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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Blook have to ham;ton I was disappointed when I realized that this book was written by the same author as the over- the-top birth blog I have seen on the internet in the past, and included even more of the staged, professionally shot yet supposedly candid photos of the entire birth experience. Kelle is just “too”. Too happy, too sad, too many friends at ielle birth, too dramatic, too perfectly coiffed at all times, too photographed, too I wanted to like this book but just didn’t.

View all 5 comments. Knowing nothing of Kelle Hampton before reading Bloom, I got the sense that she’s lead a very happy existence with everything always as close to perfection as it could be. Perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect parties thrown with a theme with even the minute details falling within said theme, a huge circle of perfectly fabulous friends.

Basically, it sounds like she’s lived much of her life in a wonderfully close and fun sorority. She even calls babies littles in her book. Fast-forward to the bi Knowing nothing of Kelle Hampton before reading Bloom, I got the sense that she’s lead a very happy existence with everything always as close to perfection as it could be.

Fast-forward to the birth of her second baby.

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 blpom sign for Nella, and other things. I actually love how excited she was for the birth of 2, as it seems like people only “accept” such fanfare for 1. So while a bit over the top compared to anything I would do even for 1, I love how she approached it as such lelle celebration. So when Nella is born, Kelle reveals how hard it is for her to deal with the unexpected kwlle that Nella has Down syndrome.

I appreciate her raw, aching honesty, as so many times in life, you’re expected to smile and be politically correct. Life as Kelle had known it changed. Acknowledging that, mourning the loss of what she thought would be, hmapton changing her notion of perfection sounds like a pretty strong and healthy trajectory to me.

She’s gotten criticism for being so self-involved and making this story about her. I think that’s the point of it. The dedication of the book is to her first-born, Lainey, who taught her how to love.

Seeing kellf 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. We could all learn from that pureness. People have said that they’re disgusted with Kelle’s initial sadness and disappointment, which shocks me. How can you judge someone’s personal story? To me, this is such a hopeful story and one that makes you smile through the tears.


Hearing that your child has any sort of birth defect or condition that could shorten her life or compromise her quality of life is a really tough pill to swallow. As a hanpton, you want life to be the best for your kids.

So I understand the reaction.


And I would bet that she’s not the only one who was heartbroken upon hearing that her child is not exactly what she envisioned. She learned a lot over the first year of Nella’s life, and in my personal opinion, her attitude and her approach is nothing but honest albeit with too many metaphors, but hey. And where can I get such a close group of 30 girlfriends?!?

Her support system hamptoon enviable. At many points in the book, she talks about how grateful she is and how much each of her friends truly cared, loved, shared. I am not the kind of person who would usually pick up this book. I am cynical, crabby, never read blogger books and generally find people who are shiny, happy and throw parties like Kelle Hampton to be. Kelle is my kind of people. The thing is, however I am not the kind of person who would usually pick up this book.

The thing is, however, she’s not trying to sell you on anything, it’s just how she IS, and she does all of melle without an ounce of pretense. Despite her penchant for over-the-top everything, I remain convinced that if I invited Kelle to my house to have store-bought cupcakes on cheap Target plates, she’d still think it was grand and wouldn’t even notice my dirty countertops.

Are people laughing and having a good time? She drinks too many Coronas with limes. She has a story about getting wasted and going skinny dipping and realizing later that surely she walked home naked. Her house is littered with laundry and she makes inappropriate jokes. How can you not love a person who not only hampgon those things, but readily admits to them?

My point is, she’s a real person, and Bloom, despite its primary focus on her special needs’ daughter, Nella, is a stunning look hwmpton what it’s bloim 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 it. And because of the blog post about the birth of her daughter that launched all of this, you expect her to own the hard stuff, but what is unexpected, and what makes this book keple her so awesome, ielle that she owns the good stuff.

When she first learns she’s pregnant with Nella, she fully admits to wearing a dress that makes her look pregnant because she WANTS the attention, and she wants the experience to start ham;ton soon as possible. She admits, too, to wanting to make her life as grand as it can be for her girls because it’s all she ever wanted for her life not champagne Wednesdays and twee thrifting ham;ton for show and blog fodder, but because that’s the kind of thing that genuinely makes her happy and she’s unapologetic about it.

I’m not explaining this well, but as I read the book, I not only realized that life really is what you make of it, no matter the hardships, but is also about figuring out who you are, what you want and not being too cool to just go for it in a really big way, without worrying for a second what it looks like to other people. Jelle it look good to ke,le Thus endeth the most uncharacteristic review ever.


But dude, I loved it. You should read booom. View all 3 comments. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and want to start off by saying this is one kellf the prettiest books ever.

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.

It was then that it hit me that I had seen that picture before, that picture had brought me to tears before. I’ve been a lazy blog reader for the last year or so an I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and want gampton start off by saying this is one of the prettiest books ever.

I’ve been a lazy blog reader for the last year or so and had assumed I had stumbled across Kelle’s blog at some point, but didn’t realize which one it was. The second I saw that picture I remembered her birth story, which is the start of the book.

It is quite possibly one of the most heart wrenching stories ever and I was even more excited to read this hamptin. I was already excited because it sounded amazing, but between making the connection that I knew this blog and the gorgeousness of the book I was ready to get reading.

I started and finished the book today and really enjoyed the story of Kelle’s first year with Nelle. The transformation gave me the warm fuzzies.

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. Life doesn’t always dish out what we expect or have planned, but Kelle’s story shows that you can move forward and plow through life’s challenges and come out a better person on the other side. There is a lot of good in this book: There is also about this story that strikes as unrealistic and shallow.

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir

Frankly, Kelle has had a tremendously easy experience compared to many of us. In fact as I read her story, I felt jealous. More than once I wondered how someone could write a whole book over something that, from my perspective, seems kind of trivial.

Kelle doesn’t help this perception; sh There is a lot of good in this book: Kelle doesn’t help this perception; she is so careful to maintain positivity that she never delves into what challenges Nella has experienced.

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

There is something that strikes as either phony or a huge oversight: Kelle is tremendously introspective about her feelings and her experience I get it, I very well understand the positivity and the attempt hmapton normalize.

But I think there is more power in transparency and deliberately dealing with and rising above the difficult circumstances that come along with a genetic diagnosis. I couldn’t help but wonder how Kelle would have handled a baby who needed oxygen, who needed a feeding tube, etc. Maybe it would have been just fine after she figured out how to bedazzle medical equipment.

I know firsthand that an unexpected diagnosis is a big thing to deal with. But when that is all there is to the story, the story falls flat. A person relatively ignorant of genetics may enjoy this haampton. 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.