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Tuesday's Connector: Kelle Hampton

March 10th, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Kelle Hampton is a mother, photographer and blogger who has documented her life nearly every day online by writing entries and including photographs on a variety of subjects.

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The 31-year-old has also used her blog to document the birth of a new baby girl this January.

But when the baby, Nella was born, Kelle and her husband were stunned to learn that she had Down Syndrome.

On her blog, Kelle shares how she felt the moment she saw Nella for the first time and how she's adjusted to having a child with special needs.

Her words and photos that are posted nearly every day online have resonated around the world, with thousands of messages and gifts flooding in from strangers from places as far as Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Brazil.

According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that causes a range of mental disabilities and health problems, including hearing loss and heart disease.

In the general population, about 1 in 800 babies are born with Down Syndrome, though the rate increases dramatically in older mothers.

A woman Kelle's age has about a 1 in 900 chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome. For a 40-year-old mother, the rate jumps to 1 in 100.

We want to know what you think.

Do you want to ask Kelle what life is like living with a child with Down Syndrome? If you knew your child had Down Syndrome what would you do? Would you document your child's life online?

Please leave your questions and comments below and tune in on Tuesday March 16 at 2100 GMT to watch the interview.

And please let us know from where you are writing.

soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Jennifer Gagan

    I love reading your blog. My husband asks if I'm reading my 'crybaby blog' again because every time I read a post I am moved to tears. Just want to know if you really were homeschooled. I am thinking of doing so with my kids (ages 2.5 yo and 9 months). Any advice or tips about homeschooling? (Please don't tell me I have to wait for the book...haha)

    March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  2. Aggie C.

    Reading Kelle's blog is truly like therapy. I have never "met" someone with her outlook on life in general, not just dealing with the discovery of Nella's condition, but if you read all the entires before Nella arrived you'd see how she really sees beauty in every moment. I feel blessed to have found her blog... no one has affected me like Kelle and her words. I for one cannot wait for "the book" and I would like to know when we can line up to get it! God bless!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  3. Patty Howell

    I think it is wonderful to get a Mother's perspective on life with a Down's Syndrome child. I have been reading Kelle's blog and have truly been inspired by her courage and honesty. Thank you for doing a story on such an important topic. Kelle will be able to help so many families!

    March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  4. Ricki

    Dear Kelle and Nella. No questions, only love, much admiration and a sense of great pride in how you are handling this precious gift. You are demonstrating the same amazing grace and talent that we've always known was "our Kelle". God bless with love from Ricki and Sandi (Kansas City).

    March 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  5. KC

    I think Kelle is an amazing human being, woman and mother. I love reading Kelle's blog and cannot wait to buy her book. I also enjoy her Poppa's wise comments.

    I can "see" that Kelle's life is beautiful. Living with a child with Down syndrome is as wonderful as living with any other child.

    If you knew my child had Down syndrome I would love, accept, respect and embrace him like Kelle is doing with her Nella. Any child is a child first. Nella is Nella, a perfect and beautiful child.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  6. Rayna

    Kelle's blog is truly one-of-a-kind and for her words to be touching so many across the world is truly amazing. I am one of the lucky ones that can call Kelle a friend, and be blessed to have her and her family in my life. Kelle makes anyone feel real, loved, happy, full of life, and so much more. We all knew the minute Nella was born, that little bundle of joy would do something BIG. And in six short weeks, the Hampton family has done somthing big....they brought Nella Cordelia into this world and made it a brighter place. I love seeing our own little ones watch and love her, and soon will call her their friend. Love you!

    March 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  7. KC

    sorry! I meant to say: If " I " knew. Also, I would like to add that she is a very talented photographer. There is so much LOVE in all she does, you can just feel it.

    March 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  8. Kelle's Dad

    I used to think a blog was the misspelling of a swamp one might get stuck in. I have learned it is a lighthouse, an embrace and a roadmap for the journey. I have watched this blog evolve. It was well in place before our Nella came to fill our hearts, but the overwhelming support and love that flowed through the words, welcome and wishes of those who left comments always left me sobbing in my keyboard. And the incredible resources and sound counsel from families around the globe literally breathed life into us all. "Virtual Vitality." An invisible force that moved an ordeal into an adventure. We are forever indebted to the thousands of strangers who came in our night with their light and kindness. And of course, I think my daughters, this and her sister, and my son are amazing individuals who make magic of the matter of life.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  9. Christina

    I found Kelle's blog after Nella's birth story was posted on a message board I read. It was probably one of the best things I ever gained from that message board. It actually made me get off the message board and live life a little more – an inspiration garnished from the amazing adventures and stories that Kelle shares of her day to day life.

    Kelle, you seem to make adventures and memories out of every day moments and that inspires me. How do you balance being a mother to a newborn, a toddler, a photographer and being so creative with things to do with your children? I often feel like it is a struggle to do much of anything with my girls (9 months and 2.5 years), but you inspire me to do it anyway. I want a better story and your blog has inspired me to live it!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  10. Jennifer Varanini

    We too have found the blogging world/community to be an amazing support system as we found out about our son's diagnosis of Down syndrome on his 3 month birthday. Blogging and reading blogs about families touched by Down syndrome was absolutely instrumental in helping us cope and get to a place of celebration very quickly. So much so that we are now in the process of adopting an orphan baby girl in Eastern Europe with Down syndrome.
    http://www.trisacharm.blogspot.com
    http://www.savingsofia.blogspot.com

    March 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  11. Kelli

    Kelle's post about her baby girl being born was the most honest and heartbreaking thing I've ever read. I am a special education teacher, and it was so refreshing to see and read about someone's REAL reaction to this news. Lately Kelle has been talking about Nella's future, and I just want to encourage her with this... I spent the last two months with a 19-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. My days were filled with love, hugs, laughter, and yes, frustration, but mostly we learned. Nikki learned from me, and I learned from her. I have NO DOUBT that this young woman will go on to do amazing things in her life, and I know the same will be true of Nella. If I had to tell Kelle one thing that I think resulted in Nikki's success in school, I would have to say it was her family. They were so supportive and encouraging and worked with her at home just as much as she worked at school on her own.
    Keep it up, Hampton family! God has blessed you with a beautiful baby girl, and I will keep you in my prayers as you journey through this tough, yet incredible experience.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  12. Lisa

    You have become an inspiration to many in the US, Canada and around the world. As a mother of two girls It is refreshing to read that there are other mothers out there who have to deal with all the same stuff, but when you write about all of your 'stuff' you have such a positive attitude about it all! Where does all of your positivity come from? What advice do you have for other mothers who can't seem to grab the sanity moments throughout the day? Also how do you feel about being such an inspiration to others?

    March 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  13. kmosterberg

    I have read Kelle's blog since it was posted on a message board I am part of after she posted Nella's beautiful birth story. Her love for both of her daughters and the raw truth and emotions she conveys through her words and her beautiful photography are so inspiring. I hope to be half the mother to my five month old as she is to her 2 perfect daughters.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  14. Sarah

    The night I stumbled onto Kelle's Blog was the night she posted Nella's story. Since then, I have gone back and read from the beginning. I love a family that believes in family. My question is, "Kelle, how do you continue to come up with fun and create ways to spend time with your children?" I can't recall reading a day where you haven't had an adventure and I would love any tips you can provide."

    March 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  15. Tina

    I too have a child with Down syndrome. She was born July, 2009. I joined an email group with other Mothers of children with Downs. That is how I found out about Kelle's blog. Her birth story was written so beautifully. I too hope that she writes her book.

    I do have a question...How do you handle the negative comments in response to your blog? I have fears and concerns for my children and I wish that I could honestly share them with someone without being judged. You share your thoughts and fears so openly and people respond with positive comments and some negative. How do you not let this affect you?

    Also, we are as happy as you are about loving and raising a daughter that happens to have Down syndrome. Why do you think that people cannot understand how it is that we can be happy under these circumstances? Do they not understand true love?

    Kelle truly sees the joy in everything that she does and it reminds me to do the same. I appreciate that she shares her story so openly and I am glad that this has been recognized and it will allow her to share with a larger audience. We can make a difference and sometimes it takes something that others view as a hard thing to make this happen.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  16. Jenna

    I LOVE reading Kelle's blog, i have been reading since Nella was born & have read her birth story countless times, as well as passed it on to many others. I am 33 wks pregnant with my first & Kelle has taken the fear of something being "wrong" away, regardless what that may be & showed me that it truely doesn't matter, he IS my son regardless. I too can't wait to read her book & would love to know when i can expect it so i can go ahead & sign up, i'm sure it will be sold out!

    Kelle your a wonderful women, photographer & mother. You have no idea how each blog entry effects all of us. I cry everytime & i'm moved by your spirit & joy. You have changed the way i see things, forever.

    We love you Hamptom family!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  17. Brittany

    Kelle, that wonderful daddy, nella, and lainey have truly left their fingerprints on my heart. Those beautiful smiles, those amazing knits, those bright green boots...i soak every word up, and can't help but to want more!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  18. Emily

    I came across Kelle's blog when an anonymous person posted it on a messageboard. The person said I would be "moved to tears" by the birth story of her second child, and she was right. Since that day, I have been beautifully addicted to Kelle's words. I started from her first blog entry in 2007 and have faithfully read, smiled, wept and cheered along with her journeys since then. Her incredible photos and insipring words instantly lift my mood and make me want to be a better, happier, cheerier person. And most of all, she has taught us all to "enjoy the small things". Kelle is also one of the most honest people I've come across. She will happily admit if she's had a bad day, though those days still seem to come with grace and style. Her style of parenting is near flawless, and her two girls are heavenly. Kelle, you deserve all the good things that come your way, because you inspire all of your "virtual friends" to be better people. Thank you, Kelle!

    March 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  19. Kate

    I love that this blog and Nella's story have circled the globe and back again. I am a mother of a 3 year old boy with Down Syndrome... it is an adventure I did not seek out but would not change for the world. Kelle's honest words and beautiful images are so inspiring, moving and all together delicious. For me, it is a gentle reminder to enjoy each moment with my kids. My question for Kelle is more about her background in photography... did she go to school for it? What kind of camera(s) does she shoot use? Post production software? Thanks!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  20. Megan Jeffery

    Kelle's blog is sheer beauty. the pictures are dazzling, but her words make you catch your breath. She woman knows how to love. She knows how to feel things, and how to be honest about what her life is like. Her girls are breathtaking, and she knows it. Such a beautiful blog in a world where children with disabilities are often seen as burndensome. Sweet 'lil Nella will never feel like she has been a burden. Her mama will make sure she knows how much joy she has brought to the world.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  21. tara

    Ever since being linked Kelle's story of Nella's birth I have been reading her blog each day and I am so moved by how accepting of Nella and her Down's Kelle, her husband, her friends and family have been.
    I was born with a condition that makes me stand out and was never accepted by my family or my peers and have been shamed by it my entire life.
    What a blessing the Nella was born into the Hampton family and is loved and cuddled and adored and made to feel as special as anyone else is!!
    Someday Nella is going to grow up and be so blessed by Kelle's documentary of her life and the feelings that she had at any given time and will be such a blessing to anyone she meets!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  22. Jessica Six

    Hi Kelle! I've been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now! I go to it every morning to see if you have updated your entry or added any new photography. I just want to say that I think your book would be AMAZING, and as a nursing student, I think it is beneficial to read your story, so that as a nurse, one can understand what someone in this situation is going through, and that they can adjust, etc.
    My question for you...what kind of camera do you use? Your photography is AMAZING!

    Thank you again for being so open, and honest, and sharing so much of yourself and your family, and letting us see your beauty!!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  23. Amelia

    I, too, LOVE reading Kelle's blog. She is so inspiring.

    Please ask her how she does it. And by "it"..I mean, where does she find the faith, the energy, the spirit and the time it takes to be the awe-inspiring mother that she is?

    As a new mom myself.. there are days I don't want to get out of bed – days I am too overwhelmed by my little one, by my job, my husband, my life in general....and honestly, I'm not dealing with anything out of the ordinary. ... so please, tell Kelle that I find her truly inspiring..but I'd also like to know how she does it.

    I look forward to reading her blog each day..and taking a little bit of sunshine from it.

    I can't wait to watch her on CNN!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  24. Joy Swatsworth

    I just read Kelle's Dads comment...I now see where she gets her wit from...but seriously she is one of those rare women who shines..through her photography, her love for family and her blogs that give us a raw yummy dose of life. She is not afraid to admit to empty bottles of cleaning solution under her sink or baring her soul in those painful moments! My personal favorite blog was when she said that if Nella had not been her's she would have begged her husband to take her home and love her....She is a true Rockstar!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  25. Kim

    Kelle, your blog is so beautiful and uplifting! Your family is precious and your love, optimism, and truthfulness will certainly touch many lives. Keep on being the wonderful mama that you are!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  26. Angela O.

    I am also an avid follower of Kelle's blog and soak up every word and photo. She has changed my perspective in so many ways and made me a better mom and wife!

    I don't need to ask a question about raising a child with DS as I already have a little girl of my own but I would love to not only see Kelle but also meet her dad! His comments are as inspiring as her photographs. I would also love to know how Brett is handling all this new found fame with his aspiring star of a wife!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and can't wait to see her on CNN! Congratulations Hampton Family!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  27. Jenni Williams

    I found Kelle's blog the day she announce Nella's birth and I fell in love. I have been blogging and reading blogs for a long time and I have to say her's is my new favorite. It's honest, raw, sweet, loving, open, and beautiful. As the parent of a special needs child I am thrilled about the attention Enjoying the Small Things is receiving. Thank you Kelle, for brightening my day with your posts. As a side note, I adore your photography.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  28. Jenee

    I love everything about her story. We too have an infant with Ds. Kelle's honesty is inspiring. Everything she writes about her feelings in regards to Nella having Ds is something I think all parents of a child with Ds have felt or feel. As much as Kelle is honest about her fears she makes it clear her unconditional love for her daughters.

    The question I have is not for me personally but for all the mothers out there with a prenatal diagnosis of their baby having Ds. The statistic is that 90% of mothers with a prenatal diagnosis of Ds abort. It's alarming!

    So my question is (and I know she will have an amazing answer):

    Why should those mother's keep their babies? I know she can lesson their fears and find the right words...If only Kelle could be there everytime new parents got the scary news!

    Kelle your great, I personally can not wait for the book. How ever will you find the time (smile).

    March 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  29. Amy

    she is an inspiration. a true gift in her words & pictures. She has so much to share with her girls, her family and the world.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  30. Angie

    Love Love Love reading her blog. It gives you a totally new and refreshing look at life. Thanks to Kelle for sharing her story and I look forward to hearing more in the months to come! Kelle, you are a great writer! Great Photography too!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  31. Ellen Bull

    I think Kelle and Brent are so generous to share their story. Information brings acceptance, our family is so fortunate to have as our best friends a family with a 22 year old daughter with downs. Jesse brings a smile to the faces of all that are lucky enough to spend time with her. Before I met Jesse our interaction with a downs person did not exist. Knowing Jesse has opened our hearts and minds to all people with disabilities. Tracy, the mother of Jesse after I forward Kelle's blog to her exclaimed "that is my story".
    It is a huge obligation for all family involved, but the more hearts exposed to Nella's life the more hearts open to all!

    March 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  32. Louise Fisher

    Kelle's blog has reached Melbourne, Australia!!!
    I found Kelle's blog only a few weeks ago and every day I sit and read with my morning coffee and get inspiration for the day ahead.
    You are a wonderful, positive, inspirational Mum and I hope the CNN story makes its way to our shores.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  33. maureen

    I've been reading Kelle's blog for a year or so now and it is truly one of my favorite places on the internet. She is such a beautiful and inspiring woman. Kelle- you have mentioned a lot about your responses to Nella's DS but I am wondering if you're doing a lot of research into it, if you're connecting with other parents, groups focused on it, etc. I know you said Nella is not a DS baby, just a baby who has DS and I love that perspective. But certainly you're curious about what her life will be like in one year, five years, twenty years, etc so I am just wondering how you're researching it and what you've found helpful and not. Thanks so much for being in the interview- I am happy that you are willing to share your story! xoxo maureen

    March 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  34. Nicole

    So excited for you, and can't wait to see your TV debut!!
    Someone way up there said it best....your words are truly therapy, thanks so much for sharing it all with us.

    xoxo,
    nicole

    March 10, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  35. homeeclectic

    Kelle Hampton has the most beautiful blog on the internet! Her words and photos are breathtaking, real and raw. As another mother of a new baby with Down syndrome, I read it everyday.

    March 10, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  36. Samantha

    A friend of mine sent Kelle's story of Nella's birth to me and it is by far one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching things I have ever read. I have been following her blog religiously every day since then. I love everything about Kelle and her family. I know that no family is "perfect" but I think this family comes pretty close. As in perfect I mean, REAL. Not phony, fake etc. I am so moved and inspired in how she looks at life, and how she writes her story, that is amazing all on its own! Then her photography work, breathtaking! This is a truly blessed family and I am an official "blog stalker" of Kelle's:) There is always encouragment, and positive reminders in all of her entries and I look forward to that.

    So, Kelle I just wanted to tell you how amazingly beautiful you and your family are. I love that so many people around the world (including me from a small little town in Wisconsin) look to you as their inspiration. Thank you for reminding us all to "Enjoy the small things" 🙂

    March 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  37. SusieQ

    I don't know how I stumbled onto Kelle's blog, but I'm so so so glad I did. She is such a beautiful, loving mother, who besides having beautiful girls, is so talented in her writing and photography. The three together have created a blog the so many turn to for our daily dose of "inspiration" to enjoy the little things in life. She shares from her heart. Authentic and beautiful. ASK HER WHEN SHE'S STARTING HER BOOK!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  38. Marissa

    Hello, I read your blog daily! Your photos are beautiful (even more so to my "aspiring photographer" eyes, and your story is incredible. You are so strong, and such an inspiration to me and the ability to be a great mother to my three month old. I was curious, do you have any tips about homeschooling? How did you make the decision, and why did it work for you?

    March 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  39. Rhonda

    The story of Kelle and her family is like a novel I cant put down! She gives me strength thru her blog, that I use everyday in my life. Her story and her outlook, really makes you enjoy the simple things. She is a true ROCK STAR!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  40. Carin Griffith

    I can't say how I would've felt about our daughter Rylee's diagnosis of Down syndrome if we had found out the minute she was born. We already knew she had an extra chromosome.

    So, I did not experience what this mom experienced.

    But, it doesn't matter.

    It doesn't matter because this mom is a good writer... no, an extraordinary writer. And extraordinary writers write so well that it doesn't matter if you experienced what they did - you still feel as though you can relate.

    I didn't know about her blog until the post in which she so miraculously describes the way her family entered the world of Down syndrome.

    I haven't gone back to read about her life before the day she describes. Instead, I am joining her on her journey from this point forward.

    Whether you have a child with Down syndrome or not, you will be touched.

    With amazing photos, breathtaking words, and a remarkable story, she has captured me.

    I leave her blog each time with a feeling of such love.

    Thank you, Kelle, for sharing your life with us all.

    caringriffith.blogspot.com

    March 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  41. Melissa

    I, too, found Kelle's blog the day she wrote about Nella's blog and have been hooked since. Being 6.5 months pregnant, it really hits home. I hope, if presented with a similar situation come my little girl's birthday in June, that I can embrace life once again with such grace.

    I also hope I can teach my husband and friends to use my camera in time to get some of the stunning hospital shots you have!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  42. Cindy Doss

    First Kelle I love reading your blog! But I would like to know about your Dad, who I may add is a very good "commentor" it seems as if he is also a blessing/rock to lean on during the recent roller coaster of emotions that anyone would have gone through!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  43. Kirby

    I just had a daughter in Dec 19, 2009. We had no idea she had DS, we were so scared of what we didnt know. i have been reading Kelle's blog daily and have also been moved to tears and been encoraged. She has made me stronger. I feel like she has also told my story in some ways. My daugter was born at 3lbs 9oz. She was in the NICU for about 3 weeks and is still on oxygen. It is a daily challange but one we are so excited about!!! I also have a blog and have not yet had a chance to tell Dylans story, but will soon. I am excited to see her story on TV and excited for the book she keeps talking about. She is an insperation!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  44. Katie H. Memphis TN

    A HUGE smile crosses my face when I click on Kelle's blog and realize a new post is up! Her amazing outlook on life and her love for her family totally inspire me. Her pictures of those Gorgeous girls make my day!! I can't wait for her book!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  45. Stephanie

    Such an amazing woman. Her blog is a 'must read', if there were a New York Times Most Viewed blog award, I'm sure she would hold the #1 spot week after week. We see families with special needs children everyday...in stores, malls, parks, etc. and as an outsider, we always wonder what their life is really like. I'm so glad Kelle isn't fake and is willing to let the whole world know her story and her day to day life with Nella and Lainey. Can't wait to see the interview, and what else the world has in store for this wonderful family in the future!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  46. Nikki

    Kelle, I've been reading your blog for a while now and have shared it with many. I am similar in age to you, and I wonder how do you let go of the expectations that you held for Nella? Have you allowed those expectations to flow into a new set of hopes and dreams for her? And what are those [hopes and dreams]? She is an amazing girl, and I was cheering right along side of you when she rolled over at only 6 weeks! Reading your blog has helped me to embrace life as Perfectly Imperfect, and I thank you!

    March 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  47. candi

    Just like everyone else, I found Kelle after her posting on Nella's birth. It was the most emotionally raw thing I had ever read in my life.. reminded me SO much of when I was 8 years old and sitting in the delivery room when my now 18 year old brother was born with DS. Like Kelle, we didn't know beforehand. He is the BIGGEST blessing in the world.

    My question for Kelle is this.. I'm guessing you didn't do the pre-screening tests for DS while pregnant. Why did you opt not to?
    Where I'm going with this is.. that since those tests have begun, there seems to be a higher rate of abortion for parents who find their children will have special needs. I can't say for certain, but it would have been likely that my Mother (who was single at the time) might have aborted my brother if she knew he had DS.. which I can't even imagine, considering he is the BEST thing to ever happen to my family.

    I'm curious as to what Kelle's thoughts are on these tests, etc? Knowing already what a blessing Nella's life is. 🙂

    March 11, 2010 at 12:06 am | Reply
  48. Christina

    Kelle – You truly are blessing to all who read your blog, but most importantly you are a blessing to your children. You are weaving their legacy that will speak for generations. You mention that you asked your father to pray the night that Nella was born. Is faith helping you throughout this journey? Does prayer still play an important role in your life? I am keeping you and your precious family in my prayers as you continue to enjoy the small things in life!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:07 am | Reply
  49. Justine H

    I look forward to opening her blog everyday. Its a highlight. What an amazing woman – with an amazing family.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:09 am | Reply
  50. Ellie

    Kelle, your blog is amazing, your photography is amazing but most of all your family is amazing. KEEP blogging. We ALL love you!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:32 am | Reply
  51. Stephanie M

    I, too, am lucky to know Kelle (and her family)& call them my friends. I am so glad the Hampton family is a part of my life! Kelle is AMAZING. Her words, her photography..simply beautiful. More importantly, Kelle is AMAZING and has the biggest, most beautiful heart. She is an inspiration, and she does indeed find beauty in the everyday.

    And of course, I can't post a comment without mentioning Nella.
    Nella is one of the luckiest girls I know, she is SO loved. I can't put into words just how precious sweet baby Nella is. She is simply breathtaking. In 6 short weeks, she has touched the lives and hearts of so many. Nella's beautiful journey began only 6 weeks ago, and in that 6 weeks I have learned so much from her (and her mama). For that, I am grateful. I look forward to what lies ahead for Nella, Kelle & the rest of their family. I know that are destined to do great things! Love you all!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:36 am | Reply
  52. Lexi L.

    Congrats Kelle!
    Words cannot describe how proud I am of you! I thought you were going to be a local celebrity... not the WHOLE COUNTRY CELEB! Thanks for being a part of my everyday life! Have fun! Send my love and prayers.... Lexi L.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:39 am | Reply
  53. Jo

    I found Kelle's blog through another blog, you know how that goes! They had featured Nella's birth story. This blogger has mentioned "Be prepared to grab a box of Kleenex's"... I thought, well, this must be very touching! So I clicked on the link, and just the first paragraph, I was in tears.... AT WORK!!!!! It truely touched me. I cry everytime I read her blog. Even if it's happy, I cry! 🙂 Kelle's perspective on life is beautiful. Her words, are simply touching. Thank you Kelle for your inspiration, even if you don't realize your doing it.

    xo

    Jo

    March 11, 2010 at 12:52 am | Reply
  54. Jo

    I also forgot to mention how I love her B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L house!! I love seeing the fire place on with the colorful chairs in the pictures 😉

    http://www.jopaulino.blogspot.com

    xo

    Jo

    March 11, 2010 at 12:53 am | Reply
  55. laura Dettloff

    Kelle, Is a teacher has been always will be.Now she is teaching us about things that may not be in our class room books. She is teaching us how to love a Child with DS . The Hampton Family is a inspiration to many. not just Special needs Children . But how we should live on a Daily bases. Honest, Loving, Caring..Our children are a Special Gift.. And her Blog I look forward to Everyday for some Inspiration . I have to say just between me and you. Better Than oprah!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:01 am | Reply
  56. Debbie H.

    Kelle's blog has touched my heart in so many ways. I, too, have a young baby with Down syndrome. Kelle's blog and all the responses that were meant for her have profoundly spoken to me. I am forever grateful to have stumbled across this river of hope!

    Thank you, Kelle, for sharing your life with us!!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  57. Nadine Bradley

    I came across Kelle's blog via multiple reblogs on Tumblr, a blog-hosting site. She always thanks all her readers for their kinda words and messages of support, however I think WE are the ones who should be thanking her for sharing her life and gorgeous family with us. Her strength, determination and honesty about how she is feeling is admirable and inspiring. I cannot wait to keep reading and seeing how those two lovely little girls grow up. A mere glimpse into their lives, but it is filled with love, beauty and happiness. We can all learn a lesson from Kelle.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:30 am | Reply
  58. McKell

    Kelle,
    you inspire so many people, especially ME!
    I would like to know who inspires you? Who in your life has inspired you to have this wonderful outlook you have?

    Thank you!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:32 am | Reply
  59. Kim

    the Hampton's huge New Zealand fan here... 🙂
    Keep up the fantastic work Kelle!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:32 am | Reply
  60. Beatriz Joyce

    I love Kelle's blog. My daughter Catalina was born almost nine months ago with down syndrome. I am 31 years old as well and me and my husband were stunned as well. We found out that she had down syndrome the day after she was born. The way Kelle describes it to the world is exactly the same as it happened. Thank you so much for make me realize that I am not alone in this journey (That is a great journey by the way). I love it and congrats on your interview.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  61. Meghan

    I want to know where you find the time, Kelle! I am the mother of an 8-month-old baby girl, and I feel like I am going from one activity to the next with my daughter all day long and certainly don't have time to do all the things you document in your blog, and I only have one baby! How do you manage your time? What does each day look like for you?

    All the best to your lovely family!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:48 am | Reply
  62. Lauren Brewster

    I am obsessed with your blog, the first blog I have ever read! Will you please write a book? You have a true gift!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:49 am | Reply
  63. Tausha

    I love your blog and love seeing all the beautiful pictures that tell your story in and of themselves. We just gave the link to Nella's birth story to a family who just gave birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. They are 90% sure they want to place for adoption and we are hoping your story will help them to see that what they are feeling is completely normal and what most of us felt when we found out. We hope it changes their mind so they don't miss out on the beauty of raising these special kids.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:55 am | Reply
  64. Sherri

    I can not get enough of Kelle's blog! I check in every day to find out what's new with those beautiful Hampton girls!! I too have a 2 year old girl and a brand new baby girl with Down Syndrome (my sweet Macy is 10 weeks old). I can not help but have an extra special connection to her inspiring words and amazing photographs. I rarely get through reading a single blog post without tears. Both happy and sad tears, but always HEART-WARMING! She certainly inspires me to soak up all that life has to offer and "enjoy the small things!". Her words have truly given me a fresh perspective and have taught me to simply love my husband, family and simply life in general a lot more!
    I am very much looking forward to watching her story on CNN. I've already got my DVR set to record it. (I've gotta say, this is the first time I've ever DVR'd a CNN program). 🙂
    from Sherri in Elkhorn, NE

    March 11, 2010 at 2:06 am | Reply
  65. Casey

    LOVE Kelle's blog! So proud she is in the spotlight, couldn't be happier to have her in the Down syndrome community.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:14 am | Reply
  66. Stacy

    There are many of us moms to children with Down syndrome out here. Many of us blog.

    Kelle, through her compassion, honesty, tenacious love, and talent has shone a light on what so many of us have, and do, experience. I am really grateful for that! She has the incredible gift of turning moments into words that we can all share in. And for some of us, take us back to our own moments, helping us to look at them in a fresh new way.

    Her articulation of the night she met Nella simultaneously filled my eyes with tears and my heart with joy. And that is what life is like with a child with Down syndrome. Kelle is right, they are going to do big things together and Nella is going to open up a world they will treasure! I'm grateful that, through her blog, she has invited us along!

    March 11, 2010 at 2:16 am | Reply
  67. Barb Farlow

    Despite the challenges, there is a special joy and tremendous meaning to raising a child with disabilities that is not often revealed or known. The world is a better place because of these children and their families. Kelle has a wonderful way of showing this joy through her worlds and photography. I have no doubt that Kelle and Nella will teach many people life lessons at a time that is so critical. As humanity quests for the "perfect child" Kelle will help us to see that this child has been here all along.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:23 am | Reply
  68. Sue S.

    God picked you, Kelle, to be Nella's mom for a reason! Soon the whole world will all know what your blog followers do now. l love reading your inspirational words and looking at your beautiful photography.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:31 am | Reply
  69. Sara Dunkelberger

    I find it somewhat crazy that the first thing I used to check when I got online was my school email, or grades perhaps, but now, it is your blog. I just can't wait to see what you've posted about that sweet little family of yours. It's hard not to be envious of your life–though I'm sure that wasn't something you have always thought possible since the moment Nella was born. Oh, but it is. So, so enviable. Your daughters are beautiful, you are beautiful, your photography is beautiful, your writing is beautiful, everything is beautiful. Thankful for you and your allowing us a glimpse into your bright and colorful world. Love to you, Nella, Lainey, and Brett.

    God Bless.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:45 am | Reply
  70. Nicki V.

    Nella's birth story is beautiful and amazing and the best pro-life story I every read. With that being said, I want to know what Kelle thinks about abortion and how its babies such as Nella being aborted because they are not "perfect." As her blog followers know, Nella is the most perfect you could ever lay eyes on. What a big impact one life can make, don't you think?

    March 11, 2010 at 2:47 am | Reply
  71. Cole

    Kelle and Nella (and the rest of their sweet family) are welcome members to the online community of families touched by Down syndrome. My youngest also has Down syndrome and it was this very community that helped me to appreciate and see and live the joy that is so much a part of a family blessed by a little one that has a little something extra. It was this very community that encouraged me to start my own blog as well and to work to share this community with other families in our situation. Our blog is http://www.thetaooftulips.wordpress.com

    On the side you'll find a list of families that have a little one with Ds in it. And I'm pleased to say that the huge list is hardly comprehensive. There are more each day! We are so blessed not only to get to experience life with our little ones but also to have this immediate community or family to support us along the way.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:52 am | Reply
  72. Kristen

    Readers with photography related questions can see Kelle's blog post on Feb.13th: http://www.kellehampton.com/search?updated-max=2010-02-14T11%3A50%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=8

    In this post she details which camera, lenses, and post-production software she uses.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:53 am | Reply
  73. Anne

    Kelle-I stumbled upon your blog and all I can say is WOW! I read the account of Nella's birth and was hooked! You have an eloquent way with words yet you speak of the ordinary in ways that touch everyone who reads your blog. You are wonderful person to share yourself and your journey with others. I now read your blog daily. You find joy in the every day moments that we sometimes take for granted.

    In this day and age when all you hear is bad stuff about the internet...here is an example of how it can bring people together and spread joy.

    thank you Kelle for touching my heart with your story and for the hope you give to all of us!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:06 am | Reply
  74. Joy B.

    I just wanted to send love and thanks. I discovered Kelle's blog a few days after she posted about Nella's birth. I sobbed through those early posts, and tear up daily with the beauty of her photographs.
    I am 20 weeks pregnant with my 4th child, after 2 second trimester losses last year. This blog has helped me to more clearly see, and appreciate the beauty in every minute.
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  75. Trish Fahner

    My heart is swollen with emotion as I follow your beautiful story. I am a photographer in Florida and I can tell you Kelle, even if your blog was void of words your photographs tell an amazing story. Your soul shines through! I have grown to love your little family and wish you much joy!
    xo

    March 11, 2010 at 3:29 am | Reply
  76. Angie

    I LOVE reading Kelle's blog. She inspires me like no one's business!! Because of her I turn off the computer, the TV, I put my book down and I love on my babies. All three of them. I take more trips to the library, tomorrow I've planned a bubble bath with my 3 year old and I've vowed to give up impatience. My babies will only be babies for so long, this I've known, but somehow through the magic of Kelle's words I'm reminded how precious these moments truly are and how swiftly they will be gone. I love this family very much and I'm so very blessed by her words. Can't wait for the book!!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:43 am | Reply
  77. Heather

    I would like to know how becoming a mother, first to Lainey and then later to Nella shaped her faith & view of God. Did going from woman to mother change her view of God? Did it change again after having sweet Nella?

    March 11, 2010 at 3:45 am | Reply
  78. Lucy Ann

    I just discovered your blog tonight. It is absolutely amazing!!! Your photos are beautiful. I read all of your entries thru the day you & your family brought bay Nell home. I am in awe of your honesty – I feel like I was right there experiencing your life with you! The photo of Nell with the sock monkey took my breath away. What a sweet sweet face! I have 3 boys, & they kept asking me, what's wrong Mommy?- I had many tissues in hand, & I showed them your adorable girls, & I said, "this is just the sweetest story I have ever heard". Thank-you for sharing. I look forward to many more of your posts!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:49 am | Reply
  79. Crystal

    I read many blogs, but none is as "real" as Kelle's – she is so honest – even about the tough things in life. Her photography is absolutely beautiful. Everytime I read a post I feel like I am right there with Kelle and her family because of how honest and real she is and because of the beautiful photographs of those everyday little moments.

    I want to know the same thing that everyone else is asking – how on earth do you do it all? Do you sleep?! Seriously – it is so inspiring.

    Kelle – do you ever worry that you are sharing too much on your blog? Do you get comments from people who feel that you are? Have you had any situations where people have sought you or your family out in person or shown up at your home?

    Looking forward to seeing the interview!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:52 am | Reply
  80. Allie Darr

    I too am one of the many people that have gotten hooked on Kelle's blog since her amazing post of beautiful Nella's birth. I find her words to be so inspiring and mesmerizing, I truly look forward to her posts during my week. I am curious how you handle it all? You have a toddler and a newborn with your husband traveling on top of you working, and you do it all with such ease and amazing outlook! What is your secret?! I can barely handle my 10-month old!

    You are a true inspiration and your photos are gorgeous! You bring such light to my eyes and open my eyes to the wonderful things surrounding me daily!

    March 11, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  81. May

    Please forward this story on to Sarah Palin. She too has a beautiful baby with DS. She would love this story and I would love to hear her call in during your segment!

    March 11, 2010 at 4:12 am | Reply
  82. Tara Smith

    I have absolutely fallen in love with Kelle and her beautiful family. She is an amazing writer and mother. So strong, so real. Her talents and amazing spirit has changed the way I see life. There is no better person to be featured on your show.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:32 am | Reply
  83. Heather

    I feel like one of the lucky ones because I started reading Kelle's blog way back at the beginning. If you've only read "the birth story" – the one that has catapulted her blog into the world so beautifully and honestly – go back and read at least months before. You'll see that Kelle truly does enjoy the small things - all the minutae of life, the ups, the downs, the clean, the messy – it's all a part of her mantra for life. And that can be summed up in one word: Love

    Kelle is just as much my inspiration when she is creating an amazing birthday party for her child, and when she is hiding the dirty laundry. Mostly because, unlike lots of cheerful bloggers, she is honest about life.

    Kelle reads every comment even as they've grown into the hundreds - and that brings me back too - I know she has a relationship with her readers, and somehow we all feel it. I think we all sort of feel...a part of the love.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:59 am | Reply
  84. Heather K

    Kelle,
    I love your perspective and how you have shared the joys and struggles. Thanks for being a light for families with children with Down Syndrome. People who are blessed with Down Syndrome are very special people who enrich our lives when we allow them too. I have been enriched by the lives of my family members who have Down Syndrome.
    Many blessings on you and your family.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:01 am | Reply
  85. KG

    For someone who hasn't read Kelle's blog from the beginning to the end, they might not "get it". I have lost hours and hours of my day pouring through her blogs from the last 3 years and just being amazed at the love she shares with her husband and children. She says the things that the rest of us are thinking in such a way that you know she is the real thing. Her photography is breathtaking, her words or poignant, her childrean are beautiful, she has an amazing sense of style, and I can't help but smile every time a new blog pops up. I am thrilled that CNN decided to showcase this family- they are truly genuine and deserving of this and I can't wait until Tuesday to watch! Thanks for sharing their story broadly!

    March 11, 2010 at 5:04 am | Reply
  86. Barbra

    Oh Hearts, you just get ready.....Nella is going to capture you 'one by one'; she already has mine!!! xoxo

    March 11, 2010 at 5:16 am | Reply
  87. mr. freddy's mom

    I adore her so much. She's a good role model to all mothers.

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

    March 11, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  88. Lauren Johnson

    I found Kelle's blog through a friend of mine a couple weeks ago and have been addicted ever since! The first entry I read was about her raw feelings of the night Nella was born. Wow! Wow! and Wow! I decided to become a follower of her blog because I am a pediatric physical therapist and am interested in understanding more intimately what many parents with special needs children must feel, think, etc. I love her blog for so many other reasons now though. She is an amazing mother!...Beautiful inside and out. I have snatched many creative ideas from her that I am implementing in my own home to make and keep precious memories as my baby boy grows through the years. Thank you, Kelle, for being so inspiring on so many levels!

    March 11, 2010 at 5:34 am | Reply
  89. Heather K

    I also wanted to say I've been inspired by this amazing woman! Thank you for your words, Kelle!

    March 11, 2010 at 5:52 am | Reply
  90. Steph v

    Kellie's story has moved me to tears on several occasions! What a miracle child Nella is! I worked with children like her for 6 years, we think we need to teach them, yet, they teach us so much! Their love is unspeakable, their eyes say it all, what a gift God has given you! The road won't always be easy, but God is there in it all. I remember telling a friend who's sister had a down syndrome child, maybe they're "normal" (what today's world classifies as that), and we're not! They have to so much to teach us! Kellie's honesty and worries written down so openly are so appreciated. We feel like we're living her story with her.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:52 am | Reply
  91. Carrie Fleming

    The first I learned of Kelle's blog and the birth story of Nella was on a mommy board...but the title should have said " Warning*, grab a box of tissues for this amazing Mother and Birth story...... I had nothing but tears and snot all over my face and keyboard.
    Kelle has the most amazing way of telling a story through her photo's and creativity through her words......how can you not get sucked in...I feel like I know the Hampton's and look forward to my Hampton fix every other day when she blogs....I always say...every other day is not enough of her blogging for me...I want more more more...it's like I book that you just can't put down.... I will be waiting... and one of the firsts in line for her book...and hoping for many sequels 🙂
    Thank you Kelle for opening up your life, your family, sharing your talent, adventure and your beautiful lil girls.
    You are an inspiration!

    March 11, 2010 at 5:55 am | Reply
  92. Cassie D.

    This woman, whose love of life has won over millions and whose words and pictures have resonated around the world, has done a miraculous thing for me personally. While there are those out there who relate to her being the mother of a special needs child, I relate to her for being a mother who has strived to enjoy the smaller things in life. She has helped me to allow myself to grieve the things that make me sad, even if it may not be the "socially correct" thing to do. Her ability to share her sadness and disconnect immediately following the birth of little Nella, helped me to realize that emotions are something we cannot deny and we have the right to feel them, express them, and hopefully work through them. I have thanked her before on her blog, but yet again, I want to say "Thank you, Kelle. Thank you."

    March 11, 2010 at 6:09 am | Reply
  93. Lynn

    While I enjoyed the raw honesty of Kelle's feelings at the birth of Nella, I have questions about how much is too much. And when does it go from sharing to exploitation?

    March 11, 2010 at 6:28 am | Reply
  94. Christine

    Hi Kelle. Wow. This is a huge step for you to make. Who would have thought? I'm so very proud of you. For being brave, loving and the best mom in the world. Send mu hugs and kisses to Nella and Lainey for me. And, enjoy the blessings, sweetie 🙂

    March 11, 2010 at 8:00 am | Reply
  95. Francien

    Holland loves you and your family!

    March 11, 2010 at 8:29 am | Reply
  96. Annie B

    I too discovered Kelle's blog through a friend posting a link to Nella's birth story.

    I too have been awed and humbled by Kelle's generosity in sharing very personal thoughts, joys and fears.

    Kelle's blog is the first thing I look for every morning, her wise words and beautiful photos inspire me to be a better mother to my 2-year-old son and a better friend to everyone around me.

    I have done a lot of heart-searching about whether we should try for another child (I am 42), not because I worry about myself and my husband (I agree, having had my son, that our child would be a "perfect them" to us) but fuelled by worry for my son, and how a sibling who may have special needs might compromise his life in the future. Kelle, you have made me see that a sibling is a blessing regardless.

    Thank you for your generosity of spirit and your inspirational words, all the better because of the way you prioritise – a tidy house is SO much less important than a morning spent making cupcakes with a treasured child.

    Don't listen to the doubters, you will inevitably touch the hearts of some people and not others. You and your family are doing an amazing thing and the children of the world are better off because of you.

    A very grateful mummy in England x

    March 11, 2010 at 9:43 am | Reply
  97. Sapna M

    I have a 16 month old daughter with Down syndrome who is the light of our lives. Lots of love for the Hampton family from Doha, Qatar!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  98. Ellie K

    Big fan here in England. I've had such a battle since my daughter's birth with post natal depression, and more than once, this blog has given me wisdom, strength, and little chunks of sunlight to keep going and see life as beautiful and, in Kelle's words, "big." It's also inspired me to take more photos– how I long for my children to have a record like this of their life– truly meaningful art.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:51 am | Reply
  99. Nicole

    Kelle-When I found your story in February I was so touched-that finally someone actually wrote exactly how I felt the day my son was born in November 2007 with Down Syndrome. Your pictures are amazing but the one that touched my soul and I knew exactly what your facial expression met was the one where you are in the background in your hospital room and everyone is celebrating around you. My son is now 2 and has had many obstacles to overcome-a seizure disorder which has left me in tears many days but I found that my son is a fighter and won't give up and neither will I. Thank you again!!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  100. Bonnie L

    I can honestly say that Kelle has impacted my life and made me change my outlook on life. Please ask her how she finds the time to juggle everything. She manages to raise two amazing daughters, is an amazing photographer, yet still manages to find time for herself.

    Kelle you are an inspiration to all! We love you.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  101. Joy Swatsworth

    I am truly saddened to see the comment about explotation...Kelle's blog was there before Nelle's birth and the camera was at her delivery to take pictures just like so many people do. Kelle shared her life before Nelle's birth and after..if Kelle had shut down her site or not included pictures of this moment of her life I would have been so disappointed and I don't think it would have been true to who Kelle is and what her blog has always been about..before and after Nelle's birth. Blogging is putting down and sharing words and images to help ourselves and in this case sooo many other moms...no different from any book written to help or encourage other parents with the daily struggle of what life hands us.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  102. Lisa Insana

    Kelle, your blog is an inspiration to moms and family everywhere. The love you have for your family just pours out of your blog. Your positive outlook...well, it's just inspirational! I found your blog through a friend and cried my way through it from beginning to newest entry. It helps me to aspire to being a better mom and to live life to the fullest. Thank you, thank you for the inspiration.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  103. CharityAnn

    There is so much that I want to say. I friend sent me the birth story of Nella, and I have been reading and following along ever since.
    See I gave birth to a son with Down syndrome when I was only twenty. He is currently 13 and a regular part of the family. Sometimes the love that is there just feels as if you should burst. He is a blessing with a challenge. So much of my life and perspective has changed because of him. There is so much I wish I could share with this family.If only we were close enough to share tea.
    As she talks she brings back so many memories for me. But I am sure that she has allready found the love there. I wish them the very best. May they find thier world has only expandend vs. getting smaller.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  104. Alison

    I've been reading Kelle's blog for over a year, since before she was expecting Nella. I was addicted to her photography and unwaverying positive view on life (with sprinkles of honest, but not-so-positive posts which make her that much more real). True to form, even after Nella's birth, her enthusiasm for life shines through and inspires. I want to know if she can bottle this and sell it?

    March 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  105. Casie

    I too have a 10.5 month old baby with Down Syndrome and a 2.5 year old little girl as well. I have been so inspired by Kelle's blog. She is my role-model!

    My question for her is: Now that you are being recognized on a national and very public level, I was wondering what your goals are for Down Syndrome advocacy in the future?

    I feel you have the power to do great things with your words and the future of those who have Down Syndrome. Your voice will be representing us all, and I am so greatful for that. Thank you Kelle. There couldn't be a better person representing us all!!!

    http://www.theschlueters.blogspot.com/

    March 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  106. Sarah M

    I am a faithful reader of Kelle's blog. Her positivity and outlook on life is intoxicating. My question is "when are you going to write a book?" I will be first in line here in Ontario!!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  107. Nancy

    Is the interview on Monday, March 15 or Tuesday, March 16? The articles says Tuesday, March 15? I really would like to see this so can you please clarify.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  108. shelby fullerton

    Just recently found kelle's blog and can I just say that Nella's eyes just look right through your soul! She and her sister are so loved and the words Kelle writes are so uplifting to many.

    Let your light keep shining Kelle for all babies.
    My question is: Has this affected your marriage in any way? Has it brought the two of you closer?

    Can't wait for the interview and book.

    March 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  109. Allie

    Rock it out Kelle!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  110. Jocelyn

    I've been reading Kelle's blog since Nella was a week old. I eagerly await each new post and treasure it. This family is going to teach us all something.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  111. Christie

    I absolutely love reading Kelle's blog. I have checked it daily since the link to Nella's birth story was sent to me by a friend. Reading her blog has really and truly inspired me to be a better mother to my own two children, and to truly look at what is important in life. I think Kelle and her family are beautiful inside and out, and I admire her so much for sharing her story and her intimate feelings with millions of adoring readers. She deserves all of these wonderful things so much. The world truly became a better place the day Nella was born.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  112. Miranda

    Kelle, your blog has touched my heart in ways that i didn't even realize it could. i am 16 weeks pregnant and recently found out that i have a 1 in 90 chance of my child having DS. while that is still a low chance, it's way higher than the 1 in 4000 chance i was expecting for my age of 24. while i would never terminate my pregnancy for any reason at all, and i refuse to get an amnio because of the risk, i am scared. i know that i will love my child regardless, and you have helped me be confident in that, but there are times when i'm still scared out of my mind. i dont know if i can handle it, i don't know if my marriage can handle it. i have a 3 year old son and i so desperately desire life to be "normal" for him.

    i used to be scared to express these feelings. they make me feel selfish and immature, but reading your blog has given me confidence to most importantly be honest with myself. and when i have these feelings, i come back and read your blog and your words give me the confidence i need to give my little round belly a hug and truly truly love my baby. i am doing my best to love every second of this pregnancy, even though i've been terribly sick.

    and i think one of the most important things i've gathered from your blog is to enjoy every moment that i have with my son. we tried for 6 months for this baby, with one miscarriage, and for so long i so desperately just wanted another baby that i forgot how it would change my relationship with my son. i now realize how important it is to soak up every minute i have with my big boy because i know that soon he will have a new role as big brother and i will have a new role also.

    thank you for all the ways you bless my life. i pray that God continues to bless you and your family and i pray that you continue to accept those blessings with such beauty and grace. it takes a special heart to receive such a blessing that is so different than we expected, and i pray i can follow in your footsteps if that is so the case in my life.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  113. grace lovell

    Kelle,

    Will you b e home schooling the girls?

    & yes – your blog is awesome – God bless you!

    March 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  114. Kathleen

    I would just like to thank CNN in advance for highlighting this story. Those of us who have children with Trisomy 21 often feel as if most of the struggle that we and our children face is because of apathy and antipathy rather than from anything related to Down syndrome. I encourage CNN to highlight the fact that a child with a disability is first a child. When people are given the news that their child has DS, almost all the information that comes along with the diagnosis is TERRIFYING, and there is nothing to balance it. Yet life with my daughter is in so many ways just like life with my typically-developing children: love, laughter, moments of frustration and moments of hilarity. It's important to break down the "fear" walls.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  115. Marsha

    Kelle is an amazing person through her talents and gifts both in the arts and motherhood. I am so blessed to know her and be a part of her life. CNN couldn't have picked a more worthwhile person to interview!

    March 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  116. Brenda

    Kelle,
    You are amazing and so very inspiring. There is no doubt that God knew what he was doing when he sent that sweet girl to you. He knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was going to change the world. Those beautiful eyes of hers show us all how important it is to slow down and appreciate every single second of the day.

    Your writing is so elegant and touching. Did you attend college? What was your major?

    Do you use any special lenses or lighting when you take your pictures?

    Thanks for blogging! I have been a faithful reader for a while and your beautiful pictures never cease to amaze me.

    March 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  117. Deb

    Kelle, I adore your blog! It's like therapy to me. I have a couple of questions: how is Brett dealing with Nella's Ds? How are your stepkids dealing with it? And how is this new-found fame affecting all of you? I can't wait to see you in your new TV show (I'm sure TLC will be calling you!) Love love love love LOVE you

    March 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  118. Kelly

    I would love to know from Kelle what she thinks contributed the most to her positive attitude and outlook on life. I know from reading her dad's words that some of that probably comes from him. I love her desire to get every drop of beauty out of life that she can and the fact that she refuses to dwell on the negative.

    As a mother of three children, how do I inspire and teach my children to be so positive and grateful for the beautiful life they have no matter the circumstances, big or small?

    March 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  119. Holly

    As another mother with a child who has special needs, photographer (very amateur, lol!), and blogger, I struggle with how much to share of my and my daughter's journey all the time (she is 9 with an undiagnosed genetic syndrome causing PDD-NOS ~ an autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, cognitive delays, and other challenges). I have always been very open about Anna's issues and have invited everyone to share in our journey from the very start. I feel like educating and advocating has become a life purpose.

    My question to Kelle is do you ever wonder if Nella will someday read your entries and does that influence how you write? I sometimes think about how much I've shared and how it would feel to read my own mother's personal thoughts. I am acutely aware of finding a balance of keeping Anna's needs in the front of my consciousness as I write, and sometimes I don't share everything I'm really feeling.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  120. Alex

    I find Kelle's words very inspiring and encouraging!. I think her blog is one of the best.

    There is a campaign going about ending the R-word http://www.r-word.org/. People are taking a pledge "to support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities."
    On one of her post this week, Kelle mentioned the World Down syndrome day (3/21/10), I would love to see her bringing awareness to the end the R-word campaign, as well.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  121. Yolanda

    I want to know if she wakes up and does her makeup everyday or only for photographs. Silly question, I know, but she seems so busy with her girls, her business, and enjoying life, I want to know what little things she gave up to fit everything in.

    March 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  122. Aimee

    Kelle-

    Yes, you are an amazing photographer and writer, you are so beautiful and you have great taste in clothes! But above all, I can tell that you are a great mother! Laniey and Nella are two lucky, lucky girls!! Thanks!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  123. SusieQ

    LOVE her blog...best blog Ever! Kelle soaks up life and embraces all obsticles with such truth and grace. Her blog is one that anyone can relate too, and I can't wait to see her interview on CNN. 🙂

    March 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  124. Eileen

    I was raised with a brother who has Down Syndrome during a time when my mother was encouraged to have him "put away". Of course that was unthinkable. My brother Tony has gown to be the light of our lives. He is part of an independent living program in our area and has a quality of life we never thought was possible. His positive & loving nature has made our family that much closer.

    Kelle's blog moves me to tears nearly every time I read it. The gift little Nella will bring to her family is immense. Thank you Kelle for telling your story.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  125. Tracey

    Once I read Kelle's blog I found myself intrigued, in a mesmerizing way. She is truly inspirational, an earth angel. Can't wait for her book.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  126. ba

    Kelle's blog has simply made me want to be a better mother, wife, and friend. Simply to take time to make each day special no matter what the day maybe.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  127. Mara

    I was forwarded Kelle's blog by a friend and, in turn, have forwarded to everyone I know. I gave birth two years ago at age 35 to a beautiful baby boy who was diagnosed with Down Syndorme the morning after his arrival into our lives. I was overwhelmed by grief, guilt, "what if"s" and sorrow. It took me a while to grieve for the child he was supposed to be. I give Kelle credit for embracing Nella and her diagnosis so quickly. I think, though, that each person needs to deal with the diagnosis in his or her own way. There's no "right" way to handle it.

    I needed to get through that grieveing process to understand how truly blessed I am to have my son in my life. I can't go back and change the feelings I had when he was born. But I can be the best mom to him and love him unconditionally. He is truly an angel, blessed with an older brother and sister and a younger brother together with parents who love him dearly. He will give us so much more by being in our lives. My husband and I have already seen a change in our lives – appreciating the little things, laughing more, loving more. Our whole family has benefited from our son.

    I agree with another comment where she states the medical community provides such doom and gloom information with the diagnosis of DS. The medical community needs to understand that, although there are medical issues that accompany DS, it is such a broad spectrum. Provide reassurance to the parents as well. Let them know these children will walk, talk, learn, laugh, play and love. Give them names of others they can reach out to for guidance.

    I look forward to reading Kelle's blog each week. I've been there, and I so look forward to hearing about your journey as well, Kelle. Remember, life is a journey,

    March 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  128. Christy

    Kelle's blog has truly shown me what is important in life ~ family. Through reading Kelle's words, she has taught me how to be a better Mom...and for that, I am incredibly thankful.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  129. Beckie

    Kelle's story of Nella's birth was breathtaking and beautiful. I have been reading Kelle's blog ever since. I have a 12 year old son who happens to have Down Syndrome, as well as 3 other children ranging in age from 10 to 19. Life is a daily adventure with our little guy...but I can say that about all of our children. I appreciate the simplicity of Kelle's story, the honesty and the beauty in the pictures that she posts every day. The Down Syndrome community will be blessed because of the Hamptons entrance into 'the club' :). Oh, and Nella looks good enough to eat! What a doll!

    March 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  130. Amy

    I just wanted to tell Kelle that I have never in my life wanted to hold a baby I don't know as much as I want to hold Nella (and I mean that in a non creepy way!!) She is absolutely precious!! You are so lucky to have her, as she is lucky to have you. I love your blog. You are an amazing mother to both your girls and you really do remind me to just slow down and enjoy the small things. Your writing and photography are just incredible as well. If only I lived closer to have you take pics of my kids! I also want you to know reading your story has totally opened my eyes up about DS, so thank you for sharing.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  131. Krissy Hunecke

    The story of Nella's birth and the way Kelle has embraced this journey, has inspired me in so many ways. Kelle is helping to spread an important message about true beauty and true love. We all have challenges in this life. We need to do away with the word "normal" and accept and welcome everyone's differences. Thank you Kelle for sharing your story, and your precious family with us.

    March 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  132. Lindsey

    I dont have any questions I just wanted to say that Kelle is an inspirational woman. I came across her blog when it was posted on a message board. I cried while reading Nella's birth story. Your family is truely special. Your girls are so beautiful! Reading how you are accepting having a special needs baby is just so inspiring. You make me want to be a better mom. One part in your birth story has really stuck with me. When you said: Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.

    That just really stuck with me. Every child just wants to be loved. Reading your blog makes me want to just go home and snuggle my own little bug...

    March 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  133. Sabrina

    Kelle's blog has inspired me to be a better mother, to take time to enjoy those little things...the things she takes photos of nearly everyday. She has also inspired me to handle difficult things in life in a different way. Overall, her blog is entirely inspiring and uplifting, so much that they usually bring tears to my eyes every time.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  134. Louise

    Question: How would things be different if you weren't "well off"? It's obvious you have some funds...just wondering how you think that would effect you and your family and the choices you've made.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  135. Tonya Lynn - Eau Claire, WI

    I came upon Kelle's blog from another site that I read and it is the most inspiring site that I have ever come across. Kelle is so honest and truthful in sharing some of her most painfully raw moments along with those that are heartwarming and touching beyond belief. Her blog is truly a blessing.

    My question is how can you do it? How can you blog about the most painfully raw moments? I have tried and am unable to click post every. single. time.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  136. Haley

    I am an avid reader of Kelle's blog in Texas. When I stumpled upon it I was blown away buy what an amazing writer she is. But even more so how someone can write so HONESTLY about such a painful experience. I am truly inspired by her outlook on life and makes me try to be a better person. I hope she write a book because I will buy it. Its amazing how one woman's blog has changed so many lives.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  137. Malu

    I am from Brazil and I also have a blog , that's why we became friends . Kelle Hampton is such a great blog writer and photographer.
    I am following her day by day for almost 2 years and I was there to give her my support and helping hand by the day of Nella's birth. I am quite sure that God is a bless and her blog is also a blessing.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  138. Christina

    I have a baby boy who was born in Oct, 09 with Down's. I also did not know prenatally, but knew the minute I held him. I was such a shock. My feelings were so similar to Kelle's, but I could never express them, and many times felt ashamed of them. I can't ever thank her enough for writing Nella's birth story with such honesty. It's amazing how these little lives can create such huge love and joy and happiness for so many people, in such a short amount of time! Thanks Kelle, and I'll be following you, Nella, and your family for years to come!!

    March 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  139. Nichole

    Kelle, I have been meaning to comment on your inspirational blog so here goes....I am pregnant & have taken the nuchal fold measurement ultrasound/bloodwork. The doc called and said that scan looked fine but the bloodwork came back saying that we are at an elevated risk for the baby having DS. I cried for 3 days and decided that I was sick of the pain and fear and panic and choose a new direction. We passed on the amnio to find out for sure because for us the risk wasn't worth finding out. We decided this was our child and will all be ok either way. I found your blog on a message board of babycenter.com and that day I also found hope. Because of your words, photos and stories I have such great hope for the future! I am brought to tears with your experiences and welcome this whole journey...extra chromosone or not! This pregnancy has changed me. Your blog has changed me. I feel I am a better, more educated, more capable person because of your story and the stories of others I find who are brave enough to share. I am eternally thankful to you as I wait for my LOVE to arrive in July.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  140. Catherine

    No questions. Just a big THANK YOU to CNN for showcasing a wonderful story and woman!

    March 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  141. Amy

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading this blog! Kelle reveals an openness, and honesty that so much of the world is lacking. Since finding her blog, I have found a new enjoyment of photographing the "everyday moments" in life, and doing fun, creative things with my kids.

    My question for her would be, "Do you plan to homeschool you're own girls?" I think she would do a WONDERFUL job!

    March 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  142. Rachel

    Hello, I would love to know how she learned her camera and how she learned about photography! its beautiful!~

    March 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  143. Chloe

    I started reading her blogs a couple months ago and CRIED my eyes out on everyone. She has a way with her words that hit deep down in your soul.She makes life seem " oh so beautiful" !!! I am pregnant and worry about everything , always been someone to worry and she makes it easier for me to go about my day to day process. When reading her post I am reminded of all of Gods beauty and how we are all so blessed!!
    From Tennessee!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  144. AuntE

    "C'est seulement avec le coeur que l'on peut voit bien ce qui est essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    And, she will learn French.
    xoxo

    March 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  145. Carissa

    Love, Love, LOVE Kelle's blog! I had a baby just 12 days before Nella and her story touches me deeply. What a blessing to be able to keep up with their sweet family this way. God has big things planned for this family and for sweet little Nella.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  146. Katrina

    How do you do it all with the daddy gone so often? So far away from your own family?
    I'm lucky enough to have some amazing women in my life, and though I've not met Kelle, I certainly have added her to the shortlist of amazing women. Keep it up Kelle!!! That family is amazing. The love she has for her family, and children...all of them, her girls & Brett's boys just leaps off the computer screen. I hope the positives far outweigh the negatives & she'll continue to let us have a glimpse into that beautifully normal, crazy, life.

    March 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  147. Candace

    One of my co-workers sent me the link to this blog a couple weeks ago and I cried my eyes out at work because it was so raw, honest, beautiful, inspiring, etc. I have since forwarded it to every mother and woman I know and every single person is now obsessed. Kelle, Nella, and Lainey are always so damn adorable in their perfect outfits with perfect accessories, the photos are amazing and capture so many moments in the most precious way, and the writing is fantastic. Kelle, my only question is would you please write a series of books instead of just one? I don't care what you write about. I would read anything because I love the way you write. And please include pictures :). Your photos are awesome.

    March 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  148. Jackie

    I love Kelle's blog. It's simply amazingly written and makes you feel joy.

    My question is regarding the general health of ds babies. What types of health issues do ds children have? I have heard they are at risk for heart defects. Does Nella have any heart issues or any other issues Kelle knows about yet?

    March 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  149. marie

    I`ve found Kelle's blog in some of my friens retweets, and in 140 caracteres it was writen "the most beautiful story i have ever read". And it was, for sure. The letters writing Nella's birthday made me cry, made my heart shrink.

    I'm a 23 years old girl, and i'm a kinda "kids freak", and couldnt possible love them less. I wish I could have 5 kids, I know I'll only be able to raise 2 or 3 and i couldn't be more anxious to have them. Kelle made me think, a lot. Made me believe that she's an angel, and her family also. I dont know if I would have her strong, but I'm pretty sure God knew she would.

    Hope they will be always happy, healthy and beautiful, just as they are.

    I'm glad to be able to read such beautiful moments, day after day stories that leave me FULL with hope.

    All the best wishes, from Brazil.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  150. Jen

    I am eternally grateful to my co-worker who shared a link to Nella's birth story. She did forwarn me not to read it while working, as she was sure it would bring tears. I waited until that night after I tucked my own 11 month old with Ds into bed, found the site, read, and sobbed. Sobbed because my wounds are still fresh as well. And although I am past the grieving stage, it is amazing how clearly Kelle articulates what I am sure so many moms are feeling when they are given that post-birth diagnosis. For us, it was three days after our daughter was born. I am so glad that Kelle has continued blogging despite becoming such an international success. Stay grounded, Kelle, and thank you for unintentionally bringing a positive light of awareness to those both inside and outside our Ds community.

    I will be watching Tuesday during little one's PT time! Can't wait!

    Jen

    March 11, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  151. Amy

    Hi from Seattle. I find Kelle's story of heartache and triumph and just the raw emotion inspiring. Her stories and photos hit such a common cord with most people. Appreciate the small things, the beauty in life whether it was what you were anticipating or not.

    I love her eye for photography and am interested in how she got so into it. Opening her own business and such and how she gets Lainey to cooperate so well for all the photos!

    Much Love.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  152. Rebecca

    Kelle's blog has helped me in ways I cannot express. I will be forever grateful for her honesty and heart felt words. I am a mother of a an amazing son with special needs, however I find it so hard to not let his challenges consume me at times. I also have a daughter and I worry that our lives revolve so much around my son.

    My question for Kelle:
    Any suggestions on balancing life with a typical child and a child with special needs? The love is identical, but the daily needs are different. I don't want my daughter to be lost in the shuffle or for her to feel less special because she does not need so much help from us.

    Thank you Kelle for your blog, the words "thank you" don't seem to be powerful enough for what I feel and how you have already helped me so much....thank you.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  153. tiffany gray

    keep on writing, girl
    let those words continue to heal so many
    that is your gift
    your calling
    glad that you found it
    feel blessed that your journey has brought you here
    soak it every moment
    you deserve it

    your birth story about little nella shifted me
    it impacted me in a way i did not think was possibly
    it added depth & perspective to my soul
    thank you times 10

    get that book started
    continue to inspire
    the world is prettier with you in it
    so glad i found you

    blessings & more,
    tiffany gray

    March 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  154. Kim

    Just wanted to send my well wishes. You inspire me to face each day with love and courage. I am so glad my friend sent me the link to your blog! Congrats to you and your family!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  155. Jaime in OK

    I'm not sure what I enjoy more, the photos, the writing or that beautiful family, but they sure are blessed & I thank them for sharing their blessings with us, 100% from the heart daily.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  156. April

    What a beautiful story. Kelle, you are truly talented and Nella is a very lucky girl to be in your family.

    My family is currently in the process of adopting a 3 1/2 year old little girl with Down Syndrome from Eastern Europe. We found out about the need for adoptive families through a website called Reece's Rainbow. Hopefully families and professionals across the world will realize that an extra chromosome is not something to fear or dread.

    Oh, my question... do you plan to homeschool Lainey? My humble observation is you already are.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  157. Rachel

    We have been following her blog since Nella was born and she has such a wonderful way of showing such beauty to us (even on tough days:) I love that what she shares with the world is all the beauty that is Nella. Ds comes with lots of medical appointments and therapy and a whole host of things. It is so refreshing to just enjoy the beauty sometimes:) Thank you K. What is your favorite thing to cook/eat?

    March 11, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  158. Kristin

    I was sent her blog by a mommies group in the South Bay- (CA)- I cried and cried and wanted to go in and hug my babies yet it was midnight- I have a daughter who is almost three and a son who just turned one- they are my light and my inspiration to be a better person every day! I love the way that she was so honest and not afraid to write her true feelings- everyone has them and it is ok! They are our own! It is ok to be honest with them! You are an amazing person and to love your children no matter what- your feelings when she was born were also a fear for her as your child- knowing the issues she will have growing up- I used to teach swimming to various ages of people with downs when I was a teen- I loved it and I actually thought a lot about it at that time – it was a blessing to go through life with out worrying about everything- and I felt blessed to work with these angels that gave love every minute of the day! You will feel pain for them wanting them to do the things other kids do- but they are happy in their worlds and their accomplishments!
    Thank you too for reminding us of all this and that the world is full of beauty and we are chosen to be blessed with the kids we have and the situations we are given. I wish you all the best and I am glad this story was published for the world to read together and for more awareness as I read in one posting from another mom with a DS child- they too are people and want to be loved and have fun! All the best to you and Nella!!! May she have the most amazing life- she has a great start in a good family with a good foundation and the world reaching out to her already!!

    March 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  159. Sara

    Thank you, Kelle, for your beautiful blog. It is truly food for the soul. My friend shared it with me after reading Nella's birth story and I have been addicted to it ever since.

    I have a 15 month old with Down Syndrome, as well as a 3 year old. My question to Kelle is have you thought about how to talk with Lainey about Down Syndrome. I've been struggling with whether I should start talking with my daughter now or wait until she comes to me with questions.
    From Minnesota!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:13 am | Reply
  160. Liz

    Kelle, thank you for sharing your story with the world. You have a beautiful family, especially your sweet girls. I love that you update your blog with Nella's progress. Milestones are so fun! You take amazing pictures. Thanks again for your story and letting everyone see your family.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:27 am | Reply
  161. Joyful Quarles

    Kelle- you are a light to all of us. How can I best support my friends going through something similar? Keep up the blogging! We love the updates of your two beautiful girls.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:52 am | Reply
  162. Pam

    I found Kelle's blog via a message board. I have never in my life read anything that has affected me so much. Her posts move me to tears each and every time I read an update.

    What I would like to know is when is her book coming out?

    Thank you Kelle. You have touched me and made me rethink the way I want to live my life with my children.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:58 am | Reply
  163. Valerie

    Kelle~

    You are such an inspiration to me, in more ways she will ever know! You are truly gifted. You write with the most powerful words. It touches me so, and your photographs...WOW! Nella is so blessed to have her as her Momma!

    You both will only do great things in life!

    Big Blessings to your sweet family!
    Valerie

    March 12, 2010 at 4:45 am | Reply
  164. Dawn

    I am one of Kelle's far away fans – I read her blog in New Zealand. I'm so grateful for the beauty she finds in every single day – her faith and her outlook are such an inspiration and the post on Nella's birth was the most moving and beautiful thing I've ever read. Thank you for sharing your heart so openly, being so vulnerable and real – it makes me want to be a better mom! No questions – just lots of love!!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:50 am | Reply
  165. Tara Newhole

    I LOVE this blog,and found it completely by accident. I'm hooked for life. I'm a vocational counselor for persons with disabilities and – even thought I'm not supposed to love some of my clients more than others – my Downs clients are the LIGHTS of my life and I would be so proud and happy to have a beautiful girl just like Nella.
    Kelle – you keep on, girl. Those little girls of yours are so SO lucky. And I see the Future You in the parents of my teenage kids today – always there, supporting, loving, and totally aware of how blessed they are.
    Much love – <3

    March 12, 2010 at 6:10 am | Reply
  166. Nancy

    I was given the link to Kelle's birth story last night, and I cried and cried at the heartbreak and transformation Kelle went through. Nella and her sister are so beautiful. I was thinking about this beautiful family today while i waited in a doctor's waiting room, and a family came in: an older mom, the slightly injured dad, and their adult son with DS. The adult son looked about 30. Dad went in to his appointment. The tired mom leaned back in her chair and closed her eyes a bit. Her son leaned over, and with the back of his hand, he caressed slowly and gently down the side of his Mom's cheek a few times. It was sheer beauty, and pure love. Your average 30-year-old son would not have done it.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply
  167. Kelly

    Her blog has changed motherhood for me! Each day feels richer. Thank you, Kelle.

    I'd like to know what Kelle taught and if/how that influences the daily fun she has with her family.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  168. Emily

    I am so thankful that I stumbled upon Kelle's blog. She has given me the inspriation to live my life more fully and notice the small beautiful things everyday with my daughter. She's also inspired me to become a better photographer and observe the small things through the camera lens.

    I am a speech pathologist and have had the amazing opportunity to work with children with DS for several years. They are all truly wonderful and loving children. Both Kelle and Nella are lucky to have each other. Looks like Nella will have all the support she needs in the future.

    My question for Kelle is this- do the girls share a room? It also sounds like you have a family bed? How did you decide that and how is it working?

    Thanks, and keep blogging, photographing and inspiring us, Kelle! From a Michigander, Emily

    March 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  169. Sarah Tacoma

    I have a 2 year old with Down syndrome and that child rocks my life! Intelligence shouldn't be the measure of whether a life is worth living. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed that I'm one who gets to be HIS mom!

    March 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  170. Mary

    I love the blog! I am hoping that nothing changes! While I think it would be great if Kelle gets a wider audience, I don't want a book. Books end. I want to see these girls grow up.

    To me, a mom who's 3yr. old also has DS, the beauty of Kelle and her family is their "normalness". Her reaction to the news was real and experienced by moms everyday. I especially love her fear/need to tell admirers of her baby that she has DS. We've all been there.

    It'sgreat to show the world that children with DS are just as "normal" and beautiful as other children. Life goes on and can be really, really great.

    Kelly is truly gifted with words and pictures. I hope you stay true to yourself and your girls.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  171. Laura

    I just started to read Kelle's blog about 3 weeks ago... and can’t stop. She's a beautiful strong woman and I hope she continues to let us read her story. Kelle's openness and honesty opens my eyes for my future. Her family is amazing and I look forward to reading so much more about Lainey and Nella.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  172. Ming Sing

    Feel proud of you Kelly. I knew somebody who just left the baby at the Foster care! She looks good and you will be fine
    You have all the support from me!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  173. Ginger

    I am a first time mom of a beautiful 5 month old girl. Kelle continues to inspire me with every post. Her creativity in her pictures has inspired me to try and see all the beauty in having a crazy, but normal life.

    Coming from a first time mom, how do you have the time to do all you do.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  174. Missy Pomphrey

    I have been following you post since Nella's birth. I feel like we are friends and I look forward to getting the next post every morning. I think you are an amazing person. Nella and Lainey are very liucky girls to have such an inspirational mother. Do you actually get to read all the posts people leave you? Does it ever bother you that your life is so open to everyone? Please let us know when your book will be out. I can't wait. Keep up the great work!!!!

    Missy

    March 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  175. Janita

    The description of sweet Nella's arrival is one of greatest love stories ever written. Kelle reminds us to pause and reflect on what's truly important. It's not wealth, material possessions or status – it's how we love.

    Please just tell her this, from a stranger living in Saskatchewan, Canada......thank you. You have made me, and countless others, want to be a better version of ourselves. And what a legacy to leave the world.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  176. Sonia B.

    Like many other mother's on here, I found Kelle's blog from other blogger mom's and from my Down syndrome support group. Her blog spread like a wild fire, and it's for the best!

    Her words and pictures put together what many of us felt the day our babies were born with Down syndrome, especially those who didn't have a prenatal diagnosis like she and I. You go in with pure joy and excitement and suddenly it's replaced with fear. The readers were able to see visually the emotional roller coaster.

    It's been two years since I've been on my journey, and I am so happy that my beautiful girl taught me to love harder and to just live.

    I hope the best for The Hampton's! I hope to continue to witness their journey through her blog. I hope that maybe through her blog others will have more compassion and care for our children with Down syndrome. Just by looking at the comments left here, I see our community celebrating...especially the commenters that I know are fellow bloggers!

    Thank you Kelle for sharing your world with us! It's a beautiful place.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  177. Sherry Cascio

    Kelle, your blogs play out like a series of novels that you can't put down and can't wait to get another one. They are beautifully inspiring and heartfelt. Keep writing!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  178. Andrea R.

    I have found such inspiration in Kelle's blog. It has touched me so much. I go look everyday to find a new post & if one hasn't been posted, I read words I have already read to be inspired, touched, moved. Her story makes me want to live everyday to the fullest & love my loved ones even more – to enjoy the daily small things that make up my life.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  179. andrealevesque

    What a beautiful mother you are Kelle. Your poignant and well written blog has taken me through all of the intense emotions you described. I sat on my couch and cried with you, thinking of my beautiful son and my unborn baby on the way. I wonder if I would handle such a surprise at birth with such beauty and grace... and true love. Congratulations on your beautiful family.

    Andrea Levesque, Ottawa, Canada

    March 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  180. Roberta

    I have known Kelle for a number of years and care for her deeply. The day Nella was born, I told Kelle that God could not have picked a better mom for her and I still mean that with all of my heart. I see that her blog has helped so many people in so many ways, but what I want all of you to know is what you are doing to help her. Your comments on her blog have helped her to move forward in a direction that will be life altering for her in so many ways. What you see is really what you get in Kelle – she has a hard time hiding anything and writing is her therapy and always has been. Photography is actually something new for her but she has embraced it like everything else in her life. Kelle is by career, a teacher. During the summers when she was going to school she would volunteer at a pediatric cancer camp where she would cry herself to sleep each night, but during the day the kids were treated to all of Kelle's creativity, and believe me, you have only seen a small amount of that creativity and Lainey and Nella are so lucky to have her for their mom. There will be plenty of ups and downs but all of you will help her and Brett be the best parents ever! Thank you CNN – you won't be sorry!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  181. Jenn

    I found Kelle's blog randomly thru a photography link and was drawn in by the beautiful photos of her life. Every couple of weeks I would casually check in to look at pictures and read her entries about the impending arrival of her 2nd daughter Nella. Upon reading Nella's birth story...I knew that I would not be just a casual observer anymore, it has become a daily read and a true inspiration on life and taking in every little moment. Kelle's talent in both her photography and writing are evident...you feel her emotions in each.

    My question(s): How did you take the steps of turning your hobby of photography into your now career? I have dreams of doing the same! How has Nella's birth affected your creative eye?

    Many thanks, and please continue to document your life thru your images...your blog is truly a breath of fresh air and one I will continue to follow and cheer on!

    Jenn

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  182. L L

    Loved reading Kelle's blog. It's good to know there are other people outthere who underastand that wood floors don't really matter.
    It's the love of our friends and family that provide all we need to stand on our own
    LL

    March 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  183. Katy

    I'm the mother of a 3-year-old with Down syndrome and am disgusted by the fact that well over 90% of people that get the DS diagnosis in-utero terminate the pregnancy. Kelle, what would you say to those considering aborting their unborn child simply because they have Down syndrome?

    March 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  184. Pat

    What a blessing it would have been at the beginning of our DS journey, to have seen Kelle's blog!

    The combination of the heartfelt and honest words, the stunning photography and the incredible outlook on life in general are a potent combination. I don't think she can begin to comprehend the impact she will have on all the others that follow her down this path.

    March 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  185. Christy Jo

    I've been reading Kelle Hampton's blog nearly every day since Nella's birth story made the rounds on Babycenter. What a spectacular family! They're so special, and whenever my own family overwhelms me, I look to hers for inspiration. Kelle is really a hero in my book – for being real. And mostly, for being so unfailingly positive without a hint of my-god-what-is-that-woman-on! I feel like I know her, Lainey, Nella, and Brett. Very, very special family.

    GO KELLE!!

    March 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  186. Sarah in UK

    I was also introduced to Kelle's blog through a forum, and I'm so glad I was – every entry is inspiring and life-affirming. I don't know how she does it, but somehow Kelle manages not to get sidetracked by all the meaningless 'noise' that distracts most people; every day is truly lived, felt, honored, and remembered for what it was and gave, whether good or bad.

    – My question is, how do you think your girls will feel about having their entire lives photographed and documented, being known as virtual celebrities to total strangers?

    – And also, how would you have felt if your mother had done the same to you?

    Thank you Kelle, and much love to your beautiful family xx

    March 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  187. Michelle Downs

    I came across this blog shortly after Nella's birth story was posted. I go to Kelle's blog every single morning with the anticipation of checking my mail hoping for that letter I have been waiting for! I forget that I have never met the Hamptons and am in love with Kelle's zest for life and the love for her family. I forget that Nella has an extra chromosome because her beauty and determination is focused on so much! beautiful family, beautiful blog. I am addicted. I send a link to her new posts every day on facebook so that I can FORCE all of my friends to read 🙂 Cant wait to see them on CNN 🙂

    March 13, 2010 at 1:00 am | Reply
  188. Alexandra Roberts

    Kelly does not no me but I do know of her. I am the best friend of a family member of Kelly. I am also the Mother of a Special needs 9 year old son with Autism. For I do not know what it is to have an infant diagonised with special needs I do no what it was like to have a seemingly perfect little boy at 2 1/2 and to be told that he has Autism.

    I think that Kelly will find so many joys that her baby will and have already brought her. Special needs children are so unique and they have a way of bringing out the best in all of us.

    March 13, 2010 at 3:02 am | Reply
  189. Jennifer

    Kelle-
    I read the story of Nella's birth last night, with a large box of Kleenex next to me. I very much relate to many of your feelings...we've received a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome for our baby boy, due May 6th. (We also have a firstborn son that is two and a half (like your firstborn!) I was wondering if you ever wished that you had known about the Ds before Nella was born? I know that it's not really important to be wondering "what if", but when I read your story, I thought that somehow getting to hold your baby and look deep into her eyes might have softened the news a little? Just curious...we've adjusted to the news and are excited to meet our little guy, but the medical concerns associated with Ds are stressful. Since the doctors know about our baby's diagnosis, they look for EVERY potential problem. I know that I don't know you at all, but I feel connected to you anyway...good luck!

    March 13, 2010 at 4:54 am | Reply
  190. lindsay

    thank you for so openly sharing your story and your experiences kelle. your life is composed of beautiful and inspiring people, and your perspective – both through language and photography – is so refreshing.

    while most research focuses on the association between maternal age and the risk of down syndrome, research seems to be moving towards a focus on the impact of paternal age as well. based on the photographs and glimpses into the hampton family included in the blog, it appears brett is (significantly?) older. my question for kelle is whether brett ever expressed guilt or seemed to experience an additional struggle with the diagnosis as a result of his own age? did she ever 'blame' brett or experience resentment towards him during their initial struggle to accept nella as a child with ds?

    March 13, 2010 at 5:18 am | Reply
  191. Jaime

    I found Kelle's blog when I needed a kindred spirit, of sorts, someone who was going through a rough moment just as I am. But mine is a different pain. My daughter and firstborn was born in October 2009 and she is a perfectly happy, healthy baby. But two days before she was born, my mother and best, best friend died of Ovarian Cancer. Like Kelle talked about losing some of those dreams she grew while Nella grew in her belly, I lost dreams the day my mother died – dreams of watching my daughter love on her "Oma," dreams of my mother holding my hand as I gave birth, dreams of taking "girl only" trips one day, dreams of calling my mother late at night with those questions only a first time mother panics about... so many dreams. But as Kelle has learned to deal with life and all its realities, I am doing the same. But it's still nice to read someone else's journey through an unexpected moment in time.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:54 am | Reply
  192. Veronica

    Kelle thank you very much for changing my life. Since I started reading your blog, you are teaching me, day after day, to love and enjoy my daughter, which was very hard at the beginning!!
    My question is: how do you think all this publicity will affect your blog?? After the CNN interview and after having ads in your blog, do you think every time you seat down and write you will be feeling pressure?

    March 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  193. Meghan

    First off you rock! I know you and Nella will do great things. My question is was there any indication during your pregnancy of this being a possibility?

    March 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  194. Jeanne

    I have REALLY enjoyed reading Kelle's blog. Her photography and her writing are a perfect combination! I found her blog via other mommy blogs I follow. Her sense of style and her insight about her everyday life is addictive! I want to vacation in Naples and have her photograph my kiddos! One topic that I am curious is about how she will handle it when her older daughter realizes that her baby sister is different.

    I also enjoy this blog because I am in the office manager of a special needs clinic. So I can relate to the families with special needs kiddos that we help everyday.

    I doubt her popularity and publicity will change her blog.
    Much love, from KY.

    March 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  195. Diane

    I'd like to thank Kelle for reminding us all about the beauty of each little moment!

    March 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  196. Hope Hoffnung

    Hi, I'm new to your blog since the birth of little Nella but it's extraordinary, I can't wait for each post since it totally lifts my day! I've also passed your blog on to people I know through emailing my friends and family, posting it on Facebook, and through other online mommy groups I'm a member of....and they LOVE it as well.

    Maybe more readers will speed up getting your book out, which I also can't wait for!

    Best, from Los Angeles, California

    March 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  197. Katie

    Kelle is wonderful. I wish I could say I knew her and that she was my best friend – she makes the most out of everything and I admire that so much. She's crafty, talented, thrifty, funny and most of all loving. I look forward to reading her blog,

    I anxiously wait to see what happy moments her talent has captured and what simple life story her words tell. She has a family close by who love her, family hours away that love her...and now "family" all over the place.

    Kelle is super-fantastic!!

    March 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  198. Ellen

    Wow Kelle! How you have not only moved but changed so many lives with what you have started here. My friend sent me this and told me to brace myself and grab some tissues before embarking on this journey. I'm glad I listened!

    It truly amazes me how your words and writings have the power to change the way people look at their own lives. You have been given a gift and, trust me, we are all grateful for it. Thank you for reminding me of how important it is and what it means it be a great mother for my children.

    It's almost as if your blog has become like a "sponge" for all of us out here. While reading along, one truly feels absorbed into your world and inspired all at the same time. Congratulations, you've done it! Gold bless you, your two beautiful bundles of joy, and Brett.

    March 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  199. Kristie

    My best friend stumbled upon her blog. Kelle, honestly your blog has changed my life. Nella's birth story brought me to tears. Happy tears and tears that tried to feel your emotions. Keep this blog up. I feel like a part of your family.

    God Bless from United Arab Emirates

    March 15, 2010 at 7:50 am | Reply
  200. Ramona

    I am 42 years old and pregnant with my 4th child – a girl to be born by scheduled c-section the day after Kelle's story runs on CNN. I have been concerned about the chance the baby might have Down Syndrome because of my age, but the sonograms and testing show no red flags. I was wondering if Kelle had any concerns about a D.S. baby before her delivery, or if it really never crossed her mind because she wasn't a "high risk." I have enjoyed reading her blog about the understandable sorrow and eventual acceptance of a child with D.S. The unconditional love that she has for both of her beautiful daughters is awe-inspiring and has given me hope and a positive outlook on how I would handle a similiar situation if I were to have a D.S. baby.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:26 am | Reply
  201. Crystal

    I am grateful for the positive, yet realistic, attention Kelle brings. We continue to be blessed and challenged by our beautiful 6 year old daughter with Down Syndrome. We decided not to have any of the tests when I was pregnant because it wouldn't have changed anything. I'm glad that I was able to hold my daughter and bond with her before being told about her diagnosis. It wasn't an easy thing for my husband and I to hear, but it has brought us closer together. I'm saddened by the statistics of how many marriages end because of the stress from having a child with a disability. I hope we can learn to support each other and provide help to couples dealing with hard news.

    March 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  202. Joy Swatsworth

    My seven year old daughter Gracee and I are so in love with this family and Gracee has a question for Lainey....What did you name your bunny?

    March 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  203. Leslie

    Kelle, Do you ever get tired of hearing how inspirational you are? You are CRAZY talented and so genuine, a real good soul!
    Lainie and Nella are so lucky to have you for their mommy, you are going to teach them so much and they (yes, they) will be good mommies because of it.
    Being a mom is the HARDEST thing I have ever done and with your words and your ideas and your outlook there are some days that maybe I am a little better at it having read what you share.
    Thank you Kelle!
    You inspire us, you make us laugh and cry and you heal us. I hope we're doing the same for you.

    March 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  204. Tracci LaGanke

    On December 16th 2008, I gave birth to my second son, Nicholas Asher (his name was chosen before birth) at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. We were surprised to learn he was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, Down syndrome. We had entered a whole new world of medical terminology, additional doctor visits, interviewing hospitals and surgeons for his upcoming open-heart surgery and yet through it all...we also learned a new capacity of love. My husband, Steve, myself and our 4-year old son, Jacob, had our own hearts captivated by this precious angel that, now, completed our family. He is also living proof of his chosen name, Asher. According to Genesis 30:13; Joshua 7:17; Judges 1:31,32; and Luke 2:36 his name means, "happy, blessed."

    On Nicholas' two-month birthday we drove to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and handed him over to the very skilled hands of a leading anesthesiologist who would then lay him on a table for Dr. Tom Spray (top heart surgeon in the country) to repair an AV Canal defect. (Atrioventricular (AV) canal defect is a large hole in the center of the heart. It’s located where the wall (septum) between the upper chambers (atria) joins the wall between the lower chambers (ventricles)). After a little more than a week in the hospital we were able to bring Nicholas home...what a great and joyous day!

    After spending that time in the hospital and meeting so many parents of children who were awaiting a heart and realizing our situation was rather simple...fix the heart and go home...simple! I cannot imagine spending months in the hospital environment knowing that one child must die so that mine may receive the heart needed to live. Hospitals are filled with stories far greater than one can imagine, yet through it all, it is a place full of love, a place of joy and a place of hope.

    In December 2009, Nicholas was again driven to CHOP for an additional surgery. Although this time it was not on his heart, it was surgery nonetheless. He was "worked on" by multiple surgeons to remove the tonsils and adenoids, place tubes in his ears, an orchiopexy (surgery to bring down an undescended testicle) was performed, a hernia repair and a circumcision repair was done. Again, through this process we were humbly reminded that we were so lucky...so many stories, so many children.

    Nicholas is now one year old and has already changed the lives a hundreds of people and continues to do so today. His heart is working great, thanks to Dr. Tom Spray and his staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We are a very blessed and very loved family by all. We are the new definition of a "special family."

    My prayer is that all mothers find this happiness within each of their children, no matter the diagnosis.

    blessings,
    Traci LaGanke

    March 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  205. molly

    What does Brett think of all of the hype and attention surrounding the blog?

    Did you ever think it would become this big?

    Do you plan on having more children?

    March 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  206. melissa Straarup

    We opted out of testing for Ds and other stuff because we wanted the child no matter what.I read her blog and love it.I love the honest and heartfelt posts.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  207. Jane

    My name is Jane, from London, UK, and my friend introduced me to your blog.

    You're obviously a loving, caring and compassionate person. My question is how you discipline, because even the sweetest children have meltdowns, obstinate days and times when they just push all your buttons at once and make you want to scream.

    I imagine you probably talk things through with Lainey, which is what we try to do, but what about those times when that doesn't cut it and whatever she's doing needs to end. Right now.

    Thanks, and good luck with your blog – we're loving it!

    March 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  208. Jordan

    Kelle-you have an amazing family and an even more amazing gift to live your life beautifully. You seem to have a very strong support group of friends and family. Many of us(my close friends) feel that you must truly be an outstanding person and friend to have your friends walk so closely with you during your toughest hours. My question: how do you seem to have such great, positive, supportive people around you, most importantly your friends?? Especially your closest friend Heidi. Yes, it seems we do "all need a Heidi in our lives". Keep moving forward and you will realize your purpose. Your babies are stunning!

    smiles from California.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:24 am | Reply
  209. Krista

    My son David is 7 months old and loves looking at Nella's photos... I think he's in love... the smiles he gives her just melts my heart.

    You are a beautiful mother Kelle, we all can learn so much from you.

    My sister in law found out her baby was going to have DS, but at 5 months, with out any physical reason, she lost him. It was very hard on our family, specially since he died on my son's birthday. It was a bittersweat day for us. I would of loved to of known my sweet little angel of a nephew, but God called him back to him.

    You are so blessed with your sweet Nella. You give strength to those who have fear, and you help ease the soul into acceptance. <3
    Much love to you and the family.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:54 am | Reply
  210. Jessica

    It's so wonderful to read these comments and hear that Kelle has touched others hearts just like mine. Her joy is overpowering and I love learning from her every day.

    Here's my question:

    I am a speech-language pathologist and work with children and families from all walks of life. I'd like to know, Kelle, how you would like others to view Nella. How do you feel about labels like DS? What do you truly want others to see? As you and Nella work with clinicians and teachers, what do you hope we understand about her and you?

    I loved hearing how your pediatrician gave you your news and hope to learn more about being a compassionate therapist by hearing your perspective.

    Love,
    Jessica

    March 16, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  211. Katie, Kelles's nurse and friend

    The day I met Kelle, little did I know she would make such an impact on my life. I was her labor and delivery nurse and didn't even know her until I walked out to the waiting room to find her looking ridiculously cute in a summer dress and heels. The following 24 hours we bonded and I was there to bring Lainey Love into the world. We remained close friends, and I couldn't wait to be there for the birth of Nella Cordelia. I feel so blessed to have been there for the birth of both of her beautiful daughters, and that God was kind enough to bring her into my life. She truly is just as amazing as you would think through her blog. She really does make edible birds nests out of butter and marshmallows, and calls it a normal day.:) I love her, and wish her all wonderful things in this world. The Hampton family is one of a kind. Love you all. <3

    March 16, 2010 at 5:34 am | Reply
  212. AuntSQ

    I would like to ask Kelle about her faith – she doesn't mention "God" at all in her blog – but her acceptance and love of life as it comes is so beautiful. Does she believe in a "higher power?"

    I have to say, reading Kelle's blog, and even though I do not have any children of my own (by choice – but I love love love kids!), I have truly found myself thanking my God daily for the little, simple things in my life. And I thank Kelle for helping me get refocused that way! She's an awesome mom and individual – and if I had chosen to have kids, I would have hoped to have been just like her! She's my Rock Star!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  213. patey cakes & 'pinecone'

    kells bells! we just want to say that we love you for the person you are and for love you give us. we are grateful to you for bringing little nella into this world because we know we will learn so much from her sweet little heart, lainey too!

    we don't have a question, we just want to say that we are so happy that this story is touching so many people and changing the way we see what some may call 'different.' we just see magic...and lots of it!

    xoxoxo
    peyton, beckham, & mama too!

    March 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  214. rie

    i read the beautiful story of the hampton's today. i have to confess, i couldn't wait until tomorrow or the next day for the next chapter of nella's story, nor could i hold off until cnn's broadcast this afternoon. i had to go to kelle's blog. i am amazed, overwhelmed with her exquisite photographs, her enchanting writing and her deep-down-to-her-toes love of nella, lainey, her husband brett and her family – true and made! her story and from-the-heart photos will bring a new awareness of down's syndrome babies that will shake up the complacent and reinforce families with down's children. nella's life will be one of unconditional love, beauty and wondrous moments. what a lucky little girlie. i plan to follow her blog and to share the wonder of it with family and friends. my heart is filled with good wishes for them.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  215. Dot

    I am so proud of you!!! I know I am a better person because I have you in my life. I cant wait to see what's in store for you next!!! Love u 🙂

    March 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  216. Bridget Finn

    Thank you so much, Kelle for encourging all of us mothers to celebrate our lives creatively. I am inspired by your authentic persitence to celebrate your experience! I've just made arrangements to purchase my first real deal Nikon and am thrilled to stop and observe my life from behind the lens. Your writing is beautiful. You move me every single day. I can't wait to see the interview.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  217. Jennifer Harrell

    Thank you so much for your honesty. As a mother to a child with down syndrome I was afraid that I was the only one that felt the way I did when we received the news. I wish there were more truthful people out there like you.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  218. Tammy Dinsmore

    Gosh Kelle, I just can't wait to leave work to see the story. I have my DVR set.....keep watching this darn clock at my desk. I have told my husband he will be reading Nella's birth story before we watch the show. He told me this must be very important to me and I told him "yes it is...an incredible story". I love following your blog and looking at your pictures. I have a 10 month old boy, dslr camera and got my first cool lens (50mm) a few months ago and have been shooting away. How do you make a 10 month old sit still to get some good shots 🙂

    March 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  219. William Cryderman

    Uncle Bill is a very proud and thankful man. (Aunt Sharon too!)

    Just to think that God has given you this international platform to give an important illustration to the whole world. Share your heart, Kelle, and God will be glorified.

    We love you.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  220. Erin

    I love this blog- it is such a beautiful place.
    I get excited when I see she has posted-
    Thank you for sharing with the world!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  221. Monica Crumley

    I started following Kelle's blog a week after Nella was born. In an instant, her words and images transported me back to the hospital room where I'd just given birth to my 4th son, John Michael, and within 20 minutes of his birth, was informed that he appeared to have Down syndrome. Reading her words and watching her reaction are the most raw and beautiful images or love an acceptance. She went through an entire journey that some take years to reach... all within a short time... all while having a camera aimed at her. Of course, I'm also drawn to the images because everyone in beautiful... Nella, of course!, but also Kelle, her friends... It's like watching a movie of my life and having the editors add a beautiful actress that looks nothing like me to give my own story some pizzazz. Reading the birth story, I sobbed... deep down emotion that had been tucked away and forgotten. My journey didn't happen in front of a camera and if it had, I wouldn't have been honest enough to share it with the world. It didn't take long, however, to fall in deep love with my little guy and be amazed at all the things he does and continues to do. He is 2 now and he's been instrumental in bringing us closer to an amazing community of parents who love a child with Ds (many whom have commented on this post!) AMAZING! We will continue to blog about our experiences and hope to touch a few hearts along the way. http://www.monicacrumley.blogspot.com

    March 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  222. Angela

    Nella's story is, in so many ways, the story of my son's birth. He was born just two days after Nella, and in reading Kelle's words, I find so much of a connection. Her posts contain the emotions that I have also felt in this new journey parenting a 'special needs' child.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  223. M

    Kelle and her family are such beautiful people. I live down the road from them and I often see them outside living and loving life. I can't express to you how amazing it has been to watch them and how much of a positive influence they have on me and others across the word.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  224. Cathy

    I love, love Kelle's blog. Even when she tackles tough subjects and moves me to tears, I feel so uplifted by her posts. One thing I'm curious about is her role as a stepmom. I, too, am a stepmother to two teens and a mom to two little ones. I would love to learn more about her blended family. Oh, and my photographer husband loves your work, Kelle!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  225. heather

    i love reading this blog.. i have been following her for a few months now and every morning i go to it and when i see she has a new post i get so excited.. i feel very inspired after each and everyone.. the pictures of her little girls are amazing.. thank you for sharing this with the world 🙂 i am looking forward to watching her on cnn.. i believe i have told everyone i know about this and how it is going to be a must watch.... thanks again....

    March 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  226. Sayward

    Kelle, reading your journey with Nella, Lainey and your family has been inspiring. You're turning your lives (and your readers', for that matter) into something extraordinary by working through it all and sharing it with us. Keep posting, and rock out those wooden shoes. 😉

    March 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  227. Savannah Joy

    kelle is my aunt, and lainey and Nella are my cousins...when Nella was born, i wouldnt have thought she had down's syndrome. when i found out i was happy, and sad. kelle, i love you so much and am so proud of you. i thank you for taking care of me along with mommy and daddy. i am so excited to see you this spring break. love you so much!

    ~Savannah Joy

    March 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  228. devi moonsamy

    I read your stories about your baby Kelle ...it's a very sad story ... your are courageous woman – fantastics and intelligent one.
    What do you expect from the world populations.
    I will keep on reading your blogs ...
    I wish you courage .... and good luck and perhaps a miracle can cure your baby ... keeps on praying ... god bless you and your family and kelle also.....
    Bye

    March 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  229. devi moonsamy

    I want to know if my article has hurt someone; I am deeply touched by Kelle and her mother and the whole family. I have confident in God and i adviced to pray.
    What can we do for this family – i just asked... there is nothing wrong to ask what can we do.
    I feel really sad and i want a little explanation please.
    My comment is avaiting moderation but why.
    Please answer me as soon as possible.
    Thanks a lot

    March 16, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  230. Mary

    After a long day/night at the office and getting back to the hotel here in Mumbai, India around 2:00 AM…I turned on CNN and caught this story. What an inspiring message... I then went to Kelle's blog and reading her most recent words and an account of daylight savings time and ‘spring forward’ put a smile on my tired face…..

    Funny that today is one of the days considered as ‘auspicious’ (favorable) according to the Hindu calendar… hmmmmm…….

    Namaste.....

    March 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  231. Monica

    I, too, have a son with Down Syndrome, and did not know ahead of time. It's amazing how we all go through the same emotions! Her story is so honest and beautiful.

    I hope this story will encourage the mothers who do find out in advance of their gift from heaven and will choose to accept it!

    Thank-you, Kelle!!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  232. Hilary

    We were told that our baby may have Down Syndrome due to various findings on our ultrasound. We have decided not to pursue further testing at this point that may risk our baby. I found your blog shortly after getting this news, and it's been a real source of comfort and joy to me. Just wondering if you have any words of advice or wisdom for us?

    March 17, 2010 at 2:33 am | Reply
  233. AJ

    I adore Kelle's blog and have since the day a friend sent me the link to her daughter's birth story. I too have a son with Down syndrome and her birth story brought me back to my son's birth day and the emotions we felt, similar to Kelle . I too was shocked when I found out about my son's diagnosis but 4 years later, he is the light of our lives. I believe our children choose us as parents and I feel honoured that our son chose us, why, I am not sure but I believe he came to us as we had more life lessons to learn.
    I applaud CNN's coverage and the celebration of Kelle's family as they celebrate the birth of their child. I have to admit, reading the reporter's writeup prior to the comments section here, I was a bit stunned by the clinical and negative report and the inaccurate data with respect to the potential health issues our children face.
    Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always existed and is universal across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. A person with Down syndrome has three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of two. The effects of this extra genetic material vary from person to person. Down syndrome was named after John Langdon Down. Down syndrome is referred to as Down syndrome, not Down’s syndrome. Unlike Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as ALS), John Langdon Down did not have Down syndrome – therefore it is not possessive, as in Down’s. People with Down syndrome often share some physical features, but this varies greatly between individuals. Individuals with Down syndrome will look like their family members and will have their own unique personality. Although the chance of Down syndrome increases with maternal age, 80 per cent of children with Down syndrome are born to women younger than 35 years old. This is because younger women of childbearing age are more likely to have children than older women. Down syndrome is not a disease, disorder or medical condition. It is wrong to refer to people with Down syndrome as “afflicted with” or “suffering from” it. A popular generalization is associating people with Down syndrome as always loving, smiling, or happy. People with Down syndrome are not all alike – the diversity of personalities is similar to that of the general population.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:18 am | Reply
  234. Em

    Kelle, you amaze me! I love this blog and have been following as much for it's beauty as any relation to my own story. Thanks also to CNN. Awareness and familiarity can often lead to acceptance and love!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:01 am | Reply
  235. Jennifer

    Kelle, I look forward to seeing the interview when it comes up! Loved the pictuers from today. So sweet!

    @devi moonsamy.... From what I have read of the two post above, you didn't say anything bad.... But you might have misunderstood her story. Kelle is happy and blessed with her baby girl Nella. Go read her blog! Here....http://www.kellehampton.com/2010/01/nella-cordelia-birth-story.html

    Nella is a perfect baby that happens to have trisomy 21 aka Down Syndrome. It is more of a condition than an illness/disease.

    The family of course can use our prayers like anyone else.

    :o)

    Jennifer

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 am | Reply
  236. Marna Gatlin

    Kelle –

    You really are in inspiration for everyone who's a parent. The love, honesty, and just how genuine you are is utterly amazing. Your life through words and photography is just plain wonderful.

    A million questions ran through my mind when I first read your story. When did you find out your daughter had Downs Syndrome. Did you have the triple screen testing in the early part of your pregnancy. How did you know when you first saw your baby that she had Downs Syndrome, etc...

    I will continue to read and applaude you and your family. The love you share with the rest of us is just beautiful.

    And I really mean that.

    Warmly,

    Marna Gatlin

    March 17, 2010 at 6:38 am | Reply
  237. Margaret Ingram

    Just finished reading the Nella blog. It's very touching indeed. I am a Community Rehabilitaion Worker and support Special Needs adults in a Group Home. Many of my Clients are adults with Downs Syndrome. They are living complete, happy, wonderful lives. And I call them "friends". One fellow I've worked with is in training for Power Lifting in the Special Olympics. He can swim circles around me. Lots of the adults can do things I can't even do - Bowling, sports, art work, acting. We all have our own strenghts and weakness. We all belong.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:03 am | Reply
  238. Gaby

    "We tend to forget that HAPPINESS does not come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do HAVE."

    Dear Kelli, You are a inspiration! You love the new and Unique Blessing that has arrived in your home, Nella is so cute! I have 3 sons, one of them Joel's who is now 4 years old it was diagnozed with DS he is amazing, happy and so loving we are so blessed by the Lord to give us this little one to be part of our family.
    My The Lord gives you and your husband more Joy and wisdom in this PRECIOUS AND WONDERFUL JOURNEY With your 2 daughters.
    From the Beautiful State of Texas! Dallas
    The Jackson's family!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
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