1. Single Working Mom Faced With A Tricky Issue
Single mom Claudia Sorhaindo and her baby daughter Ava were living in Florida. Claudia was as protective as any other mom and tried her best to be with Ava at all times. But being a working mom meant that was not always possible. When Claudia was told she had to attend an important out of town business meeting, her heart sank. What's worse, she couldn't take Ava with her, meaning that she needed a solution and fast.
2. Making A Tough Decision
Balancing motherhood and a full-time job wasn't easy, even at the best of times, but Claudia had no choice. She knew if she didn't go to this meeting, her job could be on the line. Besides, she'd already taken all the leave she could when Ava was sick. She had no choice but to leave her baby this time. Claudia had no idea that this simple decision would end up changing her life forever.
3. Looking For A Babysitter
The last time Claudia hired a babysitter, it didn't end well. So, it was time to turn to friends and family. She began to call them one by one, hoping that a responsible adult could babysit Ava while she was gone. But unfortunately, the only person available was her 15-year-old niece, J'Ann. In fact, it was her sister's suggestion that J'Ann did the job. But would a teenager be able to take on such a big responsibility?
Claudia's sister tried to assure Claudia that her daughter had looked after children before, but Claudia still could not shake the sinking feeling in her stomach. Though Claudia knew J'Ann well, that did nothing to assuage her worries.
5. Last-Minute Decision
It was now the eve of her business trip and nobody except J'Ann had been able to commit to helping look after Ava. Claudia was now forced to make a decision. As she couldn't risk her job by missing the trip, she had to let her niece take care of Ava. However, Claudia didn't expect how quickly she would regret her choice.
6. Leaving Ava With J’Ann
The next day, J'Ann arrived a little early, which seemed like a good sign. But it wasn't enough to calm Claudia, as fears kept rushing into her mind. J'Ann knew the house well, so Claudia just showed her where the formula and diapers were and gave her a list of emergency numbers. Then she kissed Ava goodbye and headed to the airport. All she could do now was pray everything would be OK. But would it be?
7. An Uneasy Flight
Finally Claudia reached the airport and boarded the plane. With shaking fingers, she put her phone into flight mode. She had never been separated from her baby for this long before, but it was too late to go back now. Claudia counted down every minute while worrying about Ava, until the plane eventually landed. Eagerly and nervously, she checked her phone. Nothing could have prepared her for what J'Ann was doing back at home.
8. Warning Bells
There was a message with a photo attached from J'Ann. It had been sent only minutes after she’d left, but she only saw it now. Glancing at the thumbnail, she noticed something terribly wrong. What was going on with Ava's legs?
9. Something Abnormal There
Ava's legs looked severely swollen...And what was she wearing? Seeing her baby looking so odd, almost contorted, Claudia’s heart skipped a beat. She couldn't wait to make out what was going on in the photo and angrily opened the message, looking for an explanation from her niece…
10. The Weird Message
The 15-year-old texted that she was hungry and had decided to go to the kitchen to make herself a sandwich. Immediately, Claudia began to panic that her niece had left her baby alone. If that had happened then there was no telling what awful things could have happened to Ava. Before Claudia could figure out what had actually happened, she called 911 on pure instinct. But as she zoomed into the photo to get a closer look, she realized she had made a big mistake.
11. What Was Really Going On There
J’Ann knew that Claudia was very protective of her baby and that she couldn’t leave Ava alone even for a second, so she had to devise a solution to solve the problem. The teenager decided to make a makeshift kangaroo pouch from a pair of stretchy pants and placed Ava inside. What an ingenious idea!
12. A Qualified Babysitter
The smart teenager had found a solution to both make herself a sandwich and keep an eye on Ava at the same time. She had proven herself to be more than fully capable of looking after Ava. Upon realizing the truth, Claudia burst out laughing. J'Ann deserved recognition, and Claudia couldn't help but show everyone her niece's creativity. She never expected this would lead to another unexpected event.
13. Sharing The Photo On The Internet
Claudia shared the photo on Facebook with the caption “I asked my niece to babysit Baby Ava. 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, and this was her solution...Creativity at its finest.” Claudia thought all was well, but the reaction from the internet went far beyond her imagination.
14. A Viral Sensation
The photo went viral on Facebook! It got more than 300,000 likes and shares in a short time, and comments began to flood in. People loved J'Ann's creative alternative to an expensive baby carrier. One said, “Brilliant! Carried my babies around on my hip in the ‘70s. I wish I had thought of this!” Another user even recommended, “You could make maternity pants that turn into this after! Get a patent on that! I see $$$$$$.” And that was exactly what J'Ann was thinking about.
15. The Start Of A Potential Business
J'Ann, seeing how people loved her invention, hoped to create her own “J'Pants.” Claudia, of course, was supportive of her niece. She even started a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe to raise money to get J'Ann's idea off the ground, writing “My niece J'Ann is so excited to design a working model. Let's encourage her to use her creativity to design something wonderful that will help caregivers everywhere!” The page has raised $220 so far, and many people have promised to support J’Ann. Will the J'Pants go on sale someday? Let’s just wait and see!