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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Kayla's first vacation

Three days before Kayla's first vacation she got another cold!  Arg! I was nervous, yes, did I question leaving her dr's area, yes, but we went anyway.  K knocked her first cold right out of the park so I assumed she'd do the same.  She had her last RSV appt and year check up the day before we left... so our doc got to listen to her and reassured us she just had a cold and she would be fine.

So off we went.  K is still too small to ride front facing... BOO! She was only 19lbs 2oz.. which is good in my book as it seemed she was in the 17lb range for a VERY long time.  She is a good eater- just a petite little girl. :) A friend loaned us her car dvd player which helped very much- however K wasn't too bad.  She was actually very good in the car- we spaced out our drive so we rode for three days to get to Myrtle Beach and three days to get back home.

Kayla got to see and do many new things down in Myrtle Beach.  She had a blast! As did her parents!! :) It was great to see my parents as we hadn't seen them since New Years! I also had an interview in Raeford, NC - pray it works out!! As of June 30th I'm out of a job and insurance!! :(

Here are some great pics we got while down in MB!
First hotel stay- she was good until it was time to go to her pack-n-play... that was tough!!
Second day riding we stopped at my brothers for the night.  Kayla loved Julian's wagon!! :)
Julian loves it when my brother plays his guitar- K was interested for about 2 sec... :)
In the a.m. Julian still didn't want to share his toys- :) But that was ok- K didn't seem to care.
Our first full day in MB! It was BEAUTIFUL! So we went to the beach.. K LOVED it!!

that wave you see coming in, got Jerry and Kayla soaked! haha She didn't seem to mind one bit!! brrr!!
Nina, Papa and Kayla!
yes- most of my pics are from the beach, but it was a fantastic time!
she loved the sand!
her first big restaurant! She went to one when no one was there- so Margaritaville was much different... she was soooo nosey!
Broadway at the Beach- she LOVED! She got to see so many things, walk around and of course play in some water!
This was one of our rest area stops- btwn Kayla and myself, we had to stop a lot - my small bladder and her need to walk around.  Jerry had taken her for a little walk while I went to the bathroom, and she saw me and started to come right to me... It would be beautiful pic if that ugly van wasn't behind her!

All in all we had a fantastic time- do we like riding for 18hours there and back- no not at all - but it was great to see my parents and their new house.  Kayla LOVES to be outside- so she LOVED MB! haha we need to go some where warmer for K's sake! :)  Oh and her cold didn't bother her at all- it finally went away the very last day of driving- no snot or coughs! But throughout the whole vacation she never acted sick.. was her playful self!! :)

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