It’s all about her story of giving birth unexpectedly to a little girl with Down’s Syndrome. The book was amazing, powerful and challenging. You have got to read it, okay, maybe I mean read and cry your way through the book… 🙂
My friend Donna Loy asked me last night at book club why I liked it so much and I think the answer is because I understood everything that she felt in the beginning and I am ashamed to admit my reaction would probably have been similar to her’s… fear, uncertainty, dashed hopes for what you imagined your family would be like. But there was redemption in the book… she showed us how she is overcoming the stereotypes of DS and paving a new way for her family. I want to much to be someone who will teach others to do that. It made me think that if God ever blessed us with a child with DS (the doctor’s all thought Drew had DS or something else while he was still in utereo) we would still be the luckiest parents. Life would be more difficult than we imagined. But it would still be good. And we would grow in ways we never could have without that.
Kelle made comments throughout the beginning of the memoir about wanting to go back to pregnancy where there was no DS diagnosis, where there was still the hope of her two girls growing up and being best friends and I thought of how all the time I wish I could go back to pregnancy… but not for those same reasons. I wish I could do it all better. I wish I wouldn’t have been such a baby about being sick. I look back and feel like I was in a state of shock where I couldn’t quite absorb the amazingness of being a new mom, maybe for the first six months, because I was really scared. I felt like I was so out of my element and that everyone would be a better parent than I. But now I realize it’s not true. Of course I was scared. I was clueless!!! If we have another child I’ll be far more the way I wish I was because I get it now… Obviously not any baby is identical but I at least have a smidge more experience than I did pre-Drew.
All right, enough about my thoughts… you’ve got to read the book, it’s a super quick read, and drink in all her amazing photographs (she is a photographer).