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Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.
That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.
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."
I LOVE Kelle and I love her book. A recommended read for anyone who yearns for acceptance in a world of people always trying to seek perfection. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Christmas collector
An excellent read, for all of life's unexpected events. Highly recommended.Published 21 days ago by Jan
Kelley puts her fears, struggles, heart and soul into words that those of us who have never had to face the word Down Syndrome can come to feel and understand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Coral Maxwell
Kelle's story will make you laugh, cry, and you will NOT want to put it down. Wonderful book!Published 1 month ago by HarleyQ
My grand daughter was born on June 16,2015. We had tests for Down syndrome & they were never done by the doctors office!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Ann Adair
All I knew about Kelle Hampton is that she had a child with Down syndrome & her blog went viral. I was curious enough to pick up her book to get the whole story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ThatGirlBTS