Proud dad-to-be Matt Ostergaard wanted a grand gesture to not only “light up the sky” with his baby’s gender reveal for friends and family, but also to lift his fiancee’s spirits. “Initially I was trying to do the Empire State Building and they emailed me back saying they didn’t do private events,” Ostergaard of East Windsor, New Jersey, told ABC News. “It put her in a real funk, but I was telling her it’s a happy time and we still have one blessing there,” said Ostergaard, 36.
Critics took aim at Nikki Reed's husband Ian Somerhalder this week after the actor admitted in an interview to throwing out the actress' birth control pills. Somerhalder, 38, recounted the ordeal, which took place when the couple was vacationing in Barcelona last year. "Unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn't realize I was going to go into her purse" to grab her birth control pills, he said Wednesday on the "Informed Pregnancy" podcast.
Garner, 25, was caught in the action in an Aug. 25 video that quickly went viral on Facebook when it was shared earlier this week. In fact, more than 79,000 people watched the proud dad wash his baby girl's hair while dancing around in their kitchen. "I've always wanted Jayde to be comfortable with me -- whether that's washing her hair or getting her dressed," Garner explained.
An 8-year-old girl whose passion for bugs led to bullying at school is now a published author in a scientific journal. Sophia, of Sarnia, Ontario, gained the attention of entomologists around the world last year when her mom sent an email to the Entomological Society of Canada asking for a role model for her daughter. "She told me she didn’t want to do it anymore," said Sophia's mom, Nicole Spencer, adding that Sophia would come home from school in tears after being teased.
One military dad made quite the entrance at his son’s high school football game in Milford, Connecticut, surprising him at the 50-yard line dressed as a referee. “I was nervous,” Master Sgt. Joe Egersheim, who was deployed for a year, told ABC News of the heartwarming moment he surprised his son, Cole Egersheim, a senior at Jonathan Law High School. “We got down to the field and then the referee said, ‘We have an honorary referee,’ and I didn't even think about it until he said, ‘Joe,’ and then he started laughing,” Cole Egersheim, 17, recalled.
First daughter Ivanka Trump has revealed that she struggled with postpartum depression after giving birth to each of her three children in a new interview. "I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent, or as an entrepreneur, or as an executive," Trump said. When asked why she decided to speak out now, Trump said that she had not been planning to, but believes "it's incredibly important," and added that postpartum depression affects new parents indiscriminately.
A pregnant doctor unexpectedly went into early labor while delivering another woman's child. Hours later on July 28, Emily Jacobs, a 28-year-old OB-GYN resident at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, welcomed a baby boy, Jett Jacobs. "I noticed what I thought was amniotic fluid of the patient as the baby was delivering," Jacobs told ABC News.
A Texas couple who claim their health was improved by following the paleo diet -- eating the same foods as our ancestors -- have created a line of paleo-inspired baby foods. Joe Carr, 36, and Serenity Heegel, 40, started their company, Serenity Kids, last year after they talked about having a child themselves and saw that most baby foods were made using fruit and were higher in sugar than they expected. Heegel, who lives with Carr in Austin, quit her corporate job to become a health coach after she says the paleo diet greatly improved her health.
While some women credit using at-home fertility testing kits with helping them start their families, one expert says the popular kits should not be viewed as replacements for seeing a doctor when struggling to conceive. "I was 23 when I started to try having a baby," Melissa Holmes, 30, a blogger and stay-at-home mom from Utah told ABC News. The nonprofit group Resolve: The National Infertility Association estimates that one in eight couples in America struggle to get pregnant.
It has a rock wall, a slide and a loft. Boyd said his daughters, Avery, 5, and Violet, 2, love the purple wall color. The playhouse is about 24 feet tall at its peak and took Boyd “quite a while” to complete, working on it mostly on weekends and during his free time.
In a happy coincidence, a pair of identical twins have given birth just 20 hours apart in the same hospital. Becky Pistone and her sister, Rachael McGeoch, welcomed their children in adjoining rooms at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It's awesome and they are so [cute] together," Pistone, 34 of Cape Cod, told ABC News.
Gabriella Coane is less than a month old but has already earned the nickname “Storm” from family and friends after having her life affected by two of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the U.S., Harvey and Irma. Gabriella was born in Houston on Aug. 20. Just a few days later, the newborn was at home with her parents, Bruce and Jessica Coane, when Harvey struck, bringing historic levels of rain and wind to Houston and parts of southeastern Texas.
Azarah Chea is getting lots of attention on Instagram for helping her dad, Bryan Chea, take clothes out of the washer and place them into the dryer. In a caption, Ashley Chea explained why she didn't stop her baby girl from lending a helping hand. Everyone helps in our home," Ashley Chea wrote.
A woman's hilarious rant about her husband's fantasy football league has moms everywhere in stitches. Carey Reilly, a comedian, blogger and talk show host of “The Daily Glow” at Little Things on Facebook Live posted the video to her page last week. In the video, she talks about what her fantasy team would look like.
Watkins and her boyfriend, David Knight, welcomed Destiny Janine Knight around 5:30 a.m. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. For the first time since the harrowing experience, Watkins and Knight finally met the 911 dispatcher who coached them through the delivery process over the phone.
A mom who wanted to help storm victims did so in a very personal way: by sending babies her breast milk after Hurricane Harvey. Danielle Palmer of Owensville, Missouri, had an excess because of her son’s medical condition that prevented him from consuming her milk. "All the milk I was pumping was going into the freezer.
One mother of three is giving other moms some comfort by admitting she's not perfect -- just like them. Nicole Walters, of Ellicott City, Maryland, calls herself a "functional hot mess" mom in a video that's gone viral on Facebook with more than 279,000 views by Saturday. Walters, 32, told ABC News she created the video Thursday while hiding out from other moms at the bus stop on her 6-year-old's second day of kindergarten.
Two creative parents came up with a novel way to tell their son the importance of brushing his teeth. Henry Warren said he and his wife of nearly 10 years Emma encourage their two oldest children -- 8-year-old Sam and 5-year-old Alexa-Mae -- to practice good dental hygiene.
A nurse’s inspirational note left by a scale at a medical clinic has given body pride to a new mom. “I wanted to cry before I got on the scale because I know I’m not at the point that I wanted to be,” Herrera of Leaburg, Oregon, told ABC News. When Herrera got on the scale at a Eugene, Oregon, a bright pink note caught her eye.
One Tennessee father has very simple rules for boys attempting to date his five daughters -- and they're going viral for how empowering they are to the little ladies he's raising."You'll have to ask them what their rules are," J. Warren Welch wrote on Facebook Sunday. "I'm not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive bada-- in order for them to be treated with respect."Welch, 39, continued: "You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place. ...
Singer Alanis Morissette revealed she is currently suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child. It had me question everything," Morissette recently told People magazine. Morissette, 43, said the crippling effects of the disorder kicked in the moment after she gave birth to her daughter Onyx Solace, now 14 months old.
A beautiful moment emerged from the disastrous storm Harvey as one woman was reunited with her sentimental family photo album. “I’m very excited to have it back,” Margaret Cheiner of Houston told ABC News of the incredible find. A complete stranger, Lauren Thompson Miller, found the album filled with baby and wedding photos in floodwaters near Buffalo Bayou, and thanks to social media, was able to track down the overjoyed owner.
Mariely Martinez, 34, and her wife, Carla Melendez, 32, gave birth to children one month apart, thanks to their friends Juny Roman, 33, and Alex Torres, 30, who are also married. At first, Melendez said, she and Martinez were researching ways to find donors online. "We wanted to have the dads to be part of the babies' lives," Melendez told ABC News.
When Alexis Brown of Austin, Texas, started sewing this spring, she had no idea her hobby would turn into a booming business. “I was like, ‘wow, these would make some cute pants.’ I put it on the bed next to my daughter, and she was so amazed by it, and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to make us some matching outfits.
A girl in Texas had a heartfelt reminder for her police officer father who was headed to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. "Dear Daddy," Makenna Holt's letter began, "I hope you don't get hurt, but I hope you help other people that need it more than you do. Scott Holt, who's been an officer for 22 years, told ABC News he saw his daughter's note Monday morning in their kitchen as he was headed to work.