Sometimes in life we get more than we bargained for and it turns out to be the greatest gift we could ever receive. When Jessica Egan became ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ, her and her husband were overjoyed. However, 11 weeks into their parenting journey, ᴀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛ revealed that the little girl ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ. The ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ does come with certain ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs that impact the way a parent might raise their child, and for many the task is one they don’t deem themselves necessarily ready for.
When she learned that her first child would be born with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ. She said :” At 11 weeks we took the ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴛᴇsᴛ to Fɪɴᴅ out the ɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ and I didn’t even think about the ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴘᴀʀᴛ. It was just like ‘oh that doesn’t even matter’ ya know. A few days later Jessica received a life-changing call from her ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ. I was told my baby for sᴜʀᴇ ʜᴀs Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ .It was a sʜᴏᴄᴋ to me. We just decided we were ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ of being sᴀᴅ… because it was our first baby.” Despite the difficulties, the couple resumed their preparations for their daughter, opening their minds and ʜᴇᴀʀᴛs to the idea that things would be different than they’d imagined but ɴᴏᴛ ɴᴇᴄᴇssᴀʀɪʟʏ ᴡᴏʀsᴇ.
Lucky, Baby Gwendolyn was born healthy , and she was perfect just as she was. Using humor to make her point, Jessica shared an adorable photo of Gwendolyn with an insightful ‘ᴜsᴇʀ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ’ that sᴛʀᴜᴄᴋ a ɴᴇʀᴠᴇ with parents all over the world. “When I placed my order, I said, ‘Regular amount of ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs, please!’ That’s Wʜᴀᴛ everyone else got and Wʜᴀᴛ 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 ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs for free! You’ll receive the extra ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs with your completed order in 9 months.’ what?! I was ᴍᴀᴅ! All the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs. Well, I decided that receiving my order with extra ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs was better than NOT receiving an order at all, so I settled in to wait for this surprise upgrade to arrive. I have now had my order for two months and am writing this review to let others know the upgrade to extra ᴄʜʀᴏᴍᴏsᴏᴍᴇs 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.”
Her post has already received over 347,000 likes. The feedback has been so full of positivity, love, and acceptance that it is overwhelming. She continued: ” When you receive a ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs of Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ it is sᴄᴀʀʏ simply because it is not what you expected. It is important to let yourself ɢʀɪᴇᴠᴇ and then realize that this is not ʙᴀᴅ, it is just different. But all children are different, and there are no guarantees that any child you have won’ sᴜFFᴇʀ from some sᴏʀᴛ ᴏf ɪʟʟɴᴇss or ᴅɪFFᴇʀᴇɴᴄᴇs. children with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ are more like other ᴄʜɪʟᴅʀᴇɴ than they are different, and it is important not to spend too much time ɢʀɪᴇᴠɪɴɢ because in the end, you will be so in love with your child !”