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Mom is Crushed When She Hears The Sound Of A Baby’s Heartbeat, But We Understand Why.

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“Mothers, your souls deserve more. I had an appointment today with my OB/GYN. (Nope, not pregnant- I’m well beyond child bearing years.) With me in the waiting room sat a couple- clearly eager first time parents- flipping through pregnancy magazines and looking anxious and excited. When I got to my exam room, I realized they were in the room right next to mine, as I could hear their muffled voices and nervous laughter. And then I heard the most magical sound in the world.

Thump thump. Thump thump. Thump thump. Thump thump. It was the loud and unmistakable sound of their baby’s heartbeat coming through on the fetal doppler. As I listened, I took a deep breath filled with gratitude that I was once lucky enough to hear that sound from my own womb, then I smiled- remembering how 20 years ago I first heard the sound of that sweet beat, and how it filled my soul like nothing else had before. It filled my soul with instant and immeasurable joy.

And then in a split second my smile faded, replaced with a frown and thoughts of all the soul crushing things that modern mothering has in store for that first time mom in the room next to mine. That how raising a child these days- days full of sanctimonious social media and ever vigilant mom shaming-of being under the scrutinizing and suffocating microscope of anyone and everyone- is going to crush her spirit and her soul. Crush it.

That joyful sound will soon be a distant memory, replaced with this…
Gained more than 25 pounds during your pregnancy? You’ll never lose it fatty.
Had a labor full of complications or a c-section? Your body failed you, and your baby.
Formula fed? Baby will have low I.Q. and be sick all the time.
Breastfed for only six weeks? Quitter.
Nursed into toddlerhood? Freak.

Back to work? Neglectful.
Staying home? No ambition.
Boxed mac and cheese? Poison giver.
Homemade mac and cheese? Obnoxious overachiever.
TV watcher? Tablet user? Ignorant. Both you and your preschooler.
Private school? Elitist.
Homeschooler? Religious nut, unsocialized kids.
Public school? Oh, I get it. You’re average.
Raising a Christian? Family of bigots.
Kid playing outside alone? I’m calling the police.
Kid never allowed to leave the house? I’m calling child protective services.
No sports? Your kid will never be able to compete in life.

Traveling sports teams? Waste of money.
Piano? Dance? Cheer? Scouts? Brownies? Your kids are overscheduled neurotics.
Do your kids laundry, make their breakfast, and pack their lunches? You’re raising incompetent future adults.
Don’t do anything for your kids? Selfish.
Low standardized test scores? Your kid has no future.

High standardized test scores? Your kids will arrive at college depressed and burnt out.
Zero extracurriculars? Yea, good luck with college applications.
15 AP courses, president of everything, headed to Ivy League? Give me a freakin’ break.
Regular classes, 3.0 GPA, state school? Your kid is totally screwed.
Community college? Why bother.

And just like that, SOUL. SUCKED.
Thump thump. Thump thump. Thump thump. Thump thump.

Hey first time mom in the next room, mom who just had a baby, mom who has a house full of diaper clad toddlers, mom who will have a first time kindergartener in a few weeks, mom with school aged kids, and the mom who is getting ready to embrace the final years of high school or send a kid off to college- please remember one thing for me.

Remember that sound of your baby’s heartbeat. Then remember it’s YOUR baby’s heartbeat, not society’s baby, or social media’s baby, or some parenting study’s baby. Remember it’s YOUR baby, toddler, child, young adult, and college student. YOURS. Don’t let the motherhood soul suckers of the world take away one second of your joy of mothering. Not one single second.

You are the mom. Period. You made that damn heartbeat (or had the privilege of adopting it), so you get to raise it, the way YOU want to raise it. Nobody else. It’s time to get your mothering joy back, deep in your souls. Start now.Share this and let’s all get our joy back. One thump at a time.”

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Young Girls Who Met In Hospital Reunite For “Survivors” Photo-shoot

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Young Girls Who Met In Hospital Reunite For “Survivors” Photo-shoot

Two years after beating cancer, four young girls reunited for a celebratory photoshoot, and the pictures are all sorts of incredible. McKinley, Chloe, Ava, and Lauren, were all diagnosed with cancer and were treated at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The little girls all had different types of cancer, but they all met when being treated in the same ward. The four instantly became very close friends and spent as much time with each other as they could while going through treatments.

Lauren’s mom, Shawna Glynn, said, “She’s three years old and doesn’t have any hair, but all her friends in the hospital look the same way. So it kind of gave her some normality.”

“It was just always a breath of fresh air to see a familiar face, and to know that she wasn’t alone in there.” Another mom added.

The girls’ close relationship also helped their parents cope a little better, dealing with such a trying period in not just their kids’ lives, but theirs as well.

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“From the standpoint of a mom, too, having other moms to relate to has been phenomenal. Just to have other people going through it at the same time as us.” Karen Moore, McKinley’s mom said.

“It gives me chills, it makes me want to cry. I mean, I love these kids as if they were my own, for sure. They’re awesome.” Paige Ward, a nurse at Johns Hopkins who took care of all the girls explained.

They may be just little girls, but the hurdles they have been able to overcome at such tender ages are incredibly amazing. What’s even more special about their story, is the beautiful friendship they have all been able to build while fighting such tough battles.

The girls have all beaten cancer, with Lauren finishing her treatment not too long ago and set to start kindergarten soon. The girls are also happy that they now have their long hair back as well and are planning to have their reunions every year.

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Childhood Friends Who Met One Day After Being Born Get Married 30 Years Later

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Childhood Friends Who Met One Day After Being Born Get Married 30 Years Later

Jemma and Daniel Langley were born just a day apart in the same hospital and met for the first time just a day after being born, now the two are newly-wed and expecting a child of their own. Their amazing love story is unlike many you’ve heard of.

After growing up as childhood friends, a decade after their first meeting, the two lost touch only to reconnect 20 years later. Speaking to MailOnline, Jemma explained, “It began when Daniel’s mother Janine and my mother Keryn both went into labor and were placed in beds right next to each other at the William Angliss Hospital, in Upper Ferntree Gully, Australia, in April 1989.

Jemma and Daniel Langley were born just a day apart in the same hospital and met for the first time just a day after being born

Jemma and Daniel Langley were born just a day apart in the same hospital and met for the first time just a day after being born

Not long after, on April 14, my mother was taken away to the birthing room to give birth to me. After I was born the midwife took me in to meet Janine, so apart from my parents, doctor and midwives she was one of the first people I met.”

After delivering their newborns, Janine and Keryn were brought back together and their babies finally met each other, not knowing that would only be the start of an amazing bond between them until they got separated 10 years later.

They kept in touch and caught up quite a bit until they were about nine or ten, when they lost touch.

They kept in touch and caught up quite a bit until they were about nine or ten, when they lost touch.

“With my parents living in Emerald and Daniel’s living in Monbulk, they kept in touch and caught up quite a bit until we were about nine or ten, when they lost touch.” Jemma said.

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Incredibly enough, 24 years later, while randomly scrolling through Instagram account, Jemma came across a hairdressing page which surprisingly belonged to Daniel’s sister Rhiannon. She said, “I started following her (Rhiannon) and not long after decided to track Daniel down on Facebook. We started chatting for a while over Messenger.

I booked an appointment with Rhiannon to have my hair colored. Rhiannon’s salon is set up at Janine’s house which is also where both her and Daniel were living. So when I was in the middle of my appointment, Daniel turned up and popped in to say hello. He went in for a kiss on the cheek, but ended up with hair dye on his hat. We both laughed but I think he was a little upset.”

“From then we couldn’t get enough of seeing each other. On Mother’s Day in 2014 we officially became a couple. New Year’s Eve in 2016 my friend and I decided to surprise our partners with a cute picnic dinner at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

Little did I know Daniel had a surprise of his own and proposed to me. I was so shocked… I said yes and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.” Jemma added.

Now, 30 years after their first meeting, the couple are married and have a baby of their own on the way.

Now, 30 years after their first meeting, the couple are married and have a baby of their own on the way.

Now, 30 years after their first meeting, the couple are married and have a baby of their own on the way. How incredible is their love story!

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Boy With Down’s Syndrome Helps Take Care Of His 3 Disabled Brothers

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After he was adopted by American parents, Jeremy and Nicole, Simon Clark moved from his home country of Bulgaria to stay with his new family. Within a short period of time, Simon was already helping out with the house chores and helping with taking care of his brothers Alex, David and Jon who are disabled.

Simon who is only 4 years helps feed and dress his brothers and even tucks them into bed. His brother, Alex, has Down Syndrome while his other brothers, David and Jon have cerebral palsy. Aside from the fact that Simon is very young, it is even more amazing to know that he does all that while he has Down’s syndrome himself.

Within a short period of time, Simon was already helping out with the house chores and helping with taking care of his brothers Alex and David who are disabled.

Within a short period of time, Simon was already helping out with the house chores and helping with taking care of his brothers Alex and David who are disabled.

His parents say when Simon is not helping his brothers, he likes to play in the garden and also enjoys football.

Jeremy said, “He’s enjoyed the company of his brothers quite a bit, he jumped right in and started playing and taking care of his brothers. Since Simon has joined us, the days have become longer, they start a bit earlier and end a bit later and there’s more time to be a good parent. Simon loves to be with people.”

Simon who is only 4 years helps feed and dress his brothers and even tucks them into bed.

Simon who is only 4 years helps feed and dress his brothers and even tucks them into bed.

“While he can speak Bulgarian, he still can’t speak English, but out of our four children he is the most verbal, so he’ll say ‘mum’ and ‘dad’. He’s still learning but we’re confident that he’ll become verbal, while his brothers not so much.” He added.

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“Raising four kids with special needs requires a lot of work and there are many things you have to do. The key is finding joy throughout each of those activities. Taking care of these children can be a great experience. They are always excited and full of joy. They get really happy over simple things that other kids could sometimes take for granted.”

Aside from the fact that Simon is very young, it is even more amazing to know that he does all that while he has Down's syndrome himself.

Aside from the fact that Simon is very young, it is even more amazing to know that he does all that while he has Down’s syndrome himself.

Simon’s mom, Nicole, was a nurse for 10 years before she decided to become a stay-at-home so she could better look after her kids. She is now able to pay attention to all their daily needs and is happy watching Simon help out.

His parents say when Simon is not helping his brothers, he likes to play in the garden and also enjoys football.

His parents say when Simon is not helping his brothers, he likes to play in the garden and also enjoys football.

Simon is the fourth Bulgarian child the couple has adopted and they say it’s a truly fulfilling experience to give these children a good start in life. They’re hoping that Simon, who was originally named Zadock, will help his brothers progress.

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