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


c'mon balloons

I want to thank everyone for continuing to pray for Kayla throughout her stay at the hospital.  I never knew there were so many people who thought about my daughters well being and I truly appreciate it!! I could not have gotten through this w/o being able to blog and write about everything going on- it's like therapy for me, and it really meant a lot to know people were listening!! So thank you!!
Her scar- the top one is where the chest tube was.. she won't let me take the tape off.
Kayla - where is your boo-boo? 

I would like give a special thanks to..

Mom and Dad for Lucky and the crazy special gift.  And for coming to visit twice while we were down there.. It was nice for the company!!

Laurie and Jerry for everything- taking care of Lily while I was gone, the gifts for Kayla, and for coming down to visit so I could see Lily- I know you came to see Kayla, but I was totally in heaven when Lily was at the hospital- I missed her a TON!!

Aunt Gigi who has always been so supportive and someone I can always talk to...for the balloons at the exact moment she needed them, and for spreading CDH awareness all the time!!! <3 Also for the Dora suitcase ...that was awesome!! And of course for everything else you sent!!

Aunt Meghan, Uncle Matt for sending the awesome slippers that Kayla wore EVERY DAY while at the hospital!! And for the "color" toy- One of K's favorite!! And of course for everything else!!

Patty, Vince and Charlie D'Angelo for all the times you came to visit- which was a lot- for everything you have done for us while at the hospital- the trip out for medicine, the potty, food and drinks! Seriously- the food you brought- was pretty much  my b-fast, lunch and dinner for the whole week...Kayla loved the visits with Charlie and I loved the visits w/ his parents! Thank you!!

Aunt Anne who sent Kayla some balloons at the exact moment she truly needed them and for her new monkey "curious george". Also for the wonderful card with the special surprise inside.

Marcia for the hospital gowns- Kayla was the talk of the hospital for her special gowns!!  One nurse even asked if they could get some for the hospital- So I told them about Etsy- maybe they can get a discounted price. :) But Kayla loved them!! And they were sooooooooo very helpful!! And made me happy to see K happy in what she was wearing at least! :) Thank you!

Danielle and Banford Elementary for the wonderful donation towards my stay at the hospital- you have no idea how much that helped Banford- parking, eating, co-pay, etc.. really helped!! Thank you- and D thanks for being so caring ALL the time!! You are awesome!!

Mary for the DVD's - Leapfrog was by far the favorite!!

Aunt Amanda, Uncle Dan, Jacob, Shaylee, Robin and Ed for the beautiful flowers that put cheer in our room and the Dora balloon that made K very happy.  We even played with it walking up and down the halls- banging it ... quite fun! ha!  Also for the cute get well bear!! <3

Aunt Terry, Uncle Larry Sr, Uncle Larry Jr, Becky and Maddy for the wonderful card and the surprise inside- K loved the stickers Maddy, especially the pig one!! <3 And Aunt Terry for the awesome gowns you made!! K was wearing the Dora one, so she got a new Dora pillow case from the hospital! ha

Aunt Ellen for always posting about Kayla to spread awareness about CDH and for the prayers we got from her posting about Kayla!

Missy Lawrence Peabody for the crayons (which K LOVED) and the other gifts that came in handy from time to time!  Also for the balloon thought- :) Sorry I screwed it up for you-!

Courtney and Dave for the get well cookies- unfortunately she can't eat them, but they are adorable!! :) <3

we are now home- and only one pukage so far- (tonight) but it was minor compared to all the others at the hospital.  She's been doing great at home... 

the dot on her back (near the bottom) is where her epidural was...can ya tell she's skinnnnnny?!

and home to LILY!! <3





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