Jessica Egan wants other parents to know about the joy her Down Syndrome daughter has brought to her life.
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.”
The mom continued, “What?! I was mad! All the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra chromosomes,” Jessica’s post continued. “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 I placed my order I said, “Regular amount of chromosomes, please!” That’s what everyone else got and what I wanted…
She went on to describe the arrival of her expected “package,” also known as her daughter Gwendolyn writing, “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!!”
Jessica concluded her review with a recommendation for other parents who might end up with the extra chromosomes, as well:
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.
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Baby Gwen has two very special things on today! One is the most special, it is a pair of pajamas belonging to @alexa_johanson’s sweetest angel Lila. That sweet girl is dearly missed by all and we are so honored that Alexa passed them to Gwen, and that she got to hold Gwen in them today. ❤️❤️❤️ The other is a bow from @babybling. Thanks @cyndilowry and @kodymk for showing such love for this little one! She feels so special and loves both these things! #sweetgwendolyn #angelpajamas #babyblingbows
“My original ‘product review’ post was something I wrote to celebrate our daughter in a fun way. She is such a light in our lives and provides us with so much joy that I wanted to highlight that and emphasize how I would choose her over and over again.”
And Jessica’s love and enthusiasm were contagious.
The post has been shared more than 74,000 times. It has thousands of comments from people talking about how touched they are by Jessica’s words or sharing their own stories.
Jessica told Dearly she hopes her post will help other parents see what a Down syndrome child can bring to their lives and that there’s no need to dread the unexpected:
“Down syndrome is nothing to fear, and it makes people unique in the same way that our hair or skin color does. It is something to be celebrated, and I hope that people who see my post will think differently about it, and embrace the wonderful differences that nature gives to us.”