Highlights of Georgia

April 27, 2011

Bella and I headed out at 3:30am last Saturday to go see Sam in Georgia. For those of you not familiar with our story, he joined the Army in March and has been in training at Ft. Gordon since then – he’ll be done in June/July and we’ll be stationed in good ole’ El Paso.

Which I’m slowly coming to terms with.

Like a genius, I packed a LARGE diaper bag to take on the plane, as well as my purse, and (here it comes) decided to babywear Bella. To avoid losing my hands to pushing a stroller. Not the best choice. With all that I had to carry anyway. I was sorry about 30 minutes into the trip that I had packed such a massive diaper bag that weighed in at around 30lbs. I was lugging it all through the airport and dragging a suitcase behind me that tipped to the side every so often.

I may have said a really bad word in the check in line when everything fell off my shoulder and hit the floor. And I had to pick it all up while maneuvering the sling with Bella.

Once we got checked in and settled, I was surprised to find Bella actually did really well on the plane. We had a 3 hour then a 1 hour ride, and for the first leg she passed out. I couldn’t believe it. The second part she was stressed out and threw a fit the whole way, but it was short and bumpy and I didn’t care if anyone was annoyed with us. I was hot and had been up for 10 hours. She was over the plane. Luckily the guy seated next to us left the moment he saw her and found another seat.

We got to Augusta and I honestly fell in love the moment I stepped off the plane and into an airport with cheery yellow walls, huge white windows that overlooked the greenest grass I’d ever seen, and perfectly warm weather. I hated El Paso a little more every moment I was there.

When we got to base, Sam came out to meet us. Bella was so tired she barely could keep her eyes open, but when she saw him she just got really still and couldn’t stop looking at him and smiling. She patted him and giggled, I could tell she was a little shocked that he was actually holding her and not on a screen.

It was so special.

We spent the next few days bumming around Augusta, eating at places like the Bees Knees, Mellow Mushroom, Beamies, Boll Weevil, The Waffle House, going to the Riverwalk almost every evening, taking a tour of the old George Walton home while the tour guide talked our ear off, and driving around trying to find somewhere while our GPS stated over and over, “GPS signal lost. Make U-turn. Recalculating.”

::throws GPS out window and screams in frustration::

Clockwise from top: Sam and Bella at the River Walk, River Walk path, Georgia homes I would stab you to live in, Bella pointing at a waterfall

Tuesday night while Sam was at school Bella started burning up. She’d been sick on and off all day, I figured it was just too much dairy and sun and we tried to keep her inside to rest. But I knew now with her cough and fever she had croup again. At 11pm I called the base hospital and we went to the ER. Sam met us there and Bella got checked out with the confirmation of croup for the fourth time.

While we were waiting, I kept smelling the most delicious smell. Like KFC in the ER. Which was odd, because the ER usually smells like old shoes and medicine. Sam and I talked about what it could be. It was 1 am so we were both a little hungry from being up so long.

We headed down a hall and stopped to ask how to get out, and there it was. In the nurses station, there was a pork chop rotisserie. Slow cooking pork to perfection.

Sam and I laughed so hard. It had to be a Southern thing, because I can’t imagine seeing that where we live. Awesomeness.

to be continued – simply because it’s going to be way too long for one post…


  • Kelly

    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve never seen a rotisserie at a nurse’s station but I have been the one babywearing while carrying on my luggage alone. How I figured I could hoist a 40 pound rolling suitcase into the overhead compartment alone is beyond me – luckily I got seated next to an Army guy (my husband is an Air Force vet) and we hit it off which was a HUGE help!

  • Jen

    April 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I told you GPS’s were the devil!!!!

  • Kim

    April 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    My ER here needs to step it UP and start cooking like that one!! I’m so glad you guys had a great visit. I know it’s been difficult. I also know how worrisome croup is – mine all got it that way, too. We’d have it in July, it was ridiculous. But you are right on top of it and doing everything right.

  • Krysta

    April 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I love the pictures you have posted so far. Poor Bella. I cannot believe that she has had croup 4 times. I work with kids and I have never ever had/heard of one that had it four times in under two years. Poor baby. Hopefully she is feeling better!

    1. Diana

      April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      I don’t understand it either. You’d think me being home with her would help with her being sick. I think it has to do with the severe reflux she had from birth, it messed up her system something fierce. It worries me.

  • Katrina

    April 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I had to laugh at the mental image of you babywearing Bella with all the stuff at the airport. When I flew out to WA with my daughter I had my baby carrier and used her stroller to push all my extra stuff in! SO much easier. Maybe the flight back (if you’re still there) will be better!
    I hope you’re enjoying the time with your hubby. It’s hard to be separated for so long – especially with a little one!!!

    1. Diana

      April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      We are home, but it was a wonderful trip and we’re going back soon. Sans diaper bag. Because that was terrible. Also? I wore new, sockless shoes so I had awful blisters and cuts on my feet about an hour in.

      It was a very painful journey there.

  • Branson

    April 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I am so glad you guys got to have a lovely little visit… even if the mean old croup had to make an appearance!

  • Noelle S.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I am so glad Bella handled flying so well. I was so nervous the first time I flew with Hudson. I love Georgia and I am glad you do too! The South pretty much rocks and now that I know about the rotisserie I think it rocks even more!!

    1. Diana

      April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      LOL this made me laugh. 🙂 Georgia was amazing.

  • Sara

    April 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Aww how sweet that she just kept patting him… 🙂

  • Dana K

    April 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

    LOL I’m from GA and I’ve never heard of a rotisserie IN a hospital.

    Can’t wait to see more of your highlights!

    1. Diana

      April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Right? We couldn’t believe it. Most awesome thing ever.

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