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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, April 15, 2012
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I recognize that I am giving this book a low rating and I apologize for hurt feelings. However, after reading the reviews and ordering the book (and as someone who has not read Kellie's blog), I expected this memoir to contain more information about her child.

This book is heavily focused on Kellie processing her feelings about her baby's Down Syndrome. I felt as if the book was 80% "I am so shocked/sad/adjusting my expectations/crying" + "my amazing friends came and told me they loved my baby just as she was"

After I read her book, I visited her blog and read that. I preferred her blog. Her mature perspective on her family was brilliant. Her shocked perspective as captured by the first year of her daughter's life made me sad. I think if you are a long time reader of her site, you probably feel like you are friends with her you will love it. If you are new to her site and looking for a book about raising a child with DS, I suggest you read Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son's First Two Years With Down Syndrome.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 10:17:04 AM PDT
R. Morrow says:
No need to write my own post. After finishing the book, these are my heartfelt sentiments, exactly. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 10:36:50 AM PDT
J. Butler says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 9:23:59 PM PDT
Tcolbert says:
That's why it's called a "customer REVIEW". It's about the CUSTOMER. Duh.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 7:13:28 AM PST
This is not one of those "best thing that ever happened to me" type of books about Downs. All this woman's friends and her largely silent hubs are upbeat, love this little girl--but she is constantly wringing her hands, examining every last twinge of feeling, fighting back darkness, etc. I have had miscarriages--and while my one child was not affected by this chromosomal disorder, every child has issues...All the wanted in life since being a child was to be a Mom--well, be one.
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