Mother's birth announcement of adopted 13-year-old goes viral

By Gina DiFalco,

A Florida mother’s unconventional birth announcement for her son has gone viral.

It’s an unusual one, as the “baby” being announced is actually a 13 year old.

The announcement was posted on the mother, Kelli Higgins’ Facebook page with the caption “Here's my sweet not so little Newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112lbs ;).” It garnered over 11,000 likes, almost 5,000 shares and over 2,000 comments.

The reason for the announcement is that Higgins and her husband adopted Latrell and his younger sister two years ago. They had five biological children at the time and a sixth on the way.

“They were just absolutely beautiful,” Higgins told the New York Daily News about the adoption. “There they were, standing in front of a camera with forced smiles, taking pictures so that someone would adopt them. My heart just broke for them.”

Higgins is a professional photographer and mentioned a newborn photo session she was booked to do when Latrell said, “I never got newborn photos.”

“So why don’t you do them now?” asked one of his new sisters.

Higgins said of the newfound attention, “The most amazing reaction is from people writing me on Facebook saying that they were going to adopt a newborn but are now thinking about finding an older child.”

image: Facebook



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