Old habits die hard as they say, and one cute little baby is testimony to this. Sarah Kelleher Steppling had just given birth to her baby boy Michael, and like most new moms, she doted on his every move even before he had made his way into the world.
The ultrasound done when Michael was a 39 week-old fetus showed him chilling out in a very relaxed pose with his arms above his head.
Then when he was born, he adopted that very same pose. “I didn’t immediately make the connection to the ultrasound when I first noticed he slept with his arms up. I saw the ultrasound hanging on my mother-in-law’s fridge when he was several weeks old and that’s when it hit me,” she wrote in an article published on LoveWhatMatters.
Pretty sure no one switched the baby at birth.
“I made the side by side comparison and was amazed by how similar they were in every little detail. I decided to post it to Reddit because I thought it was interesting content someone else might enjoy seeing. Also, it’s nice to communicate with the outside world after countless days inside nursing a newborn,” said Steppling.
“The reaction online has been overwhelmingly positive, and that’s quite a tall order for Reddit!” she said, according to ParentingIsn’tEasy.
New babies are fascinating, but at the same time are all-consuming to new moms.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Michael, as like many newborns, he suffered from a bad case of jaundice. “He had unexplained hemolytic anemia and severe prolonged jaundice for the first month of his life, which is why he’s resting on that blue light. We had doctor visits every 1–2 days to monitor his blood and a 48 hour stay at the children’s hospital, but he took it all like a champ,” said Steppling.
“Having my son has been life changing. I just look at him and start to cry sometimes because I love him so much. He’s a chill little dude. Keep him fed, changed, and cuddled and he’s happy,” said Steppling. “My mom says my husband Ross and I don’t know how lucky we got with him,” she added.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of kid this baby turns into. I can’t wait to hear what his voice sounds like. My husband played guitar to my pregnant belly all the time, and I was in ‘Sister Act’ the musical during my 2nd trimester, so we are curious to see if any of that rubbed off on him and if he is musically inclined when he’s older. And, of course, I’m looking forward to him saying Mommy for the first time!” said Steppling.
“Every time he smiles at me I melt. He just started doing this gentle chuckle thing the other day and my heart almost exploded. He really is as laid back as he looks. We try to anticipate his needs, so he really never has much reason to cry for very long. We consider ourselves very lucky and try and not to take for granted that all this good humor could run out at any time!” said Steppling.
Perhaps luck played a part in getting such a well behaved baby, or more likely it has to do with having such wonderful parents!
It is heartwarming to see such love between a mother and her child. Remember, it’s one of life’s most important things—love for family.