Little Bella has captured the hearts of our family and everyone that meets her. We want to share her story with all.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bella’s 6th Birthday

Birthday picture                      (and the infamous selfie)
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Waiting for the bus in the morning, we made this video.

I sent cupcakes to school.  I wasn’t allowed to come up, but her teacher promised to send pictures!
Present and Cake Time
Dress up items                                       Joy modeling the ear rings for Bella
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Her own head phones and mp3 player loaded with her favorite artist’s music – Britt Nicole!
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Cake!  She blew out her candle all by herself  - but we didn’t capture it on video – so sad!
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Away from the hustle and bustle of everyone, she gave me her smile
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How we love you dear Bella!  I just can’t believe that you are six.  I keep thinking of the poem Now We Are Six.  I just feel like it’s such an accomplishment!  You are here and doing so very well.  I am amazed by you every day!  I love you sweet girl, all 26 pounds of you!

"NOW WE ARE SIX"

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six
now and forever.


Author: A.A. Milne

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Party at School

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Bella had a good time at her party playing place the glowing bracelet on the pumpkin, pin the witch on the broom, and Halloween Hokey-Pokey! She was very serious about decorating her pumpkin!

She didn’t actually Trick or Treat that night, though.  By the time it was time, she was sound asleep snug in her bed. Some of us are asleep by 5:30! Glad we went to those Trunk or Treats!

Happy Halloween little Bella!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bella’s Life

Bell loves to play tea party with her sister!

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Exploring a local park

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Waiting for the General Surgeon.  We are finally getting around to fixing her hernia.  It just hasn’t been a priority.  It’s from one of her chest drain tubes.  We are scheduled for Dec 5th for tubes, hernia repair, and sedated ECHO.   Bella loves selfies!

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As a Kickstarter backer, Bella received a song Miss Rachel made of the Christmas story – she LOVES it!

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Truck or Treat at Brother’s school.  Bella is a bumblebee this year

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At the Church Trunk or Treat

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Lately in Bella’s World

She really likes to practice her violin.  She’s so cute.  It’s giant on her!

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School work coming home.

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The family went to a Retreat and she got to play in the sensory room at Brother’s school.  She loved the ball pit!  She’s tired in the last picture, but she loved her balloon!

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Bella got sick at school and had to come home.  Joy made her a get well card.

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Aunt Kathie sent a tea seat.  The girls loved it!  Aunt Asia sent this cute dress and boots.  So cute on Bella!

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Jessi, Brother, and Bella.  We were exploring our neighborhood.

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Another day, another tea party!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Pulmonology

Pulmonology went well.  He acted a little scared of Bell.  He knows her old Pulmonologist.  He does things a little differently.  Rather than just sitting around waiting for the next virus that lands us up in ICU, he’d rather her be on a couple of daily steroids to be proactive.  They are meds we had weaned from, so we’ll try that.  Especially with this new environment and a real winter coming!  I told him my philosophy of no hospital care and he told me his - get to the hospital, get stable, then recover at home, but he did tell me he was fine sending her home on O2.  So we’ll see.  It makes me nervous when Bella makes a doctor nervous.  They tend to overreact then.  We’ll give him a shoot and see how it goes.  I did like that they do have same day appointments.  So if I’m considering taking her in to the hospital, I could see him first.  That is nice and would never have happened in Houston.

Selfies helps us as we wait and wait and wait in doctor’s offices.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Doing Great!

Cardiology was great today!! They do things a bit differently here. We did the EKG and then spoke with the doctor. After that he did the ECHO himself while I held Bella in my lap. Yes, she fought me, but he was able to get it done! In Houston they had kicked us out of the ECHO lab and told us all future ECHOs would have to be sedated.  So I was thrilled he got the ECHO!  Results were great too! Valves are behaving, just mild leaks. Arterial pulmonary pressures are on the high end of normal - fantastic!!
Bella, my miracle girl!  Who would have thought that sick girl who was on the verge of death would be giving results like these!??! So excited as she continues to do so marvelously well!!