“In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.” —Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy
Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of perspective.
From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.
But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.
With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."
Couldn't put it down
A very open and honest look at how a mother dealt with the unexpected Down Syndrome diagnosis of her newborn daughter. I alternately wept for her and got aggravated with her, but if you stop for just a moment and put yourself in her place then its easier to empathize with her feelings. It's a great read for any mama or for anyone who works with DS families and children.
I've been following Kelle Hampton's blog for a little while. Her journey through motherhood and "glass half full" perspective has motivated and encouraged me in my life to be a better person and to really enjoy and treasure moments and the people around me. I preordered her actual book and then purchased the Apple version because I was too excited to wait for it to arrive in the mail. I'm almost half way through and I was inspired to write a comment. The words and pictures are beautiful and honest. I wish all the best to the author and her family.
This book is amazing!! It shows what life truly is about. I am in love with little baby Nella and Laney and really want there to be another book!!!!