Claudia might have just given birth, but this did not change the fact that she had a job. This meant that there was nothing else for her to do but hire someone to take care of her child when busy with work. She picked her niece to be the babysitter but knew that it would take a while before the teen got used to the task at hand. One day, the busy mom was shocked when the young girl sent her a photo of the two-month-old child. But what did it show? Why did she react like that? In the end, it was evident that she should have trusted her gut instinct more.
Balancing Her Responsibilities
When you are a working mother like Claudia Sorhaindo, you have to be strong at all times. Her child was no more than two months old, but this mom had to find a way to make ends meet. If she had the choice, she would spend all her time with her baby. But with her job on the line, she needed to return to work and get some help from babysitters. It looked like everything was going well, but she knew that this was not the case once she received the picture in question.
Ideal Vs Reality
Lakeland was the name of the Floridian town that Claudia lived in. After only two months of being a mom, she earned a reputation as a protective mother. She hardly left her daughter alone and wished that they could remain this way for as long as she wanted. This was not the case since she still had to work. The office called her and asked her to go to a business meeting. She had no choice but to go, but what was she going to do about Ava? It was not like she could leave the poor child on her own.
A Mother’s Dilemma
After the call, she weighed the options that were right in front of her. None of them sounded very nice to her ears. Still, she had no choice but to go to the office if she did not want to lose her job. By then, she had already used up her maternity leave and sick days to look after her newborn child. She had to attend the meeting since she could no longer miss work. In the end, she made up her mind to look for a person who would take care of Ava while she was away.
In Need Of A Helping Hand
But who could take on this job? It was important to find someone she could trust with her newborn baby. Even though it was a fairly short meeting, she did not plan to entrust Ava to just anybody. It would be better to find someone that she already knew instead of a stranger. She scrolled through her contact list on the phone to see if anyone would be up for it. She made a couple of calls but failed to find someone who could do it. Her sister, however, told her about someone that did not even occur to Claudia to ask. But who on earth could it possibly be?
An Option She Could Take
Her sister said that J’Ann might be free to look after Ava during the meeting. On the one hand, Claudia knew that her niece was responsible. However, she did not know if it would be a good idea to leave a two-month-old baby with a teenager. At the urging of her sister, she decided that it would have to do. Even so, she still felt nervous about the idea of leaving her newborn daughter with someone so young. In the end, she found out the unbelievable truth about this relative of hers
Time To Decide At Last
In reality, Claudia had too much on her plate to really launch a proper search for a babysitter. The meeting was approaching fast, and she had already received a lot of rejections. This last resort was starting to look appealing to her, so she hit up J’Ann. The teenager confirmed that she was free on that day and said she was ready to look after the baby. It was a relief to no longer worry about finding a babysitter, but it was hard to tell if she made the right choice then. The young girl was reliable and responsible, but the truth only became clear on the day itself.
The Day Itself
It was not easy for Claudia to leave her daughter when the day in question finally came in. She was very anxious by the time she arrived at the office. She did not feel confident about the situation because her niece was still very young. J’Ann arrived at her house early, giving them ample time to go through what the teenager did. For example, Claudia gave the young girl the emergency numbers’ location and everything she needed. Once she was done, there was nothing left for her to do but to kiss her daughter and head off.
Claudia’s Business Meeting
It took her the same amount of time as usual, but the commute to the office felt like a lifetime to Claudia. As soon as she pulled into the parking lot, she checked if she had any messages. Things loaded slowly, and she could not help but hold her breath in. She wondered if J’Ann ran into a problem. At last, the notifications showed up. To her surprise, she saw that a picture had come in from her niece.
Claudia looked at the thumbnail and could see that it was a photo of her daughter. She assumed that a bad thing happened. From the tiny preview, she was unable to see what was really going on. She only got even more worried because the full photo would not load right away. The entire thing only made her feel upset and restless! She knew that she should have left Ava in the hands of someone older.
The Message Finally Revealed
The photo was taking forever to load, and she could not wait any longer. She wanted to get answers right away! J’Ann texted her to explain what happened. The teenager said that she went to the kitchen to whip up a sandwich since she was hungry. Claudia wondered if this meant she left Ava all on her own.
A Picture That Took Forever
Once she got the text, Claudia checked the photo right away. In the image, it looked like the legs of her daughter were swollen. She was not in the house, but was there a way for her to solve this problem from there? “J’Ann knows how protective I am with Ava,” she later told reporters. She went on, “Some might say I’m a little paranoid.” It was a good thing that she soon turned from worried to amused!
Relieved, she finally headed out of the car and into the building. The photo took a long time to buffer, which explained why she felt so anxious. Once it loaded, she felt awash with relief! “J’Ann showed me she is making sure she is keeping her eyes on Ava,” she told The TODAY Show. In reality, her teenage niece was smart. She was aware that she had to keep the baby within her sight no matter what. When she got hungry, she wanted to make a sandwich. How could she do both of these things at once?
J’Ann’s Unconventional Thinking
How on earth could she go to the kitchen and keep an eye on Ava at the same time? J’Ann did not want to leave the baby alone, so she came up with a way to simultaneously accomplish these two things. Claudia was impressed by how clever the young girl had been! J’Ann tucked Ava into her sweatpants using the waistband and snapped a photo of it. The mother was thoroughly amused by it and decided to share the hilarious photo with her loved ones! However, she was surprised by the reception that it got.
She took to Facebook to do exactly that. Claudia posted the photo that J’Ann sent her to show off this “hands-free” method. In the caption, she explained what was going on in the photo. The mother said, “So I had to run out the house for a quick minute.” She went on, “So I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava. A few minutes 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. Lord send help. This was her solution. Like really, creativity at its finest.” As soon as she hit the post button, her friends’ comments and reactions started to come in!
Once she was done writing the post, Claudia was time to head in and attend the meeting. She knew that her friends and family would find the story funny and could not wait to hear from them! Their family was close, and she said that “Every month there’s a birthday party.” She wanted to hear what they had to say about J’Ann’s idea, but she had to go into work mode for now. When she checked the post, later on, she was in for a huge surprise.
Incredible Amount Of Attention
It turned out that the post went viral while she had been in the meeting! Friends and family shared the post on their own walls. This was how strangers found the post. They also thought that it was hilarious and shared it with their own circles. By the time Claudia checked the social media platform, it had already gotten hundreds of comments and likes! She could not believe it. As she scrolled through all the comments, she was struck by a brilliant idea.
In the comment section, she saw that people had been tagging their loved ones. Others adored little Ava, but some people were fascinated by the amazing solution that J’Ann came up with. “Brilliant!” one of these netizens said. “Carried my babies around my hip in the 70s. I wish I had thought of this!” A different Facebook user had a great suggestion: “You could make maternity pants that turn into this after.” This person added, “Get a patent on that. I see $$$.”
A Business Idea
Once the meeting was over, it was time for Claudia to return home. Right away, she told Ava that the comments on the post inspired her. It might sound silly to combine maternity pants and a baby carrier, but it might actually work. Based on the comments, there was a market for it! The aunt and niece worked together to design something that would make life easier for all the mothers out there. They called the product J’Pants since the teenager had been the one to conceptualize it!
One Huge Hurdle
The pair had been excited about the production, but could they really pull it off? It was a good thing that Claudia knew how to run a small business. You need some money if you want to bring an idea to life! They did not have the funds to turn J’Pants into reality, so how could they turn it into a tangible object? The pair started a GoFundMe page to hopefully rake in the funds to help them start the business. Hopefully, others would see the potential of their brilliant idea.
Family and Business Relationships
We are sad to report that the fundraiser failed to meet the goal. Despite this, people continue to donate to the campaign in the hopes of seeing J’Pants in real life. Claudia, on the other hand, reached a different realization. After seeing what J’Ann did, she knew just how lucky she was to have such a supportive family. On top of that, she was touched by the support from people on social media. All the comments and likes made her feel like she was never truly alone. You know what they say: it takes a village to raise a child!