One mother postponed the pursuit of her ultimate dream of attending law school. Instead, Jerita Hall raised her children. "That was my dream in high school, but I grew up in an area where there was not a lot of professional women that I knew," Hall, 64, recalled to ABC News.
When Robert Selby became a first-time dad in October 2013 he told ABC News he wasn't prepared when they diagnosed his son Chase with Tetralogy of Fallot, or a congenital heart defect, the same day he was set to go home. Tetralogy of Fallot is a very rare heart defect, affecting 5 out of every 10,000 babies, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's also the same defect late night host Jimmy Kimmel's son was diagnosed with earlier this month.
Cassie Clayshulte, the official newborn photographer for Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, said she knew there would be a surge of pregnancies after the storm. “When he is born, I feel he will fill a hole in our lives we didn't even know was missing.
A couple who tried nearly two decades to conceive has welcomed a set of sextuplets in Richmond, Virginia. Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo tried for 17 years to have children. “I was excited,” said dad Adeboye Taiwo.
Complete with an elaborate character cake, Evan Kowalski's fourth birthday party theme was all about "Mrs. Doubtfire," the 1993 comedy where a dad disguises himself as a British nanny. "He thinks it's super funny how this person goes from being a dad to a nanny and then a nanny to a dad," mom Laura Kowalski of Wyandotte, Michigan, told ABC News. "When I had asked him, 'Evan your birthday is coming, what kind of party do you want?' I made some suggestions and he threw back at me, 'Mrs. Doubtfire' as if he had been thinking about it.
A single father quit his job to operate a Minecraft server specifically for children and adults with autism to play the popular multiplayer game with each other, and ended up creating an online community and safe haven on the internet for people with autism and their families. Stuart Duncan, 40, of Timmins, Ontario, told ABC News that he started the server, called Autcraft, in 2013, because he loved playing Minecraft with his children. "My oldest son has autism, my youngest son does not, but all three of us love Minecraft," Duncan told ABC News, adding that he also saw so many parents of children with autism reaching out online to try and find other people their children could play Minecraft with.
By the time Al and Christine’s son Josh was 14 years old, he was so consumed with playing video games that he stopped going to school. Josh would stay up late to play well into the night and sleep in late the next day. The turning point was when Josh built himself a gaming computer and installed it in his room, Christine added.
A set of quadruplets will stick close together and close to home as they all attend the same college this fall. Siblings Michael, Vincent, Sofia and Anna Ciacciarella have decided to continue their education together at Quinnipiac University. The 18-year-old quadruplets from Naugatuck, Connecticut, are extremely close, the family said, but all have different intended fields of study.
Autumn, a mother of two from Texas, had just caught her 8-year-old son Jackson red-handed. “Sneaking what?” Autumn asked. Autumn said her kids are desperate to play on their electronic devices every free moment.
The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is giving moms-to-be free, wearable buttons to encourage train and subway riders to offer up their seats to those expecting. "A little courtesy goes a long way," Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and MTA board member, said in a May 14 press release. Back in March, Yvonne Lin of Washington Heights, New York, made headlines after she awarded a custom trophy to the first man who offered her a seat on the subway when she was expecting.
Matthew Dittrich celebrated his first birthday with a Philly-themed food smash. “I’ve never really been much of a traditionalist. Everyone does a cake smash,” his mom, Lauren Dittrich, told ABC News of wanting to get more creative by honoring their beloved Philadelphia.
Lily Whittaker's First Communion dress may have been the typical white color, but it was far from average . The dress was made by Lily's grandmother, Suzanne Kelley, from the wedding gown that Lily’s mother, Quinn Whittaker, wore nearly 10 years ago. Whittaker, of Lima, Ohio, said she started to panic a few weeks before Lily’s May 7th First Communion when she realized she did not yet have a dress for her daughter, or much time to shop.
A family of three in Georgia became a family of 10 when they adopted seven siblings who spent nearly their entire lives in foster care. Josh and Jessaka Clark, of Rincon, are now not just the parents of their 3-year-old son, Noah, but also Maria, 14, Elizabet, 11, Guillermo, 10, Jason, 8, Kristina, 7, Katerin, 7, and James, 5. “It was full of emotion,” Jessaka Clark, 25, told ABC News of Tuesday’s adoption ceremony.
An Australian senator made history Tuesday by becoming the first woman to breast-feed in the country's Parliament. Larissa Waters, a member of the Australian Greens party, breast-fed her newborn daughter, Alia, while seated at her desk on the Senate floor. "We need more women and parents in Parliament," Waters wrote on Facebook, adding that she was "so proud" to make history.
MacDowell, 72, and her husband, Ted MacDowell, 77, have fostered more than 630 children since 1978, she said. The MacDowells later decided to become foster parents through Shasta County in Redding. MacDowell said fostering kids was something she had wanted to do since she was a child.
“The secret’s in the sauce” certainly seems to ring true for one Charlotte, North Carolina, pizzeria. Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar has recently gone viral for its Buffalo wing pizza, which is rumored to induce labor, and expectant moms are flooding in to get a slice. The owners — Michael Adams, John Adams and Carlo Martinez — told ABC News it has been a roller coaster for them the past few weeks, adding that there are “pregnant women galore” heading to the restaurant.
A 1-year-old in San Antonio, Texas can speak in nearly perfect sentences, and the internet has fallen in love. The proud mother, Kerry Robinson, captured her daughter Jayde speaking very well — for a child her age — while brushing her mother's hair in a now viral Facebook video. Robinson, 25, told ABC News it all started when she tried to get Jayde to "be still and stop running around," so she handed her a brush and initiated a conversation.
Christina Harms, 31, a labor and delivery nurse in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is celebrating National Nurses Week this week, as are her mother and her grandmother. The three generations of women have all followed the same career path, working as labor and delivery and postpartum nurses, at the same Michigan hospital system for a combined nearly 83 years. Harms, a mother of two, began working for Spectrum Health in 2012 after deciding to give up a career in music to follow the career paths of her mom, Sue Hoekstra, and grandmother, Mary Lou Wilkins.
Family is more than just blood, and the Sanders family is living proof. Christina and Christopher Sanders of Ohio received their first foster placement -- of four brothers -- in 2014, and it changed their lives forever. "This whole experience has been so rewarding for us because taking care of the kids and caring for the kids through these past couple years, we got so close to them and developed such tremendous love for these children," Christopher Sanders told ABC News.
Hall won temporary “emergency custody” of the two children, Emma, 11, and Cody, 9, after Maryland police launched an investigation last week into videos posted by their father, Mike Martin, and their stepmother, Heather Martin. "He [Mike] is abusing my kids, hurting my kids and making them feel bad about themselves," Hall said, referring to the YouTube videos. "He’s bullying the other kids to hurt my two kids."I’m glad I wasn’t in the same room as Mike and Heather at the time they did that to my children," she added.
The parents who rose to YouTube stardom by posting videos of themselves playing pranks on their children — which garnered widespread backlash and allegations of child abuse — have temporarily lost custody of two of their children, the Frederick County Maryland Sheriff's Office confirmed for ABC News. Michael and Heather Martin's videos, posted on their YouTube channels DaddyOFive and MommyOFive, caused a firestorm after some critics said the pranks they pulled on their young children in order to get views went too far.Two of the children are Heather Martin's stepchildren, and today Rose Hall, their biological mother, posted a video on YouTube saying that she had "emergency custody" of Emma, 11, and Cody, 9.
Danielle Grant and Kim Abraham of Toms River, New Jersey, both had baby boys on April 28 at Ocean Medical Center in Brick. “Our delivery room and our hospital rooms were right next to each which was really nice,” Grant told ABC News of the rare occurrence. “Toward the end of our pregnancies we were going to the doctor at the same time,” Abraham said of their shared physicians, both of Brielle Obstetrics & Gynecology.
A Texas teacher is gaining social media attention after a photo was captured of her finishing lesson plans while in labor. Jennifer Pope of Burleson, Texas, was completing the paperwork on April 23 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, for the person who'll be subbing for her during maternity leave. The image was photographed by Andrea McDonald, owner of Rooted in Love Photography and shared on Facebook, where it received 21,000 like and hundreds of comments from strangers praising Pope for her dedication as an educator.
Little Gracee Nelson, 5, was truly the “Belle” of the ball at her father-daughter dance, despite at first being heartbroken that her dad wouldn’t be able to attend. “We found out about the dance the very beginning of April,” Gracee’s mom, Lanya Nelson, of El Paso, Texas, told ABC News.
One Canadian mom said she was "amazed" when a flight attendant stepped in to soothe her crying baby midflight. Whitney Poyntz, who was flying home to Calgary, Canada, from Palm Springs, California, on April 19, thanked WestJet flight attendant Ashley Drysdale in a now viral Facebook post. Poyntz, 28, said her 4-month-old daughter, Kennedi, was, thankfully, asleep when she boarded the flight.