By Kelle Hampton
“In her delicate and really appealing memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us not to easily settle for the unforeseen conditions of our lives, yet to include 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 superb energy of viewpoint. the writer of the preferred web publication having fun with the Small Things—named The Bump’s top designated wishes web publication and The weblog You’ve realized the main From within the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and gorgeous 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 finally approximately embracing lifestyles and very dwelling it.
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We live them, we breathe them, we go through them, and soon they dissolve into new feelings. So here I go. I cried out that I wanted to leave her and run away. I wanted to take Lainey and my perfect world and this perfect love I had built with my two-year-old and our cupcake-baking days and our art projects and our beautiful bond and I wanted to run like hell. I wanted to be pregnant again. I wanted to be pregnant so bad. I wanted it to be the morning Nella was born, when I was happy and excited and when I wore the white ruffled skirt and black shirt and put it in the belongings bag knowing joy was to come.
And all I can remember of these moments is her face. I will never forget my daughter in my arms, opening her eyes over and over … she locked eyes with mine and stared … bore holes into my soul. 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. I don’t remember a lot here. My friends have filled me in, but I feel like I was in a black hole. I know I held her. I know I kissed her. I know I begged every power in the world that this wasn’t happening, that she was normal, that I would wake up and be pregnant again.
And the deal sealer? He wanted more kids. We talked about it a lot, having kids. He said he always wanted a daughter, and pointing out little blond girls with pigtails that looked like they could be ours was becoming a favorite pastime. His boys, Austyn and Brandyn, liked me and I liked them. Hell, even his ex-wife and I got along. It was more than perfect. What started as a group date at a Mexican restaurant was turning into something more. For the next three years we dated, and for the first time, I was beginning to find my place.