Kayla Mae Olmstead

Kayla was born with Left-sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (LCDH). When she was born she was in the NICU for a total of 55 days. She reherniated two years later, had her repair surgery in May 2011 and spent 11 days in hospital recovering. She is a tough little girl and we are truly blessed to have her here.

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Here is Charlie and Kayla, their first pic together and Charlie is talking to Kayla- and she is listening very intently! :) It's a little blurry because Charlie was being bounced... but how cute are they! Kayla is in her car seat for the "car seat test" Apparently since she had respiratory problems she had to sit in the seat for .5 hours and she passed with flying colors. :)
Well yesterday was our day out of the hospital. I didn't think it would be as soon as it was, but nonetheless I am super stoked to be home with my little girl. Stressed beyond belief, sure, but I know my husband and I can do this. We are so ready... stressed, but ready. We weren't exactly prepared to bring home a baby but if the Dr. says I can go, I'm going! :) We had everything we needed for the night and I must say it was a successful night! Kayla slept ALL night... I even went 5.5 hours w/o feeding her- don't tell the hospital!! I am only supposed to go 3-4.... but she was peaceful and when I finally did wake her up to eat, she puked! ARG! But since that 4 a.m. feeding, she has taken a full 80 mL and kept them all down, thank god because the lady is coming over today to weigh her! She loved her new surroundings. She was not happy about going to bed, but when she did, she passed out! Her Grandma went to Walmart this morning and bought her a tub thing, and some new bottles, one that has the soothie nipple from the hospital so she loves that when eating.. :) I am not so happy about the formula- I have to mix it because she is on the 24 cal. enfamil... and I guess it's hard to find at stores... Anyway- she is home, and happy, as are her rents! :)
These are a few pics of the day she left. The Yankee one and mirror pic were the day before- just thought they were cute! :) She is happy camper in the car in her car seat here. She slept the entire car ride home...the second we got into the parking lot, she started crying- she was hungry!

4 comments:

Maxton's Mommy said...

YAY!!!! I am SOOO glad to read this! :-) Go Kayla Go!!!

Beth said...

That is so great that Kayla (and you) got to go home! She looks so big & healthy! Sounds like she's a great sleeper, too...lucky you! Take care ~ Beth (& Kevin)

Chanda D Brady said...

Good luck with starting your new family!!! It's awesome to read about such a successful battle with CDH.
Chanda

Liz and Shane said...

Congrats on going home. Kayla is so beautiful and growing so fast. Kayla is an inspiration to others. I look forward in hearing about how Kayla is doing at home.

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