A new mother expected regular amount of chromosomes in her child but she got an "upgrade" and she loves her extraordinary baby girl.
Most parents would agree that becoming a parent for the very first time can be as scary as it is joyous. But the one thing that no parent would deny is the boundless love you feel for your newborn, as you hold them in your arms, watch them move for the first time, as they try to crawl, and even take their first steps! It is in those moments that you truly feel the joy of being a parent, and nothing anyone can say or do will take that away from you. Jessica Young Egan gave birth to baby Gwendolyn, who was born with Down syndrome. She did not quite get what she expected, but the joy she feels is best described in a wonderful "review" she wrote about her infant daughter.
Like any other expecting parent, Jessica, too, was excited about the newborn they would soon be welcoming, when she placed her "order" but was taken by surprise when she found out that what came along was an "upgrade". As it turns out, a visit to the doctor revealed that her baby would be born with a birth defect.
In a heartfelt Facebook post, Jessica wrote her "review" saying that she wanted a "regular amount of chromosomes" but got a call from the hospital that she was getting "extra chromosomes for free".
When I placed my order I said, “Regular amount of chromosomes, please!” That’s what everyone else got and what I wanted too. They called me shortly after my order was in production and said “Great news, we went ahead and upgraded you to extra chromosomes for free! You’ll receive the extra chromosomes with your completed order in 9 months.” What?! I was mad! All the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra chromosomes. Well I decided that receiving my order with extra chromosomes was better than not receiving an order at all, so I settled in to wait for this surprise upgrade to arrive.
When she was told that her child would have down syndrome she was "devastated". Her colleagues, who were also pregnant, were pregnant with twins but her news made her not want to tell anyone, though she overcame this feeling eventually. The couple got in touch with the local community associated with Down's syndrome to learn about their future child and realized that there was nothing to fear. And finally, when her child was born, they were filled with nothing but love for the little one. And it was when Gwendolyn turned two months old that she penned down the lovely "review" in a social media post that has touched the hearts of thousands.
I have now had my order for two months and am writing this review to let others know the upgrade to extra chromosomes is amazing!! If offered, definitely take it! I posted some photos below of the finished product and you can see the extra chromosome is so worth it - it is extra cute, extra special, and extra-ordinary! So much extra joy. Would purchase again for sure."
Jessica and her husband had tried to conceive for a number of years and the difficulties conceiving led them to IVF, which too failed. And it was after eleven weeks of pregnancy that she found out about the Down's syndrome. The post has been liked and shared thousands of times already. One of the women who commented on the post said, "Coming up to 17 years with our gorgeous girl with an extra chromosome. She makes our day, every day. Enjoy your gorgeous baby Gwendolyn. Xx" while another said "In my experience, the extra chromosomes are for Joy and fun ❤️"
In a recent post, Jessica said that "Gwen" has been written about in news articles, websites, and Facebook pages around the world. "From Florida to Singapore to Australia to the UK, she has been loved and written about. And it isn’t slowing down yet! To think we could save a baby’s life or help a family who is struggling with a new Down syndrome diagnosis to feel some hope is all we could ever ask for," she said.
It is not unheard of to see families get disappointed when they are told their child would be born with Down syndrome but Jessica's post is a source of light and inspiration to those around the world to feel joy in what has been given to them. A special kind of blessing that very few people around the world have the chance to get.