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Bloom : Finding Beauty in the Unexpected - A Memoir,9780062045034

Bloom : Finding Beauty in the Unexpected - A Memoir

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9780062045034

ISBN10:
0062045032
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/3/2012
Publisher(s):
Harpercollins
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Summary

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. Bloomtakes 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."

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Story of Nella's Birthp. 1
waitingp. 31
homep. 41
room 16p. 57
the blue pillp. 75
homecomingp. 91
new lifep. 109
week onep. 135
moving onp. 141
blueprintp. 159
supportp. 177
the currentp. 197
jeremyp. 213
nella's rockstarsp. 235
becoming realp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
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