Before you discovered that you were pregnant your pet was your baby. The love you have for your pet is the closest thing you’ll feel to the love that you will feel as a parent, I think. Research has even shown that snuggling your kitty or petting your dog releases oxytocin, that same love hormone you release when you breastfeed your infant or cuddle with your spouse. It is important that when you bring your new baby into your home that you do so in a way that grows the family in a respectful way and not one that pushes one aside for the love of another. Thanks Amy Sherman and Kranky Kitty for contributing an illustration for this week's post.