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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Summers End

Kayla and Lily have had a great summer.  In all of the negative the summer has brought Jer and I  (job wise) we have also had an amazing summer being able to spend most of the days with the girls!  We have been able to go camping (thanks to the Alberns), to the playground, the beach, and hopefully soon we'll visit the D'Angelo's again as we missed them while they were camping.. But it's been a wonderful summer!  We have some great new neighbors who are very nice and share their veggies (thanks :) ha) and Kayla and Lily LOVE their children.. Kayla calls them her "buddies"... I think it's because she really doesn't know their names.. she never settles long enough for me to teach them to her! ha  

Kayla has had two fevers recently that are just so random.. I can't figure them out... she is very hot to the touch, and sometimes very lethargic... but always still wants to play, no vomit, just a fever.. and it lasts about a day or two.. it's so strange. I've thought maybe her two year molars are coming.. but idk.. it worries me as fever is also a sign of reherniation.. yes I'm back to being the freak who will ALWAYS worry about reherniation.. I finally got out of that stage, and then we found out she reherniated.. soooooo my worry side is back.. :( 

Here are some pics of the end of the summer.. :)


a very rare moment - Kayla hugging Lily.. <3




Kayla's "big girl bed"... she proved to us she was ready after these two nights on the floor. :) So soon we will get her toddler bed ready. :)



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I'm Ok...tribute.. :)

For those of you who followed my blog on Kayla's surgery and recovery time you may have seen a video of Kayla letting you all know she was "ok".  So today, I made her a t-shirt that says "I'm Ok".  When I told her what the shirt said she knew exactly what it meant.. as she instantly lifted her shirt and looked at her scar.  :)





We had a fun little photo shoot with her new shirt.. she's an amazing little girl.  Sometimes it's so hard to explain just how life-threatening her defect is when she is so vibrant and giggly.  But it's scary to think of how close we were to losing her.. :( And to think of all those who have lost your precious baby and those who still aren't sure if their little one will survive or not... makes me just so sad.. :( We are so thankful Kayla was able to beat CDH- and all of her surgeries.  <3




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