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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."
Kelle Hampton's down to earth, honest depiction of the raw emotions that seized her heart throughout the first year of her family's journey to raise their sweet Nella, serve as an... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Theresa Mayes
The book touched me deeply. I don't have
children but could relate to the love little Nella brought to life in the pages of her mother's story, powerful, positive and... Read more
Great read. I have followed this writer through blog/Instagram and have to say her honesty is as alarming as it is comforting. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rebecca P.
The book is so real that at times I had to put it down because it drew me back to the day my nephew was born with DS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne S.
UGH. This book is supposed to be about down syndrome? It's a glorified memoir about KELLE. This has very little to do with Nella. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin
I ordered this book because my daughter-in-love was expecting a D.S. baby, so I wanted a bit of mental and emotional preparation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. B.
I've been following Kelle's blog for a few years and absolutely love her genuine optimistic attitude, even though we have very little in common lifestyle wise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I rarely 'hate' anything, but I truly hated this book. Bad, just bad. I'm not going to go into the dirty details but just don't do it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Open and honest, it was refreshing to hear the authors true thoughts after the birth of her child and the amazing journey that began for the Hampton family after that day. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mlreede