More and more we rely on product reviews to help us make the right purchasing decision. Yet sometimes in life we get more than we bargained for — and it turns out to be the greatest gift we could ever receive.
That’s how Jessica Young Egan of Salt Lake City, Utah felt when she learned that her first child would be born with Down syndrome.
Jessica and her husband Josh were excited to find out their baby’s gender when they went for genetic testing when Jessica was 11 weeks pregnant.
“At 11 weeks we took the blood test to find out the gender and I didn’t even think about the genetic part,” she explained. “It was just like ‘oh that doesn’t even matter’ ya know.” A few days later Jessica received a life-changing call from her doctor. “I was told my baby for sure has Down syndrome,” she said.
After the initial shock wore off, Jessica decided to change her attitude and start counting her blessings.
“We just decided we were tired of being sad… because it was our first baby,” she said. Instead, the couple resumed their preparations for their daughter, opening their minds and hearts to the idea that things would be different than they’d imagined but not necessarily worse.
Baby Gwendolyn was born healthy in December, and the second they met her they knew she was perfect just as she was.
After a few months of getting into the swing of motherhood, Jessica realized that she had the perfect baby she’d always envisioned after all. Using humor to make her point, Jessica shared an adorable photo of Gwendolyn with an insightful “user review” that struck a nerve with parents all over the world.
“When I placed my order I said, ‘Regular amount of chromosomes, please!’ That’s what everyone else got and what I wanted too,” Jessica wrote on Facebook. “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.
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’s Facebook post has now been shared thousands of times and it continues to spread. The Egans say that the supportive comments they’re receiving have made them realize that they’re now a part of something larger than just their little family; they’re now a part of the global community of people who know and love someone with Down syndrome.
“The love and support we have received is great. It just goes to show really how common this diagnosis is,” said Josh. Jessica agreed, adding that she hopes her post helps others realize that perfection is a relative term. “It is okay if it’s not perfect,” she stated. “Maybe if it’s not perfect, that’s upgraded,” Jessica said.
We’d say the Egans definitely got an upgrade, wouldn’t you? Congratulations on your beautiful daughter, and thank you for sharing your message of positive thinking and acceptance with the world.
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