Meet Bella. My precious, energetic, beautiful niece. Bella was born on Oct. 2, 2009. Our whole family had one heck of a year that year. My sister found out she was expecting. I got married. My dad had open heart surgery. Bella was born 2 days after my dad had come out of surgery and into the ICU to recover. Only 4 days after my Birthday. In the midst of fear and uncertainty with what was happening with my dad, this awesome little girl came into the world. She was a first for a lot of us. My sister's first child. My mom's first grandchild. My first niece. We loved her so much.