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 cannot relate to Kelle’s total devastation at her reality differing from her expectations. She does, however, speak cloyingly, using every cliche she can think of to describe her blooj painful metamorphosis from text book stay at home mom to 2 lovely little girls, to stay at home brand of her perfect kitten and her almond eyed, designer daughter.

For those that have special needs children, I think it would really depend. I was b,oom a road trip with my husband while I was reading this and more than once he looked over at kellr and asked me to take a break because he couldn’t take my sobbing, this book just tore at my heart and I couldn’t help it. I’ve found blomo own place in the community with a school system advisory panel concerning education policy and funding in our county.

I actually love how excited she was for the birth of 2, as it seems like people only “accept” such fanfare for 1. She doesn’t assume she can or should handle it all herself. But dude, I loved it.

Her house is littered with laundry and she makes inappropriate jokes. She is so excited for baby 2, getting a photographer for the occasion, having pre-made decorations like champagne glasses with Nella’s name for the after delivery toast, a welcome home sign for Nella, and other things.

Apr 01, Meg rated it really liked it Shelves: I hated this book. In her debut, she provides expanded versions of stories from her blog and other details about her life, marriage and parenthood. My point is, hmpton a real person, and Bloom, despite its primary focus on her special needs’ daughter, Nella, is a stunning look at what it’s like coming to terms with the birth of her daughter, and so much more — it’s a wonderful portrait of a real, honest person who takes a hard look at herself, her life, and everything in it and just owns the SHIT out of hamlton.


Kelle is just “too”. I couldn’t help but wonder how Kelle would have handled a baby who needed oxygen, who needed a feeding tube, etc. It took a long time to get jelle and I’ve found my niche.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hampton writes about her “trials” of unexpectedly becoming the mother of a down syndrome child.

Kelle is my kind of people.


Cried tears of heartache, joy, and understanding through out this whole book. The photography in the book is beautiful, and the author is so likable. It’s knowing that life is short, and the moments we choose to fill our cup wiht should be purposeful and rich.

I remember her telling me a story about a woman who asked her if she wished things were normal. The bottom line is, I would HATE for someone to think her experience is typical of all or most parents who have a surprise birth diagnosis. She has a story about getting wasted kele going skinny dipping and realizing later that surely she walked home naked.

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir by Kelle Hampton

It saddens me to see such negative comments about her and her book, about how she handled it and about what a “perfect” life she had and has. You feel what Perhaps my expectations were too high; I thought I would really like this book and it was only just okay for me. I can learn from this! Nella Cordelia was born in Januaryand she unexpectedly has Down syndrome.

She does use some language in the book which I guess I’m sensitive to since I keep mentioning that in my reviews! The book was dull and boring. Well, this touched me very much, and I felt like I had my face pressed to the glass of what our lives could’ve looked like had everything been different. So many parents don’t have a healthy baby when the child is born with Down’s. I appreciate her After reading a review of this book on Jessica’s blogI started reading Kelle’s blog from the beginning.

I think this quote from page captures the spirit of the book and my disappointment with it: Thankfully that word receded after awhile.

BLOOM by Kelle Hampton | Kirkus Reviews

I just don’t have it in me to provide that to others any longer, the farther we move on in our own journey. But I am not the parent of a child with Down’s so maybe I kelel insensitive while reading the book. Finding Beauty in the Unexpected is a captivating, soul-soaring story of a mama whose love for her children knows no bounds.


Now before you go judging and thinking that I don’t know what the author was going through, you should know that my 6th child was just ham;ton with Down syndrome. As someone who has walked this road and who also believes in positivity and normalization, I have to say that overall I found it difficult to relate much to this account.

I know firsthand that an unexpected diagnosis is a hamptin thing to deal with. Are hamptonn laughing and having a good time? And I wanted to learn from it. Please provide an email address. Boom also have a daughter who has Down syndrome, and I have been following Kelle Hampton’s blog since the birth story post. However, Kelle Hampton walked out of the hospital with a perfectly healthy, beautiful baby, and yet her book is one big pity party after another. Then blopm can whine together.

She’s gotten criticism for being so self-involved and making this story about her. I am cynical, crabby, never read blogger books and generally find people who are shiny, happy and throw parties like Kelle Hampton to be. The writing and the emotions conveyed in these books tower above Bloom. Yet, during her adult years, she writes that she strives for perfection – and to a rather sickening point.

I really wanted to love this book. My kelke and I had the advantage of knowing beforehand, so by the time our son arrived, we had gotten past the surprise. She has NEVER been embarrassed about his appearance or what the other kids would say and it shows in how well adjusted and mannered this little one it.

Seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent, non-judgmental child would be a smart thing for all of us to do from time to time.