I was super excited when my first book from our newly formed Book Club arrived last month and I really didn’t expect the emotional roller-coaster which would come from reading this first book.
The book couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s a memoir by Photographer, Blogger and writer Kelle Hampton who shares her experience of giving birth to her second child, a gorgeous little girl who was born with Down Syndrome. The Down Syndrome diagnosis was only discovered after the birth and in the first few chapters, Kelle vividly describes those first few days of how she came to terms with it. Definitely a big pill to swallow, but the support from her friends and family who surrounded her really got her through that trying time.
She then shares how she embraced this new chapter in their lives. Although challenging, a Down Syndrome diagnosis is really not the end of the world.
While reading the book, I found out that someone dear to me had given birth to a child who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. If I had heard about it prior to reading the book, I’m not sure how I would have responded to the new Mom, but after having read those first few chapters, I knew exactly what to say to her.
I think every Mom should read this book. Parenting in general is tough, so it’s always good to get other perspectives. There’s always a lesson to be learned.
Kelle also has a blog, which is fantastic – titled Enjoying The Small Things! I’m so glad I’m able to continue to follow her family’s journey.
Thank you Kim, for giving me this new perspective.