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
When photographer Kelle Hampton 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. 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.
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. As Hampton 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.”
The 411 by Maria:
I started this book during my 40 minutes lunch break on Friday. I was subbing at the school in the self contained class for Kindergarten and first graders. I got in my car in the parking lot right outside the class room and opened the cover. Before I knew it my alarm rang telling me my 40 minutes was up and it was time to head back into school. Only I couldn't, I literally had to spend 4 extra minutes wiping my tears, and blotting my streaked makeup. The book is not a tear jerker per se but Kelle writes in a way where I really felt like I was right there with her, in the delivery room, experiencing her burst bubble, elevator plunging moment. The moment that would change her life forever and the moment when she was given the eye opening gift by her friends and family. We should all have these wise people in our lives.
You could go and read the synopsis. That will pretty much tell you about the book. What I will spend my time telling you is that Kelle is an amazingly, honest, profoundly honest author. She definitely speaks from the heart and I love that her sensor button was off. The reason the book really hit me was because of her complete realism. I don't know if I could have written the things that she confessed to saying or thinking and I my eyes she is Super Woman! Not only do I love Kelle but I love her whole family and friend unit! They are a complete set and no one should be left out. If you feel this is a love fest review and I haven't really said anything about the book, it is OK. Feel it, say it, shout it, whatever works for you. This book is about a Mother's Love! Plain and simple. A story of one of life's greatest gifts, a child. One who changes lives and allows those around her to flourish and grow. I am now a follower of Kelle's website and social venues and you should be too!
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