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
Random toys – pill crushers and kleenex
Just being on vacation
Making our own fun with left over formula containers and her brother
Walking with Mama
At our picnic
The four of us