Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Whew.

What does one do a half hour before live international interview?

One gets kiss from hubby.
One makes baby chug milk fast to induce milk coma.
One hopes baby doesn't cry during interview.



The interview went great. I heard the show feed live right before my portion and, I have to admit, wasn't prepared to hear that strange third person account. Made me cry, and then first question out was what it was like to see my daughter for the first time. I literally saw the words in my head on a sign. They were big, they were red, and they said: STOP. CRYING.

And the rest...went fine. I haven't seen it yet, but it will be up soon on Connect the World's site.

And, I'm pretty sure I did that subconscious rock-the-baby motion the entire interview because, if you gave me a million dollars for me to hold a baby and not rock back and forth, you'd be keepin' your money.

Thank you again for reading, for supporting, for sharing the story. It hit me today holding Nella. Just this total "Wow" moment and this explosion of gratitude for her little life. It's taught me so much and it's just the beginning. Her little name is global. And she has no idea.

And Nella is just one of many special children. Extra chromosomed or not. We are so proud to represent these amazing blessings and to advocate for them. To show the world...every child is beautiful. Parenthood is beautiful. Life is beautiful.

Even when your older child chucks a book across the room and it hits the baby in the head. Because that happened today and, I kid you not, while consoling a crying baby, I leaned down to pick up the book and had to laugh. The title: Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives. My kid knocked her sister in the head with a book on Down Syndrome. Nice.

Real life rocks.
And so does the love of my sister girls. Lainey redeemed herself from the book incident when she so sweetly helped bathe her Nellabean. Just precious to watch.





And, by the end of tub time, she was so relaxed, her pruny little body just conked out.



Which is where we are headed now. Long day and the jammied littles are calling.
(and ha...lots of comments about the family bed. It works for us. Not sure for how long, but for now...beautiful. I get so excited this time of night because the highlight of my day is snuggling into cold sheets with one, two, three, four bodies just sandwiched together and this harmonious chorus of breathing fills the room. Heaven, I tell you.)





Also, our four part birth series is in the local paper here.

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Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

Can't wait to see the interview online. Thanks for sharing your story, and precious little blessings with all of us.

Amanda said...

I love your blog. You're such an amazing woman, and your daughters are just stunning!

Jewllori by Lori said...

I'm so happy to hear everything went well with the interview, so happy! I'm sure you did amazing, and I can't wait to see!!

Can you send me a 8x10 of that little Nellabean asleep after her bath!? Oh my gosh, is that creepy to ask? I just love it!!!! Or you could always come to good Ol' Canada, and take a few snaps of my girlie!! kidding ;)

Have a wonderful rest,
xoxo,
Lori

andrea said...

You have no idea how much you have affected my life and opened my eyes to so much more than they were seeing. Love you family! Thanks for sharing it with us all. You are a real life celebrity!

I know this all must be happening so fast, and I'm thinking of you!
Can't wait to see the interview!

Heather said...

i missed it! I thought i was recording it. Let us know what it's online!

House of Harlow said...

WHOO HOO!! Congrats for your sweet little family!!

Emily said...

I have the interview recorded and can't wait to sit down tonight to watch it! Love the darling pictures of your sweet ones!

Sarah (Sare) said...

The picture of Nella on the top right during the bath looks like she's thinking "Girl, don't hit me with another book!"

So cute. Looking watching the interview.

Anonymous said...

Truly, truly beautiful! Thank you, for sharing your story, for sharing your photos and most importantly for showing the world that love truly does conquers all!

Sarah (Sare) said...

*looking forward to watching the interview*

Elizabeth said...

Just beautiful bath time pictures. Some of your best I think. Can't wait to watch the interview!

olivia said...

yay! i would have been so nervous! i can't wait to watch the interview

Nichole B. said...

I think it's so amazing how many lives you have touched. And, it's also amazing that you've been able to portray a life (that can often be difficult) with so much hope and love. Nella is going to grow up and be so amazed at how much her mom did for her.

I look forward to seeing the interview!

Dana said...

Can't wait to watch!! Thanks for sharing!

Garden Pheenix said...

I love that you laughed about her getting beaned in the head. You're doing a fantastic job Mum :c)

<3

SDM said...

those bath pictures are beyond cute!! and nella's blue eyes -- stunning!!! And of course your accounts of Lainey just make me laugh... can't wait to hear what she does to Nella when she's 8 (my Lainey's age)... I remind my girls every day how lucky they are to have each other... even when there are times that we ALL feel like throwing books! LOL!

so happy for you that it went well!
xo

Julie Harward said...

I just know it will be wonderful...how can it not be...you are you and Nella is a little angel!

Mamarazzioftwoboys said...

I don't know where I went wrong..I recorded it (what I thought was it) I fast forward through the whole episode and it wasn't on there...hmmm (scratching head) I guess I will just watch it on the link you provided.

Rachel said...

So, SO proud of you!

A few things...

-You look GORGEOUS. I am constantly amazed at how ridiculously (I only say "ridiculous" because I am Mama Frump 99% of the time) beautiful you look. It's just not fair to look that great while changing diapers, cleaning house, entertaining littles..and all the other "stuff" we stay at home mommas do!

-Sweet Nella's eyelashes are coming in and they are so sweet framing her almond eyes. I've loved viewing your pictures of Lainey for a long time, and it's so fun to love viewing pictures of Nella, too.

Again, so so proud of you! What a great Tuesday!

Heather said...

Kelle - You were made for THIS!!! So proud of you for holding your head up high and loving both of your girls with ALL of your big mama heart. I admire you and appreciate so much being a fly on the wall in your beautiful life. Heather

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AshleyRichelle said...

Can't wait to see your interview!!!

Kudos to you on the family bed!!! My daughter (14 months) sleeps in my bed and I LOVE it!! I think its one of the sweetest gifts we can give our babies!!! Thank you for "putting it out there!!"

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Bethany said...

Can't wait to see the interview ... was it on tv? I had CNN on and didn't see it air.

Good to hear you have the Gifts book ... I was a contributor in book one ... still need to go back and read a bunch of the other stories. :)

Poppa said...

And I must admit, I have played the annoying stage father well...to which I am sure Kelle is saying "Amen!" She...calm and collected; Me, pacing and perspiring. But Nella...our little star, sleeps unaware. I am convinced, there is no drama in the Hampton household more radiant than any of your homes...no miracle less exquisite than lies in your cribs and cradles. It is the lens through which we look...a loving lens that finds beauty in the unexpected and wonder wrapped in the everyday. I have been telling Kelle there is a clear correlation in her approach to photography and her attack on life. She gently lays an ornate frame around the ordinary and we...admire. We admire what was there all along. Like a sentence we have read before, now italicized and bolded. And life grows quieter, slower, simpler...and we can hear the giggles of the littles, and we hold them a little tighter because they are rushing like a stream in spring through our hands. I cannot wait to come see you this weekend, Kelle. Like a walk on the beach renews me...a walk with my giddles makes me young again. I am proud of you telling your story...prouder of you living your story. G'nite. (Go to bed, this is your dad talking)

Anonymous said...

I recorded the episode today at 4PM EST and the interview is not on there. It was on CNNi. Did I do something wrong? Is it possible it will be on tomorrow or does anyone know when it will be on again? I really would like to see it!!!

Jeannett said...

Um yeah. So, basically, seeing pics of your "Nellabean" (EEK! so CUTE!) give me baby fever. BAD. Which is scary because I have twin 8 month olds. But Nella makes me want to pop out another. Like today. Insanity. Insanely cute. Ugh. I could die.

Kelle said...

CNNi is out of London and they don't have a time change for another two weeks, so the show actually aired from 5 to 6 our time. But, it will be online sometime tonight.

Kell said...

Nella is so beautiful. Those bath photos are just precious. Love it!

Southern Gal said...

I hope I can catch it on the website. I'm sure you were wonderful as always. Love the sleeping Nella after her bath. So peaceful, serene.

MyRayOLite said...

Awe Kelle! I think of Nella's birth story and when you had your dad come back into the room and he said a prayer....

"And he smiled as his eyes welled up with tears and he said, "That's okay. We love her." He scooped her up and I asked him to say a prayer. And there, in the delivery room where moments earlier she entered the world, we huddled around my bed...Brett still stroking my hair, Katie crying on one side, Dot on the other and Dr. Foley kneeled down beside my bed. He prayed and thanked God for giving us Nella and thanked him for the wonderful things he had planned for us. For our family. For Nella. Amen."


Here is to the beginnings of the wonderful things God has planned for your family. God blessed you and He gave you Nella, the gift that keeps on giving. :o)

Julie K. said...

Congrats on the interview - so glad it went well - can't wait to watch it online!

The family bed - it IS heaven you are right for sure! My little ones are about the same ages as your little ones. I absolutely love snuggling next to them all night. Enjoy your peaceful sleep with your beautiful family!

Adrienne said...

I am laughing at the book incident- not because poor Nella got hit in the head but because of the book it was- I don't know, just funny. Ahh, siblings. My 5 year old daughter loves her little brother to pieces but sometimes so much she hurts him-lol! I can't wait to see their relationship when he's older- I have a feeling it's going to be something very, very special. Lainey and Nella will have that too.

Can't wait to see your interview!!

Jean L. said...

Can't wait to see the interview. I look forward everyday to see if you have a new post. I have 14 month old twins and you have inspired me as well as all the other moms. So glad my friend sent me the link. Your family is beautiful. <3 TX

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Nella is a precious angel. I am so happy that the world gets to see her!

Jennifer said...

So I haven't gotten to watch the interview yet, I will as soon as it's up on the web. The big question: did you wear your new lipgloss?! Ok really you have 2 of the most beautiful children I've ever seen (tied with my own of course) It really neat to see other families who are dealing with the same emotions I am (I have a little guy with 47 chromosomes too!) I am so grateful for all he's taught me in his 4 months so far and am so excited for the rest of our adventure! It will be awesome to watch yours too!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! congrats on the interview too. That is so wonderful!

melissa h.

erin-go-blog said...

I recently stumbled upon your blog, being pregnant for the first time after 2 years of infertility. I must say, you are inspiring, and I love reading and looking at your pictures. Also, I must ask, where do you find all the cute little hats your girls wear?? Especially the little crocheted ones, do you make those yourself??

blessingsandglory said...

Looking forward to watching the interview! I'm sure you rocked it! Thank you, thank you for bringing such positive attention to our sweet "littles" with a little something extra.

LOVE the bath photos of Nella. She is precious! Sending lots of encouragement and hugs to you Kelle!

Libby

jdiehl said...

We don't get CNNI, so I look forward to watching the interview online!

Love the pics of Nella's bath! She reminds me of my beautiful granddaughter (born Jan. 21 w/ Ds), who loves her baths!

Also love the irony of the book Lainey "chose" to let fly!

joyq said...

ahhh family bed.... love love love it. It's one of the best perks of having little ones:) I did, one time, get a fantastic shiner from a 2 year old's HEEL. Yes, as in foot. Blamo- right in the eye.

Family bed. Its beautiful, but its not always pretty.:)

Anonymous said...

I just HAVE to say--Yay for the family bed!! :)

That and thanks for posting your lovely life. It reminds me when I need it most to enjoy my little ones, every precious (and not-so-precious) moment.

Audrey said...

Every time I come on to your blog I always get a sense of calm... and its so refreshing. I love your pictures and your strength... I wish I had that much. keep it up! :D

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Veronica said...

I am just loving your blog. The other night I stayed up until 2 a.m. reading post after post of the last year. I love it. I love the journey you have taken. I love the evolution of it all. Thank you, thank you for sharing this with complete strangers. I am better for having "known" your little family.

Yesterday I was at the grocery store with my four children. It was a chaotic experience as it always is! While in the produce dept I saw a group of sepcial needs young adults, many of which had DS. They were with some sort of "life coach" who was teaching them how to shop. I probably looked like a complete goof as I watched them because I had a HUGE grin stretched across my face. I couldn't halp but stare and smile. I was entranced. My 6 year old finally tugged on my shirt and said "Mom, what is wrong with you?" It was funny. I just can't look at these amazing people anymore without seeing an incredible light come from them.

Again, thank you.

Amy said...

How could anyone who chances past your blog not be hooked for life?! Can't wait to watch Nella grow! Love the pictures and am delighted for you in your new adventures.

momijitomitsukoshi said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see it, assuming I can watch it somewhere on line, here in Australia.
Your truly are blessed in so many ways. We all are really. But you're different because you are also a blessing. Not all of us have that to offer.
Thank you for all the beauty and honesty you share!

Tristy said...

Love love love love.....the photo of the little sleeping bathing beauty. So precious. Her eyelashes are dreamy....i want them ;-)

I look forward to the interview, every blog entry and most importantly.....to your beautiful words. I aspire to look at life through your lens....inspiring.

love said...

there is nothing like cherishing life. looking at life as beautiful. choosing happiness.
thank you for sharing it. that is so hard to come by these days.
you're all beautiful!

jimloey@aol.com said...

you are amazing? this post made me laugh and cry. my five year old threw a book and hit my newborn in the head, and she got hit for the first and last time by her daddy.we had decided before we were even married that we would never spank our children. he smacked her and I threw a phone at him and that was the LAST time he ever hit our kids. I can't wait to see your interview online. I love both your kids pictures, they are so beautiful.

Holly said...

GO KELLE! Never a doubt in my mind that the interview would go well.

Poppa....you are a poet.

Courtney said...

Family beds are a wonderful thing, especially when you're breastfeeding. It's so peaceful (not to mention much faster) when you don't even have to get out of bed. Our 6 year old even likes to sleep with us on the weekends. His father and I don't get as much sleep during those times, though, because we think he's practicing tae kwon do in his sleep.

I have fallen in love with your family and your blog and have shed many tears while reading. My 5mo daughter loves looking at the pictures with me and I just know she wants to jump in and play with your girls. You are a true inspiration. Thank you.

Kristi said...

I thought i had taped it but I guess I missed it..cant wait to see the interview online:))

Amy said...

I cannot wait to see your interview! Every morning and evening (and sometimes more than a few in between) I check my bloglines...and everytime I do I look to see if you have a new post and read it first. Everything you write either puts and smile on my face or brings me to joyful tears. I have shared my new love of your blog with several friends...one of whom has a step sister with DS. Her and I were talking the other day and one of her goals in life is to adopt a baby with DS. Her step sister has touched her life in such a way that no other could do...even my 4 year old has meet her once and talks about her as if she is a true friend. I guess all I am saying is- each life is a blessing (as you already know) and you never know who a life can touch.

Tricia said...

Nella is getting so big! She has the most beautiful, angelic little face I've ever seen. Her eyes hold such magic. That's really the only word I can come up with. I didn't realize you live in Naples. I live in Venice, and it's so strange to think you live so close! I can't wait to see the interview online. You and your family are just so incredibly gorgeous, and inspiring, and full of love, I just love reading and following what you all do. You are truly showing me a new way to live, a different way to approach life. You're little Nella is changing lives, and she has no idea. Your path and journey are changing me, my life, my path. I'm so thankful I found your blog. Thank you.

Tracy said...

I guess I don't get CNNI. I keep checking to see if it's online but I don't think it's up yet. Can't wait to see it.

Rachel said...

I stumbled across your blog last week. I have been so touched by your story. I don't have children of my own, though hope to someday. I was thinking about why your story resonated so deeply with me and I realized it today. I am the oldest in my family. My younger brother is 2 years younger than I am. While he was not born with Down's syndrome, he was born with a birth defect to his eye. He had some other developmental problems and he looked "different." He was never "different" to me. When we were in elementary school, he had to wear an eye patch to strengthen the muscles of his other eye and I remember some kids teasing him when we were walking home from school. I think I punched them. I was pretty fiercely protective of him. I made him cards when he was having multiple surgeries.

Sure, we fought with each other like any other normal brother and sister, but the bond we share is intense. What an amazing privilege it will be to watch little Lainey's love for Nella grow and develop. I anticipate that aside from you and Brett, Lainey will be her strongest advocate and protector. Thank you for sharing your story.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I played with my Bunco group tonight and I had sent your story via email to several of them...none of them are bloggers....and we talked about you tonight...you leave us all wanting more....all wanting to experience the miracle of the small things...and we all want to make pictures like you do...You are amazing.....You have touched my life....

Teresa

Cheri said...

You did great! ;)

Anonymous said...

If you remove the "H-o" from Holland and add "Ne" you have "Nelland" (Nella-land). She was always meant to be your Holland...your beautiful, sweet Holland.

Nicole said...

...still....waiting...to...watch. Catch ya tomorrow I hope!

Yay for bringing "Colors" back, perfect timing!

lelliebells said...

I can't wait to see the show online.
The bath time pictures are so far my favorites, so sweet!

Rebecca MacIntosh said...

Haha! Love the book chucking! Hilarious, oops, I mean not so hilarious... Can't wait to see the interview!!! You are definitely rockstar status! :)

wainpa said...

Great job during the interview!

Heidi said...

beautiful photos. lainey and nella in tub pics are some of my fave yet!

you rocked out that interview. rocked. it. out! xo

Jane In The Jungle said...

Came your way via Teresa's Treasures. Beautiful pictures and beautiful girls, what blessings!
Congrats on the interview...knowing how many people you have reached and can reach must be an amazing feeling!

BTW I have 4 kids, we've always used the family bed, in fact the 2 youngest are still in it...and asleep with their daddy as I type!

Anonymous said...

waiting... waiting... waiting... until the video posts LOL

xo
c

Kristi said...

I drove home VERY recklessly from Saratoga (yes near the racetrack, lol) and MISSED IT!!!!!! I'm watching online for it and going to check out CNNi for it tomorrow!
And family bed rocks too! :) We arent' full time family bed , but when all 5 of us are in there, there is nowhere else I'd rather be! :)
Kristi

Lisa Glowacka said...

Kelle a friend of mine introduced me to your blog and I have to say what an inspiration you are to moms everywhere. I know for me you make me want to live my life differently!

Your family is beautiful and I love how you tell your families stories!

Much love from AZ!

Anonymous said...

Someone on a forum I visit posted a link to Nella's birth story. I've gone back and poured over the years worth of entries before that.

You inspire me to become a better mom, a better woman and to be grateful for the small things in life. I have never been so touched by words in a blog before. I have never felt so inspired. Thank you Kelly. Thank you. I have tears in my eyes writing this to you! Words just don't show how much meaning your blog has.

Kathryn said...

Kelle...I am not sure how, but I came upon your blog in January. I had just lost my father and I had just found out I was pregnant with this tiny new life we have battled so hard to concieve. I am ashamed to say this...but I was so scared of having a child with special needs. I thought, there is no way I can do it...there is no way I would want that for my other kids. Then I read your story. I actually started back a ways...when you found out you were pregnant. And i read, and read...and then came to the birth. And all the raw emotions that had me sobbing! I cried with you in a sense but honestly I cried for all the babies God could have blessed me with that I did not know if I was strong enough to keep or care for a baby "like that" Kelle, you shook my faith to an even stronger point. You made me come face to face with the fact that God gives us amazing miracles...and THANK GOD for that! I now know 100% that if we get the NT and Quad Marker Screening Results back with the markers all being there for DS, I know I can and will love this baby as much as my other children and their lives can only be enriched from that point on. I choose that have the screening because I really need to know before hand, be prepared...I plan to have this baby at home. But your strength, your brutal honesty, your love...I now know I can handle this if it comes MY way, Kelle. Beautiful, amazing, empowering words...I truly believe that you have helped thousands of women understand that grieving is ok...but you are still a NORMAL, HAPPY family with a few emotional days in there. I thank you for what you have given me. I thank you for what you have given others. I thank you for putting so much love out into the world that you are helping women everywhere. Thank you, Kelle. Love, Kate Bennett

Stacy Kaye said...

Nellabean's beautiful almond eyes melt my heart every time I look at them. That picture, the one right before the one where she fell asleep? It made me cry tonight. What a sweethart. She's already changing the world! She's changed my life and my outlook. I have sent your blog to so many of my friends...she is changing the hearts of people around the world. What a precious baby, and what a great big sister!

Shannon said...

I am just like most of the rest of your readers and came across Nella's birth story the week you wrote it.
I cried before I even got the first paragraph done. My oldest daughter is now hooked on reading your blog and has done her fair share of crying also.

We do our fair share of laughing also. Tonight for example the book throwing ... I was laughing so hard and realized that would so happen in my house. :)

I am amazed by your strength and I come and read your blog to draw from your strength.

I do have one request :) Please don't change the music at the bottom of the page to much. It has been healing me as I go through my own struggles in life. I admit to listening to it so much that the baby I am pregnant with has started kicking to certain songs.
:)

RMAinMD said...

,,,"once in awhile in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale",,,

Pat Grace said...

How big is your bed that it can accommodate that much people? :)

nealie said...

reading thru the commnts ( been reading since Nella's birth as well)seriously cannot amagine how overwhelming and humbling all the posts and love have been, a life chnge in itself- thanks for sharing your life---love the nai polish matchin the top- and I sqealed with delight the nursing nella pic- go mama- and go fam bed!

dig this chick said...

Yay just saw you online! So cool. You did wonderfully, of course. What great photos in this post. Doors continuing to open, friend. Much love.

Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

Hi Kelle,

Just checked again to see, if I could find the interview online. Not yet, but...I'll be checking in again. :)

I stumbled across a music video today while I was on the phone. I blogged about it. Collin Raye wrote a song called She's With Me about his granddaughter who has an unknown neurological disorder. But it explains SO well how we feel about our girls. How you and your family feel about Nella. Please search youtube for it, so you can see it, or take a look at my blog. I've got it posted there: http://confessionsofaclosethoarder.blogspot.com/

I even got up the nerve to post a picture of our little darlings from 15 years ago. :)

Please don't feel obligated to go to my blog, but please get your tissues ready and search youtube for the video. You'll be glad you did. :)

Jeanne said...

I just can't wait to see the interview. I am a total dingus and missed the airing...my mommy math skills must have taken a hit! I am loving your pictures this post. So clean...in inspiration, subject and processing. LOVE THEM!

I feel so excited for you that you were able to tell your story to a world wide audience. WTG mama!

LouBoo said...

It really must be the most surreal thing to see yourself on TV! The bath time pictures are just divine; they are like cherubs.

Ruby's Mom said...

You have a beautiful family.

Shemaine Smith said...

There is something so calming and beautiful about a sleeping baby, love those shots and all your amazing pictures you post here. I just got a Nikon D60 for Christmas and I am finally finding time to learn to use it.
LOVE your desk chair too! Must find one here in LA!

Tanja said...

oh how I enjoy reading aboute your life, yur love, your family.. you are an inspiration
Tanja-Norway

jenlar3 said...

We enjoyed a family bed when our littles were little. When the youngest was @ 18 months or so, we put a double bed in the girl's room. I would lay down with them, nursing the baby, talking quietly with the eldest, until they were asleep. I would then carefully slip out of bed, knowing they had each other close for warmth and companionship. That gave my husband and I a head start on getting some sleep before one or the other or sometimes both joined us in the middle of the night, until they were old enough they didn't feel the need to do that anymore. It was a precious time and I miss it. My 'babies' are now in their mid-twenties and don't ever slip into bed with us anymore!!

shock of life said...

I was running out the door to the market when the story on CNN caught my attention all the way over here in Dubai.. I stood there with my purse on my shoulder absorbing your story. I was so smitten I wanted to know more. The moment I got home I looked up your blog and have been sitting here reading it ever since and probably will until it's time to pick up my kids. Laundry, dishes, my workout, my shower and my own writing can wait....I am glued to my MAC with better than fiction till 2:20pm........

Dusica said...

Hi...On, my God.I watched the show last night on CNN, and was inspired by your story. As soon as came to work this morning, I opened the blog and read your posts and took a look at your photos. I am still pretty much speechless...Some much love at one place.It's unbelievable.
Thank you for making my day.
Lots of love from Macedonia.
Dushica

TRB Holt said...

HI! I watched CNN until 6:30est....I did not see it. BUT just watched the video....WELL DONE KELLE! BRAVO!!!

xo, Bug & Ruby's Gram

ps....Yes,it is 3:30am my time....couldn't sleep!

annie b said...

Interview went great - I'm sure many more will join your extended "family" of followers. There are lots of us in the UK.

Yes, you rocked her as you spoke, I remember when my little was tiny I used to bounce up and down even when someone else was holding him. Mama instinct!

Love that I've "met" you properly via your interview, it was like seeing a familiar friend on TV - must be odd to you that we all feel like we know you but that's your beauty and the secret of your success. It feels like you could live next door to any of us. Every morning I "knock on your kitchen door" and see if there's another post to cheer, amaze and inspire.

Thank you for sharing, you enhance the lives of so many people, and most importantly of all the children who will get those extra kisses, hugs and TIME. Laundry, what laundry? It can WAIT.

PS Yay for the family bed!

j210209 said...

Well done on such a great interview :)

You did do the rocking thing! I do it all the time.. Yesterday I was in the hospital with my little boy and my husband took him off me and I still stood there swaying back and forth! I have yet to find one Mama that doesn't do that :)

Congrats again x

Poppa said...

OK, I just woke up at 5 am and rushed to the computer to see images of my little, with her story shared with a British accent...and then YOU...I was so very proud of you, honey! Eloquent but natural, poised but real...and THE ROCKING!!! At first I thought, will she ever stop and then I prayed you wouldn't because the rocking told me, told Nella, told everyone that Nella was a priority over the international interview. I didn't doubt it...and it was like she in your arms energized the telling. And she will. You truly are a ROCK star...you ROCK!!!

Deborah said...

BRAVO Kelle n Nella, you both shined on the CNN interview. Kelle, you answered the termination question so very well, absolutly well put, BRAVO...As Nella wormed in Your arms, and YOU rocked her. Beautiful Momma and child...Only was I disapointed when the picture froze and it ended ...*warm hugs*

Anonymous said...

I have just seen your interview, it was great! Sitting here in my house in a wintercold Norway, the snow slowly melting outside my window, I'm waiting for spring and the warmt to come back again. And there's your blog, instantly filling me with warmt and sunshine. Reading your blog fills my heart with love and strength. Strength I need, beeing a mum of a spesiale need child myself. I'm soo trilled you can be this strong, warm and loving voice for our children. Take good care - keep on making sunshine everyday!

Loving hugs from Hege, Norway.

The Sanchez Family said...

Oh Kelle!!! The interview was PERFECT!!! And yes!!! You answered the termination question beautifully and with grace. You were so well poised and well spoken. A true spokesperson now (YAHOO!!!) and a quite possibly a supermodel too :)!! Thank you for sharing, thank you for speaking about motherhood and babies and life and the beauty in all things perfect and imperfect!
xo

Liz Campanile said...

Your interview was beautiful, Kelle. You are an amazing person and mom! I know I've said this before... Thank you for sharing your beautiful life and showing everyone that the small things make our lives especially beautiful. Love, Liz

Anonymous said...

You did awesome with the CNN interview! Way to go! So proud of how you represent LIFE... TRUE LIVING... and TRUE LOVE. Thanks again for the reminder that it's okay to have a messy home, but happy kids. And how something so little can make these tots so happy! You are truly a blessing. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly! I agree, Life Rocks! Love, Katie

Anonymous said...

You did awesome with the CNN interview! Way to go! So proud of how you represent LIFE... TRUE LIVING... and TRUE LOVE. Thanks again for the reminder that it's okay to have a messy home, but happy kids. And how something so little can make these tots so happy! You are truly a blessing. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly! I agree, Life Rocks! Love, Katie

Anonymous said...

You did awesome with the CNN interview! Way to go! So proud of how you represent LIFE... TRUE LIVING... and TRUE LOVE. Thanks again for the reminder that it's okay to have a messy home, but happy kids. And how something so little can make these tots so happy! You are truly a blessing. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly! I agree, Life Rocks! Love, Katie

mrs.magoo said...

a) Laniey and Nella are going to be such great best friends when they get older b) the family bed - good for you! I have friends who love the family bed and thought in my head "who could do that" until I had my second child...he's been in my bed for 2 months now and I wonder why I didn't do it with my first, I love waking up to my little Dayton and his milk crusted mouth - people shouldn't judge you on your parenting style/choices...

Anonymous said...

Kelle,
Im up . . with my coffee again. . reading. Just watched the CNN interview - you were awesome! Made me laugh with the "rocking" and remembering a time when my three were home with their dad and I was at the grocery store standing at the deli counter - moving the cart back and forth, back and forth like there was a little one in the seat and I was trying to keep them in motion BUT no one was there. I had to laugh at myself once I noticed (and others started to giggle!). LOVE today's pictures - Nellas' eyes are mesmerizing!
Sue

Tanya said...

Thank you so much for sharing your family, your life. I have become one of the many obsessed with your blog since I first read your entry about Nella's birth. You have an amazing way with words and your photos are beautiful.

Molly said...

Love the irony of the book throwing. :) Glad all is well - hope today is a relaxing one for you!

Beensontoast said...

I think you handled the interview very well and took it all in your stride.

Your blog has inspired me to take more pictures and see the beauty in the little things in life.

The Beach Vieles said...

I'm so proud of you and we have never met! Great interview!

GraceesMommy said...

A big standing ovation from Gracee and Mommy! We just fell a little more in love! And on the rocking thing, that is what we mommies who become one with their babies..I miss doing that. When Gracee was a baby and I would feed her I would do the mouth thing..you know when their mouths open into a full circle to receive the food so does yours! My friend would ask if she could come and watch because she thought it was a hoot..I was not even aware that I was doing it. I told her that I was so connected to my baby that it was almost as if we became one at certain times and I was on the other end of the spoon..it's a good thing! And after hearing you speak I was so shocked that you had a good solid up-north accent..I expected that Floridan twist that my brother-in- law (born and raised in Florida) has. So Gracee and I have one more fabulous memory on our lovely yellow couch with lips on the arm and if you could see it you would smile..and the chatter after from Gracee was all about how much you look like a princess and when we go to Florida to visit Aunt Beth can we have a play date with Lainey and her bunny! I just love how uncomplicated their little minds are. But I think my favorite part of the memory was after me trying to tell her that Nella's name was not Nelle for weeks, she turned to me after watching the interview and said "you are right mommy that is her name"! It took someone with a british accent to convince her! ♥

Ann said...

The picture of Nella conked out after the bath is simply......heaven.

Joann said...

Perfect. Elequent. Pure.

And I loved hearing your name spoken with a true British accent!

Rhonda said...

You and Nella were Perfect!! Just like I knew you would be!! Even more special with the British accent!!!!
This is just the beginning!! next stop OPRAH!!!!

Nicole said...

Finally got to watch this morning!
As expected, you totally rocked it out it out!! This is absolutely only the start of something bigger for you guys...excited to watch it all happen for you. I can't even imagine how proud of you your whole family must be.

Well done my dear, well done!

xoxo-nicole

Kathryn said...

I saw the interview this morning and had to tell you, I love the rocking of Nellabean! After 9 kids I'm sorry to say I still rock even when I'm not holding a baby, I have to catch myself..especially at church...habits of getting to hold these slices of heaven I guess!
I hope you don't mind, but I'm one of the ones going back through all your archives, I'm loving all the inspiration I'm getting and lots of great ideas too. This old Mom needed it (I'm not that old, just feel it).
Keep on enjoying the small things, and thank you for sharing that with us...it means a great deal!

KZG said...

I just came across your blog when the story of Nella's birth hit the Internet. Just about two weeks or so after, we found out we were expecting. (I have since figured out the little one was conceived on Nella's birthday). Sad to say, we lost the baby this week. This was only my second child (we have a boy that is Lainey's age) and we were so hopeful and looking forward to this blessing. I am reading your blog as daily inspiration, not for my new baby or a baby with Down's but to appreciate my son who is here while my baby resides in Heaven. Thank you for your inspiration; today we are going to play with chalk outside. (we live in the northeast and are so glad the sun is out finally!) Have a great day and congrats on the interview...it was perfect. Enjoy your Nella and Lainey today.

Tisha said...

Finally got to watch it! You were FANTASTIC!!!! Holy Moly, can you believe it?!

You looked hot and Nella looked like a little angel! ok and the guy interviewing you had a british accent, were you swooning just a little bit?

and how are strangers finding your address to send you presents? thats kinda creepy.

LOVE you!

Bowen said...

What an awesome interview! You did an outstanding job! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your hope with us. I had tears in my eyes while watching it.

Reading about your two daughters makes me SO excited about the arrival of my second daughter due in a few months.

Have a wonderful day!!

Emmina said...

I watched it live from over here in Italy last night... You did great! I was worried for you that the emotion would take over but really glad that you pulled it together after the first 2 seconds!!! You didn't even seem nervous... Brava!!

Misc Jenn said...

Completely off topic, but I LOVE that chair! Such a beautiful fabric.

Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees those big flashing letters sometimes. Mine usually say "Slow Down and Breathe."

So proud of you for the interview. Way to go!

Becky said...

Hello! I am another reader who found this blog shortly after Nella was born, and I've become a faithful reader since then. I keep up with a handful of blogs, and I've often thought to myself that it's a bit of a waste of time - reading about someone else's life with precious moments of my own.
Your blog is different, and reading it truly inspires me - to make the most of time with my daughter, and to focus on the Important Things. And to pull out the camera I bought last year but had since given up on, because I didn't learn fast enough. I'll give it another chance.
Just yesterday my daughter sat on my lap while I checked your blog for any CNN updates (great interview!), and she saw Nella's picture and declared "Baby!" And I said yes, that baby's name is Nella. So now I believe I will get to read your blog each day to a chorus of "Baby? Nella? Nella!" as I scroll through your beautiful photos.
Thanks for sharing your stories here! They make my days better.

Becky

Yoshi said...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:47 PM
Fortunately, CNN brought me a wonderful interview in this morning!
Thank you for your lovely pictures!
From Sapporo city Japan.

Shari H said...

I watched your interview online before I left to start my day. You did an awesome job and sweet Nella slept through it all. I just want to say thank you for sharing your life with us.

Cassie said...

Hi Kelle,

I set the DVR to record for two hours yesterday while I was at work but for some reason it did not tape your interview. I can not wait to watch it online! The new pictures you posted are beautiful.

clara said...

Giving more family bed props to you!!
Its ancient, its instinctive & very very sweet.

Daniele said...

I can't wait to see the interview!

starlight said...

We have a family bed as well: a little 2 month old Bean and my 4 year old Monkey, hubby, myself, and our overweight cat. :) It works for us... for now.

I enjoy reading. Thank you.

Tara said...

Can't wait to see the interview! I just love Nella's eyes- so much expression for such a little girl.

Anonymous said...

Since Nella's birth story, everyday when I get to work, I do my usual website stops: gmail, facebook, kids.woot.com, then your site. You truly are an inspirational mother! You were amazing on CNN and I cried watching the interview!

The Martys said...

I just watched your interview online. It was wonderful. Kuddos to you and your family.

Amy

Lea-MomTo2 said...

Great job on the interview! You are touching so many lives, it's just wonderful.

Love the book throwing story - it's these real moments that make us all love you so much! :-)

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful family!

Pauline said...

Just want to share this poem with you:

My face may be different,

but my feelings the same.

I laugh and I cry and take pride in my gains.

I was sent here among you to teach and to love

as God in the heavens looks down from above.

To Him I’m no different, His love knows no bounds;

It’s those here among you, in cities and towns

that judge me by standards that man has imparted,

but this family I’ve chosen will help me get started.

For I’m one of the children, so special so few,

that came here to learn the same lessons as you.

That love is acceptance, it must come from the heart;

we all have the same purpose, though not the same start.

The Lord gave me life to live and embrace,

and I’ll do it as you do, but at my own pace.

-Unknown

PS! You did a great job at the interview! And you look amazing!

Anonymous said...

Kelle...oh girl, be careful with the family bed...they might NEVER leave. Sofia will be 11 soon, and Marina is 8!!! All joking aside, I wouldn't do it any other way, waking up in the middle of the night and moving the hair from their faces, stealing a kiss on a warm cheek, turning over and realizing that I'm surrounded by at least 20 of their favorite stuffed animals- heaven.

xoxoxo
Tania(the one whose dying to place an order as soon as you put our shoot back on your online order page!!)

Nicole said...

i'm going to watch your interview right now! i'm so excited! i don't get cnni so i had to wait.
i think isay this everytime i comment, but truely you do have a beautiful family and your pictures, ahhh..., just breath taking:)
and yes real life and family bed's rock!
thanx - for keeping it real!

The Neville's said...

Kelle,

I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now, I can't even remember how I came across it.. but the minute I did I put it up on our family blog as well. Your writing is beautiful, your photography is stunning - I can't wait to check each day to see what else you have to say!

I found out last week (only a week after starting to read your blog!) that I am pregnant with my second child! I couldn't believe how much your blog hit home for me right at that moment. Because I too, now have all these dreams of what my second child will be like, and to be honest, until I read your blog I don't think I could have kept a baby with DS. I am so grateful that the universe somehow brought your blog into my life before this new child inside me was created so that I can see a new perspective on life.

You are such an inspiration, please keep on doing what you do!! :)

Sara Neville.

flemmingfarms said...

Yippie for the co-sleeping! It is hard when they are not there. I miss it. Mine are both in their own beds now, but I miss that. They still come in and visit on the weekends, but it really isn't to snuggle - it is to jump and play. But I love it anyhow!

Great job on the interview. You have just extended your outreach of support for your family and others like yours! =)

BTW - you have inspired me to want to UPDATE my Nikon D1X and to also to ask others to take photos of their children. Something my family has encouraged me to do for 10+ years . . .

Amy

Rachel said...

Ahhhhh! Beautiful. The interview was fabulous. Your accent! You really are from Michigan! :) For the first time in a year, I'm actually behind on your blog, but i did sneak a peek at your interview and want to continue to support your writing!

NatBug said...

Kelle, you did a great job on your interview! It was cool to hear what your voice sounds like...what lucky kids you have.

Smoochagator said...

I watched your interview this morning and loved it! I'm amazed, too, at how your little family has inspired so many thousands of people around the world. Personally, Nella's life has given me peace and perspective as I get ready for my baby's arrival. I know that no matter what happens, life is so good as long as we have the people we love.

Lainey said...

I have been reading your blog for the past few months, and I love it. My name is Lainey and I see so much of myself in your own daughter. Her enthusiasm, she really lives out the meaning of her name. Your story is so beautiful, so real, and I appreciate how you are so real.

I have started my mom on ready your blog. What a beautiful story of love. My own mom has had to deal with many heart breaks. My youngest sister was diagnosed with Autism when she was three, and that has been a life long journey of love for all of my family (all five kids and my parents). Your blog continues to reminds me to search for the beauty. Thank you for sharing your story.

The Mama said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story, and your blog. This is my new favorite daily read and I'm so thankful to have found you and your beautiful family. Much love, many Blessings,
Jenn

Mags said...

Okay...after the tear fest I had watching the video, I found myself laughing (I bought a DSLR camera recently!), and desiring to give many "amens" to comments you made. I am so thrilled for you that the readership of your blog has exploded for not only truly enjoying the small things, but seeing the beauty in that extra chromosome. I have mentioned before that I had a prenatal diagnosis, and one of the things that lead me to acceptance is we NEVER know what challenges we are going to have with our children, extra chromosome or not. Thanks for saying that! I don't think that is something parents can hear enough.

I have spent way too many hours on the computer trying to decide whether I should go for Photoshop or Aperture (I'm an Apple user). I will add my fifth child will not feel neglected in the photo department!

Maggie Warren

keri said...

Oh my gosh those pics of Nella getting her bath are AWESOME. She looks like she's enjoying it so much and about to just doze off to sleep. I especially love the one when she's looking sideways, maybe at her sister?

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nikki said...

You are a ROCK STAR!!! Just watched the video and am so proud of you! You were made for this greatness! Thank you for embracing this journey and taking us along for the ride... you make me want to be a better momma!!!

Kathleen said...

Your part about the book made me laugh too. It reminded me of the time my son and I were in the library. He was about a year and a half, in the stroller. I was in the business section and he yanked a book of the other shelf. As I placed the book back, I happened to glance at the title "Parenting the Gifted Child". I laughed out loud in the quiet library. I think he was trying to tell me something... :)

Beth said...

Kelle, I saw your interview!!! You rocked the house!!! Incredible! I am so grateful for your voice and your photos!!! Beth

Jennifer said...

Good job, Kelle!

Kathy A said...

Bravo!!!!! I have to say, the rocking is a mom trait. I sat and just watched you rocking Nella and started doing it myself! She was so good!!! I heard a few grunts that were precious!

GraceesMommy said...

A friend sent this to me years ago and when I realized that it was St. Patricks day I pulled it out and read it again...now I am sending it to you:

My wish for you
I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses,
Not that you might never need regret, nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you.
My wish for you is:
That you might be brave in times of trial, when others lay crosses upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed, When hope can scarce shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow with you and let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.
That you may always have a friend who is worth that name, whom you can trust and who helps you in times of sadness, Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.
One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you.
This is my wish for you and for all who care for you.
This is my hope for you now and forever.

Beautiful...I wonder why I only read it on the 17th of March each year...I should be reading it every day. Happy St. Patricks day.

Vandy said...

You rocked out that interview! Congrats! Thanks for continuing to inspire us.

Courtney said...

I'm one of your newest followers! You are SUCH an inspiration! Reading your blog makes me so happy and it makes my day to see what you're doing and how you're feeling! Good job on the interview! You did great! :)

Laurie said...

Loved, loved the interview!! Great job : )
xoxo

susan said...

Kelle,
I watched it and cried. Cried when you did. I had a hard time talking about Jana’s Birth without crying for a year. Still do some times 20 months later. We all watched it as a family. Cole said Nella is so beautiful she looks like Jana did. Thank you for being a voice of Mothers with of children with Down syndrome. I recently shared your blog with a friend that received her special bundle last August. She loved it as well. She said where was Kelle when we had our girls? You have inspired us to be the voice for other Mom’s. I called the Hospital and told them I would love to meet with a new Mom if they want to talk to some one. Keep up the good work. Pray for you and the girls daily. If you ever come back to Michigan would love to meet.
Susan
Aka Princess Jana’s Mom.

Kim said...

Well done!! Fabulous!! Thank you for being willing to share with the world! Your family is making a difference!

Anonymous said...

ijust read your dad's post and cried. he is right! Nella is a dream- but it's not her that has me continuing to check your blog every day. it's your dedication to savoring your life and expanding the joy of your experience through your stunning photography. i am inspired by you! thank you.

Diane said...

Kelle,
I heard about your blog a few days ago and have gone back as far as Nella's birth story which was so beautifully written!!! I shared it with my Mom and we have been very touched and extremely gratified by what you are doing by sharing your beautiful family with what has now become millions!! Your words, photos and spirit is such a beautiful gift to all of us! My wonderful sister Angela is almost 51 years old. When she was born with DS (although we call it the happiness chromosome!),my parents were told she would never walk among other terrible things that were never to be... My parents decided that they would not accept any of that until proven otherwise. Well, she walked at age 2 and has been a treasure to our family, friends and everyone she comes in contact with for 50+ years and hopefully many more to come!!!! She was my bridesmaid when I got married, my first child's godmother and now the most loving great aunt my grandson could ever want!!! And so much more... Has the journey been easy or perfect? Well, when has anyone's journey ever been easy or perfect? Our journey as a family has been loving, joyful and full of fun and laughter thanks to the gift of our Angel. And I can see that your family has been blessed in the same way!I look forward to following your story for as long as you are able to continue to share it with the rest of us!
Much love, laughter and happiness to you and your beautiful family!!
Diane

Eliza said...

I just watched your interview online, it's wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring so many people.
Yesterday I went to a lecture (I'm in college) and a girl, another student, with Down Syndrome walked in the room. I immediately thought of Nella and envisioned her as a beautiful young woman with endless possibilities in her future. Nella- thank you for opening my mind and touching my heart.

Rochelle said...

Awesome job on the interview! Thanks for sharing your lives with so many. WOW what a positive impact Nella has had on the world in just a few weeks.
Oh the blessings. Enjoy!!!

Marianne said...

Kelle -- I love your blog. Thank YOU so much for sharing your life and your beautiful little girls with us.

(I can't wait to watch your interview!)

heather said...

Just watched it! You did an amazing job. My favorite take away for my own life . . . "They (our children) just want our time." So true. So I'm gonna run and give my kiddos some lovin' and time.
XOXO

P.S. I rock bags of groceries when I have a baby. :)

faith_erdmann said...
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faith_erdmann said...

So glad to put a voice with your words! You did a great job on CNN!

Jannelle M said...

Finally got a chance you watch your interview!!! Loved it, you have the best choice of words!! And I was loved the rocking, I used to do it even if I was not holding my own and someone else was, its just a relaxing thing!!! You are the best inspiration everyday, thank-you!!! Thank-you, you really brings smiles to me on days that I could use them!! I appreciate how much this has taught me to just sloooooow it down and be a better mother to my little boy!! Hope you have a GREAT day!!!

Kelli said...

You did so great on the interview! I thought about how I would answer the question about people who are considering terminating their preganancies because of Down Syndrome...Colin's diagnosis was as much of a shock for me as it was for you because it was not what I was expecting shortly after his birth...but...he IS a blessing. He just needed a chance...and I just needed a chance to see that. Thanks for showing the world that our babies ARE blessings.

Troy, Jenny and Sydney said...

I DVR'd the interview and my husband and I watched it last night! You did a great job, Kelle!! I also loved the rocking...every time I hold a wee little babe, I lapse into that motion!!

everydaymomma said...

Dearest Kelle,
we waited and waited and waited and no interview, hehe didnt realize that whole London thing.But i rushed to the computer as soon as i sent my biggest little to school and it was up! did i mention i logged in about every hour in beetween then and now,hoping it would be up:)girly it was awesome! i know i dont know you personally but i am so proud of you,and can i say that your rocking made me even rock a little for you:) it was so nice to put a voice to the gorgeous face for the times when i am reading and in my head i hear you talking, like old girlfriends sharing our lives.I know i have thanked you before but i will most likely do it a million more times,thankyou for making me "enjoy the small things:)"because of you i have held my babies tighter, spent days walking the lake with our hot chocolates and my camera around my neck,ignoring the laundry for just a few stolen moments.For years i have tried to do this,ive been a stay at home mom since my oldest was born almost 8 years ago,but i have always struggled with the balance of children and our "life stuff", but since finding your blog i honestly have found the balance and can i honestly tell you,i will be forever greatful.You and I are very alike in certain ways, when i read your emotions i feel them,in their raw honest beauty,you have made me see the beauty that was right in front of my face so much more clear, you have made me see their is no shame in feeling life the good the bad and the holland,i at times have walked around in the times i have tried to embrace lifes beauty and have been told, that i need a reality check that life is not all daisies and sunshine,but my friend because of you, i now turn my back to those ideas and people.I grab my babies hands and run barefoot in the new spring grass,take pictures of anything and everything, treat myself every now and then and continue to "enjoy the little things".(and can i tell you how much happier and more alive everyone is for it)

Sarah said...

Thank you for being an international proponent of breastfeeding, baby-wearing, and co-sleeping. I know you don't mean to be, but you are. I love it. Thank you.

And isn't the best part of the night snuggling down with your babies and your husband?

Last night our 6 month old daughter Emma had one hand on her daddy and one hand on me. Just to make sure we were both there as she fell asleep. It's amazing.

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing your life through this blog. you're very inspiring. one day when i have kids of my own, i'd like to document their lives just like you do with lainey and nella. God bless.

merlin said...

Watched the video.

Congratulations.

Amen.


The greatest difference is that you KNOW you are blessed, while so many others keep looking for their blessing here-there-and-everywhere completely missing the blessings right before them. You, Kelle, are a gift to the world

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration! You have inspired me. To look at life differently. To look at my children differently. To jump out of bed with great expectations of what "small things" the day will bring. Extraordinary things. Things that use to be ordinary. But now they are extraordinary. You have inspired me to buy a camera. And a cute camera strap. ;)

I always read your posts with tears in my eyes and just when I feel that I've made it through your post without completely losing it...I read your dad's comments and the tears spill over! The other day my 5 year old son came in the room and asked, "Mom, why are you laughing AND crying at the same time???" Thank you for helping me see what I already had! You are a blessing to so many!

With Love,
Dana

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

– John Petit-Senn

speechygirl said...

Kelle,

Your right, I do want to leave a comment.....finally. I have been secretly stalking your blog since Nella's birth. Your story is remarkable. Your family has touched my heart. Strange. It is strange to be soo impacted by your words and pictures -- a complete stranger. But not really. You have become a friend. Reading Nella's birth story connected us. Maybe because I have recently become a mother? Maybe because I work as an SLP and have children with DS on my caseload? Maybe because I am in awe of the beauty of your writing and the wonderful candid pictures you so graciously post for all of us. Thank you for being so real. Brett, Lainey and Nella are so very lucky to have you in their lives.
(((hugs))) Stephanie

Angela said...

Kelle,

You Rocked! (and I don't just mean physically).. You rocked the interview! Loved seeing you! You and your family should be so proud! Congratulations! Thank you for being such a huge and positive advocate for our kids!

Angela

PS -- Man, I just LOVE your dad! I mean, I really adore him! Does he need anymore daughters? I'm willing to volunteer!

Michele said...

Great job! I love that you exposed our secret...that having a child with Downs isn't that much different than having a "typical" child. The love is just as strong. Sure there are challenges but there also some suprising and exciting rewards that continue to amaze me. We've been blessed. I hope people start seeing this rather than viewing my child has a burden.

Tracey @ TropicalHappiness said...

What a fabulous interview! You did a great job, and I think people around the world can relate to the rocking thing, whether or not they have babies. I don't have any of my own yet, but drop a baby in my arms, and I am swaying and rocking like you wouldn't believe.

I loved your answer about what you would say to those considering terminating a pregnancy because of DS. Your answer was amazing. And I must say that I think you have shown a LOT of people that they might be more capable than they think they are. And that little babies like Nella can be such a blessing. Each person will still need to make a decision for herself, but I think you've opened up many minds and many hearts. You should be proud.

I must say... isn't it crazy that one teeny, tiny, little extra chromosome can affect the world like it has? Little Nella is more special than she'll ever know. She sleeps, oblivious to the cameras and the *fame* and the notoriety. She goes on with her little life the way she knows how... we could all learn a thing or two from her.

I also always look forward to reading the comments from Poppa- your father. I sometimes scroll through, skimming down the comments until I see his name. He's so thoughtful and insightful. And he has SUCH a way with words... a beautiful gift that he has passed along to you!

I hope you don't mind- I wrote about you on my blog today. I only get a few comments a day, but I actually get quite a few hits, so I am hoping to spread your love a little.

Take care. Great job on the interview!

Tukuafu's said...

Thank you. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for bringing that sweet baby in this world. You are amazing and you have such a gift with words.

RMAinMD said...

,,,beautiful, simply beautiful,,,i watched the video this morning and when i heard your voice start to qwuiver, i could feel the lump starting to form in my throat,,,i reached for the tissues and watched with extreme focus and dried the tears that marched one by one from my eyes,,,it's your way of just being you, lainey & nella's mother that makes me enjoy you so,,,you & nella did it you told your story,,,it's beautiful!,,,now i shall wash my face from all the tears and reach for the cucumbers in the refrig to place on my eyes because they are good for swollen, puffy eyes after a good tearful cry,,,

Anonymous said...

Kelle, I look at my grandchildren and great grandchildren differently now. You probably do not realize how many lives you are touching everyday. The moment that precious Nella was born began moments of happiness and hope for others. God is sharing her with your family and all of us who need strength in our lives.
The interview was so 'special.'

Thank you Kelle for touching my life....A mom, grandmother, great-grandmother.

Tina said...

Just watched the interview...It was great! I loved your answer to the first question (about terminating a pg.) You were so non-judgemental yet had a wonderfully simple answer, to just read your blpog and see what a blessing Nella is to your life.

I have a little something I would like to send to Lainey if you wouldn't mind. She is such a precious big sister and I have been thinking of her and how her life has changed since loving sweet Nella. You can e-mail me at hutchtina@bak.rr.com

Lisa said...

I loved it. And it was awesome to finally hear your voice. Weird? Maybe, but I am odd like that. :)

I take pictures every day now...of the smallest things, and, looking back on them, realize they aren't so small. And I am getting better at it!

Thank you.

Michelle said...

I have been reading your blog since Nella's birth story and along with the other readers have had tears in my eyes many times! I am also a mom of two little girls (4 and 18 months) and have been touched by your love for your family and the joy of the little things in your life. Your photos are FABULOUS and along with your words truly jump off the page, you are such an inspiration and can't wait to see what you guys are up to next!

Michelle
Calgary, AB Canada

Kendall Bethy said...

Hey! Great job with the interview. You nailed the tough question! and for the record, I would have rocked the entire time, too! That's what you do with babies, right?

Kendall Bethy said...

Hey! Great job with the interview. You nailed the tough question! and for the record, I would have rocked the entire time, too! That's what you do with babies, right?

Anonymous said...

Great interview! Finally got to see it a few minutes ago. Kudos from California!
xo
c

Jennifer said...

Hi - Saw you on cnn.com today and went to your website. My 2 kids, 2 year old Bryce (boy) and 7 month old Scarlett (girl!) are sleeping. I just spent the last 45 min reading your posts, looking at your pictures and crying. My goodness you are inspirational. Thank you for sharing, I am going to check back often. But maybe you can change your music to something less vulnerable, I can't cry every day! :) Thank you again. You are beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Congrats on a wonderful interview! Have you ever checked out this blog: http://www.filthwizardry.com

She recently posted a craft for fairy mushrooms that you could use for Lainey's birthday party! :)

So proud of you and your family,
Jennifer in Michigan

KC said...

~Favorite quote from today’s post:

“We are so proud to represent these amazing blessings and to advocate for them. To show the world...every child is beautiful. Parenthood is beautiful. Life is beautiful.” Kelle Hampton.

~Today's favorite interview moment (just watched it again): I felt your words when you said “my children inspire me more than I inspire them.”

~What I think about your “subconscious rock-the-baby motionrock”: Bravo! for being a mommy first, your girls are your number 1 priority :)

~Today’s favorite photo:
Lainey kissing Nella, you can see how much she loves her little sister…

I feel Nella “knows” what she is doing, she will continue to inspire and amaze others.

You "literally rocked” that interview ;). I’m very grateful to you for being so inspiring!

Love and Light~


"We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be." Anne Lamott

bridget s. said...

dear kelle,

you did a fantastic job on the interview! love love loved it!
i also like your response on the question about aborting a downs baby. just because this baby has downs doesn't make it less of a human being. i also noticed your michigan accent! ;-) you are amazing. i hope one day i can be just a little as cool as you are. and i would be happy. viva babies!

love and prayers from
omaha, nebraska
bridget

Lisa Y. said...

Kelle, so very proud of you and utterly amazed and thankful for all that God has brought into your life so quickly. Overwhelmed much? You seem to be handling it beautifully, but if you need to step back and regroup we'll all step back and let you. Feel no pressure from this huge group of new friends that are beginning to take an interest in you. Love you, my sweet cousin!

pakosta said...

We did the family bed for YEARS. My daughter nursed til she was just about 3 years old, so it worked for us very well. In fact, my 10 year old is still on our floor in our room with 2 down comforters for her bed because she refused to sleep in her bed. and my 8 year old still falls asleep on my bed and we then move her to her own bed once she falls asleep!
blessings!
tara

Lurky Mommy said...

Aw, Kelle! Your interview was great! Sweet and sincere. God is using you, girl!

Tina said...

Kelle - my sister in law introduced me to your blog just a few nights ago and I'm already hooked. My husband and I have been going through a very difficult time as we were pregnant with our first baby and found out at our 12 week apointment that our precious baby was gone to heaven already. There was no heartbeat. I have felt so sad, devastated, and just miss my baby so much. We then had quite the scare as I hemorrhaged due to some complications with the miscarriage. I am pressing on for the promise God gives us of brighter tomorrows. I am trying to see the beauty in the small things of life and to remain happy. Thank you for sharing your life and your story through your blog. It's beautiful.
Tina

Julie said...

It was beautiful, Kelle. You have so much support here, it's indescribable. But you already know that..

The Polks said...

Thank you so much for sharing your blog and your beautiful family with everyone! As a mommy of 2, ages 4 and 2, you inspire me to be a better mommy! i look forward to reading your blog! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

Hilary said...

Hi, Kelle,

We're going to meet in April when we visit my in-laws and have our family photo shoot, but I can't wait that long to tell you that I just watched your CNN interview, and something you said resonated with me: At the end you said that kids don't need fancy activities; they just want our time. My mom was a teacher for a long time, and she often says something similar: Half of parenting is showing up, being there, being present.

So thanks for sharing such a simple, beautiful truth. My hunch is that your interview inspired more parents to make more time for their kids--and if that's true, you've just given bunches of children a blessed gift.

Hooray for all of these good things!
Hilary

Hilary said...

Hi, Kelle,

We're going to meet in April when we visit my in-laws and have our family photo shoot, but I can't wait that long to tell you that I just watched your CNN interview, and something you said resonated with me: At the end you said that kids don't need fancy activities; they just want our time. My mom was a teacher for a long time, and she often says something similar: Half of parenting is showing up, being there, being present.

So thanks for sharing such a simple, beautiful truth. My hunch is that your interview inspired more parents to make more time for their kids--and if that's true, you've just given bunches of children a blessed gift.

Hooray for all of these good things!
Hilary

Anonymous said...

Kelle: I watched your interview today and just thought you did a GREAT job at answering the questions in a very real, motherly way. Good job girl!

My husband walked up behind me while I was watching it on our home computer and (without even knowing who you were) said .. "Oh.. she seems like a really good mom." =) I said, Yup.. she is SUCH a good mom! =)

I enjoy you and your "realness" to the enth degree!

I hope that God blesses you with much happiness and special moments with your family today.

XOXO

EL said...

Watched with tears as I held MY little baby Taylor Bear.. thanks for sharing.. It's so encouraging... and so good to be able to relate.

Larissa said...

I had a little sweet baby girl about a month before your Nella, on Dec.21st. I have been reading your blog since a friend sent me the link to the birth story you wrote.
You have a beautiful way with words and your sweet Nella has the most stunningly beautiful eyes!
Oh- and I'm with you on the rocking, I find myself doing that at the grocery store... when my baby is at home.
Blessings to you and your family!

medina family said...

great job on the interview! I must say I loved your dad's words too on the comments...both of you have an amazing writing ability that goes straight to our hearts...thank you for sharing.

Abigail said...

Loved the interview Kelle! I love your blog, your children are absolutely beautiful.

mom2nji said...

Just had to comment again, saw the interview. You did FABULOUS!

Wenona said...

Great interview! You did such a fantastic job and the baby rock is just a sign of a mama in love with their baby. After I had my baby and someone else was holding him, I still found myself standing and swaying back and forth! lol.
I'm excited to continue "watching" your journey with your beautiful, perfect family!

Louise said...

Your interview was wonderful - you did such a good job, and I love your perspective and your honesty. Thank you.

Melissa M. said...

Kelle,
GOOD FOR YOU!!!! And Big Hugs!! I watched your interview yesterday with my three year old tying my shoes in knots and my precious toddler with Down syndrome balanced on my lap. And when you cried, I cried at what a beautiful, life changing experience it all is and at what a beautiful mother you are and at what a beautiful family you have! I was so nervous for you yesterday bc I imagined myself being interviewed by someone who hasn't walked in my pink hospital slippers and who hasn't fallen in love with an angel with polka-dot eyes. You did an excellent, outstanding job of showing that it not only okay to have a child with Down syndrome, but life can be beautiful, wonderful, and amazing, too. I am so, so, so proud of you! Thank you for representing our community so well!

Jen said...

Kelle,

Is that surreal, and just absolutely amazing to watch your live traffic feed in real time??? I'm in Howell, Michigan and I can see people from all over the world arriving on your blog just seconds apart. CNN was right - you were a perfect choice for their "Connect the World" segment because you are doing just that.

I read on one of your posts that you want to inspire others. It should be evident to you by now that you are reaching that goal! Parents are reminded by your words and your photos just how precious life is and they are, in turn, inspired to be so much more present in their own lives.

Congratulations on not just this success, but your attitude and how happy you are with your life.

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