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Philadelphia Baby Photographer | Northern Liberties | William ⋆ Lindsay Docherty Photography
October 21, 2016

Philadelphia Baby Photographer | Northern Liberties | William

Family

I am pleased to introduce you to Mr. William Ryan.  He is an adorably round little man who digs strangers and is 100% likely to steal your heart.

cute smiling baby boy on moms lap

He came into this world after a fairly “uneventful” labor and delivery.  Those are Kelly’s words.  I can’t imagine any delivery being uneventful but she’s a tough broad so it doesn’t surprise me.

baby playing with moms nose on bed

He’s much like his dad, Chris.  The two have a close bond and Kelly says that he lights up for him in a way he doesn’t for anyone else.  They both savor their own quiet time and William will pensively relax at a window or in his crib for a while without any qualms.

baby playing with dads face on bed happy baby boy with mom and dad on bed

William was about 3 months old when he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1.  In very basic terms, this means that his muscles don’t receive signals from his nerve cells so he is unable to move most of his body.  His muscles will continue to atrophy since they are not being used.  It is a very serious genetic disease.

Philadelphia family photo session with baby with SMA

Kelly and Chris refer to him as their “floppy” baby.  Rest assured that SMA hasn’t stopped him from happiness.  After all, he has an amazingly loving family and a somewhat loving dog named Jack.  Jack’s affection ranges from licking to indifference.

Philly family photoshoot with dog on bed Philadelphia dog photographer black lab

William’s photo session involved many rounds of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (did you know there was a second verse?  I didn’t.) and high fives.

giving high five to 4 month old baby on bed mom dad silhouette with baby at window

Do you like William’s duds?  Kelly is obsessed with Primary.com and their solid colored, super soft kid’s clothes.

cute baby boy photo with mom and dad in Philadelphia

To me, the most incredible aspect to this family is their one pacifier policy.  They only have one pacifier.  That’s it.  One.  *Mind blown*

coy baby smile with bright blue eyessleeping 4 month old baby on crochet blanket new parents smiling picture with bright red lipstick

William completely has my heart and his parents are pretty great too.

funny family picture with baby and dog in Philadelphia

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.
~ George Santayana

p.s. To donate to Cure SMA via Team William, go here.  There are making great strides and offering hope to families like William’s.

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