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Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Birth – 13 Years Later

02/13/2013 at 04:00 PM ET

Introducing their bouncing baby … er, teenage boy!

After Kelli Higgins and her husband adopted son Latrell and his sister Chanya in 2011, the proud parents realized they would never be able to add their two newest children’s baby photos to the family album.

“I was very sad too because I didn’t have any photos of him either,” Higgins tells Today. “I think it’s really hard to have children and not know what they looked like when they were younger.”

That is, until the couple’s 12-year-old daughter suggested staging a newborn photo shoot featuring none other than her big brother, Latrell.

Kelli HIggins Adopted Teenage Son Newborn Photo
Courtesy Kelli Higgins

And, with that, Higgins, a professional photographer, pulled out the swaddling blanket and went to work. The result? A cute collage of Latrell in classic poses — feet included.

“Here’s my sweet not so little newborn! His name is Latrell and he weighs 112 lbs.,” Higgins captioned the series on Facebook.

With the funny take on tradition going viral — it’s earned over 3,000 shares on Facebook — Higgins is hopeful it will shed light on a more serious topic.

“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 explains.

– Anya Leon

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AnyPenny on

I think this is a great way to introduce a new child into a family. Just as sweet and memorable.

sandrah on

Very sweet, love it!

Xan on

I commend these parents and their clever kids for this. It’s really heartwarming that they wanted to commemorate the start of their family. They have every right to do so the way that parents of a biological newborn do. The fact that it’s so funny is great, too. ;)

klholzer on

YAY for adoption!! This is super cute and I just love that it shines light on adoption for ALL ages!!

Vanessa on

I love this idea. What a great family!

KattheMouse on

Never would’ve thought of this. Very sweet and inspiring! I love it.

Meg on

Aw this is super sweet. Love it.

pep on

that has to be one of the most adorable things ive ever seen and what a good sport for going along with it !! He is an ADORABLE BABY/YOUNG MAN ..Great Idea for others who adopt older kids

Annony on

bahaha!! I love this play on the newborn photoshoot. What an adorable idea!

Monika on

So adorable!!

DaisyMoon on

Slightly weird at first glance…just slightly though…

Belonging to a loving family…incredibly heartwarming…

Kat on

Creative, very thoughtful.

E on

Congratulations on your beautiful boy who I am sure has made your family whole … God Bless you all.
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Noodles! on

Great story! I love this! Congratulations to the whole family for finding each other. What a blessing!

GWA on

Ya know …. I think this is one of the most creative things I have seen in a long time and GOD BLESS them and their wonderful family! LOVE the pics! Luck mom and lucky kids.

Nancy on

That is just the MOST precious thing!

Jen DC on

gorgeous boy, awesome idea from little sis and wonderful for mom to make it happen. i’m glad they’ve all got their forever family.

Patience on

Wow! This is a beautiful story!

Ruth on

What a wonderful and touching idea!!!!!!

Lilah on

So beautiful!

martha washington on

cool :)

Joy on

I’m crying…so sweet!!!

Tania on

Love it!

Bev on

At first glance I thought Ok a little weird…but then I actually looked at them more and read the article and what a special, creative idea! I’m actually really impressed this young boy participated :)

Erin on

I love the sentiment, but the execution ends up creepy.

sm on

Love This. What a great Mom!

Katie on

I’m adopted and came here when I was 5 months old. But I think this is an AWESOME idea for those who do adopt at an older age and shows the love will grow and blossom into something amazing. Bless these parents and these kids that do an awesome thing to include even if they don’t have those pictures as an infant. :)

kim on

Wow… What lucky kids. Awesome parents to take that on. Applaud…………….May God Bless your family

m on

Love it!

Tanya on

That’s funny, but a cute idea.

jessicad on

I saw this earlier and couldn’t stop crying and laughing, what an awesome story:)

Anonymous on

fabulous!!!! just the right tone. I wish Steve Martin had done this (I hope he adopted a 35 year-old).

Beth on

This is even more adorable than seeing the newborn’s photos! Super sweet and funny! Fun and loving family. So nice to see!

Autumn on

Love Love Love.

Kaylin on

Wonderful!!! Very clever!

lisasimpsonfan on

What a beautiful way to celebrate a family.

amy on

This was heartwarming.Bless them.

Rachel on

why didnt they do a shoot with chanya too? the other adopted baby?

Kierra on

This is great. Maybe mom can reach out ro somebody who has the age progression software and do a regression to guess what he may have looked like as a baby etc…

Melissa on

So sweet and memorable. Such an amazing way to introduce a child into the family. Wish them love and happiness!!!

Anonymous on

What a touching and inspiring story. You can feel the love that went into these photos and the idea behind them. Bless this family!

confessionsfromtheborderline on

This is the funniest and sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. I love it!!!

Sherae on

Meant to be sweet and it is…but the pics are creepy.

Cheryl on

Loved the photos. There’s got to be a lot of love in that family to show the world what being a family is all about. Simply beautiful. Smart!

Sandy on

what a great idea! Very clever and he was a good sport! :)

Just glad they didn’t have one of him in a diaper!

Kelly on

Love this so much!

RDavis on

I love this!

guest on

I get the concept, but really, this is just kinda creepy

CM on

This is creepy and why is this under “celebrity babies”??

Who are these people??

Ugh on

It’s a sweet way to announce a family member. So glad 99% of comments are so positive!

Surprised a teen boy agreed to pose! Haha

leonkitty on

This is wrong and creepy

leonkitty on

Wrong and creepy. These kids were better off before they were adopted

April on

Such a wonderful way to celebrate a new addition, even if they are older…they are loved just the same!!

Anonymous on

That made me laugh so hard I cried!

Thanks!!!

jackie on

This is so inappropriate. It looks like child porn. He is going to be made fun of at school. The mom should be ashamed of herself. She should be celebrating who he is now not who he was.

Gina-Nicole on

This story really really REALLY put a smile on my face! Thank you!

Tajma on

Beautiful

sandra on

Cute idea but the swaddled blanket and infant poses are….disturbing. I’m happy to see a older child getting a home though.

mama3 on

this is beautiful! God Bless.

Notquiteright on

Something just doesn’t seem right. I think that the photos should have been more age appropriate. I like that they are taking photos and sending an announcement, but to have him act like a newborn is creepy.

librababe on

That is quite precious and a sweet idea. :)

Lucia on

My husband and I adopted our son 6 weeks before his 18th birthday and we never felt “cheated” out of his younger years because we have him for the rest of his life!

Carrow on

Definitely different, but certainly enduring and funny.

American Mom on

I agree!! How wonderful, creative, and loving! Adoption is truly a blessing! God bless this family.

kristy on

I love this. : )

Denise on

Very cool idea. Congratulations

Beth Campbell on

That’s wonderful!! As the daughter of a man who grew up in foster care, I can only imagine how thrilled he would have been had he ever had a chance to do this with the family who raised him! Congratulations to the Higgins family!

Janet on

It would have been a really cute idea if he didn’t have on the lace leggings. That’s what is really confusing. I’ve never seen a baby boy in something like that, have you? They should of left that photo out or for the home photo albums…..just saying!

Anonymous on

What an amazing idea to do with young adults who get adopted! At first your like… What! but once you read the store behind the concept, it’s loving and careing. Congrats to your family!!

Betty on

Love it, it’s brilliant!!

Glojean on

After reading the article and crying, I thought what a special young man he is. Let’s not forget he is a teenager and they are embarrassed by a lot of things, but you can tell by the pics that he loves his Mom and new family.

Millie on

We live in an ugly word and the first thing on my mind after seeing this photos is that child molesters will have a blast with them! I am a foster parent of five siblings and have my own little boy. I understand the need and would like to adopt one day but I already have a biological child and that makes me last on the list. Even for a special needs child!

Maren on

I was adopted this touches my heart too sweet :)

mimi on

i love it! it’s funny and heartwarming at the same time.

H. Dix on

This is so beautiful. Whether an adoptive family has a child from birth or finds their child as a teenager, the love, pride, and joy they feel at becoming a family is the same. Like biological parents they want to celebrate the additions to their family. These kids have a forever family. God bless these people for keeping siblings together. Sniff, Excuse me, I have something in my eyes. :-)

Poorkid on

How stupid! Humiliate the boy right away! He’ll SO hate these photos later!

guest on

That’s just awesome!

marn on

this is sweet but kinda weird.

Mandy on

I think this is such a great idea & it is so nice to hear of people adopting older children instead of babies. If I ever adopted, it would be an older child. They need good homes too.

Nena on

At least they are potty trained and no late night feedings or uo all night crying

Ann on

Awesome……older kids need to be loved also……

Jenn on

Love it

T in Texas on

I think that was a GREAT thing to do . What a loving family !

amw on

That is wonderful…love it!

Christine on

I love it! What awesome parents and what an awesome family! Many blessings to you and your beautiful children!

rlb237 on

That is super cute!

valeskas on

Wonderful.

Tiffany on

I think that is really weird…

Colby on

So precious…love it!

Terri on

How touching!!!! Love it!!!

Anonymous on

That is so sweet. Love the photos

Magnolia on

Fantastic photos, wonderful people! Great story!!

kitty62862 on

This is really beautiful, I love it. Latrell and Chanya are blessed. Best wishes to the whole family.

bevvie on

so cute!

Abbie on

I think that is sooo sweet!!! One of my best friends had a daughter at 18 years old. Her little girl was never raised by the father. When she got married her new husband fought really hard to be able to legally adopt the little girl, it took five years to finally happen. When it did they sent out “birth” announcements with “it’s a girl.” Photos of her and him together. It was beautiful! It is wonderful to show more stories like this about adoption! Congrats to the beautiful family!

Anonymous on

I love this, what a beautiful way to say welcome to the family.

Renate Thompson on

Brilliant, they are beautiful pictures. You should be very proud of all of you.

Vee on

My heart feels lighter after seeing this. Lovely sentiment. Thanks People for sharing it

Gretchen on

I love this!

Beth on

Aww, that is so sweet. At first I didn’t read it and I thought it was making fun of the ridiculous and over top way people announce they are pregnant or what gender the baby is, but these are very cute and he is a good sport going along with it for his mama!

Ann on

that is really cool!

bethany on

This is so sweet. Older children being adopted many times feel they are not special. This is a great way for these children to feel loved and adored. I hope more people will be encouraged to adopt.

lg on

that is so touching!

TJ on

Really???

Anonymous on

i’m all for adoption and celebrating family, however the pictures are a little disturbing to me….but the important thing is everybody is healthy and happy…

Anonymous on

soo sweet!

amber on

…gotta love it….

Jen on

Well now that’s a neat idea :) I never would have thought of something like that.

Sammy on

Priceless!

Absolutely beautiful!

Patty on

Absolutely lovely. Love.

Karolina on

I love this! What a sweet and touching story..(and funny too!)

guest on

Heartwarming!

P on

this is to weird.. and to go viral and subject your child to every molester in this world who would love to get a hand on this pix.

you should be ashamed of yourself..

Celebrate your adoption another way.

ChristineB on

This is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. What a beautiful idea! <3

Anonymous on

Sweetest Announcement I have ever seen

Patti on

what a great story….they made him feel even more special by doing this. Adoption is hard on kids especially older ones, they sometimes feel like they never fit in.

AllisonJ on

i love it! Amazing! These photos made me so happy.

nacho mamma on

Happy for him and his new forever home!

Tina on

What a sweet thing to do. Great idea.

Cat on

These pictures are more than just a welcoming into a family and a way to celebrate a new beginning. They display pure beauty. He may be 13 but the pictures capture the same as if he were 13 days old… Innocence. It doesn’t matter the age of a child that a parent brings home for the first time, it matters the love and devotion that accompanies such an event. Congrats to everyone and those pictures will forever be followed with the overwhelming love they all felt during that period of their lives:) very cool

Anonymous on

Gorgeous. Love Love Love!!!!!!!!!

tomeka denton on

you can actually take his picture to an photography image expert that can do a reverse process of a missing child composite instead of birth to adult you can do adult to birth……to see if you can come up with with some awesome baby pics!!!!! wish you the best!!!! LOVE!!!

T on

STUPID

Lisa B on

Wow, that is really cool! :)

Laura on

This is brilliant!! I love it :)

Leslie on

Adoption is wonderful but….the pictures are just a bit well…strange for a child of that age…before you leap on me..it’s just my opinion…..

cris on

Clever! As an adoptive Mom I had the good fortune of getting my daughter as a newborn however; I dont care how old they are I think you should celebrate them in the way you would any other child. Perfect! Just Perfect!

mg on

omg- love it!

fudbag on

my, what a BIG and tall baby!

nevertheless this is wonderful. ALL children deserve to be announced with pride.

kudos to them for choosing adoption as well.

Anonymous on

Kuddos to Mr and Mrs adopting older children, so happy they have a “family”! The photos are simply lovely, great idea!!

Ana on

This is so incredibly sweet and loving, tears in my eyes :)

AllisonJ on

Love this! Makes me so happy to see these pics!

meem on

Adorable & hysterical. I think it is awesome that this family has found each other. This boy has a great sense of humor.

Anonymous on

Cute!

Juz Me on

What a thoughtful son, this is so sweet.

Anonymous on

This is the BEST Valentine’s Day post EVER!

Anonymous on

amazing

happyvalentinesday on

this is strange, very strange to say the least. happy for them that they are excited.

Isabel on

Glad to see this family has a sense of humor unlike some individuals who’ve commented.

Esther on

Very cool. Like another guest said though I don’t like the photos they chose, but it is a good iea.

Anonymous on

Such a brilliant idea!

Gigi on

Precious!! What a wonderful family!

Tiffani on

This is super creepy and weird, I’m sorry I get the idea but this is not very cool…

Misty on

What a sweet story. :)

Jenn on

Adoption is SO important- and it’s so important to celebrate your child no matter how old they are or werre when they came into your life! I truly believe people are destined to adopt on purpose- it takes someone very special to take someone else in and make them a forever part of your family. Just beautiful- and funny too ;)

Jenn on

And anonymous AKA Jackie- how in the heck is this child porn? Weirdo…

Rosemarie Roche on

How very cool are these parents?! What a lovely idea! These kids are very luck indeed!:)

Carol on

this is sad. You can’t duplicate the beauty of a newborn by making a teenager look so ridiculous. She abused her mom role by making him do this for her. Kids are not toys, she should have chosen an age appropriate announcement. This is creepy and suggests she needs some kind of attention.

meme on

I can’t believe the 13 year old agreed to do this!

Charity on

Latrell is a great guy for going along with his mom on this. What beautiful pictures making a lovely memory!

Aspen on

Now that is love ; )

Marie on

Very clever! At first I was thinking what on earth, but the story is fantastic and I think he will forever cherish what they have done for him. Awesome family!

Kelly on

Love it!!

Shelby on

Extremely Creepy.

Stephanie on

These are powerful images. There is not nearly enough out there to promote the adoption of older children.

Galen on

Thanks for sharing this. For adopting him, and celebrating his birth in such a beautiful fashion. We just don’t get to see enough joy in this crazy world, and the story made my day. Good luck and best wishes for you and your family!!

Shani on

So if they can age enhance photos of missing people can the un-age people???

Linda on

Okay, I personally think that this is CREEEEEEEPY!

nancy on

I love it. Awesome pics. Latrell had a great sense of humor to go along with it.

Maren on

It isn’t weird or creepy it’s a beautiful thing and it touched my heart :)

Alyssa on

I was adopted at 16 after being in foster care since I was 12, This made me tear up. BEAUTIFUL!! There are not just babies out there, who need loving parents!

Gerard on

Wow ! so novel, so cute. What a great family. I just can’t help but to love this family.

C on

Just Beatiful!

B.J. (the girl) on

What a wonderful idea! I love it.

Zonn on

At least half of the people who said this was creepy didn’t even bother reading the story, right? Well it’s not creepy, it’s genius!

Summer on

I had the privilege of meeting Kelli this week. She is one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever spoken to.

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