A mother has kissed her baby after calling her ‘ugly’ after she was born. However, she found herself criticized by many for her seemingly harsh lyrics. Years later, the baby has redeemed herself as an “absolutely gorgeous little lady!”
Lucy Baehr was like all mothers who expected their newborns to be cute. However, the Arkansas resident joked that her baby arrived looking completely different, and her story has become a rival for its hilarious uniqueness.
For a long time, Baehr struggled to conceive and suffered several losses before giving up the idea of expanding her family. The woman was already a mother to her daughter, Harper, and stepson, Cole.
Hoping to fill the gaping hole in her life, in September 2019 she and her family got their third dog. However, fate decided to give her a different outcome when in February 2020, she discovered that she was pregnant with a girl!
Baehr felt her newborn daughter, Reese, was a miracle, but the child’s arrival was something she wouldn’t soon forget. Recalling the first time she saw her baby girl, the mother of three said:
“I’m sure I looked at my husband and thought, ‘Is she healthy?
Seeing how different her daughter was, the new mother was surprised when she imagined giving birth to her doppelganger. The Arkansas woman recalled how Reese had a huge nose, and when Harper first held her younger sister, she saw the stark difference too.
Although Baehr’s daughter was probably thrilled to be an older sister, she couldn’t help but glance at her mom and notice how “weird” Reese looked. Her mother eased her conscience by stating that Harper wasn’t really wrong in her view.
As most people know, it was taboo for mothers to admit their children weren’t beautiful, but Baehr bravely ventured down that path using TikTok. Talking about a trend where people admitted they were expecting a cute newborn and got the opposite, the mother-of-three laughed as she said she won hands down!
The movement has been dubbed “The Ugly Baby Challenge”, and the woman’s post has garnered massive attention on TikTok. At one point her music video had been viewed by over 22 million people, she laughed as she revealed that some said her daughter looked like ‘Mr. Bean’ or ‘Harry Potter’ Dobby!
After going viral, in July 2021, Baehr appeared in a clip on the “Today” show where she shared her hilarious story. Most of the comments she received from her TikTik followers were very funny, with one saying Reese looked “like a villager.”
A second person laughed and assumed the little girl was definitely “her father’s child”. Someone else lamented that women had to go through nine months filled with nausea and all sorts of drama just to have their children come out ‘looking like their fathers’, while another said apologetically:
“Sorry, but she looks like ‘Mr. Bean’.”
While many social media users viewed Baehr’s post as good old-fashioned fun, some people didn’t see it that way. Some people thought making fun of the child was in bad taste, and adding a clip on social media was also not welcome.
Why was Lucy criticized?
Baehr revealed that some people would comment on her being a “horrible mom.” Critics felt the viral post would lead Reese to struggle with his self-esteem, but his mother defended his actions saying she was trying to be honest.
The mother-of-three explained that she tries to normalize how babies look when they are born. She insisted that Reese was doing “fine”, promised to tell him about the job one day and said everything would be featured in the little girl’s baby book.
Baehr also believed that his daughter would emulate him by having a great sense of humor! What the Arkansas woman was trying to do was remind mothers that not all newborns are born perfect, and that was fine.
The relative explained that her clip was not meant to be malicious and that she knew Reese was not ugly. However, the attention she received from the video led to companies sending the little girl toys for the recording.
On October 31, 2022, [Lucy] Baehr gave his Instagram followers an updated look at Reese’s appearance…
On October 29, 2020, Reese’s mother shared an Instagram photo of her newborn baby. In the caption, she explained what the child’s name meant, and showing how much she adored the little girl, she said, “You were loved long before you came here.”
A troll focused on Baehr’s TikTok clip noted how beautiful Reese looked and hoped the TikTok video disappeared from the internet by the time she was older. The person thought the little girl’s mother was “superficial” for calling Reese’s nose “so big” before asking:
“Are you sure she’s healthy??”
Despite all the negativity and attention Reese has received, she was past the age of infancy and drastically changed from her birth appearance. Some might even say she looked more like her mother now.
What does the viral baby girl look like now?
On Oct. 31, 2022, Baehr gave her Instagram followers an updated look at how Reese looked, nearly three years after she was born. The little girl was featured in several pictures in a cute Little League outfit for Halloween and even swung a bat in some of them!
Reese had grown in her features, leading one person to note that she was an “absolutely gorgeous little lady”. In January 2023, the baby girl’s mother shared more images and even a clip showing how pretty and vivacious her daughter looks.
Someone called the child a ‘beautiful little girl’, while another thought she was ‘absolutely precious’. A third follower thought Reese was “a doll.” On November 4, 2022, Baehr uploaded an Instagram video showing how her daughter had changed over the years.
The Arkansas resident revealed that the clip took him two years to complete and he felt like crying. Reese was seen laughing, smiling, learning to crawl, playing with the dog, learning to walk, feeding herself, exploring and growing into the beautiful little girl she is now.
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