Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Apr 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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."

  

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A book that started as a blog to keep family updated on their first born child ended up a book about the life changing event of having a second child
, and not just a second child, but a second child with Down Syndrome. Although I may not be a mom and may never become one, I still found lessons in this book with ways to handle difficult ways with grace, courage and surrounded by close friends.  

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I wanted to like this book. I pre-ordered it with the understanding that a special bookplate, autographed by none other than Kelle herself, would come in the mail shortly as a bonus for pre-ordering. That was two months ago. In the meantime, I have permanently "lent" my copy of Bloom, with the caveat that the lendee toss it in the garbage or pass it along when they're finished. Just don't return the thing to me.
The book was hopelessly derivative, as is Kelle herself. There is nothing original about her.
I admire her productivity, and I love her interminable photos of her children, especially poor little imperfect Nella, the crux of Kelle's hand-wringing dilemma: what will the neighbors say?
I'm so happy Kelle has friends. I can't imagine being around her for two minutes, Dude, without wanting to cold-cock her,
 

Contents

The Story of Nellas Birth
Waiting
Home
Room 16
The Blue Pill
Homecoming
New Life
Week
Moving
Blueprint
Support
The Current
Acknowledgments

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About the author (2012)

Writer and photographer Kelle Hampton chronicles the simple joys of motherhood and daily life on her popular blog, Enjoying the Small Things. An advocate for individuals with Down syndrome, she has been honored by both the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), receiving the NDSC National Media Award in 2010. Kelle lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband, Brett; their two daughters, Lainey and Nella; and her stepsons, Austyn and Brandyn.

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