The Beauty of Bella- 9 months old

by Telisha Cobb
(Nashville, TN)

Arabella Ann Cobb was born on May 18, 2010. She weighed just 1 pound and was 12 inches long. Bella arrived on this earth 4 months prematurely at just 22 weeks and 4 days gestational age. She went to heaven on February 18, 2011 on her 9 month birthday, in her mother's arms and surrounded by caregivers that loved her so.

While Bella's entire life was lived in the hospital she was constantly surrounded by her family and caretakers who tried to make each day rewarding and comfortable. She was indulged with spa days, massages, vanilla chapstick, pink toenail polish, cherry lolly pops, great music and many snuggles. She knew and appreciated the hands that treated her with such care. Her hospital room was adorned in pink with photos, toys and beautiful blankets that made it her own. Her Mom and nurses dressed her in party dresses, head bands, hair bows and even leg warmers. Look good, feel good was their motto!

At her young age Bella had an uncanny way of recognizing those that loved her and believed in her. She also had the ability to smell fear a mile away and took great delight in acting up just to scare those folks even more. Bella knew when she was loved and she expressed love. She blessed a select few with her Bella smiles, smiles that could change your life forever.

The beauty of Bella was not only physical but shined bright in her perseverance, her will to fight and her ability to touch all of those around her. Bella was not supposed to survive her first night of birth, her first week of birth or even her first month and in doing so we were all given the incredible gift to witness many of God's great miracles.

Bella was survived by her mother- Telisha Cobb, father- Chris Cobb- big brother- Dylan Cobb. Grandparents- Richard & Susan Sain & Joy & Cal Cobb. Aunts & Uncles- Yolanda & Joey Hooie and Caroline Cobb.

We hope that Bella's life will inspire you daily to trust in the things you cannot see, to pray in good times and bad, to hug & hold your children more often and to live each day as it is your last.

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Jun 01, 2012
Angles are With Us
by: TrishJ

As a former nurse from the OB ward I know that every baby that is born is a beautiful gift. Thank you for this inspiring post. What a fighter she was. How ashamed of myself I am for sinking into such a ridiculous depression after my husband passed away. One thing that I've learned is that the love and memories can never be taken from us. We are here for such a short time and have to make the best of it. Bella was a kiss of love that was given to you for a short time.
God bless you and your family. Hugs to you.

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