When Claudia Sorhaindo shared a picture of her niece's DIY baby carrier, which she "created" while babysitting for the Florida mom's infant daughter, she had no idea it would go viral. But one look at the image, and you will know why so many people love 15-year-old J'Ann's too-cute solution for keeping her 2-month-old cousin close, even though she needed to use her hands! Once you hear the sweet story behind the image, you will be deeply touched as well.
Sorhaindo's younger sister took the photo of J'Ann with baby Ava stuffed into her shorts, and sent it to the little girl's mom, who promptly shared it on Facebook to make her friends laugh. "So I had to run out the house for a quick min, so I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava. A few min later I received a text saying that J'Ann wanted to make a sandwich but didn't want to let baby Ava out of her sight," Sorhaindo wrote as a caption, adding, "Lord send help this was her solution," and calling her DIY-baby-wearing apparatus, "creativity at its finest."
In addition to the LOL factor, there's an important reason J'Ann wanted to use her shorts to keep Ava close. According to Today.com, in 2011, Sorhaindo's 3-month-old daughter, Jenelle, passed away after a medication mix-up at a St. Croix hospital. "J'Ann knows how protective I am with Ava," Sorhaindo told Today. "Some might say I'm a little paranoid. I'm always checking to see if she's breathing, so J'Ann showed me she is making sure she is keeping her eyes on Ava."
The understandably-protective mama credits her family, whom she moved from St. Croix to Florida to be closer to, for helping her cope with her daughter's death. I'm guessing laughter is a big part of Sorhaindo's healing process. And we're so glad she shared this hilarious photo with the world. Because it's definitely giving us something to smile about today, as well as reminding us to keep our darling kiddos just a little closer.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.