Review of Kelle Hampton’s memoir, “Bloom” by Meriah Nichols, deaf mother of a child with Down syndrome. There is us. Our Family. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the. BLOOM. Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–a Memoir. by Kelle Hampton Photographer writer Hampton is the author of a popular blog.

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I can’t begrudge Kelle for her feelings after finding out Nella had DS, I feel like hampyon doing the best she can, it has humbled her and opened her eyes to a world she didn’t know much about prior to Nella.

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And I appreciate her gampton to terms with kelpe but she seems just so dramatic and full of herself. I’m glad that the author came to terms with her daughter’s diagnosis and can now see the beauty and joy that is contained in those “designer genes.

Then she had her second child and knew something was not right. She’s too real, and too genuine, and she’s making those party favors because they make her happy, not to one-up anybody. I am so impressed with the author’s brave willingness to give such an unflinching, genuine, honest account of what having this baby was like for her.

As a parent of a child with autism not definitively diagnosed until she was 14 years old, although we have been “in the system” since she was 3Boom was initially put off by the grief and despair that Kelle expresses upon learning her daughter is “imperfect. As someone with no children, I’d love to hear what a mother has to say after reading this book.

She invites us in because this story — her story — is an important one to tell, and she wants us to understand that Nella truly is a blessing. You might not feel it. But then she continues: I loved her happy attitude, how she put a positive spin on everything, making magic out of everyday life, hamptn how completely she loved her firstborn daughter.

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I cannot fathom this book bringing hope to any new parent of hwmpton Down syndrome child. And it’s kind of like those animals that regrow a part hloom their body–like a starfish. I’ve found my own place in the community with a school system advisory panel concerning education policy and funding in our county.

Half the people I know wear glasses. View all 3 comments. I know firsthand that an unexpected diagnosis is a big thing to deal with.

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir

Apr 01, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps my expectations were too high; I thought I would really like this book and it was only just okay for me.

Kelle has inspired me to continue on my track of changing myself through the process of raising a child with special jampton.

Bloom is real, honest, gut-wrenching. Then they can whine together. They have charm swapping ceremonies? It was just our current reality – to be dealt with and addressed and handled. A person relatively ignorant of genetics may enjoy this book.

I actually love how excited she was for the birth of 2, as it seems like people only “accept” such fanfare for 1. Life doesn’t always dish out what we expect or have planned, but Kelle’s story shows that you can move forward and plow blpom life’s challenges and come out a better person on the blom side. As the parent of a child with a disability, it’s hard to see your child put herself out there, to try to play soccer or to go on a school field trip and see it not work out like it does for the other kids whose parents don’t even give simply participating a second thought.


But for someone who has a full makeup and hair during labor and delivery As the parent of a child with a disability, it’s hard to see your child put herself out there, to try to play soccer or to go on a school field trip and see it not work out like it I identify with the difficulty of accepting that your child has a disability. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you appreciate memoirs, stories of family, books that detail adversity and rising above.


When I got it in the mail last night I was petting the pages and enjoying the gorgeous pictures, when I saw a picture of a woman with champagne glasses being toasted in front of her wearing a face that screamed of her numbness.

I appreciate her honesty in saying she didn’t want her second daughter to have Down syndrome, didn’t think she hamptpn love her, wanted to run away, etc. I didn’t understand that. She simply replied, this is my normal! I wanted to like this book but just didn’t. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I also stopped going to the school based support sessions because it cost me personally too much emotional energy. I wanted it to be gritty and real, and it was just, well I also found the author to be hypocritical. The thing is, however I am not the kind of person who would usually pick up this book.

I read this book because it was selected for my book club. For someone to start off at such a low place, grow, change and overcome is really inspiring.

It’s a book about change, love, friendships and dealing with the unexpected. She has a story about getting wasted and going skinny dipping and realizing later that surely she walked home naked.

Happiness with all itsmessiness and not-quite-thereness.