By Kelle Hampton
“In her smooth and certainly attractive memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us not to easily settle for the unforeseen conditions of our lives, yet to embody them just like the issues we needed for all along.”
—Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling writer of Two Kisses for Maddy
Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the wonder present in the unforeseen, the power of a mother’s love, and, finally, the fantastic strength of viewpoint. the writer of the preferred weblog having fun with the Small Things—named The Bump’s most sensible designated wishes web publication and The web publication You’ve discovered the main From within the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and lovely four-color images as she recounts the unforgettable tale of the 1st 12 months within the lifetime of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is eventually approximately embracing existence and very dwelling it.
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It was surreal. I texted my friends, called my family, began the last steps in the long process of saying good-bye to my only child. She wanted her face painted like a kitty, and although I was excited to pack up and head to the hospital, I savored every brushstroke of those last moments with my big girl. I called my friend Katie in Fort Lauderdale. Katie was the delivery nurse the night Lainey was born, and we have since been forever friends. She promised me she wanted to be present for all my babies’ births, so she hightailed it over I-75 after my call to get there in time.
Finally, my friend Carie calmly answered and assured me she’d be there to take me to the hospital. We brought Lainey with us, all snuggled in her jammies. We were met in the emergency room by my friend Laura, who rocked Lainey in her arms for almost four hours in an uncomfortable waiting-room chair while Carie and I stayed in a tiny room behind a light blue curtain, clinging to what little hope I could manage to hold on to. Tears streamed down my cheeks for hours while we waited for the ultrasound.
WHO SHOWED ME HOW TO LOVE Contents Dedication Epigraph Prologue: The Story of Nella’s Birth Chapter 1: Waiting Chapter 2: Home Chapter 3: Room 16 Chapter 4: The Blue Pill Chapter 5: Homecoming Chapter 6: New Life Chapter 7: Week One Chapter 8: Moving On Chapter 9: Blueprint Chapter 10: Support Chapter 11: The Current Chapter 12: Jeremy Chapter 13: Nella’s Rockstars Chapter 14: Becoming Real Acknowledgments About the Author Credits Copyright About the Publisher (Heidi Darwish) prologue: THE STORY OF nella’s birth I TURNED THIRTY-ONE ON DECEMBER 29, 2009.