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Kelsey Taylor wins Mommy & Me contest
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This Easter photo was chosen by public vote to be this year’s Mommy & Me Photo Contest winner. Kelsey Taylor is pictured with daughters, from left, Avery, Aubrey and Ayla.
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Aubrey, Avery and Ayla Taylor are spontaneous triplets born to Kelsey and Aaron Taylor who are preparing to celebrate their first birthdays May 18.

Mother’s Day is a day to honor mothers for the momentous role they have in raising their children. 

The Southern Standard held an online Mommy & Me Photo Contest to help ring in the globally observed celebration, offering members of the community a chance to submit and vote on photos of the mothers in their lives.

When the dust settled and the last vote had been cast, the winner was a mother of triplets, Kelsey Taylor.

The young mother is getting ready to celebrate her first Mother’s Day since her daughters were born and she couldn’t be more thrilled. 

“I’m really excited,” said Taylor. “It feels like it took 10 years to get here. They always say the first year flies by, but I feel like it was so slow, but I think that’s just part of having triplets.”

Taylor’s daughters, Aubrey, Avery and Ayla, are spontaneous triplets, or triplets who were formed from the same egg without the use of fertility treatment. They are heading toward their first birthday on May 18. The three spent some time in NICU after their premature birth at 30 weeks but have flourished ever since, even getting to go home ahead of expectations.

Many envision their first year of motherhood to be filled with lots of new and difficult experiences and that is true for triplets, too, according to Taylor. 

“It’s a big challenge, which I’m sure being a mother in general is a challenge, but we have three,” she explained. “We take it one day at a time and hope for the best. If we didn’t have our family, I don’t know what we would do. They’re a blessing and I am very thankful for them.”

A noted difficulty she experiences is getting the whole trio to cooperate for photo-ops. “We were at church for Easter in the photo I submitted,” Taylor explained of the photo she used in the Mommy & Me Photo Contest. “We had many, many people standing behind the camera trying to get their attention. I’d say it took at least 10 people standing behind the camera to grab their attention.”

The challenges were not without reward, however, and Taylor credits the incredible bond she has with her daughters for the immense joy she has experiences in being their mother. “I’ve loved before but there’s nothing like a mother’s love,” Taylor said. “When you have those little hands and little arms wrap around you, it just makes you happy.”

For new or expectant mothers, Taylor offers them some advice for getting through the tough spots. “Lots of prayer and trust that the Lord knows what will happen helped when things got hard,” Taylor said of what got her through her first year of motherhood. “My daughters have been the biggest blessing and the best thing that’s ever happened to us. They’re only little for so long, so you have to take advantage of that and enjoy it.”

Taylor will get to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day with the prizes awarded to her for winning the Mommy & Me Photo Contest, including gift cards from local businesses. The Southern Standard holds online contests frequently so stay tuned for future community promotions.