The moment she was born, my world changed forever. I went from being a teenager who knew nothing about life, to a new mother with a precious life depending on me.
I had anticipated her birth for months; dreading it in fact. I had so many fears and doubts of my ability to raise this helpless little baby. I didn't think I could do it; I thought for sure I couldn't!
She was so quite the moment she was born. They wrapped her tight and placed her in my arms. She had big bright blue eyes glaring at her new surroundings. I looked into her little face and I could not believe she was mine.
They took her to the nursery to give her a bath and have the doctor check her out. Brad came back to my room and before he even said a word, I knew something was wrong with my baby.
We rushed to the nursery and there she was, helpless and hooked up to an IV and oxygen. My heart stopped and the tears streamed from my eyes. It was not until that moment that I knew I could love her that much.
She had a bad case of infant pneumonia and had to stay in the hospital for 7 days. I can still remember how Brad and I spent our first week with Kayla sleeping on waiting room couches because I would not leave the hospital.
I realized that week that all fear was gone and I was the one God allowed to be her mother. Through good and bad, I was going to be there for her.
I can't believe that it has been 12 years since that day. My angelical little baby girl has turned into a beautiful, strong-willed, dramatic yet oh so loving young lady!
I can't even begin to tell you how many compliments I get on Kayla's behavior when she is away from family. I am so proud to have raised a daughter that really understands how to treat people even when mom and dad are not around.
She is beautiful and talented beyond belief. She is growing and diving more and more into God's word every day.
Kayla challenges me everyday to be a better mother and a better person. She keeps me on my toes and on my knees, but I can't imagine my life without her!
I am so excited to continue to watch her develop into what God has in store for her.
HAPPY 12th BIRTHDAY MY SWEET GIRL!!!