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{Baby Blog} Lily and Her Best Friend Zoey

I was nervous about bringing Lily home to introduce her to our dog Zoey, not because I thought Zoey would be mean to her, but because I thought she might act out.

Since day one, Zoey, our little Maltese/Silky Terrier mix, has been super sweet, protective and loves to be around Lily all the time. She follows me into her nursery every time I change her and waits patiently. She loves to lay next to her during tummy time (possibly because she hopes to swipe one of her little rattles or socks and take off with it) and she sneaks little licks and kisses whenever she can.

Pacifiers have gone missing a few times and I find them chewed up on the floor somewhere, so it’s a good thing we have them strategically placed all over the house…but that’s okay 😉

The one thing that I have noticed about Zoey since we had Lily is that she likes to be bad when she wants attention.

We totally spoiled her before the baby and pretty much treated her like she was a baby. I carried her around the house, talked to her like a little person and gave her all of our attention everyday.

So now that Lily is our priority, Zoey has become….dun dun dun…. more of a dog to us! I never thought I would feel that way! She was our baby…and now that we actually have a baby…we expect her to be a good dog. Even though, we treated her like a spoiled child for the past 3 years.

So I really shouldn’t be surprised that she will mark or leave a little surprise on the floor when we’ve been busy with Lily. But, it’s so annoying. So what did I do? Got diapers for Zoey, too. Two kids in diapers now.

But, hey…it’s working. She doesn’t mind them either! We’ve been working on giving her more attention lately so hopefully she realizes she doesn’t need to be a little stinker anymore.

She is such a good dog and I love how great she has been with Lily. Lily loves to watch her run around the room; i’m not sure what she thinks Zoey is quite yet, but she definitely thinks she’s funny.  I can tell they’re going to be best friends.

<3 Katie Ryan

{Baby Blog} Lily is (ALMOST) 4 Months Old!!

So much happens so fast in the first few months with your new baby and the changes that they go through are even crazier!

My cousin just had a baby and looking at how new and little she is, I feel like I just blinked and Lily has turned into a “little baby” instead of my delicate newborn. Yes, she’s still an infant and 3-4 months old is still so young, but I can’t believe how fast you watch their looks and size change from one week to the next.

In just 3 1/2 months she has gone from newborn clothes to size 3-6, she’s gone up in diaper size, bottles are bigger– because shes drinking more, and her head has finally grown enough to fit into cute bows and hats!

All she wants to do is be sat upright on your lap so she can see everything. She also DOES NOT like it when you try to carry her like a baby laid in your arms. She wants to know where shes going! Thank goodness they make perfect little chairs that she can sit up in to look around.

Tummy time is still no fun…but we’re doing it; and being able to grab for toys and look around helps!

My absolute favorite part about her changes over the past few months are the increase in smiles, laughs and interaction with her Daddy and I (she loves his voice!). Her smile is the best!!

We love just sitting on the couch making faces and silly noises at her just to see who can get her to smile first.

Stomach bug, cold and ear infection have all hit during 3 – 4 months…so we are hoping for an easier next few weeks!!

BUT…I think we may have started teething, the drool and wanting to chew on everything has begun!


{Baby Blog} Radiothon With a New Perspective

The St. Jude Radiothon this year was a completely different experience than any other year. When you’re a mom or parent…it’s an entirely new ball game.

The emotions are different and the stories felt more real than ever before. I found myself listening to these tragic stories and putting my little Lily into the shoes of these sick children and feeling the hurt and fear that these parents were describing in each of the story songs. I definitely shed a lot of tears over those two days last week!

It just made the radiothon that much more important to me. I’ve been to the hospital and have seen the sick children that are being treated, but now I feel so much more pain for the parents that are going through cancer treatments with their children.

It’s not all sad, though! Knowing that there is a place in the world like St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital brings me so much comfort and hope for these sick kids. I know it is the best place for them and they work so hard to get them healthy and back to their normal lives…just being kids.

I definitely look at Lily everyday knowing that we are SO lucky to have our healthy, happy baby and give her extra extra smooches because I can!

Thank you so much for your donations to our WFRE St. Jude Radiothon!

<3 Katie Ryan

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