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Video catches twin toddlers partying past bedtime

Twin brothers had no interest in staying in bed one night, and their antics were all caught on video monitors.

“Today” reported that the pair was caught on a Nest home monitoring system set up by their parents,  Jonathan and Susana Balkin, who wondered what their 2-year-old toddlers were up to when they were supposed to be in bed.

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"We heard a whole bunch of giggling, so we started spying on them," Jonathan Balkin said on the morning show Monday.

Video shows Andrew and Ryan Balkin hopping in and out of their cribs, jumping and laying on the love seat in their room and piling up pillows and couch cushions.

"We ended up spying on them for a little while on the camera just to make sure they weren't getting into trouble," Jonathan Balkin said. "Then after a while we decided, OK, it's time to intervene and put them to bed. That didn't really work out so well."

The boys’ dad said that the pair have escaped a few times before.

“People we know that we haven’t seen in years have seen it in their respective country,” Susana Balkin said. “It’s been overwhelming, but full of love.”

“They sleep in their beds really well, so we are exploring toddler beds,” Jonathan Balkin said. “We did change it so you can take off one of those walls, and they just ended up going in and out all night. So the cribs are good for now. Maybe by the summer time, we’ll switch it up.”

Watch the family talk about their viral video below.

'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

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Bus driver saves crying boy outside with no shoes in freezing weather

It was anywhere from 22 to 31 degrees on a chilly Milwaukee, Wisconsin, night when bus driver Denise Wilson pulled over for a short midnight break in January.

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“It’s after midnight, so I’m just like, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?” she told ABC News. She saw a 5-year-old boy crying outside. The boy was alone, without shoes and was wearing clothes unfit for winter.

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“He came out of nowhere, out of nowhere. I just happened to look over and heard him crying and he was just running up Center [Street],” she said.

The Milwaukee County Transit System shared a surveillance video of Wilson helping the child into the bus, covering him with her coat and giving him some food. She could be heard asking if he was OK and if he was still cold from being outside.>> Watch the video here

Wilson sat with him until the police came.

He was eventually returned to his parents. Authorities determined that he “left the house by mistake.”

There was no question in Wilson’s mind that God allowed her to be in the right place at the right time. 

“I’m happy I made that stop,” she said. “You know, I always say God puts us in places, you know, where he needs us at times.”

And she knew in that moment that it was time to act:"I'm a child of God, and a lot of times we try to do what's right when we see something happening, and if we're there to help and have the ability or means to do it, that's what we're supposed to do," she said.

Wilson added that she wasn’t being a hero, she was “just being there to help.”

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Teen born without a jaw finds his voice, achieves dream of creating music

A teen born without a jaw is beating the odds again, launching a music career and helping other along the way.

When Isaiah Acosta was born, the odds were stacked against him. He’s now 17 years old and thriving in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Though he’s considered mute and will never have the ability to speak, Isaiah is now launching his music career.

“We knew we had a great story but we didn’t know it was going to explode like it did,” Tarah Acosta, Isaiah’s mother, told KNXV.

Last week, Isaiah’s hip-hop song “Oxygen to Fly” debuted. He partnered with Arizona rapper Trap House and a short documentary featuring his story was shared online. In just a few days, his story racked up more than 4 million views.

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“I don’t even think Isaiah thought this was possible. You know he is mute and we and a lot of people have told us they haven’t seen anything like this,” said Tarah.

You can listen to Isaiah’s song by clicking here. All proceeds from the song will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

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'Hallelujah': School gets musical with snow day announcement

It's a snow day for much of Massachusetts, but one school in particular received the news in a special song from the superintendent.

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Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent Aaron Polansky rewrote the words to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to let students know that they could sleep in on Tuesday morning. 

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Teen scrapes together $1,500 donation from part-time jobs for nonprofit that hits close to home

A teenager touched by a nonprofit’s cause scraped together $1,500 to donate.

The nonprofit Jack’s Basket was founded by mom Carissa Carroll of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She told ABC News that she was disheartened by people’s responses three years ago when they learned that her new baby Jack was born with Down syndrome.

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“After meeting more and more families … finding out that most of them never received a congratulations after the birth their child, also a biased language — ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ kind of in a dismal way. It broke my heart. These babies deserve to be celebrated just like any other birth,” Carroll said.

So Carroll decided to provide support to families with new babies who have Down syndrome. She came up with the idea to provide care baskets to these families filled with resources to help with their new addition.

Years later, Jack’s Basket has distributed more than 250 baskets.

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The story touched a teen named Jordan Witt. Jordan’s younger brother, Logan, has Down syndrome.

“Logan is very funny. He’s very kind. He loves to make people's days,” Witt told WCCO. “These people, Logan, people with Down syndrome have a future. They can change the world, too.”

Logan pulled together $1,500 from his part-time jobs to donate in honor of his brother. The donation will cover 21 baskets.

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Anne Hathaway says new fathers should get maternity leave

Actress Anne Hathaway became a mother less than a year ago, but in that time, her perspective on parenting and importance of time spent with family has changed a lot.

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As a U.N. goodwill ambassador, Hathaway gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations' New York headquarters on International Women's Day about the need for a better parental leave policy in the United States.

She shared her personal experience, saying that days after her son was born, she was struck by a realization about the maternity leave policy in the United States that grants 12-weeks of unpaid leave to new mothers.

"Like so many parents, I wondered how I was going to balance my work with my new role as a parent, and in that moment, I remember that the statistic for the U.S.'s policy on maternity leave flashed through my mind," Hathaway said. "American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks' unpaid leave. American men are entitled to nothing. That information landed differently for me when, one week after my son's birth I could barely walk, when I was getting to know a human who was completely dependent on my husband and I for everything, when I was dependent on my husband for most things, when we were relearning everything we thought we knew about our family and relationship. It landed differently."

Her speech didn't just focus on a mother's need for paid time off after the birth of a child. She also talked about the necessity for fathers to be there for their family, especially in the first days and weeks after the child is born.

"The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women but limits men's participation and connection within the family and society," she said. "These limitations have broad-ranging and significant effects, for them and for children. We know this. So why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?"

She concluded her speech by calling for everyone to take a stand for parents.

"The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand because we know that beyond the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love, and parents are parents," she said.

Hathaway, 34, married jewelry designer Adam Shulman in September 2012. The couple welcomed their son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, in March 2016.

>> Related: Moms: It's OK to gain baby weight, Anne Hathaway says

Thank you so much to UN Women for having me speak about paid parental leave on International Women's Day at the United Nations. Watch the full video:Posted by Anne Hathaway on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mom's heart breaks when she hears 3-year-old's comforting words for terminally ill baby brother

A mother captured a tender moment between her two sons, whose time together is limited.

Mom Sheryl Blanksby’s younger son, Thomas, was born with a skin lesion that looked like a birthmark, but doctors soon diagnosed the baby boy with a rare and aggressive type of cancer. Thomas’ condition is terminal.

“We as a family are trying to cope the best way we can, but it has been very hard,” Blanksby told the Daily Mail.

The family, who lives in Australia, explained to their preschool-aged son, William, that doctors are trying to heal Thomas.

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“William also said that maybe the doctors can’t help his baby brother, that’s why Mummy and Daddy are sad. So we think he knows in his own way,” Blanksby said.

Blanksby recently shared a touching moment she captured between William and baby Thomas.

“I was getting ready in the bathroom and (my) husband was in the kitchen,” Blanksby wrote in the Instagram caption. “The kids were quiet, especially Mr preschooler. You know the rules about when kids are quiet.”

When Blanksby found her sons, she saw William comforting Thomas, quietly whispering to him.

“My preschooler is telling his baby brother ‘Kuya (big brother) is here. Everything is OK,” Blanksby wrote.

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#Throwback to when we were on our holiday. I was getting ready in the bathroom and husband was in the kitchen. The kids were quiet, especially Mr preschooler. You know the rules about when kids are quiet. I tiptoed to the lounge with my camera ready to catch anything they are doing. I was expecting my baby to be covered in Nutella or something but instead I saw this. My preschooler is telling his baby brother "Kuya (big brother) is here. Everything is ok". #myboys #bestbigbrother #documentinglittlemoments #mybabyloves #myheartandsoul #luckymummy A post shared by Ms Chikee (@mschikee) on Mar 6, 2017 at 1:08pm PST

The family isn’t sure how much time Thomas has left. Blanksby said they are trying to take as many trips as possible with their sons while they still have time.

“We want to travel with the boys, go on weekend trips to the beach, picnic at the park, drive down the Margaret River,” Blanksby told the Daily Mail.

Friends set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses so the family can focus on bonding with Thomas while they can.

If you would like to donate, click here.

Breastfeeding mom shares heartbreaking warning after baby's death

Five years after her newborn son's death, a Los Angeles area mom's heartbreaking warning to other mothers is going viral.

According to The Washington Post, Jillian Johnson gave birth to a 7-pound, 7-ounce boy, Landon, via emergency cesarean section on Feb. 25, 2012.   

"He cried unless he was on the breast, and I began to nurse him continuously," Johnson wrote in a blog post for the Fed Is Best Foundation, which, according to its website, believes that "mothers should be supported in choosing clinically safe feeding options for their babies," including breast milk, formula or both. Johnson's blog also included commentary from physician Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, one of the foundation's co-founders who claims to have seen Landon's records, the Post reported.

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One lactation consultant at the "baby-friendly" hospital, which encouraged exclusive breastfeeding, told Johnson that she may have trouble producing milk because of her polycystic ovarian syndrome and recommended supplements, Johnson wrote. But the consultants generally assured her that Landon "had a great latch" and seemed to be doing well, Johnson added

Johnson would not name the hospital, the Post reported.

When Landon was discharged on Feb. 28, he had lost nearly 10 percent of his body weight, according to Castillo-Hegyi's comments on Johnson's blog.

"These are routine and unremarkable findings in newborn babies discharged home to exclusively breastfeed," Castillo-Hegyi wrote.

Less than 12 hours after the family returned home, Landon was unresponsive, Johnson said. He had "gone into cardiac arrest caused by dehydration," she wrote, a claim backed up by Los Angeles County medical examiner's records.

"It was really hard for me to comprehend at that point, because I had been breast-feeding him – 'What do you mean he was dehydrated'" Johnson told the Post. “I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I was frustrated with myself because there were these doctors and nurses who kept telling me, 'Just keep feeding him. Just keep him on the breast.'"

Landon died at 19 days old.

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Johnson told People magazine that she shared her story so other parents wouldn't have to go through what she went through.

"If you think something is wrong, push on those doctors and nurses as hard as you can to make sure, until you feel that you’re being taken care of, that baby’s being taken care of," Johnson told People. "Especially at that age, you’re the only advocate that baby has so you have to do everything in your power to make sure that baby’s taken care of."

She added, "There's nothing wrong with giving your child a bottle," People reported.

But pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics representative Andy Bernstein told the Post that cases like Landon's are rare and that most babies can survive on colostrum for days.

"I'm definitely going to encourage breastfeeding when possible," he told the Post, but added that formula is also a "very acceptable source" of nutrition.

Trish MacEnroe, executive director of Baby Friendly USA, also stressed that breastfeeding "is the optimal means for infant nutrition."

"I think it's really important for mothers to know that breastfeeding is safe," she told the Post.

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Watch the touching moment this 5-year-old learns he’s finally getting a new heart

A 5-year-old boy is recovering after doctors successfully performed a heart transplant, something he’s been waiting on for a long time.

When Erica Stritch Schultz was just 18 weeks pregnant, doctors diagnosed her baby with a heart defect called critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Little Ari underwent two successful heart surgeries before he was even born.

He is now 5 years old and spent more than 200 days waiting for a new heart. According to his website, Echo of Hope, Ari spent months living at Boston Children’s Hospital suffering from congestive heart failure.

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On Friday, Ari finally got good news: a new heart was available for him. His parents recorded the moment they told Ari and shared it to his Facebook page.

“Are they going to find a good spot to put it?” Ari asked his parents in the video.

Ari, an avid sports fan, was thrilled that he might be able to attend a Red Sox game this season.

His parents are asking for prayers.

“If praying is what you do, now is the time, for Ari, and for Ari’s donor and family. We’ve been thinking about them, their sacrifice, their sorrow and their immense kindness nonstop. And will every day for the rest of our lives,” his family wrote on Facebook.

According to an update shared early Saturday morning, Ari’s surgery was a success and he is now recovering.

“His chest is still open and he will be paralyzed and sedated for days. He has a long road ahead of him but today begins the journey and now we take it one day at a time,” the family wrote.

211 days ago Ari was officially listed for a heart transplant. Today the counting stops. If praying is what you do, now is the time, for Ari, and for Ari's donor and family. We've been thinking about them, their sacrifice, their sorrow, and their immense kindness non stop. And will every day for the rest of our lives. Now, for Ari, it's go time.Posted by Ari "Danger" Schultz on Friday, March 3, 2017

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