Mom Leaves 5-Star Review for Her Baby 'Order' That Came with Extra Chromosomes

At left, Jessica Young Egan holds her daughter close; at right, Gwendolyn lays in a floral swaddle.
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An Instagram post by one Salt Lake City, Utah, mom is making the rounds for the touching way she describes welcoming her daughter Gwendolyn into the world last year. And although it's getting a standing ovation from moms everywhere, it's especially resonating with those facing the similar experience of raising a child with special needs -- and the many unspoken joys that come with it.

  • "When I placed my order I said, 'Regular amount of chromosomes, please!'" explained Jessica Young Egan in her tongue-in-cheek post.

    "That’s what everyone else got and what I wanted too," she continued.

    But as it turned out, that's not what she got.

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  • Baby Gwendolyn, who arrived in December, was born with Down syndrome. And as her mother writes, the initial news left her with all sorts of emotions.

    "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!'" her post goes on. "'You’ll receive the extra chromosomes with your completed order in 9 months.'" 

    At first, she admits, it was a lot to process.

    "'What?!'" she continued. "I was mad! All the other orders I had seen displayed via perfect Instagram posts did NOT have extra chromosomes."

    But ultimately, Egan writes, she 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." 

  • Yep; unbeknownst to her, that extra chromosome brought with it "so much extra joy," she declares. "Would purchase again for sure."

    Speaking with CafeMom, Egan says she was inspired to write the post after her sister-in-law snapped a touching photo of baby Gwen that she wanted to use for her birth announcements.

    "I wanted to refer to her diagnosis of Down syndrome in a super positive way," she explains, "and comparing it to a 'product review' where I got all I wanted and more just seemed perfect."

  • In the end, it turned out she was more than thrilled with her "package" -- five stars, all 'round.

    "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!" Egan's post continues. "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!"

  • She says that having Gwendolyn has opened her heart -- and her mind -- in ways she wasn't expecting.

    "Before I had her, I didn’t have very much exposure to people who were 'differently abled,' as it is commonly referred to in the Down syndrome and special needs communities," she says. 

    But now? "I feel like my vision has been expanded and truly as if blinders have been removed from my eyes," she continues. "I am so glad that I now live in this world where I can see we don’t have to fit the standard of a 'typical' person."

    The post, which appears on her Instagram page, @oursweetgwendolyn, has been touching hearts far and wide since it first went up last month.
  • "I just want to HUG YOU!" wrote one user, after reading the post. "Thanks for sharing your beautiful perspective."

    "This is so well said and lovingly comical!" wrote another. "I love the way you put your thoughts into words!"

    "Oh I love this!!" added another user. "Where’s the [like button] to click 'this review was helpful'?" 

  • Above all, Egan hopes her light-hearted post drives home that parenting a child with special needs is not a burden. In fact, the opposite is true.

    "These children are filled with so much light and love that it is truly like having an angel in your home," she says. "I often say the love I have for my little girl is 'fierce,' because it’s completely true. My daughter’s differences make her unique and ferociously loved; to our family she is as valued and rare as a precious stone."

    And in the end, that's all that really matters.