Hello Again

Well hello there blog world, it is nice to see you again!  Yes, it has seriously been nearly two years since my last blog post, and in that time my life has changed so much.

The Kayla you knew back in 2014, while still very similar in her interests, has entered into an entirely different category of people.  That's right, I'm now a mommy!

While I would like to blame my online absence on the ever present business of my day-to-day life (which it most certainly takes part), I must be forthright.  From the moment I found out I was pregnant I contemplated continuing my blog.  My mind was filled with the endless post possibilities about baby bump progression pics, healthy substitutes for pregnancy cravings, prenatal workouts, the list goes on and on.

But alas, my fear won out.  I was scared of posting anything personal online.  It would be out there for all the world to see if they wanted.  I panicked at the thought of judging strangers seeing pictures of my swollen body, reading about a time that was so beyond personal to me.  And then I worried about what would happen when the baby arrived.  Did I really want pictures of my precious little boy out there for all to see?

To be honest, these questions still tumble around in my mind.  But I want to rise above that.  In my family we live a life to be proud of.  In the past two years I have grown as a wife, a mother and a child of God and I could not be more proud of where my little family is going.  I sincerely hope that the people who come across this site take away something good.  Be it something as simple as a sweet treat recipe, or more profound--because I am adamant about sharing more of my journey through faith with you all as well.

With that said, let me catch you up a little on my life these past couple of years--it has been quite the adventure!


My Eggo was PREGGO!


I found out I was pregnant while on a business trip to a fishing tournament of all places.  There I was, sitting in my hotel room all alone, waiting for that little stick to stop flashing when it showed up, plain as day..."Pregnant."  Yes, I was very excited, but I think whether you want to be pregnant or not, that first confirmation is enough to make you a little queasy.  

After a fit of uncontrollable giggling (I was nervous!) and a few panicked paces around the room, I sat down and picked up the phone.  Who should I call first?  My husband--no, I couldn't do that over the phone.  My best friend--no, I couldn't tell her before Dan.  My fingers trembled as I entered the number.  After a few rings, it went to voicemail.  "Thank you for calling the Women's Clinic.  We are not in right now.  Please leave your name and number and we will get back to you first thing Monday morning."

I couldn't even call the doctors!  I suddenly had this big news and no one to share it with.  What followed were two of the longest days of my life.  After multiple trips to the local Wal-Mart for baby clothes and fishing tackle (trust me--they relate), a second pregnancy test (just to be sure) and an impromptu belly pic, I was on my way home to give my hubby the good news.



I will spare you the monotonous details of my pregnancy and leave you with the highlights.  I craved peaches, was sick only in the first trimester, kept fit and active during the entirety of my pregnancy and two weeks before I was due had to be induced due to a sudden onset with pre-eclampsia.

On October 7, 2015, after 19 hours in the hospital, I delivered a 5 lb 14.5 oz pure blessing from the Lord above.  Baby E has been the greatest gift I have ever received and I would not trade one sleepless night, stretch mark or extra pound of weight for him.  He is truly an angel.



















Baby E

I have tried and tried again to take my mom goggles off, but I cannot.  They are adhered permanently to my face.  Either that or my baby boy really is the best baby boy on the entire planet.  Yeah, I think I'll go with that one.

I have never been one to overtly brag about anything in my life.  I try as hard as I can to remain humble in all that I do.  But I just have to say, when it comes to children I hit the motherload.  I know, I know, that could all change in an instant, but I am choosing to focus on the now.

Baby E is a happy baby.  From the moment I walk into his room in the morning to the second I lay him down for bed at night, this kid is smiling ear-to-ear at me.  Yes he does fuss and whine, like all babies do, but when it comes to life, this kid knows how to smile about everything.

Now a bouncing ten month old, he is on the move in a big way.  We are days away from our first steps and when it comes to food, there is not a thing this kid won't eat.  Which is great for me when I start baking or cooking up something new.  He eats everything from quinoa to cupcakes.


We are quickly approaching his first birthday, a date I have been both dreading and counting down for since his birth.  I am terrified to say goodbye to the baby I know, but so excited to welcome the soon-to-be toddler into my life.  Not to mention planning his party and baking his cake have been on my mind for the past, oh, ten months or so.

Be on the lookout, because there most certainly will be a post about that.







Life as we Know it

Very recently my life has shifted in a dramatic way.  I have taken quite possibly the biggest leap of faith in my life and career.  I am scared, anxious, nervous, but above all else, completely and totally excited.

I have learned to trust God in all areas of life.  Much, much easier said than done, but as I write this I am reminding myself that God is in control.  He has a plan for me and I plan to share it with you as it unfolds.  For now, let's just leave it at that.

Until next time!

--Kayla

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