A New Addition to Our Family...

I know you have all been dying over the "exciting news" I've wanted to share with you, right? Right. Well, all of that aside, I cleared the air and let you know that I'm not engaged (yet! hopefully!) but 75% of the frantic texts and messages I received were questioning whether I was pregnant or not... I can safely say that no, I am not... and I hope to wait until after marriage for that one, but we did recently adopt a new baby into our family!

I am proud to introduce to you....

Our baby Frenchie, Pipkin LaRue! Mike and I ventured an hour south to Shelbyville on Sunday evening to see the pup and hope that we fell in love. We took Georgia with us because it wasn't just our decision. We needed to make sure Georgia was okay with it and liked her all the same because Georgia is already a vital part of our family. If she wasn't okay with it, we would know it just wasn't the time to expand.

We had been thinking about this for a while and we thought we wanted another bulldog. English bulldog was my choice, as per usual, but the vet bills were always lingering in my mind, so we opted for a more compact and slightly-more-evolved breed with a French Bulldog. Opportunity presented itself at the perfect time. An older couple had her up for adoption and we were sold.

I tend to gravitate toward animals with a slight "defect" (for the lack of a better term!) and I always go for the goldfish with one eye or the pup with a messed up tail. In Pip's situation, her left ear doesn't always stand up. We know she will probably grow into this and they'll be fully erect when she's older (it's erect in the picture up there!), but it helped set her apart from the other little girl up for adoption and she was so sweet. She's 9 weeks old (born July 20th!) and has the calmest disposition about her.

I went and picked her up on Monday so we had Sunday night to mull it over and make sure we were making an educated and adult decision by bringing her home with us. I was a bit nervous as I woke up on Tuesday following our first night with her and I didn't sleep a wink! (Made me realize we're not ready for a human baby just yet!) Luckily everything went smoothly. She slept in our bed on Tuesday and Wednesday and she's just been an utter delight!

Yesterday I brought her to school with me! Our department chair/teacher was all for it. I packed her up with her sweet pink bed and blanket and stuffed animal. I had sewn her a bandana (floral print!) the night before and yesterday I made her a red polkadot one (as pictured). Everyone at school loved her! She's so well behaved. Follows me everywhere I go and doesn't bark unless she's playing with Georgia and is excited.

She's already brought us so much happiness! She looks like a mini-moo-cow! Georgia loves her so much! They get along swimmingly! I originally didn't disclose any of this because we wanted to make sure she fit our family. Not so much the "we don't like you anymore because you're not new" type but the "I don't want Georgia to all of a sudden get aggressive toward you". We wouldn't have given her to the pound or anything, but we wanted to make sure that nothing turned ugly. She's been with us for 3 solid days now and we couldn't be happier. Georgia still gets treated like the princess that she is so don't worry that we're replacing her! Georgia has such a large portion of my heart, I can't imagine my life without her! She gets to go to the puppy park every day to see her friends, and Pipkin sits on the bench and evaluates the situation until she's big enough to play.

She's a tiny thing, but weighs a massive 6.5 pounds! (So that doesn't sound like much compared to G's 50+ pound mass, but for her size, it's a lot!) We're so happy to have expanded our family! Where there were four, there are now five! I can't wait for Toby to come meet her! 


I apologize if you were hoping for something much more extreme like a pregnancy announcement, but I assure you that that will come one day much later! I can't wait to share that with you all, but for right now, our heart belongs to our two pups and the sweet baby boy, Toby. I hope you love her just as much! I can't wait to share our little adventures!


PS; I've received question of how her name came about so here you go: Pipkin Hills is a road near our house that we often drive past on our photo adventures. We always see it and say it in funny voices and exclaim how it'd make a cute name for a puppy. Well, there you go! LaRue came about as we were trying to think of something cute and French for her as she's a Frenchie. My old best friend from school's middle name was LaRue and we used to always all her Megan "The Street" T_____. We thought it sounded cute. It wasn't until later that night that we realized "HELLO! PIPKIN IS A STREET! LA RUE MEANS STREET! IT'S FATE!" hahaha It sounds much more dramatic than it really probably is but we thought it was a good vibe. Hooray for Pipkin "The Street" Flynn ;)

69 comments:

  1. oh my goodness! she is adorable!

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  2. could this be any cuter! i too thought it was something you were expanding your family or something marriage-y then mild hint after mild hint, I just had no idea. This never came across my mind! How terrible.
    How'd you pick the name Pipkin?

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  3. Oh my goodness Kaelah, she is ADORABLE! I just love her name! Congrats for your new addition<3

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  4. oh my GOD kaelah! he's sooooooo cute! congratulations on your new baby!!!

    allisterbee.blogspot.com

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  5. Pip is adorable!!! Congratulations on the new addition. I love that both ears don't stand erect. Just adds to her cuteness. Pups with quirks are always the best.

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  6. She is gorgeous. I love Frenchies. I've wanted a new dog for a while now but Davey's a jealous one. haha.

    Congrats on the newest addition.

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  7. hahaha congrats :)
    how cute she is :)
    and sweet name :)

    xoxo

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  8. She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. And I like names that are a bit unique and special, you'll have to tell her when she is walking down her road!

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  9. Oh. My. Goodness.
    So stinkin' adorable. I just want to squeeze little Pipkin!
    My boyfriend and I have a Boston Terrier, who has similar coloring... but doesn't have the adorably giant ears this baby has... we've been talking about adding a Frenchie to the family as well, so you'll definitely have to share all the little stories of her temperament!
    Congrats!
    -Meg

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  10. ahh she's so cute!! i love her little tail :)

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  11. She is so cute! Congrats! I love the name you chose for her. It's so unique and the meaning of her name is just awesome.

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  12. ah she's adorable! congratulations!

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  13. Aww she's adorable! Congratulations!!

    xoxo,
    susannahbean

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  14. ohhh my goodness... im in love! i want a frenchie so so bad! she is precious! :)

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  15. She's so cute, and I love her floppy ear.

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  16. She's Adorable! I love French Bulldogs and have wanted one for a loooong time (it's just not viable for me right now though) So this is uber exiting, I look forward to following the adventures of Pipkin! :)
    x Beth

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  17. oh my goodness, that is the most adorable thing! I want one! <3

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  18. OMGGGGG the cutest little bugger EVER. love!

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  19. Ahhhhhhhh Pipkin LaRue is posibly the cutest little babe ever!!
    Ahh congrats on your new family member!!!

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  20. Oh my! Oh my! What a darling little girl.... she sounds as tho she is the polka of your dot!!!

    My husband and I toyed with the idea of a Frenchie.... however we just havnt crossed that line just yet :) Babies first and puppy later :)

    XOXO
    Yours Truly

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  21. So adorable! Congrats! I can't wait to see pictures of the 2 pups together

    fourthstpayphone

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  22. SO CUTE!!! I've been in love with frenchies for so long. I'm so jealous! Precious face :)

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  23. OMG! This is SOCUTE. I love her love her love her! <3

    stephanie
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  24. oh my stars!! cutest lil baby ever! i want to squish her little face and give her tiny kisses on the nose!! i love french bulldogs...thats actually what we were looking for (a black and brown brindle)...but then we found bodhi, and i wouldn't trade him for the world...but oh how adorable your little girl is!! love love.

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  25. Oh my goooooodness! I love this post so much and congratulations! I have been wanting a dog for like FOREVER now and this post just makes my heart more vulnerable to go out to the animal shelter and adopt a doggie. Baby LaRue is GORGEOUS! :) Congrats again!

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  26. holy cow, seriously so flippin' cute! I just wanna cuddle her!

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  27. I kneeeewww when you said on twitter "couldn't pick from all the little faces" it was a puppppy! I'm happy to see such an adorable addition to your family! <33

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  28. You've made me fall in love with Frenchies all over again! So freakin' adorable. :) Congrats on your new puppy and I adore your blog.

    blackandbows.blogspot.com

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  29. Awww, just found your blog and I am in love with your little puppy! I breed Boston terriers a close relation to your baby and the ear thing goes away. They grown into there ears. By six months they should be up for good. I would love to get one did they have more? Best wishes with your new baby!

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  30. Ohmygosh, she is adorable! I think I'm in love with her already, haha. And I'm so happy to hear Georgia and Pipkin get on so well, you both must be incredibly happy about that.

    I can't wait to hear more about their shenanigans and see more cute pictures. Oh, and Pipkin's bandanna is just the sweetest thing! Congrats on your new addition.

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  31. Awww, first visit to your blog and your baby is just adorable! I raise Boston terriers, a close relative to your little one and the ear thing will be out grown! I sure would like to get one of his siblings....are there more? Fun blog can't wait to see updates on the puppy!

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  32. aw my gosh she is so cute!! and i love her name. =)

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  33. AWWWWWWWW! Literally the cutest pup in the world.
    I'm so jealous!


    www.sweetmondayblog.blogspot.com

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  34. such a tiny dog but so much cuteness! :D

    sp of candc.sp-blogspot.com x

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  35. oh my goodness! adorable :) i love puppies soooo much!

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  36. Aww welcome home baby pipkin! :) how lovely - I'm glad Georgia likes her, I bet she will be a great big sis :) Engagement or pregnancy would be super exciting news but I think for now she is exciting enough! I bet your hands will be full anyways! :) xx

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  37. Aww cute! The news did sound like it might be engagement or something (maybe partly due to all the great wedding posts?) but a puppy is no disappointment! She is adorable.

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  38. Congratulations!!! She's precious, I'm so in love with her little ears!! :)

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  39. i love her! awesome addition! a frenchie was my second choice after pug - so atticus the black pug came first. next i want a boy frenchie and i will call him pierre!

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  40. he's soooooooo cute!!! i love his coloring

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  41. SO SWEET!!! Right now my boyfriend and I's schedule doesn't really work right now for a dog. But I can't wait till we get the chance. We have talked about getting an English bull dog, but also about getting a Frenchie . Those pictures just melt my heart! Oh and the best original name I have heard.

    Tab

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  42. she's so PRECIOUS! my goodness, cutest thing ever. welcome, little pipkin!

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  43. Omg she is so freaking adorable! I love French Bulldogs, I've always wanted one!!

    Little Sugar Monster

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  44. What an absolutely cute puppy! So adorable! And I'm loving the name! Very creative!

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  45. Shes friggin cute! I always wondered what dogs like georgia looked like when they were puppies. I think i'm in love with this breed

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  46. HOLY GOD that little guy is so so so so so cute!!! I have wanted a Boston Terrier for a long time, but was told they are way too high maintenance, so I was sort of looking at French Bulldogs, but was not sure if they are also high maintenance. I need a dog that will be okay with me being gone 9 hours a day for work... anyhow, Pipkin is freakin amazingly cute.

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  47. I looked at this on my phone and couldn't see the pictures... When I came back, I had NO idea that I would be this blown away. She is absolutely gorgeous, you should be (and I know you are :P) so happy with your decision! Try not to let Georgia squish her! Haha, I jest, of course.
    Love this pup!
    xoxo

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  48. congratulations!! she's ADORABLE! M & I are going to get an English Bulldog when we finally get our own house. I can't wait! Until then, I will vicariously live through your puppy pics! :)

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  49. what a doll. i'm so glad both of your doggies get along! this makes me want to spend some quality time with my puppies!

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  50. AWEEEE! Cutest puppy ever!!
    very unique name too.

    love it!

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  51. Cutest puppy ever! And his name is perfect. Congrats!

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  52. She is the cutest thing EVER! I want one! x

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  53. That's adorable! I'm glad that the pups get along...that's what I would be worried about too. I love the way you came up with the name!

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  54. she is adorable!! congrats!!!

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  55. I can hardly even stand how adorable she is!! congrats!!

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  56. Aww my god, it's the cutest thing ever! So adorable! Congratulations for your new baby!

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  57. So so adorable! We just got a puppy and it is so awesome just playing with her together. She already fits into our family!
    Pipkin is oh so cute!

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  58. what a sweetie pie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the name too!

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  59. Gosh that is one cute pooch!
    Great pictures too :)

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  60. Aww she is so cute! I have a new puppy too (well ,he is 4 months old now) - lots of hard work but so much fun!

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  61. This popped up as a post I might like! And hello! It's about the furbabies. I loved reading it. Pipkin and G are very lucky to have you guys as fur parents

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