A mother of a baby with Down syndrome has spoken out about her reaction to the news and shared an honest review that quickly took over the internet.
Jessica Egan and her husband were thrilled to find out they were pregnant after a series of difficulties and an unsuccessful IVF round.
“When we decided to have a baby, of course, we hoped that it would happen right away.
When it didn’t, we found that it was easier to bear because there are so many resources available for people who are struggling to get pregnant,” Mrs. Egan shared in an interview with Bored Panda.
“I joined a local infertility support group and made a lot of great friendships with other ladies going through the same thing.
When our first round of IVF failed it was disappointing, but we decided not to get discouraged and to keep trying. It was from our second attempt at IVF that our daughter was born.”
11 weeks into the pregnancy, however, a blood test revealed that their baby girl was positive for Down’s syndrome.
Not knowing what they’re dealing with, the parents were shocked and devastated.
“We found out when I was 11 weeks pregnant that our unborn baby had been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
At first, we were devastated but it was because we didn’t have any experience with Down syndrome and it was something we were not expecting at all.
“We grieved very deeply for about three days and then my husband and I decided that we wanted to educate ourselves so that we could be happy and look forward to the birth of our baby.
“Education was the biggest factor in changing our feelings about Down syndrome.
We realized that we simply didn’t understand this diagnosis because we didn’t know anyone with Down syndrome.
It is natural to fear things that we don’t know or understand, so we reached out to people in our community that had children with Down syndrome and we made some great connections.
We began to see that this truly was nothing to be afraid of and that instead, we were lucky for being chosen to have such a special and unique daughter.”
Two months after the birth of their baby girl, brave and proud Jessica wrote an honest review about her daughter with Down syndrome and shared it online.
“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!” Jessica expressed.
“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.”
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