Lyla Rae is ONE!

KAT_1869 How is it possible that my sweet baby girl is ONE YEAR OLD?!? It seems like she was just born yesterday. You know the saying, “Life is like a spool of thread. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Well, I certainly believe it. This has been the fastest year of my life! If you follow me on Instagram (@mrsallisontamme) I warned you yesterday that there would be a picture overload today on the blog. I love photos and can never narrow down which ones to share… so I just share them all! Hah!

Here is the story of her arrival:

Jacob was in Denver at the Broncos Training Camp and Luke and I were staying in Kentucky where Lyla would be born. We had scheduled a c-section for the afternoon of August the 8th. Jacob would be able to fly in that morning and I had a detailed itinerary printed out so that everything would go smoothly on delivery day. Well… Lyla Rae had other plans!

The night of August 4th, 2014, I was putting Luke to bed and felt the sharpest pain in my belly. A pain I had never felt before. You see, I was induced with Luke and had an epidural and then an emergency c-section, so I had no idea what real labor felt like. I thought it was just one of those weird pregnancy pains. Then it happened again about 15 minutes later. And again. And again. I called Jacob to let him know and he suggested that I call my parents. By this time it was 11:30pm and I knew I was in labor. I was completely freaking out because Jacob was 1,200 miles away. I felt so alone because I knew he wasn’t going to make it in time.

Thankfully, my parents and in-laws were only 5 miles away and they both immediately got out of bed and came to our house. My in-laws stayed at our house with Luke, who had no clue what had happened as he had fallen asleep. My parents drove me as fast as they could to the hospital in Lexington, which is about an hour away. I know everyone who has been in labor knows the feeling, but oh my gracious, it was NOT a fun car ride. My sweet Daddy was speeding with his emergency flashers on and (carefully) running red lights all the way to the hospital. I think we made it there in 35 minutes flat! My mom kept calling Jacob and giving him updates and at some point he decided to leave his hotel room at training camp and drive to the Denver airport. He didn’t even ask permission, he just left. He later called his coach and told him he was gone to explain his absence at bed checks.

By the time I got to the hospital and got checked in I knew she was going to be born any minute. When they first checked me I was already at 8-9cm. And right after that, the lady at registration asked me to write my e-mail address on a form on a clipboard that she promptly handed me. I took the pen and threw it at her. If you know me at all, you know that is SO not like me. But come on! I was in labor, lady! I won’t go into all the details, but I knew I had to have a c-section instead of a natural delivery even though I was already so close to delivering. So, my mom got dressed in scrubs and they wheeled me into the delivery room. I remember looking the anesthesiologist in the face and telling him that he was my new best friend. Hah! At that moment he was!

All I kept thinking was that Jacob wasn’t there. It was so sad and yet so joyful. I knew he was getting on a plane to come see us, but he was going to miss her birth. It all just happened so, so fast! My mom held my hand the whole time and before I knew it, I heard my sweet Lyla Rae screaming as she entered this world at 2:17am. My mom was the first one to hold her and she brought her over to see me. Through my tear filled eyes, I saw my baby girl for the first time and I was simply overwhelmed by her beauty. She was truly a miracle! A blessing from God! I knew our lives were forever changed for the better because she was with us now!

IMG_4059The first time Jacob met Lyla was on Facetime. We are forever grateful for Steve Jobs and the Apple Corporation for their awesome technology that allowed an incredible Daddy/Daughter moment on Lyla’s birthday. She was screaming her head off in the nursery where they took her to be monitored and my mom brought in the phone with Jacob on Facetime. As soon as Jacob started talking to her, she stopped crying. All of the nurses said one big “Awwwwww!” in unison! I know no one would probably believe that, but thankfully we have it on video! We didn’t want to wake anyone up to announce her arrival, so Lyla was our little secret until 7 the next morning. Then the calls, texts and visits began. Everyone was so excited and surprised by her early arrival.


Jacob meeting Lyla for the first time via Facetime!

KAT_1820Since Jacob could only stay for one night in Kentucky, our friend, Katie Davis from Kat’s Eye Photography came to the hospital to take pictures for us. I am SO glad we have these photos. They are some of my all time favorites!

KAT_1836I love how real this photo is. How much love there is in the picture. How much change occurred that day. How grateful I am for my family.

IMG_0594 Since yesterday was Jacob’s day off, we celebrated Lyla’s birthday a day early. She loves baby dolls, so we took her to the American Girl Doll Store to pick out a Bitty Baby. I’m not sure who had more fun… me or Lyla? Hah! She squealed the entire time we were in the store and wanted to touch, hold, and kiss every.single.doll. I think we annoyed everyone else in the store because she was SO loud, but SO happy!

IMG_0608This was the moment when they handed her her new Bitty Baby. Love at first sight!

IMG_0613Can you tell how much she loves her?

IMG_0651Today, we went to practice so Jacob could give her a hug on her real birthday. It was a sweaty hug, but a birthday hug nonetheless.

IMG_0478Can’t believe that you were ever so tiny! You are now walking and climbing all over the place. You never sit still and you haven’t met a food you don’t like. You love to play, but your favorite activity is reading books. You have the sweetest personality and have never met a stranger. You know what you want and you let us know about it! Hah! Happy Birthday, baby girl! We love you so much!

IMG_0670And one last picture of Luke because he is the BEST big brother! He accepted his new role with ease and doesn’t have a jealous bone in his body for his sister. He loves her fiercely and is her best friend and protector. We love you too, Luke!

Details on her Pink Lemonade Birthday Party will be on the blog tomorrow. I’m so excited to share our first party on Everyday Allie Rae!


  1. Katie Davis says:

    Sweetest post ever!!! Lyla is such a doll and I’m so glad I have had the privilege of watching (and photographing) her growth the last year!! 🙂

  2. Happy birthday!!!! Awww!!! I loved your post!!!!!

  3. Happy Birthday sweet girl………what a cute post

  4. Happy Birthday to this sweet girl. What a sweet post

  5. Birthday blessings from Annapolis, Lyla! Such a sweet, beautiful one year old!

  6. Happy Birthday to this sweet little girl
    What a sweet post