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

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bella’s Trip to the Smokey Mountain/Blue Ridge Parkway

For our 20th Wedding Anniversary, Jason and I decided to go on vacation.  But I couldn’t leave Bella.  I was just too worried.  And then she was decannulated and I couldn’t leave her.  And then Brother had to have emergency brain surgery, and I couldn’t leave him.  So in the end, Alex and Bella went with us to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So many firsts for this little one – eating out in public, going everywhere, going hiking, being normal.

Driving and driving and driving


Staying in hotels



Most of the hotels were great – one gave us a nonsmoking room that smelled otherwise.  Just setting down our luggage and putting her down on the bed started an asthma attack.  We had to get another room, but that was the only night she needed oxygen on our whole trip.

Just as a side note, what is up with all of the smokers?  I was constantly on high alert everywhere we went for smokers.  Bella just can’t be around them. 

I did learn some of her triggers on this trip.  Obviously, cigarette smoke, but also if she really gets herself worked up that’ll start an attack.  Good things to know.



Stopping at rest stops


Seeing her first fire – it was gas and completely enclosed so there was no smoke

First trip to Wal-Mart


Playing on the patio


Hiking with Mama


Restaurants – so confusing to people why we wouldn’t order her any food or drink.  The poor waitress that told me, “There is a cord hanging from your baby.”  “Yes, there is.” I replied. She was often having her tube feedings while we were eating.  People would stare.  Oh well, Bella is really good about staring back!


Laughing and staring at people


Breaks from our drives



Feeding Mama


Random toys – pill crushers and kleenex


NC Arboretum


Sensory issues – I will NOT touch that grass no matter how soft you say it is!IMG_1617IMG_1621IMG_1627IMG_1632

Just being on vacation


Making our own fun with left over formula containers and her brother

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Walking with Mama

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At our picnic

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The four of us

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1 comment:

Junior said...

such fabulous pictures, love seeing Bella doing so well. hugs