A 13-year-old adopted boy's wish to have "newborn birth announcement"-type photos taken of himself has stormed the Internet, going viral.
"Here's my sweet not so little newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112 lbs.," the boy's mother Kelli Higgins declared on Facebook.
Not long after Higgins' photos were posted to Facebook, the unique idea captured hearts and minds across the Internet, inspiring people to share the photos all over Facebook, many leaving messages of support and love on her Facebook page, according to NBC News.
"This is such a beautiful thing to do!" one person wrote, NBC reported. "I know so many people who adopted older children and don't have ANY pictures of their infancy. What a spectacular way to remedy that... after all, he'll always be your baby."
Two years ago Higgins was a mother of five, with a sixth child on the way, when she and her husband adopted a then 10-year-old Latrell and his 5-year-old sister Chanya, taking them into their Florida home. She said her breaks for children who have a more difficult time finding a home just because they're older.
"These children, once they get past a certain age, they don't find homes and they age out of foster care," Higgins explained to TODAY.com.
"They have to figure out the world on their own and there's no one to go back to as an adult. Where do you go for Christmas? It's just horrible, it's heartbreaking."
"Let's just go for it," Higgins said she remembered her husband urging.
The newly adopted children were growing up in a happy home, but reminders of their past hurt still resurfaced from time to time. The idea for Latrell's photos came up one night over dinner. When Higgins, a progressional photographer, casually mentioned she was about to take pictures for a baby photo session, Latrell said he wished he had photos of himself from when he was that age. Higgins' 12-year-old daughter then suggested she "recreate" a newborn-styled set of photos for Latrell. The next day the mother and son were in her studio shooting the photos, laughing the whole time, she said.
While most 13-year-old boys would be mortified to dress up like a baby and sit for a newborn-style photo shoot with their mothers, Latrell says he wasn't embarrassed in the slightest, and that he thought the idea was hilarious.
"I thought it was funny and that it would be a good idea," Latrell told TODAY.com.
Everyone he's shown the photos to has thought they were funny, too, Latrell added, according to the Daily Mail.
"The one reaction that is really humbling and I'm really excited about is there have been a lot of parents that come to me telling me that they were thinking about adopting a baby, but after seeing those photos it's changed their minds and they want to adopt an older child," Higgins said. Culled from latinopost