Mum Shares A 'Review' Of Her Baby Girl With Down Syndrome
A new mum has shared a heartfelt "review" of her two-month-old daughter who has Down syndrome.
When Jessica Egan and her husband Josh, from Utah in the US, first learned that their unborn daughter had Down syndrome the mum-to-be admitted she was "devastated."
Three of her close friends were all pregnant with twins -- how would Egan's baby girl fit in?
"In the moment we found out I felt extreme devastation," she told Mamamia.
"All I could think when I received the diagnosis was that my baby wouldn't be as accepted and celebrated as everyone else's had been," she added, admitting that she spent three days at home in tears after the diagnosis.
Things started to change when Egan and her husband got in touch with their local Down syndrome foundation and began educating themselves about what their daughter's genetic condition really meant.
What they discovered was that having an extra copy of the chromosome #21 -- which causes Down syndrome -- "was nothing to fear."
When their beautiful girl, Gwendolyn, was born on December 18, 2018, the couple were "overwhelmed with love" and two months later Egan couldn't help but share her joy in a heartfelt yet humorous Facebook post.
"When I placed my order I said, 'regular amount of chromosomes, please!' That's what everyone else got and that's what I wanted too,' the new mum wrote.
They called me shortly after my order was in production and said 'great news, we went ahead and upgraded you two extra chromosomes for free'.
"What?! I was mad! All [sic] the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra chromosomes.
"But I decided that receiving my order with extra chromosomes was better than not receiving my 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 two extra chromosomes is amazing. If offered, definitely take it!
"I posted some photos below of the finished product and you can see that the extra chromosome is so worth it -- it's extra cute, extra special and extraordinary. So much extra joy!"
Egan included the hashtags "#theluckyfew," "#upsyndrome" and "#nothingdownaboutit," at the end of the post -- which has since gone viral and clocked up 342 thousand likes.
And how could it not? Baby Gwen is simply divine -- and it's not just us who think so.
Egan never anticipated her post would resonate with so many people and hopes that it helps others "realise that it's okay for people to be different and that it's okay to cherish life even if it doesn't fit in the typical boxes we have created."
As for Gwen's future, her mum hopes that there'll be "no limit" to what she can achieve.
The bub has a bit of a fight ahead due to being born with an AVSD heart defect -- which means there are holes between the chambers of the right and left sides of her heart -- and will need surgery in a few months time.
The condition is reportedly very common in babies with Down syndrome and Gwen is being monitored by doctors to see when she'll have the procedure.
For now, "she is doing great" and loves snuggling with her dad and the family pup Sammy -- who is still learning to share the attention according to Egan.
"[Sammy] still feels left out sometimes," she wrote on Instagram.
Feature image: Instagram.com/oursweetgwendolyn.