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.

I'm Growing, I'm Growing!

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers
The pics - This was Kayla's first bath at home. How happy does she look- the bundle thing was a great idea- thanks Patty!! :) Kayla does not like tummy time- but she is making progress- as you can see she is starting to lift herself. :) She does great-and how cute is the pic of Jer and his daughter!? I LOVE it!! :)
Being home with Kayla is amazing. I'm completely stressed out but working my way thru it. I just get so nervous when she does her "i'm not gonna breathe" cry... I don't get much sleep because every move she makes I have to get up to check that she didn't spit up... I think more than anything- I am most freaked out about her spitting up in bed. Other than that- I'm so happy! Kayla is just so much fun! We do miss the NICU only because it gave us reassurance that she was ok. Now I have to make sure for myself- no monitors!
She is gaining weight.. the hospital ordered someone around my area to come to our apt. and check her lungs, heart and weight. She comes two times a week .. she has 4 more visits. Kayla now weighs 9lbs 11oz. She gets weighed again tomorrow- the lady said that it's good when they gain a half an oz to an oz a day... Kayla has been about an oz a day.. hopefully she'll keep it up. She sleeps thru the night- I started out waking her up- but I quit. She wasn't doing well with those feedings- so I decided to let her wake me up... and she does. But I think this is better for all of us. She is starting to like bath time a little better.. I can put her in the tub- and wash the front of her- with no crying... but once I start the back and her face and head- she goes nuts! I rush!! :)
It's great having her home- but we do miss our friends that we met at the NICU- :( But hopefully we'll get to see the D'Angelo's on the 13th! :) Kayla misses her bf! :) haha


Laurie said...

Love the pics! And looking forward to being able to spend some time with Kayla!! :)

Angela said...

OMG Kate- she is sooo freakin' cute! I do wish I didn't have to see up Jerry's nose in that one pic, but your daughter is quite the cutie! And I LOVE the bath pic-- if looks could kill...you better watch out!! :) I just bought her the CUTEST Amy Coe outfit-- cannot wait to give it to her!! Hopefully we'll be up on the 4th of July and I'll get a sneaky peak- if it is allowed then. Otherwise, I'll settle on these pictures!! I keep checking facebook too-- LET'S GO!

Lawrence said...

Kate, she is adorable. Gotta love the father/daughter picture!!! (Would like to see some mother/daughter pics too!!!!)
Hoping to hold this little doll on May 19th!!!!! So be ready!
Love you, MOM

SHARON ANN said...


I am sure this has to be a very Happy Mother's day for you. All the pics of Kayla Mae are so beautiful. She is growing fast as all babies do. You certainly are a wonderful Mother. Keep up the good work. Hope to see the family soon.

Love Aunt Sharon

Liz and Shane said...

Kayla is so strong! I love all her pics. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Kayla is adorable! Happy Mothers Day



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