Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith will spend his first Christmas away from his 3-year-old daughter this year, but he was not forgotten from his family’s Christmas card. Smith, a nearly 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was Photoshopped into a card with his wife, Andrea Smith, and their daughter, Charlotte. The photo shows Andrew Smith in his military uniform stepping in to help as Charlotte stands atop toys in a Target grocery cart and Andrea Smith sits on the floor drinking a Starbucks.
A breast cancer survivor organized a breast milk donation drive that has so far netted more than 4,000 ounces of breast milk for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks after giving birth. Ashli Brehm, of Omaha, Nebraska, put out a call to her Facebook followers last month for women who wanted to donate breast milk. Within one week, Brehm had collected 4,500 ounces of breast milk.
Navigating the endless options available in the stroller market can be overwhelming for many new parents, so "Good Morning America" teamed up with product review site Wirecutter to find out its top picks for transporting little ones everywhere you go. Wirecutter tried out 59 full-size strollers to help parents narrow down the best stroller options available and published its full list of top picks on its website today. "It's important for us to figure out what's the most important things for parents, and find the best one," Wirecutter editor Winnie Yang told ABC News of the methodology.
A 9-year-old boy's self-narrated video about life with autism has now gone viral on the internet. "I have fun dancing, I have fun making music, I love to draw and make art and, wait for it ... I have this thing called autism," he explains in the video, first posted last week. Throughout the video, George expresses the different ways in which autism impacts him the most, edited with a mix of home videos and pictures.
When young brothers Mason and Mylan Brazel visited their father’s grave to see his headstone for the very first time at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 20, they curled up to take a nap with him. Mylan said he felt like he could feel his daddy, and he wanted to take a nap with him,” the boys’ mom, Kait Brazel of Colorado Springs, told ABC News. “He is laying there taking a nap with his dad and Mason is beside him praying," she added.
"It was a beautiful thing to watch," Dr. Giuliano Testa, the surgical chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, told ABC News. "This little boy will stay with us for our entire life," Johannesson said. The baby was born last month to a mother who had been born without a uterus, and received a transplant at Baylor University Medical Center, last September as part of an ongoing study.
A father of four, who died in 2013 from pancreatic cancer, thought ahead when it came to his youngest daughter. Bailey Sellers wrote in a now-viral post on Twitter that her father, Michael, had been sending her flowers every year on her birthday since she was 17, and promised to send them every year until she turned 21. A heartwarming note included with the flowers read in part, "Bailey, This is my last love letter to you until we meet again.
Yogi Carly Gray wanted to capture her headstand practice, but her cheeky toddler had a different idea. In a video posted to Facebook that has since gone viral, Jude Gray, 2, can be seen crawling back and forth in front of the cell phone camera his mom had set up to record her yoga moves. “He was pretty pleased with himself,” his mom, Carly Gray, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, told ABC News.
An Arkansas couple who once ate at Olive Garden daily for nearly seven weeks plans to name their first child, due in December, Olivia Garton. Justin and Jordan Garton, of Fort Smith, are Arkansas natives who grew up going to Olive Garden. “I’m only the third generation on my dad’s side to be born in America,” said Jordan Garton, 26.
Jaidyn Covington, 10, is a die-hard Giants fan, but he lives in Concord, North Carolina, and has never been to a game. As an early Christmas present, his mom, Emily Covington, surprised him with tickets to see them play at MetLife Stadium — in person. Jaidyn, who absolutely adores Odell Beckham Jr., couldn’t believe his eyes.
A pair of formerly conjoined twins are being discharged from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving after a successful surgery to separate them. Erin and Abby Delaney were born joined at the head on July 24, 2016 -- 10 weeks premature. In June, they underwent a rare separation surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Girl Scouts of the USA issued a warning to parents this holiday season, asking them to think twice before forcing their daughters to hug relatives at gatherings. “Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection when they have bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life,” reads the post on the Girl Scouts’ website.
A Texas teenager has a forever home in time for the holidays after being adopted by his former teacher. “I really couldn’t sleep last night,” Anthony Berry, 16, told reporters last week after being adopted by Bennie Berry, who became a first-time mom. Anthony of Beaumont first met Berry last November when she was his English teacher.
Everyone can relate to this hungry toddler desperately trying to get a bite of her dad’s delicious mashed potatoes. Liza Mohr of Camas, Washington, shared this precious video of her 2-year-old daughter Georgia’s quite displeased response each time her dad takes a bite without sharing with her. “That night, in particular, she had a full plate, and he was giving her every other bite off his plate,” Mohr, 28, told ABC News of her daughter, who, the mother says, had no reason to still be hungry.
Kim Massicotte caught her 6-year-old son drawing a picture of a house on their home’s wall, but instead of getting upset, she embraced it. While their kids were eating breakfast one day before school, she said she and her husband, Eric Massicotte, took their eyes off their two boys “for one second” to finish packing lunches. “Our eldest, our artist, took a green marker that he was using at the breakfast table and he decided he was going to teach his little brother and used our wall like a chalkboard and proceeded to teach his little how to draw a house on our wall,” she recalled of her son, Rhys Massicotte.
Jaydon Rabatin surprised his dad and stepmom, Kevin and Briana Rabatin, by giving a funny yet heartfelt speech at their Nov. 12 wedding in Wilmington, Delaware. The 65 wedding guests were blown away but his cool, calm and confident demeanor, as was his dad. “We have never been the cleanest of guys together,” Jaydon continued, getting a laugh out of the crowd.
Angie Oracoy met her daughter in person for the first time live on “Good Morning America” today after giving her baby up for adoption more than 30 years ago. You're so beautiful," Oracoy said while fighting back tears as she embraced her daughter, Meribeth Blackwell. Angie meets her biological daughter Meribeth's husband and her grandchildren for the very first time.
An Ontario dad has sparked a conversation about whether children should have sleepovers after revealing that his three kids are barred from the childhood practice. Tim Challies, of Oakville, Ontario, posted a video on Facebook this week explaining why he and his wife have never let their kids -- ages 17, 15 and 11 – sleep at anyone’s home besides a relative’s. Challies, a writer and elder at an Ontario Christian church, said he and his wife banned sleepovers for their kids because they knew people who were abused at sleepovers, and others who had their first experience with pornography, sexuality and drinking while at friends' homes.
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history at the 2016 Rio Olympics and now she’s done it again, this time inspiring a breakthrough in the Barbie doll. Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true ????
Nia and Robert Tolbert of Waldorf, Maryland, couldn't believe their luck when they discovered at a routine prenatal doctor's visit back in August that they were expecting three girls. Nia Tolbert decided to share the big news with her husband of three years in a special way -- by leaving Robert Tolbert, 31, a giftbag coupled with a handwritten note. Initially, he thought the gift bag contained a FitBit, since he'd been hinting at getting one for weeks, Robert Tolbert told ABC News.
An Arizona woman unexpectedly gave birth Wednesday while en route to the hospital.At 1:23 a.m. on Nov. 8, Shannon Geise, 31, delivered her own son after pulling over her family SUV near 32nd Street and Union Hills in Phoenix.Baby Sebastian arrived weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces."I could have never guessed that I was going to give birth in the car," Geise told ABC News today. "Everybody's pretty surprised obviously, a little bit in shock just like me. [We're] happy he's here and that everyone's healthy and there's no complications. He's a great baby. ...
A London woman is using her maternity leave for her second child to travel the world with her family. Karen Edwards, 33, is traveling through the U.S., Central America and South America with her husband, Shaun Bayes, their daughter, Esmé, 3, and 4-month-old son, Quinn. Edwards also took maternity leave after her daughter's birth in 2014 to travel the world.
Brooke and Jordan Holton placed their 7-year-old teacup Yorkie in a basket attached to 75 helium balloons. Brooke Holton, 29, told ABC News the idea came after weeks of brainstorming with her family. Brooke Holton's aunt, Joy Collins, said they thought of many ways to involve Coco — from her jumping out of a box to her running out of the house with a pink or blue bow.
If you ask 5-year-old James Walker, he is a UPS driver. He has a uniform and now, his very own shiny, tiny UPS truck.His mother, Lauren Walker, said James and the driver on their route, Kellie Martin, have formed an undeniable bond.“She never ever makes it to the door. He greets her in the driveway,” Lauren Walker told ABC News. “We live in a rural area so he hears her truck coming, and he’s waving at her in the drive waiting to greet her at the door to her truck every time. ...
There wasn't a dry eye in the room late September as a woman recited vows to not only her husband-to-be but her stepson and his mother as well. Katie Musser of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, mentioned her fiance's son Landon, 4, and Landon's mother, Casey Bender, thanking them for allowing her to be a part of their lives. "I was completely blindsided in the most wonderful way," Casey Bender, 25, told ABC News.