vacation list. But unlike a visit to the Mouse’s house, seeing this iconic home up close and personal requires more than deep pockets. Before you can even enter 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, your invitation must be cleared and submitted by one of your Congressional reps. In other words, like most things in government, you’ll have to jump through some hoops — and that’s without stepping foot in the inner sanctum of the Oval Office and meeting the Commander-in-Chief.
As delightful as these photos are, what stuck with me was how perfectly they captured what it is to be (and raise) a child. After all, the only thing predictable about children is their unpredictability. That holds true at home, on a play date or — as these kids show — even in the Oval Office.
Tell us: Has your baby inadvertently put you in an embarrassing social situation? How did you respond?
New dad Al Ferguson did what so many of us do when we have a baby — he and his son, Ted, posed for professional pictures. The shoot started out innocently enough. Al held a sleeping Ted tenderly in his arms while looking at the camera with a hint of a sweet smile.
But then suddenly, Ted woke up. Well, at least his bowels did. “It happened within a second,” Ferguson told Today.com. (He also wrote about the incident on his blog, The Dad Network.) “As I felt his stomach tense, in the back of your head you know he’s about to go poo, and then before you know it … he’s doing it.” By “doing it,” Ferguson means his son unleashed a steady stream of loose poop over the crook of Dad’s arm and onto the carpet below — all with a self-satisfied smile on his face.
Thankfully, photographer Kirsty Grant was there to capture the still-snoozing newborn‘s “deposit.” In fact, Ferguson said she picked up a diaper to “stem the flow. And she still got the shot.” (Well done, Kirsty!) Anne Geddes this photo is not, which is probably why everyone is going bananas over it. After all, most of us parents can relate way more to being covered in baby poop than we can to a baby dressed as a flower sitting in a garden pail.
But don’t take my word for it — check out the hysterical before and after shots below:
Tell us: Did you have a professional photograph your baby? How did your child do during the shoot?
Jay Z may have 99 problems, but finding his baby twin ain’t one.
Word of the rap mogul’s pint-sized doppelganger quickly spread after a Reddit user posted a photo of him with the caption, “My friend’s son looks like Jay Z.” Um, you think? This kid has Hova’s full lips, almond-shaped eyes, and even the half-scowl down pat. Just saying, he can give this other Jay Z lookalike from 1939 a run for his money.
Of course, baby-celeb lookalikes are nothing new. Last year, Mommy Shorts rounded up 30 such twins, and though some were kind of a stretch, a few nailed it. (See: John Goodman and the Cabbage Patch Kid.) Still, I have yet to see one that’s as spot on as the Reddit baby, have you?
When mom-to-be Emily McClearen stopped feeling her baby’s fluttering kicks in her belly, she feared the worst and rushed immediately to the hospital. There, doctors delivered the tragic news: the umbilical cord had wrapped around the baby’s neck and she had died. Emily would have to deliver the stillborn full-term baby via an emergency C-section.
But instead of closing ranks and mourning the loss privately, as so many of us would do, Emily and her husband, Richard Staley, had a professional photographer on hand to record their final nine hours with daughter Monroe, according to multiple reports. Among the precious moments captured were the baby’s official weigh-in and the first time Emily first held her. ”I wanted our family to have some way to show how beautiful our daughter was,” the mom explained to Yahoo! Health.
The couple then went one step further and allowed the photographer, Lindsey Natzic-Villatoro, of Love Song Events and Photography, to share the intimate pictures on her Facebook page. Like any mother, Emily said she “was proud of her [daughter], and I wanted to show her off and make sure her memory lives on.” She also wanted to help other parents who are dealing with a similar loss by showing them that they don’t have to mourn in silence.
Here are some of the photos taken that day. Warning: Have your tissues ready.
Though some question why Emily and Richard had these moments photographed then allowed them be shared with everyone, many more have expressed support for the family — through encouraging comments on Facebook and donations to cover baby Morgan’s memorial service expenses. (As of press time, the family received $19,015 — well above the $8,500 goal they had set.) Personally, as painful as it was to look at these pictures, I am proud of Emily and Richard for allowing themselves to mourn the way they needed to and for being brave enough to share these intimate photos with the world — and maybe even help some other grieving parents find a little peace.
Because it’s Monday and you’re staring down a full week of work. Because the baby woke up five times last night (again). Because you ran errands yesterday not realizing you had day-old spit-up on your shoulder and mystery gunk under your nails. For all these reasons and more, mama, I present to you 10-week-old Eisleigh and her puppy, Clyde.
An insanely cute video of this dynamic duo snuggling together is currently burning up the Internet, having been picked up by everyone from the Daily Mail to the New York Daily News. In the short clip, taken by North Carolina mom Brandi Hodges, the black-and-white pit bull pup climbs next to his BFF in her bouncy seat, finds a just-right spot to lay down, then burrows sweetly into the side of her face. (Judging by Eisleigh’s content smile and Hodge’s Instagram account, this clearly isn’t the first time baby and dog have cuddled.) Want to see the adorableness for yourself? Check out the full video below.