Claudia, a working mother, had a baby, but someone else couldn’t watch her 2 months old baby. Claudia knew that it would take her niece time to get used to her while calling her adolescent niece for work. The teenager’s picture she received and what she did not expect was her reaction after seeing it.
Balancing Her Responsibilities
Claudia Sorhaindo, like any other working mom, must balance work and uplift. Her daughter was only two months old. To meet the needs of raising her daughter, she must meet her job’s demands. Claudia wanted to spend as much time with her daughter as possible, similar to most mothers who had just given birth. However, there are times when she has had to ask for help in the form of babysitters. This time, because of a single picture, what was initially an ordinary babysitting job suddenly changed.
Ideal Vs Reality
Living in Lakeland, Florida, are Claudia and her daughter Ava. Claudia quickly became known as a protective mom in the two months after she gave birth to Ava. Claudia barely left her daughter’s side, and if they never had to be apart, it would be ideal. But of course, the reality is that she also has her duties at work. Claudia got a call from the office asking her to participate in a business meeting. It would have required her to leave Ava at home, but she hesitated to do so.
A Mother’s Dilemma
Claudia listed her choices immediately after she finished the call. None of the options she came up with, however, seemed to be especially appealing. It was a choice between missing out or staying home on a significant career opportunity and taking care of her daughter. In the months before, Claudia had already taken her maternity leave as well as a few sick days to look after Ava. She knew she was supposed to go to that meeting. What she didn’t know was that something bewildering would result from this choice.
In Need Of A Helping Hand
After finalizing her decision to go to work while attending the meeting, she had to look for someone to help watch over Ava. Claudia still wanted someone she trusted to look after her daughter, although the meeting shouldn’t take too long. She went through her phone contacts to see if friends or family were available. After multiple calls, Claudia felt frustrated and had no one. Her sister told her that Claudia might not have thought of someone for the job.
An Option She Could Take
Her sister recommended J’Ann, one of their nieces, to watch over Ava while Claudia was away. Even though she knew that her niece was a responsible girl, Claudia was unsure whether she would leave a two-month-old teenager. Her sister kept encouraging her, and Claudia was going to take it as a last resort. Claudia felt anxious thinking of leaving a teenager with her daughter. She was about to find out if her instincts were actually correct.
Time To Decide At Last
Because of her work, Claudia didn’t have time to look for a babysitter. Soon, meeting day was coming. Finally, Claudia decided to take her last option after receiving various rejections during her search. Claudia took her phone, calling J’Ann. She made sure J’Ann was available on the meeting date and was ready to take care of a baby. Her niece accepted the job, and the incidents leading to the unexpected photo would spark it.
The Day Itself
As the meeting day finally arrived, the new mother was more anxious to leave her daughter. Maybe because her baby wasn’t nearby, it wasn’t improved because her babysitter was so young. J’Ann came home, and Claudia was ready to teach her what to do. She told her niece she found all she needed, including emergency numbers. Claudia gave Ava a goodbye kiss, still feeling nervous but more relaxed, and left for her meeting.
Claudia’s Business Meeting
The drive on the way to work was extremely long. After she reached the parking lot, she immediately checked her phone for messages. Her notifications loaded slowly, and while waiting, she held her breath. Was J’Ann running into a problem? Finally, her notifications appeared, and she saw that her niece had sent a picture.
Claudia could see her daughter from the thumbnail in the picture. Instantly, her mind thought something bad must have happened. It was a small preview, so she couldn’t figure out what the photo actually was. Her worries were made worse by the complete photo that was taken to be loaded forever. Claudia grew restless and angry. She had second thoughts already about getting a teenager to watch over her daughter.
The Message Finally Revealed
Claudia no longer wanted to wait for the photo. She needed asap answers to her questions. A text message was sent by J’Ann telling her what had happened. Her niece explained that because she felt hungry, J’Ann went to make a sandwich for herself. Whether the baby was alone, Claudia was concerned.
A Picture That Took Forever
Claudia went back to the photo after having read enough of the text. In the image, Ava’s legs looked swollen, and she was racking her mind as she was in her car about how to solve the problem. Claudia revealed to reporters, “J’Ann knows how protective I am with Ava.” “Some might say I’m a little paranoid.” When Claudia saw the clear picture, at last, her worries turned immediately to amusement.
As Claudia got out of the car, she was relieved. The photo’s slow loading time nearly drowned her in anguish, 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 clever teenager. She knew that keeping an eye on the baby at all times was important. She developed a brilliant idea of watching the baby while making her sandwich in the kitchen.
J’Ann’s Unconventional Thinking
J’Ann knew, even though she was hungry, 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. The solution was never thought of by Claudia before. With the help of the waistband, her niece placed Ava inside her sweatpants. Claudia was entirely amused by the photo that depicted their situation. She had to share that photo and laugh with somebody about it. She didn’t expect this to result in anything else, though.
She went to her Facebook page to share the photo of her niece and what she called “hands-free.” She explained what happened in the photo in the caption. She introduced the situation and said, “So I had to run out the house for a quick minute.” She continued, “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 flooded reactions and comments.
Claudia went on to her meeting after having shared the photo on her social media. Her whole family would have reacted to the picture. She flippantly revealed that “every month there’s a birthday party.” She couldn’t wait to read what her family thought about the funny idea of her niece. She knew that her friends and family would laugh about it, but when she finally checked her account a few hours later, she was greeted by something else.
Incredible Amount Of Attention
After she shared it, her photo immediately made the rounds on Facebook. Family and friends shared it with friends of their own, many of whom commented and liked the post. The picture was shared with a bunch of other people she might not even know. When she checked it later, the image had already amassed hundreds of likes and comments. It was an incredible reaction. She came up with an idea of her own while she was going through the comments.
In the photo, there were comments where individuals were tagging other users. Others gushed over that adorable baby. But one thread of comments spoke of the babysitter’s incredible 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
After the meeting, she immediately started explaining to Ava how the comments inspired her. A baby carrier and maternity pants sounded ridiculous, but what if it worked? A market was definitely there. A market for it was definitely there. J’Ann helped Claudia draw up a plan for the pants that would make the lives of mothers and pregnant women a little easier. To J’Ann’s idea, they named them J’Pants. Based on the photo’s reactions, they had to produce their design quickly.
One Huge Hurdle
Both were excited about the design, but Claudia knew what a small business would also involve. It would take some money to make any new invention tangible. If you didn’t just want to be a piece of paper, you needed funding to produce your design. Aunt and Niece decided to create 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
Unfortunately, the fundraiser failed to achieve the final goal. However, there are still people who donate to their fundraiser page to see J’Pants’ production. Meanwhile, Claudia had another realization. J’Ann showed Claudia how supportive her family was when she went so far as to look after Ava. She was fortunate with the community that she also had in social media. And on the internet, she felt loved and supported by thousands of likes and comments.