Thursday, September 9, 2010

I cried. In Walmart.

I haven't read the birth story in a long time.
I don't need to...I know it well. It is our story. And though it seems like a million years have passed since that soul-stretching day, sometimes it seems like it was just yesterday.

We were in Walmart today to pick up a prescription. And as I pushed my cart towards the check-out while I rattled a toy to keep Nella happy and caved in to Lainey's plea for Cheetos, I saw it from the corner of my eye.

Parents Magazine...the October issue.

I picked it up and leafed through the pages looking for what I thought would be a small article about Down syndrome and "our" story (and by "our"...I mean every one of you who we share this experience with).

And when I landed upon the spread, my heart lurched. It was...beautiful.

And when I see those pictures, my heart just throbs with love for that day and the way our family changed. Half of me wants to hug the woman in those photos--the me who was so heart-broken. But then half of me wants to drop-kick her to the ground and swipe that baby out of her arms and squeeze her close. I want to feel her littleness again, all sunken into the crook of my arms and smell the sweetness of the silky hair that spun into a soft swirl on her little head. I want to whisper in her ear that I had no idea how truly beautiful she was.

And suddenly, I was standing in the book aisle, holding my magazine, tears streaming down my face. And Lainey stretched her Cheeto-stained hands out to pull the pages back and see her picture. "Look Baby, that's you right there. That's you loving Baby 'ella."

It was a beautiful moment. Right there in Walmart.

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...and how happy I am for our story.

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We're thankful to Parents magazine for drawing more light to the beauty and wonder of all children and to the soul-stretching experience so many mamas go through. ...and Dana Points, the editor, wrote a beautiful recognition in the editor's letter at the front of the magazine too! Thank you to all the readers who have helped bring beauty out of something unexpected.

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Marti said...

Your story is beautiful just like your babies! Thank you for helping so many other people see the beauty in life! You're amazing!

Brian said...

I am really touched by your photos and the story they tell. My wife told me about your blog because I just got into photography as a hobby and I must say, your photos are inspiring.

~KS said...

Your story makes me cry to this day... but not out of sadness. Just joy. And happiness. And optimism. And hope. And everything good.

Kirsti said...

That is so amazing! I can't wait to get my next parents magazine! Thanks for sharing your beautiful moments with us!

Holly said...

Can't wait for the arrival of this copy in the mail! Such a beautiful story..thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and insight. You are truely an inspiration to mothers all around (just incase you haven't heard that one before ;)

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Renee said...

kelle! that is SO exciting! I'm gonna have to go out and buy it right now. yup. leaving my apartment and walking to the newsstand on my corner now. not even kidding. love love love. congrats to you and baby 'ella! you are changing so many minds and lives right now. you are amazing.

Heitkampfam said...

And from one stranger to another, one mom to another, one photographer to another.........I sit crying from my office. You and your girls are beautiful.

Denné said...

Your story is so touching and inspiring! You truly view the world so beautifully. You and your family are so wonderful, so happy your story was published to touch more people!

iColossus / Monster said...

So beautiful to see the magazine and the star of the article in the background!

BEAUTIFUL! BEAUTIFUL! BEAUTIFUL!

Will pick up a copy tonight after work.

The Niemeyer Nest said...

I just read the article! Wow, you did one heck of a job! I try to be more like you - fun, relaxed, focused on the small things the things that really matter in mothering - the hugs, kisses, holding hands and snuggles at bedtime. It made me feel so much better the other day when you mentioned snapping at whining - that simple statement made me feel so much better about the days that do not go like I plan and I snap at my 19 month old. Not good but it happens! You are so right when you say that those days sometimes end up being our very best days! Thank you for sharing your family! What a blessing you are to me.

Bsecretgrl said...

Oh so glad that your story made the parent magazine. I think it needs to be told. You are helping so many people more then you know. Lots of love your way.

Kylie and crew. said...

How awesome! I LOVE that they did this story on you. For years I have worked with teen Mama's in a group home setting where they live and learn to parent their babies. There are SO many mis-conceptions and sad things I have heard come out of their mouths because they lack education and because these young Mama's at time can lack compassion and project selfishness. This is just ONE more way to keep breaking down the walls of people's heart showing that there is BEAUTY in EVERY soul no matter how that soul looks or acts. Thanks for your bravery and honesty! You are a beautiful Mama inside and out.

Southern Gal said...

I love the raw emotion you show through every post. Your Nella birth story is a beautiful one that makes me cry everytime I read it.

amyc said...

Wow! I remember when things were dark and scary those hours and days after she came. And I remember saying that we have yet to see what Nella will mean to each of us and let's face it, to the world. She is changing hearts, one at a time and I am so glad I was there to witness her birth and the start of something amazing for you and your family. Congrats on this beautiful spread. I am going to buy the magazine and I think it is safe to say I can start buying the pink Sharpies you will need for all the autographs. Start practicing that John Hancock, girl! xo

Farmgirl Paints said...

The first thing I did when I came to your blog was read "your story". You had me from hello. I fell in love with you and your sweet Nella from that moment on.

I don't have a child with special needs... I don't have to. Anyone out there can identify with how you felt and where you were coming from. Thank you so much for being real and transparent. I'll buy that magazine...just 'cause you're in it. Congrats!!!!

wonderchris said...

I'm glad the story was given what it deserves - a beautiful piece.

Congrats!!!

Jen said...

Well now I need to go to WalMart and get this magazine!! I'll wait till I get home to read it though...because I'll probably cry too.

Drew's Mom said...

Thank you for sharing your story with more of the world. It's an incredibly touching story and I'm so glad to see it run in a magazine! Congrats!!

Jenny said...

Your story is so inspiring and I cannot wait to get my Parents magazine!

Kelly said...

Your story has touched my heart, and I am forever grateful for getting to know you and your girls through your blog. You (and your beautiful family) are a wonderful gift from God. Thank you a million times for sharing your story with the world.

6512 and growing said...

Your writing is beautiful, and your story even more so. I'm so glad you get to share it with an even wider audience.

(my son was born extremely premature and in the five years that have passed since his birth, I feel like I've healed and absorbed his frightening start, and then I read something I wrote from that time and it all comes rushing back in).

Blessings,
Rachel

KillerB said...

I saw this on the newsstand this very morning! Had no idea your story was in it, but flipping through I saw the photos that I recognized and bought the issue then and there to share with my office :)

becca. said...

Oh! I am headed to the store right NOW to pick this up! I need to read this article! You captured my attention with Nella's birth story and I have been hooked on your blog ever since. I linger on every word. This mommy-to-be is touched by the way you are raising your girls. I am fascinated with your zest for life and the way your happiness is shown through your bubbly little Lainey and your smiling baby Nella. Keep up the stream of consciousness, and the glimpse of your day to day life. Your readers are loving it.

scuppie said...

Congratulations! I wish I had known about this, I was just browsing at Barnes and Noble!

McMel said...

i can't wait to pick this magazine up. i love the picture of you reading the article and nella beaming in the background.

you've come a long way, baby. the boths of ya!

Patti said...

I can't stop the happy tears:) Because Lily was born with ds just a few days before Nella, I somehow stumbled on your blog in the few weeks after their births..I think I was looking for blogs about real live children with ds, not babies in the BOOK "Babies with Down Syndrome" -just to help me get a grip. This song still brings back memories of those early days, and I every time I hear it I get choked up. I wish too that I could go back in time and scoop my baby (and me) up from the NICU and tell her we were going to be okay! Thank you for being a voice for ds and also for replying to me emails in the past:) Can't believe we've come this far already!

Leah said...

I can't wait to get mine in the mail! I love you, your babies and your story. I've been following your story since Nella's birth and I can't wait to check your blog everyday. Your photos and your words are so inspiring! I try everyday to be a mother more like you!

sarahmarie0730 said...

Wow...amazing!!! I haven't had the chance to open up my magazine and now I can't wait! Thank you for sharing your story with the world:)

Lori McPherson said...

How exciting! I will have to go steal my sisters copy of Parents magazine. I saw it lying on her coffee table the other day and did not even realize that you are in it.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh Kelle- Mazel Tov!

I am so happy for you and for all those mom's that you inspire and continue to inspire.

Wonderful.

Hillary said...

Kelle, I picked it up too last night while in Chapters, brought it home and curled up with my sweet little bundle. What a beautiful story. Thanks for bringing light to so many individuals lives.

Annie said...

Woo Hoo! And brought me to tears too. I love the pictures in this entry. Nella appears so sweet and innocent. Does she know how many lives she and you have affected in such a wonderful way?

Kristyn said...

You're truly inspiring. One day I hope to be half as great a mother as you are. Thank you for your amazing writing and advice.

Claire said...

I will be heading to Walmart to pick up a copy as soon as my littles are up from their naps! I am so very excited to read your story again!

dig this chick said...

xoxoxoxoxoxo, you beauty.

Patty said...

Wow! I will have to go out and buy it~Just to tell people that I "know" the lady in that story ;)

Erika said...

oh sweet! now i am going to have to pick up a copy to see it!!! :-)

Elise said...

I can't wait to get my magazine in the mail. Once again I find my eyes filled with tears when reading about your beautiful girls.

Kara said...

Love Nella's expression behind the magazine in the second photo... it stands in perfect unison with the title of the magazine article. She looks a bit surprised about something, and joyfully so. Great picture!

Bulldogma said...

OMG - I'll be running out to get my copy tonight! I had no idea your story was getting published in Parents! Hooray!

Jennifer said...

(Eyes welled with tears of joy for you).

Wonderchris said that your story got it's a beautiful piece, but also think that you got your beautiful peace from the whole experience.

-Jennifer in Annapolis

Megan said...

and now I am crying... although I do not share the same gift of an extra chromosome in my life, I have the gift of you sharing your life with me. its beautiful the way you have embraced the changes and unexpected things in your life.

Keep up the fabulous work Kelle. you are amazing.

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Katherine Michael said...

Awesome! Even though I'm not a parent, I'm going to have to pick up this issue see you in there.

Crystal Ann said...

You are such an inspiring person, I hope you know that I go to your blog to lift me out of the funk that I sometimes get in because I know how encouraging your posts always are and your outlook on life. thank you so much for sharing your amazing story.

Mary said...

This is my first time posting, but I had to say "Congratulations!" I can't wait to pick up a copy of Parents magazine, and I never buy magazines full price, it's one of my weird, cheap quirks, but this is SO worth it! I've been following your blog for a few months and it's WONDERFUL! You're girls are beautiful!

Philip May said...

Kelle, can't wait to pick it up! Brooke and I have been thinking about the time we found out. pop on over if you have time.

congratulations!

Phil
www.deedahandme.com/blog

Ashley said...

Thank you Kelle for sharing your family's story. I love your honesty and your ability to express yourself. You are truly an inspiring mother!

MrsMiller07 said...

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your story! I feel truly honored to know it and you!!

MyRayOLite said...

How exciting for your story to get into Parents Magazine! :o) I am going to buy it!

I cry too over my daughter's birth story and it's been 12 1/2 years! Infertility almost robbed me of ever having a child and it did rob me of having more. But, I have to look forward to what is now and to come and it is a beautiful adventure everyday!


:o)

Dawn said...

I just cried. In my kitchen

The most poignant picture for me in the birth story is the one where you are looking a little like everything around you is surreal while everyone is toasting with the cool glassed. Very powerful.

Sarah said...

Thank YOU for sharing that beauty. I also loved your stream of consciousness post and your honesty. I am so happy for your getting to go Montanna to meet your friend and for you to have some Fall?!?

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Just a girl said...

beautiful! so good of you to get your story out there

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The Super Seven said...

Can't wait to pick up a copy of Parents next time I'm out. I'm sure the article is just beautiful!! I'm so glad that your story was shared from another friend. You are a breath of fresh air and your girls are amazing.

Susan said...

I cried about you crying in WalMart! I am 4 and 1/2 years away from my daughter, Halina's, birth story and I, too, look at pictures of me and her immediately after she was born - before we knew she had ds - and can't rid myself of the shame I still sometimes feel that my initial joy turned immediately to fear and regret and devastation upon hearing the words, "We think that your daughter might have Down syndrome." I would like to go back to when she was so tiny and new and love her as I do now...because I waisted precious moments, wrapped in my then hollow soul, when I should have been loving her instead of feeling bad for me.

You have shown more courage and heart (and speed!) in accepting Nella's diagnosis than ANYONE I've encountered in our "community." I have had a running dialog with you in my head since Halina's (amazing) sign language teacher sent me a link to your blog. Your positive outlook has lifted me up more than once - so thank you! Can't wait to pick my own copy of the October issue of Parents!

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Jennifer said...

Soul stretching. Love that phrase.

Jennifer
Bug and the Sweet Banana

KaitlinCole said...

Kel I love this. I love that (because of your blog) I feel like I am crying out of joy and happiness over a sister and her baby.
In the church nursery we were given this sweet 2 month old baby girl with Downs and tears well up in my eyes everytime I hold her! She is SO loved by her mama and dad and it makes me smile.
Thank you for being so open with your life and your girls' lives. We love them!

~Sarafina~ said...

Wonderful - HUGE CONGRATS!!

Kim said...

I can't wait to get the magazine!! It's so great that you shed a light on how beautiful a life with a child with DS can be! I just PRAY and PRAY that some mommy to be that is carrying baby with an extra chromosome and is thinking of doing the impossible, that your photos and articles will stop her in her tracks!!!! Go Kelle!!!

Victoria said...

i cannot wait to read this article when i steal my sister's edition of this magazine!! :)

God bless you all!!

Vicki E said...

I cried on my bed late at night in the UK having just finished a post on my own blog(inspired by you by the way and such a source of comfort for me now) and saw that you had posted while I was posting!!! We are 14 months on from our son's 'story' and I've said it before on here but you and your beautiful family and your attitude and your love make my heart sing. It's like you take my thoughts and feelings and with your gift of capturing the moment in words and pictures make them beautiful xx I thank you and although we come from different sides of the atlantic I feel in knowing you (if only in blog) I know myself a little better. Please feel free to read what you have inspired www.vickielli.blogspot.com xxx

Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres said...

It's always a beautiful testament to how truly blessed you are when you see others that went through what you did.

Michelle said...

Your story is just beautiful. I cry every time I read it. I cried when you said you cried today. You've captured the complete essence of what it is to have an unexpected Down's baby; and you did so with such brute honesty and grace.

Thank you for being so open with all of us. You certainly didn't have to. But for those of us that haven't experienced Down's up front and personal, I'm glad you did.

Thanks again :)

Jen said...

You are inspiring and I love reading your stories! you have a beautiful family.

susan said...

Oh Sweet Kelle,

How did you know I was having a bad day and needed this post? As you would say the Bus hit me like a ton of bricks. I am really struggling because Jana is not walking yet. She turned two in June. It seems like all of my friends babies are walking before her. If I see one more baby walking clip on FB I just might throw my laptop out the window one of those days.... Then I thought about when she was born and how far she has come. That she is talking even said "Crap" last night. Whoops! I am once again reminded to enjoy the small things. So we did what any good Mom would do and made brownies:) Thanks again for being a light in a world that is sometimes scary. If you ever hit the bus about such milestones you have a friend in Michigan that will lend an ear.

Hugs.

Susan

Crystal said...

What can I say, now even more people will love you and your girls! :-)

monocot said...

December/January were tough months for me. I was just back at work from maternity leave and feeling sorrow at having to leave my sweet baby at home every morning as I went to work. A friend directed me to your blog shortly after Nella was born, and I've been reading your posts avidly since. I tell friends your blog is like liquid prozac. The beauty and love that drip off every page remind me whats important and bring joy to my day. I am glad that the readers of Parents magazine are being introduced to your story. I hope they come to love it as much as I have.

Sarah said...

Oh! Thank you for continuously sharing your beautiful story, your outlook, and your life with readers like me.
You are a gift to this world, Miss Kelle.

Kathleen said...

Buying the magazine in support of you Kelle. Many times in our lives we say "if I only knew then what I know now". Your birth story is one of those times. All that matters is that we grow, learn and love. And you have done that a million times over.

LJ said...

How cool is that to be in Parents magazine?! I can't wait to get mine in the mail so I can check out the article. Beautiful pics, as always.

txkerri said...

Thank you for sharing your/our story with the world. You are an inspiration! ((hugs))

Stich Family said...

My kids are older and grown but Im going to get that magazine tomorrow at the store!

You and your girls are beautiful Kelle - you're changin' the world one person at a time!

StacieM said...

It looks like they did a beautiful job with an even more beautiful story. I can't wait to get my copy.

Steph said...

Nella's story is such an inspiration. You have touched so many lives in the short months that Nella has been here. Can't wait to pick up the parents magazine and read "our" story to my little one.

Shaylynn said...

Nella was given to you for a reason. Nella is changing the world, but she needed you to be the one to help change it for her. The stigma, the regection.. You are the tool that is opening so many eyes.

I'm the girl with the little brother that will never grow up. That's why I love coming here so much, you soak it up, and shine the beauty in the difference.

SaRaH said...

Kelle, Your story is beautiful, YOU are beautiful, and Nella? Well....we all know that little one is simply perfection incarnate. Thank you for always inspiring!

Rojas Family said...

I've only posted a time or 2 because after I've read most of your comments, it seems as if everyone else has said what I wanted to. It's no different this time, but I have to say I adore your blog and I am just so excited that your story is getting even more recognition. It is truly one of the most beautiful stories ever told. Only God could write that kind of story. As with everyone else, I can't wait to rush out tonight and get a copy of Parents.

mswsarah said...

How awesome!!! You and your girls are stars, for such a time as this :).

Lucy said...

What wonderful news! Your family truly is an inspirations to mothers and women everywhere. I'm constantly letting my girlfriends know about your blog. Your family's story needs to be heard! I can't wait to see what happens next!

Sam's Lackey said...

is it weird that I feel excited, like a friend of mine was in Parents Magazine?

You don't know me from Adam's house cat, but you've been so open & generous about sharing your story I feel like you're a friend. I have that same pride & protectful feeling I have for people in my real life.

Homemaker Design said...

I absolutly LOVE Nella's face in the second photo - what a priceless picture!

KWQR said...

Dude. That soooo rocks.
I do not know you in "real" life but I am so very proud of you.
Going out tonight to buy my very own copy.
This month "Parents", next month "Rolling Stone"... because you really are a rockstar!
Cheers,
Kate

Diana L said...

So, had I been standing in Walmart - I would have been crying right along with you...just like I am as I finish your post.
You said, a long time ago, that you wanted to write a better story for your life. Well, here it is. In print for all the rest of those who haven't found your wonderful talent with a camera and wordcrafting...
How wonderful that your experience will open a world of this "something extra" kind of love to people who have no idea what that means. And they will be the better for it, all because of you, your beloved and your littles.
Thank you for the inspiration you bring into my (and the rest of your readers) day.

alohakeiki said...

So proud of you Momma! And just so you know, you are of our daily ramblings at work. Emails being sent back and forth "Did you read Kelle's blog yesterday?" And it usually continues with a comment about how we can relate to whatever inspiration you gave us that day. We're teachers too! We try to express our love for our students the way you do for your girls. EVERY child is a precious gift!! I subscribe to Parents and can't wait to see the article. :D

Amy said...

Aw Kelle! I didn't realize you would be in Parents this month! I'm all teary for you...how exciting!

Stef said...

I'm gonna go and buy that magazine!! I tell people your birth story and point them to your website ALL the time.
Awesome. I love the title of this post too :)

margaret said...

Kelle I cry EVERY time I read Nella's birth story because it's beautiful and real and raw and not prettied up. You felt how you felt and I don't think any parent would have felt any different under those particular circumstances. Your story is inspiring BECAUSE of the honesty with which you tell it and because instead of fighting Nella's DS, you've embraced it. You're such an inspiration and I often share the link to Nella's birth story with other women facing a possible DS diagnosis....because they need to know that it's NOT the end of the world and that life truly is beautiful. God Bless you Kelle....Much love xo

Michele said...

Thank you for putting yourself, your family and your emotions out there. Your words, pictures and life-loving attitude are inspirational.

Sher said...

I read this as if you are my sister that lives across the country from me...weird how you become attached to a total stranger only I am really the stranger to you, not the other way around...and I am sharing this journey with you, seeing it through your eyes, hearing it through your words.

You really are amazing Kelle. A great writer, photographer, Mom and probably so much more than I can see beyond this site.

I LOVE when great things happen for lovely people!

Congrats to everything good that comes your way because of that little blue eyed angel staring up at you and all of us from the lens of your camera.

What a voice you have been for her.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love that your story will touch even more people in such a great way.

You are a blessing.

Kacey Haffner-Bruce said...

ahh.. my heart melts for you..

kimfairchild said...

i love your blog...love it! i have been a reader for quite sometime, and i have never left a comment...but today i am. you are inspirational and you are genuine. thanks for sharing your love and passion for life.

Ginger said...

kelle, I thank you for your story. Your story is my story. But you have brought so much attention to our beautiful daughters and the many children who have a little bit extra. Thank you for your words. I want you to meet my sweet Emma Grace I want you to hug her and to see what a darling and wonderful girl she is. i know that you did not ask for this assignment, to be thrown into the spotlight of Down Syndrome but you have and I am so thrilled how you represent our families, our children and our lives. Thank you for your courage. i really would love to have coffee with you some day. going to go buy the magazine! Thank you again, Ginger

Ginger said...

kelle, I thank you for your story. Your story is my story. But you have brought so much attention to our beautiful daughters and the many children who have a little bit extra. Thank you for your words. I want you to meet my sweet Emma Grace I want you to hug her and to see what a darling and wonderful girl she is. i know that you did not ask for this assignment, to be thrown into the spotlight of Down Syndrome but you have and I am so thrilled how you represent our families, our children and our lives. Thank you for your courage. i really would love to have coffee with you some day. going to go buy the magazine! Thank you again, Ginger

vintage girl at heart said...

I cry every time I read it too..love you and that sweet sweet Family of yours!!
Blessings~

Emily Roe said...

Oh my gosh- I'm RUNNING, not walking, to grab this magazine!

Karen said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to check my mailbox tomorrow!! I love Nella's face in the 2nd picture! She.Is.Beautiful!
Thank you again for sharing your experience! I cry everytime I read Nella's story. It is so similar to our own. :)
Karen H.
ps-I don't know if you have tried the Natural Cheetos. They're still messy but not neon orange!

Katy said...

That is awesome Kelle. :)

J Scheppl said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to get my copy!!!

Kendra said...

cannot wait to get my copy in the mail!

Elizabeth said...

I would love to make a comment but I gotta run to the store to get myself a copy of the Parents magazine!

~ Yvonne ~ said...

Wow, congratulations on your article in Parent Magazine! That is really exciting and wonderful that your loving, acceptance message is being spread further, in hopes of stirring the hearts of many.

You are infectious, Kelle, and it's all good.

Jdray said...

I cried too, when I read this today. Happiness for you and your family, not sadness at all. What a blessing Nella has been and will be in your life.

-Jenny in Iowa

Stunningly Sweet said...

How fantastic! Definitely on my shopping list!

Dani and Josh said...

I love your story - I have read it and cried many times, yep, right there at my desk at work. So much I had to get up and close my office door. it is so beautiful. Share it with the world, baby! You and your family are a gift in my life and for this I thank you!

mrs.magoo said...

Your family's story is inspiring in so many ways - look at your Little Nella, she is just perfect! Such a blessing! :)

Lola said...

I just read your story again last night. Every time I cry. Happy tears, Beautiful tears......
Nothing is coincidence....
You are so special.....And Nella of course, and Lainey :)

Can't wait to read the article. Going to get a copy right now :)

Congratulations again!!!!!

Callie said...

Oh kelle, how wonderful! It is such a beautiful story and it deserves to be read over and over again. I really feel this story should be given to all of "us" new parents it is a modern welome to holland if you will. Of course it should be coupled with rik's The Corridor. This story, your story & your dad's version could give the hopless hope and allow the mourning to mourn and to know that it is okay. It's going to be just fine.

I just think this is so awesome and I am so proud of you and your family. You are gonna make Your girls so proud. When they grow up and realize what a powerful advocate you were and the amazing things you did and all of the people you helped along the way.

Thank you thank you for telling OUR story!!!

XOXO
Callie

Sarah said...

your story is beautiful, and your outlook on life is infectious. thanks for reminding me to enjoy the small things as well! (hugs)

Adriane J said...

That's so wonderful! I feel stronger reading this post...
Have a nice Friday!

Bonnie said...

Haven't read Parents magazine in years, just felt it didn't do much for me since my kids weren't "normal". I might have to go pick up this October's issue, though.....my favorite blogger is in it.

Krysta said...

I love this post! SUCH a beautiful story! I can't wait to pick this issue up.

Jorie said...

That is amazing that you are getting out there and telling your story in so many avenues! You are amazing! I cannot wait for my issue to arrive in the mail!!! Congrats!

Kim said...

I'm a subscriber so I can't wait to get the magazine!!! God Bless you and your family!!

Amie said...

I can't wait to see it! I've read your story countless times-it's a part of me.

Andrea said...

So exciting! I'm so happy it will reach even more people. Your story is so inspiring!

DisneyRose said...

I'm not a parent (yet! one day!) so I don't buy/read "Parents" magazine but you know first thing tomorrow I'm going to buy TWO copies...one for myself and one to hand off to someone who I haven't introduced to your blog yet...spreading the DS and Nella love! (and the Lainey Love, too!!)

BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

Congratulations on bringing our beautiful kids into the mainstream -- in Parents magazine and at the Gap!

Mainstream parenting mags don't usually cover our kids and families.

There are some fabulous images at this photo competition by Mencap -- a group in the UK that represents people with developmental disabilities:

http://www.mencap.org.uk/snap/snap_2010/photo_index.asp

Happy day to you, Nella, Lainey and the rest of the family!

Holli (and Mark) said...

just another thank you for sharing your life with us. I can't wait to get my copy of parents magazine now!!! another commenter said your posts are like liquid prozac, oh my gosh. whoever that was....thats sooooo it!!! I look forward to reading your posts and sometimes "save" it for the end of my day (or for as long as I can stand it once I realize you've written one!!) I like it to be one of the last things I read before bed because I KNOW I will come away with my heart singing, and a beautiful way of looking at my life, the world. Our stories are really not THAT different except that my world turned upside down during my pregnancy when I learned my baby had a birth defect. I never considered NOT loving him but I spent wayyyyyyy too much of my time worrying what life would be like for him, our family, selfishly for me. How my "dreams" of everything would be shifted. I had NO idea how beautiful the world could be until I had my boys. To get to be a mama, its soooooo "soul stretching" in every amazing way. Thank you!!!!

Emily Hanley said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am running out right now and buying that issue! That is incredible! I'm so thrilled that your story is being shared in all different forms (TV/radio/and now magazine!) All you need next is a movie and a book. And it will SO happen. Congrats Hampton Family!

Sara said...

Yay! I can't wait to receive my Parents in the mail. Congrats! :)

Jill Carilli said...

Can't wait to get my copy! Congrats! It is beautiful from the photos. I love the symbolism of you looking at the article in the magazine with little Nella Bean in the background. She is so beautiful and getting so big. I feel like it was just yesterday when I came across this small piece of your life which has become such a huge piece of mine, and now I think Nella's birthday will be here before I know it. Can't wait for the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas posting that is sure to keep me smiling right up to Nella's birthday! :) xo

PS: is there a way to still subscribe to your blog posts so they come right into my email? ;)

Julie said...

Oh my goodness . . . I was reading through the October edition of the Parents magazine and came upon an article.

I have followed your blog since your princess Nella was born. In fact, I have to say your blog is probably my favorite.

Anyway, I looked at the photo and immediately checked to see who the article was about . . . Oh My Goodness, I KNOW YOU! Well, I don't really KNOW you, but I certainly feel like I do.

Congratulations Kelle on your beautiful girls and your beautiful story . . .

Lisa said...

Congratulations! I can not wait to get my copy in the mail!!!

Cow Town said...

First thing tomorrow I will be at Walmart. I can't wait to read your story. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us out here. You inspire me to look for the fun in life everyday!

Thank you!
Kim

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Kelle! I'm Erin... I used to work at Nickelodeon with Kim and Jessica (from A Parent in Silver Spring) and I just love your blog. I swear, I'm copying EVERY idea you have from your daughter's birthday party. Anyway, this is a gorgeous spread... and a great article (I just looked it up!).

The Salty Dogs said...

OOH how it irks me that anything to which I subscribe hits newsstands before my mailbox. But I will love seeing it when it does arrive.

Mrs. R said...

Congrats! Your story will be a blessing to so many women who read that magazine and your blog!!

MG said...

This is exciting!! I love it when a blog I read is noticed for the wonderful stories that I have been enjoying. I am going to pick up this issue...it's been a while since I've had time to read Parents but I can't wait to see your story in print. Kuddos to Parents!

Douglas said...

How great! If only I was in the States to be able to pick up a copy...dang it!!!! Marissa

Fresh Mommy said...

I so excited and happy for this feature, for the way you all enjoy this one wild and precious life, for the encouragement you give every time you post and the example you are!! We are all truly blessed because you are a blessing. :)

~Tabitha

...from Michigan

Mandy said...

I've never commented before, but I've read your blog since right after you posted Nella's birth story and I've probably read that post a hundred times since and I cry every time. Your story is amazing and inspiring and I try everyday to be more like you, to enjoy what is right in front of me and to never take for granted what I have in this life and I thank you for that. You are an amazing person and your family is truly an inspiration for us all.

The Stevens Family said...

I've been silently following your blog for awhile now and was so happy to see you in Parents magazine, congrats! You've got such a beautiful way with words and such talent with your camera. Reading your blog inspires me to appreciate the small things, recognize them in places they have been over looked and to really enjoy the journey of motherhood.Thank you. Rock on Mamma!

MonicaJBrown said...

I can't wait until my copy arrives to read it.

I also want to say that your blog helps me appreciate my 5 month old baby, more. I'm reminded, through it, that he's only little for so long, that he only needs me *this* much, for such a very, very short time.
God bless you and your beautiful family!

Maureen Kelly said...

Kelle, I have been following your blog since Nella's birth, and your posts have moved, inspired, amused, and delighted me. As a former elementary teacher and principal, I have often thought I should log on to leave a comment about the positive experiences I have had over the years with children and parents who have walked the road you now find yourselves navigating...but I never have. And then tonight I received this link about a former student, came to your blog to find today's post, and just knew that now was the time to finally leave a comment. When you have the chance, please read the article. Bridget made me a better teacher and principal, and now when I read your blog, I smile and remember her: http://www.pioneerlocal.com/burrridge/news/2682610,burr-ridge-brown-090910-s1.article

ItRocks2BMom said...

Can I just say that tonight as I was crying reading your blog (a usual for me), I couldn't help but touch my laptop screen at pictures of Nella. I couldn't help but think of how many doctors actually encourage people to consider abortion when they know the baby has down syndrome. I couldn't help but think of the love that families like yours miss out on because they followed through with that horrible advice. And I weep, hard. Thank-you for sharing your story. Thank-you for showing people that what she has doesn't make who she is. It's her heart, her soul and that gorgeous smile that you wake up to everyday that makes Nella, Nella.

laugavitz said...

You truely are a beautiful woman and mother. I love reading your blog and how you make me put many things in life into perspective for myself.

I would also like to thank you for bringing knowledge, better understading, and hopefully tolerence to so many people through your blog.

megan said...

Thank you for allowing me to feel 'normal' as I felt my heart and emotions do similar things as I held my son, Oliver for the first time and took in his diagnosis with Downs. You put words to what my heart was feeling. It's comforting to have someone to walk through this with me!

Marcie said...

You, yes YOU, are so amazing and strong. I hope you know how empowering you are for all of us, mothers and future mothers alike. I admire the love you have for your kids and all that you do to bring awareness to DS. Nella and Laney are so beautiful and they get it from their mother. Thank you for being a constant source of positive mothering. In a time where people get so lost in themselves and the hardships of being a mom, you restore the faith in me that being a mom is a wonderful and amazing experience. I can't wait to have my own very soon.

Thank YOU Kelle.

Marcie

lynxymama said...

kelle,

you're not alone and thanks for reminding me i am not either. our story is kind of long (aren't they all) and it's been a weird week, your post was a light i needed.

~ Lori ~ said...

Holy Moly...I didn't see that one coming. I thought you were talking about the article and the people in them REMINDED you of your experience. Then I got to the photos and realized it IS your experience. Congrats...I'm going in search of my pile of magazines that I fully intend to read "one of these days" and see if it's there! Congrats on being the light shed on the rest of us who really have no clue what living with DS is like.

Jenn said...

I can't wait to get my copy in the mail! I'll be reading it as soon as it arrives!

Meagan Harris said...

I wish your blog was around 19 years ago for my parents when my brother Preston was born :)! You would have changed their lives...you are changing soooo many NOW! Keep making a difference Kelle!!!

Tara. said...

That's so amazing. I can't wait to read it myself. I'm so glad they're bringing more attention to the amazing kids and adults that share those sweet smiles and almond eyes. ♥

Cameo's Angels said...

Ok so did I miss that announcement somewhere. I had the same feelings as a previous poster. I thought it was a story about another precious family but there you are!! I can not WAIT to go out and get the magazine and read it.
Your birth story is just beautiful, loving, emotional, and what I love the most, raw. Every time i read it I see something that I didn't see before. I get so choked up on the picture of Nella looking into your soul and asking you to just accept her. Just beautiful and so true. I am so thankful that you have opened my eyes even more to what it is meant to take care of children. You will never know how much you have affected my life, someone you don't know. Amazing love my friend, amazing love!

leemeandthegirls said...

AHHHHH! I am so excited and happy for you, Kelle. I hope the rest of the world will be as blessed and touched and inspired through your story as I have been. :)
-Mccall

Lauren said...

Oh, Kelle, you make me laugh, cry, and positively ache for littles of my own. As always, thank you for sharing, and I'll be buying the magazine tomorrow. Simply beautiful.

Gilsner said...

Kelle,
I have followed you since the day you so lovingly and selflessly shared the birth of Nella with the world. But I have always been too embarrassed to comment. You see, my Uncle had Down Syndrome. He was born 'back in the day' and when my grandfather passed away my grandmother had him institutionalized. After my grandma died my dad ensured that Uncle Gene be brought back into the community. He spent every Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas with us. Relatives thought it wasn't where he belonged, but my dad always knew he did. I was young. All I saw was my dad struggling with the decision, the cost and the heartache of his decision and the toll it took on his family. I thought my uncle was a burden to him and I'm beyond ashamed to say that the thought crossed my mind many times that I hoped for 'better' for my future children.

The thing is, my friend, you changed that. Nella changed that. The love you (and the world) have for Nella melts my heart. And instead of seeing my uncle as a burden I remember him for what he was... the happiest person to have ever walked the earth, with a smile wider than the sky and a heart full of love for strangers and family alike. His childlike wonderment never ceased in all his years and his curiosity made him a treat to be around. Christmas was spent with him sitting happily on the couch, enjoying all the sights and sounds, singing along to the carols played on the stereo, forever asking questions about my cat. How old is she? What's her name? How old is she? What's her name? He knew the answers but he loved to ask the questions. Each time as though it had never been asked before, the delight in the answers never faded.

My uncle passed away just around the time Nella was teaching me what exactly was being lost in his death. And I can't thank you enough. For showing me that my children would be lucky to be all the things my uncle was and Nella is. Loved and loving. Curious and Curiouser. And, above all, happy... and happiest.

Thank you for changing my mind, my heart and my world. You did all this simply by loving your daughter... and letting the world love her too. And it is a far better place because of it. Because of Nella.

Much love to you, my friend. I'm proud to be able to say I 'know' the woman in the magazine. And that she changed me. Many times over. xoox

Stephany said...

your girls are beautiful. your family is beautiful. i adore you.

teal915 said...

I completely understand what you are saying. If only I could go back and tell myself just to love her. Forget about the Down syndrome. She is my baby. I did love her, my fears were just clouding my vision. And if I hadn't gone through that, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I love this place. So, thank you God for bringing me here.



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teal915 said...

I completely understand what you are saying. If only I could go back and tell myself just to love her. Forget about the Down syndrome. She is my baby. I did love her, my fears were just clouding my vision. And if I hadn't gone through that, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I love this place. So, thank you God for bringing me here.



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Sher said...

I posted earlier, but noticed how many posts were deleted...

Seriously...do asshats come here and post? (((shaking head)))...

Wankers!

Angela said...

Oh my gosh! I just love you! :)

I also could not be happier for you! And for our little girls! Because this means that your beautiful story is getting out to more people that will see the true beauty in our children! What you have done for the Down syndrome community -- I'm not sure anyone else has single-handedly impacted it like you have!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU....

Enjoy, celebrate... you so deserve it!!

Love,
Angela

Nikki said...

oh my goodnes... how did I miss that this was coming???? I am so thrilled for you and can not wait to go to Walmart and get my own copy! You are amazing kelle.... So thrilled that sweet nella got to be in your family, where she is loved to pieces. She is blessed to have you as a momma as much as you are blessed to have her as a little!

momma zen said...

I haven't got October's issue! I am excited your story will be in there. After following your blog for quite a few months now and after having already read your birth story - it's super neat to see it in print in one of my favorite magazines!! I'd love to re-read it again because of how honest, moving, and beautiful the story is.

I talk about your life as read in your blog to my husband all the time. I adore your girls as if I knew them. Nella is so incredible. I was talking to my husband about how she should be a baby model. I appreciate being able to see them grow up if you continue blogging for years to come.

Terri said...

You are such an inspiration. I can't even put into words how much I appreciate what you're doing for those littles out there with an extra magical chromosome. Love like yours can change people. Thank you, Kelle.

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful!!!

Casey said...

I'm going to have to grab a copy this weekend! Your story is so amazing and beautiful, you're such an inspiration to me :)

Crystal said...

I cry everything I am on your blog- every time you post.

But today, this moment, I am not crying. There are no tears.

I am beaming. So happy for you guys. You are so honest and brave and have no idea how much your story touches every mommy- extra chromy or not.

I am thrilled that baby Nella's story is reaching more and more people.

Look at her as she sits so beautifully. That Nella is such a doll baby. I just adore her. And Lainey is the bestest big sister ever! They both teach us all many things.

And I can not wait to get a copy of this! One for me, and every mom I know.

God Bless you guys!

Grandma Sue said...

Kelle, Bless you. For those of us with Down Syndrome children. My son is a now a young adult. We know how truly blessed our lives are and continue to be. Medical, PT, OT, Speech, School, and a calendar of appointment dulls in the Sunshine in our daily lives. Nelle and Lainey, your Sunshine. Thank you for your blog. I can't wait to buy several copies to pass along to the Special Education Infant Program I recently retired from so teacher friends and parent facilitators can pass them along to new parents.

Nikki and Kevin said...

Your life. Your littles. Your story. They are beautiful. And they are apart of all of us in some way. Thank you for sharing such precious and real moments of your precious and real life.

Jeanne said...

I have read Nella's birth story so many times. I read it when I need to feel inspired. I read it when I need to let loose a few emotions. I read it when I need to feel inspired by the miracle of birth. I read it when I am having a hard "kid" day. I read it when I need to feel that women are brave and strong. It is so inspiring, special, and wonderful. IT has inspired me in so many ways. I feel like I owe you a huge debt.

And this song....instantly brought tears to my eyes. It melts my heart every time I hear it.

Molly said...

Congrats, Kelle! You are such an inspiration to so many. Keep being that.

Jamie Lane said...

I would have cried too! Peace and blessings to your guys!

Monica said...

I can't wait to read this story! I will be checking my mailbox tomorrow!!

Million Dollar Mamma said...

SWEEEET! Okay, Nella's socks/shoes- come on!!!!!!!!!! love it!

Liz said...

I can't wait to get my hands on the magazine Saturday so I can read the story all over again!

heather said...

There's nothing that can compare to those feelings and emotions that come with remembering our birth stories. It brings back so many emotions. Still. Almost 8 years later. Can't wait to buy the magazine. I couldn't imagine anyone being more perfect as an advocate, voice and face for Down syndrome. You and Nella are such rock stars! You make us all so proud!

mmariemk said...

How funny...i was just getting on to leave you a comment about how I was at walmart at 10 o clock tonight...picked up a parents magazine and opened right to your page and said got SUPER excited. I said Hey....i know her. well I don't actually "know her" but, I feel like I do. Us Rodriguez people in Austin really love you Hampton people in Naples. :) We think about you daily and I can honestly say you've changed this mommy's life! (i feel kinda cheesy, fanatical saying that) but, its true. WWKD often enters my mind during my occasional life sucks slumps. It was great to see your fam today...and, I cried in walmart too.

everydaymomma said...

today i cried...in target,its a little more classy you know;) i was flipping through parents in the mag isle like i usualy do and i stumbled onto your article,my heart swelled with pride and instantly my eyes did too,before i could even begin reading.I was so excited like a close girlfriend just got featured,i quickly showed my girls age 3:)who llooooovvve your blog and they each had to have a copy,they even put the dora books back as a trade:) i also picked up 10 copies for friends i love because i love sharing you with every momma i love,i am so proud of you dearest Kelle.
love siobhan

momijitomitsukoshi said...

It's almost impossible to believe that was just over six months ago. Nella grows more beautiful by the day, if that is possible. I am so thankful to share in this journey in this small way with you. It brings so much joy and many tears too. There's you bawling in Walmart and here's me bawling at my reception desk!

FEAS613 said...

Sharing the love! Spreading the wealth! Love it!! Congrats =) It must have been soo surreal to see yourself - your baby and your family in a magazine!! I have not yet gotten a copy but believe me I will!! I'll probably tear up in Border's tomorrow on my lunch break! I'll thank you in advance!!

I agree with everydaymomma - I kind of feel like I know that person in the magazine!! So totally awesome for you and your family -- and for everyone who was just introduced to the Hampton family for the first time today!

I'm sure you couldn't have loved baby 'ella any better in those first few moments of her life. You loved her and cradled her and cared so much about her you needed to know. I'm sure news like that would knock anyone out of stride - but you did it gracefully, you picked yourself back up and you turned something unexpected into something absolutely amazing!! And on top of that you didn't keep your story for yourself... you didn't hesitate to share every true emotion that you had. You have shown others that no matter what you're given it is only as good as what you do with it... And you, Nella, Brett and Lainey (not to mention all the other people in this story - Poppa, Bailey, Bruh-Bruhs... EVERYONE) have made this something scary and unexpected into something phenomenal!!
Keep rockin Hamptons!!

Vancouver Weddings said...

WOW! Congratulations!

Jen said...

I am teary eyed! How beautiful. You are such a joyful inspiration for so many moms and families. I talk to my family about you and they think I'm nuts because I think of you as a friend. But you are. Thank you for sharing your life with us and inspiring me to be a better mom each and every day!

Roksalanna said...

Kelle,
That brought tears to my eyes reading Lainey's words to Nella and hearing about your feelings.
Nella is so beautiful as is Lainey. Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful family. xx

Cathy said...

I love your blog and reading about the love you have for your littles. I cried when I read your birth story, it was so beautiful. And I look forward to reading it again and seeing those precious faces when I get my issue in the mail.

Amber @ The Momma Stuff Blog said...

you and your girls are beautiful - many thanks for sharing your journey with all of us.
Amber :)

cindy said...

Kelle, You and your girls are amazing. Nella will change this world and her big sister Laney will be right there beside her making her own impression in this sometimes crazy world. Nella is beautiful beyond words. Laney is well, just as super cute as she can be too ! You are an inspiration and I can't wait to buy a copy.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Going tomorrow to get me a copy....one of the most beautiful gift I have ever read

Suzy Evans, J.D., Ph.D. said...

Thank you for being such a loving mama and for being such an inspiring role model for all of us mamas of beautiful babies with DS who walk the same amazing, soul-strecthing path.

cindy said...

Sorry for the typo.. LAINEY.. it is late. Congrats again..

Jill said...

Dude!! You rock! Did anyone come up and ask you for autographs and pictures? I would have been that person!!

So happy for you! Congrats! How wonderful for Parents magazine to choose to feature your story and thanks for all you have done for the Ds community. Nella isn't even a year old yet and you have already taught others so much! You are one beautiful and amazing woman, Kelle!

Love,
Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

Mimi said...

HI!!
I will be running out tomorrow to get MY Copy as I feel like I know you, so I will exclaim with PRIDE AND JOY, I KNOW HER, I KNOW HER!!!
How wonderful and how very precious this Gift of God is to you and your family and to ALL of us!!!
hugs,
jamie

Heidi said...

love you. the mag is beautiful. xo

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

(i dont think my comment earlier made it thru). Aww, KELLE! "Dude", you are a star. I feel like I know someone famous! Oh, I was almost crying, reading about YOU crying in Walmart. So proud of you and your story appearing in Parents mag! You will enlighten and inspire so many more. I gotta go buy the magazine! I bet you never thought little Nella Bean would take you on such a path, on so many journeys~ Love and hugs from your Blog Mama, Linda MG

Kulio said...

Yeah!!! Oh I can't wait to go out and buy a copy tomorrow - yahoo!!! I love that you saw it first in a Walmart, by picking it up off the stand there - that just seems so cool :-) Here's to many more friends coming your way, and many more lives who get to be touched by your honesty and your love that sometimes...I gotta say sometimes it outshines the sun. I stole that from an old SS song. love you!

Marie said...

That is amazing! How lucky!

Now I'll have to go out and buy a copy! We enjoy this journey with you :)

Sam said...

I will rush out to buy the story, even though I've read yours. It touched me in ways that have only been able to make me stronger and closer to telling my real story about learning that our sweet Daniel had a heart condition and more. Thank you and God bless your beautiful, sweet, sweet family.

Dr Pepper said...

Can I just say... the expression on Nella's face in the second picture is awesome! It made me giggle. She's too cute! x

jodi said...

Hey Kelle...
Thanks for sharing your story...again. I'm planning on finding a copy today. I'll share it with my hospital pals. Hugs from Michigan....jodi

Bikini By 30 said...

What a journey it has been since that day in January. Can't wait to see the spread!

→Daniele← said...

I'm a subscriber but haven't received that issue yet, I cannot wait!!
oh my, you're going to have like a bazillion followers after this! Keep remembering "us"... ;)

Tisha said...

going to get my copy today!!! love pics of nella sitting up, how is it that she's getting so big? it seems like just yesterday she was born and my heart was breaking for you when you called to tell me she was born and had DS.

seriously, who woulda thought you'd be here now? nella c - you have a place in my heart right next to your mom and sister.

xoxo!

Randi said...

I have said it before, and say it again Nella is here for a reason!

Now this article will spread even more joy, tears and laughter, and open more eyes, like she did mine.

Good job!

Carrie Halman said...

I hope I get my issue in the mail today! I know Nella's birth changed your family in many ways but the day I read it changed mine too! Thank you for all the inspiration you give me through your words and photos. You've made me a better mama. And I thank you for that!

Shari said...

Thank you for sharing the joy of Nella. My cousin was born with DS and I remember him as a baby so loving and gentle. Nella's story I can't wait to re-read and possibly pick up Parent's Magazine to read it in there as well.

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