Nyla Rose

The past few months have been one big adventure. The hubster and I welcomed Miss Nyla Rose on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 p.m.  She was 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 18 1/2 inches.


We named our bundle of joy Nyla Rose because Nyla means “Champion” or “Winner” and Rose is her grandmother’s name.  I believe that every time you call your child’s name, you are calling his/her destiny into existence.


As you can see, Nyla is a big girl. I was shocked when the doctor told me how much she weighed because I gained less weight while carrying Nyla than I did while carrying SJ. SJ was 7 lbs. 12 oz., 20 inches.


Ironically, when we were leaving the hospital with Nyla, a song entitled “Champion” was on XM Radio.  The chorus states, “You were born to be a champion.”  I had never heard the song before.  It was the weirdest, yet sweetest thing.  It was as if God was confirming Nyla.

I loved the hospital, the hospital staff, and my new doctor. Moving to a new city and having to find a doctor that you trust to care for you during your pregnancy is difficult, but God led us to the right doctor.  We also found an awesome pediatrician for the girls.  Their pediatrician grew up about 40 miles from my hometown in Mississippi, and she has become a dear friend.


I was really concerned about how SJ would react to having a little sister.  She would touch my stomach and say, “Baby” or “Sister”, but I don’t think she really understood a new baby would be arriving soon.  For those who are familiar with SJ’s strong personality, you can guess what she did when she came home from school and saw me with the baby for the first time.  She fell out on the floor and had to be carried away by my mother-in-law.  She has, however, become friends with Nyla.  She comes in from school and runs over to Nyla, trying to kiss her and give her whatever treats she got in school that day.  She is constantly in Nyla’s face.  We’re grateful that she loves her sister, but sometimes she gives her too much love.

20150219_150456Until next time, please pray that Nyla learns that she should be sleeping at night and awake during the day.

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  1. Melodie

    I’m so happy for you all. I can’t wait to meet my new little cousin and to see SJ and her parents again. It has been too long. Love you guys.

    • shaylajay

      Thank you and we love you too!

  2. Ava

    Nyla Rose is Beautiful!!!! 🙂

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Ava!

  3. Lekisha Mccullum

    Congrats! Blessings upon you and your family. Nya Rose is beautiful!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Lekisha!

  4. Erika Mukes

    She’s beautiful…congrats!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Erika!

  5. Angela

    She’s adorable Shayla! Congrats again on your bundle of joy!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Angela!

  6. Iniabasi

    What a beautiful blessing. I love her facial expression in the last picture! Congratulations to you and Mathis. Wishing you all many blessings.

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Ini!

  7. Cousin Marilyn

    Congrats on the birth of Nyla Rose! She is such a gorgeous baby!

  8. Tangela L.

    Aww…congrats! She’s beautiful and I love the name Nyla! It’s good the hear that you guys are getting settled in…take care.

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Tangela!

  9. Sherikee

    She is adorable .. You have 2 Beautiful daughters.. More hair to comb .

    • shaylajay

      I’m still learning! 🙂

  10. Kendra

    CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful baby girl!!!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Kendra!

  11. Jacquie

    So beautiful Shayla!! Great job momma!! All that hair! Awe!! Love you girl!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Jacquie!

  12. Joyce

    Hey cuz’s. Congrats on Nyla, the new edition to the family. Post some pics of SJ so I can see her. Didn’t know you moved, but glad you are getting settled in your new place.

    • shaylajay

      Thanks, Joyce!

  13. Kimberly LanierLawrence


    She’s absolutely beautiful! Congratulations and blessings upon you and your family!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Kim!

  14. Prentice

    Hi Mathis & Shayla,

    Congrats from the James family!!! God bless and take care!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you, Prentice!

  15. Kiley

    Aww she’s beautiful!! Congratulations to the both of you!! Enjoy both of your little ladies. xoxo

  16. Krystle

    Awe she is adorable. Thanks for sharing pictures with us. I miss SJ and you guys. I can totally picture her having her little moment of not wanting a sister lol. Many blessings to you and your family. 🙂

    • shaylajay

      Thank you so much, and we miss you too! Hugs and kisses!