Working mom Claudia just had a baby but there was no other choice except to have someone else watch her two-month-old. When she called her teenage niece for the job, Claudia knew it would take some time before her niece got used to it. What she didn’t expect was the picture she received from the teenager and the kind of reaction it produced.
Balancing Her Responsibilities
Claudia Sorhaindo has to balance work and raising just like any other working mom. Her daughter was only two months old. She has to meet the requirements of her job to take on the needs of raising her daughter.
All Moms Need Help
Similar to most mothers who had just given birth, Claudia wanted to spend as much time with her daughter as possible. However, there are times when she had to ask for help in the form of babysitters. This time, what at first was an ordinary babysitting job suddenly transformed because of a single picture.
Ideal Vs Reality
Claudia and her daughter Ava live in Lakeland, Florida. In the two months after she gave birth to Ava, Claudia easily became known as a protective mom. Claudia barely left her daughter’s side and the ideal would be if they never had to be apart.
The reality many mothers face is the pressure of balancing both work and motherhood. Claudia received a call from the office that asked her to attend a business meeting. It would require her to leave Ava at home, but she was hesitating about doing so. What should she do?
A Mother’s Dilemma
Once she finished the call, Claudia immediately listed her choices. However, none of the options she came up with seemed to be particularly attractive. It was a choice between missing out on an important career opportunity or stay home and take care of her daughter. She felt conflicted and indecisive.
She suddenly realized she had only one choice. Claudia had already taken her maternity leave in the months previously as well as a couple of sick days to take care of Ava. She knew that she had to go to the meeting. What she didn’t know was that this choice would result in something bewildering.
In Need Of A Helping Hand
Once Claudia finalized her decision to go to work, she had to look for someone to help watch over Ava while she attended the meeting. Although the meeting should not take too much time, Claudia still wanted someone she trusted to take care of her daughter. She went through contacts on her phone to see if there are any friends or family that would be available.
The Phone Call That Changed It All
She exhausted all her resources. Claudia felt frustrated after multiple calls and she still didn’t have anyone. Her sister told her that there might be someone Claudia hadn’t thought of who might be up for the job. Who could it be, she wondered.
An Option She Could Take
J’Ann, Claudia’s niece, was suggested by her sister to watch over Ava while Claudia was away. Although she knew her niece was a responsible girl, Claudia was still uncertain whether she should leave the teenager with a two-month-old. Any mother would be worried.
No Other Choice
Her sister continued to encourage her and Claudia would take it as the last resort. Claudia felt anxious thinking about leaving her daughter with a teenager. She was about to discover whether her instincts were actually accurate.
Time To Decide At Last
Claudia didn’t have enough time to look for a babysitter due to her work. The day of the meeting was coming soon. After receiving multiple rejections during her search, Claudia finally decided to take on her last option. Claudia took her phone and called J’Ann. She made sure that J’Ann was available on the date of the meeting and was ready for the responsibility of taking care of a baby.
Her niece accepted the job and it would spark the incidents leading to the unexpected plot. Claudia thought to herself she will simply leave strict instructions and J’Ann simply will be unable to go wrong. After all, it was her family.
Her Qualified Neice
J’Ann is one of 17 grandchildren and prides herself in being one of the oldest. She has experience babysitting her other cousins and if good enough for the should certainly be good enough for baby Ava. She may have been a mere 15 but her CPR qualification speaks for itself.
The Day Itself
The new mother was definitely more anxious to leave her daughter when the day of the meeting finally arrived. Perhaps it was because her baby wasn’t nearby. The fact that her babysitter was so young didn’t make it any better. J’Ann arrived at her home and Claudia prepared to teach her what to do.
Ready Set Go
She told her niece where everything she would need was located including the emergency numbers. J’Ann was prepared and there was not much more she could have explained. Still feeling nervous but a bit more at ease, Claudia gave Ava a goodbye kiss and left for her meeting.
Claudia’s Business Meeting
Claudia thought the drive on the way to work was extremely long. She immediately checked her phone for messages once she reached the parking lot. Her notifications were loading slow and she held her breath while waiting. Did J’Ann run into a problem? Her notifications appeared at last and she saw that her niece had sent a picture.
From the thumbnail of the photo, Claudia could see her daughter. Her mind instantly thought something bad must have happened. It was a small preview so she couldn’t identify what was actually in the photo. Her worries were made worse by the full photo that was taking forever to load.
Claudia was growing restless and upset. She was already having second thoughts about getting a teenager to watch over her daughter. A million thoughts were racing through her mind. Something could be seriously wrong and she was miles away. She never in her wildest dreams could have expected what was to come…
The Message Finally Revealed
Claudia didn’t want to wait for the photo anymore. She needed answers to her questions asap. J’Ann sent a text message telling her what had occurred. Her niece explained that J’Ann went to make a sandwich for herself because she felt hungry. Claudia was concerned about whether the baby was alone.
A Picture That Took Forever
After reading enough from the text, Claudia went back to the photo. Ava’s legs looked swollen in the image and she was racking her mind about how to solve the problem while she was in her car. “J’Ann knows how protective I am with Ava,” Claudia revealed to reporters. “Some might say I’m a little paranoid.” Once Claudia finally saw the clear picture, her worries instantly turned to amusement.
Claudia was relived as she got out of the car. The slow loading time of the photo almost drowned her in anxiety but it quickly dissipated as soon as she saw what was in it. “J’Ann showed me she is making sure she is keeping her eyes on Ava,” Claudia shared on The TODAY Show. Her niece was a pretty smart teenager. She knew that it was important to keep an eye on the baby at all times. While making her sandwich in the kitchen, she developed a genius idea to watch the baby.
J’Ann’s Unconventional Thinking
Even though she was hungry, J’Ann was aware that she should not leave Ava alone. She was worried about putting down Ava so she devised a clever way to watch over the baby. Claudia never thought of the solution before. Who knew this chance to babysit would bring J’Ann such a mesmorizing invention.
J’Ann had been given an opportunity that brought about such a marvelous method. Her niece placed Ava inside her sweatpants with the help of her waistband. The photo that depicted their situation completely amused Claudia. She had to share the photo and laugh about it with someone. But she did not expect this to result in something else.
She went on her Facebook page and shared the photo of her niece and what she dubbed as the “hands free” method. She explained in the caption what was happening in the photo. She introduced the situation and said, “So I had to run out the house for a quick minute.” She went on to explain “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.” Claudia published the photo and soon the reactions and comments were flooding in.
After sharing the photo on her social media, Claudia went on to her meeting. All of her family would be reacting to the photo. She flippantly revealed that “every month there’s a birthday party.” She couldn’t wait to read what her family thought about her niece’s funny idea. She knew her friends and family would laugh about it but she was greeted by something else when she finally checked back on her account a few hours later
Incredible Amount Of Attention
Her photo immediately made the rounds on Facebook after she shared it. Family and friends shared it with their own friends and many of them were commenting and liking the post. The photo was being shared with a ton of other people she might not even know.
Tons Of Interaction
The picture had already amassed hundreds of likes and comments when she checked on it later. It was an unbelievable reaction. While she was going through the comments, she came up with an idea of her own.
There were comments in the photo were people were tagging other users. Others were gushing over the adorable baby. But one thread of comments was talking about the babysitter’s amazing solution. Brilliant!,” a user commented. “Carried my babies around my hip in the 70s. I wish I had thought of this!” One user suggested an excellent proposition. “You could make maternity pants that turn into this after,” the user said. “Get a patent on that. I see $$$.”
A Business Idea
When she returned home after the meeting, she immediately started explaining to Ava how the comments inspired her. A baby carrier and maternity pants all in one sounded silly, but what if it worked? There was definitely a market for it. Could this be the start of a new venture?
J’Ann helped Claudia formulate a plan for the pants that would make mothers’ and pregnant women’s lives a bit easier. They named them J’Pants in honor of J’Ann’s idea. They had to get their design produced quickly based on the reactions the photo kept getting.
One Huge Hurdle
The two of them were thrilled about the design but Claudia also knew what a small business would entail. Any new invention would require some money to turn into something tangible. They needed funding for the production of their design if they didn’t want to just be a piece of paper. Aunt and niece decided to make a GoFundMe page to encourage people to contribute to their plan. Claudia hoped to inspire her niece’s creativity with the fundraiser.
Family and Business Relationships
Sadly, the fundraiser did not achieve the last goal. However, there are still people donating to their fundraiser page hoping to see J’Pants produced. Although, the page has been open since 2017 and only raised $220 they have left it open just in case someone wants to bring the idea back to life for the pair.
A Sense Of Security
Meanwhile, Claudia had another realization. J’Ann going as far as she did to take care of Ava showed Claudia how supportive her family was. She was lucky with the community she had on social media as well. And the thousands of likes and comments on the internet made her feel that she was loved and supported
A Terrible Truth
Claudia’s typical protectiveness had not simply been on high alert due to her being a mom or having “first-time mom syndrome.” She had lots of experience with children coming from such a big family. However, she had undergone a traumatic event previously.
Claudia had previously lost a child. Her 3-month old baby girl Jenelle had died in 2011. Baby Jenelle died at a hospital in their hometown of St. Croix due to a medication mixup at a hospital. She was absolutely devastated. This completely explains her attachment and worry to baby Ava.
A New Beginning
Claudia and her fiance moved to the United States soon after falling pregnant with Ava. Claudia never thought she would be blessed with more children and was shocked when told. The couple moved so that they could receive quality medical care and be closer to family.
Life In America
The couple had two other kids and were told that they could not have anymore after baby Jenelle’s death. They saw their pregnancy as the biggest blessing and knew they had to move to America as soon as they could. They were surrounded by support.
Feeling The Love
The viral post entrusted Claudia’s reasoning for moving and she felt as though in any situation she would have help- just as she did with baby Ava. Moving had left her with an immense feeling of security and love- from family and friends.
Newborn Brought New Joy
Baby Ava was the greatest blessing and necessary addition to their family. After the loss of Jenelle, the family thought they would never recover but managed to with new life in the family. Jenelle lives on through baby Ava and the family as a whole.
Family Is A Blessing
Claudia when discussing her life story and the tragic events proceeding their new invention had said, “They have helped me so much—if it weren’t for my friends and family I might have gone crazy. (When my daughter died) doctors offered me depression medication and I refused it because having a family like mine—I won’t have the chance to ever get depressed.”