First-Time Mom Posts ‘Review’ Of Gorgeous Daughter With Down Syndrome

A new mother from Salt Lake City, Utah used humor and sweetness to spread awareness about Down Syndrome to her friends and family and the message quickly went viral.

Jessica Egan and her husband had struggled with infertility for years before they finally got the happy news that they had been waiting to hear for so long. However, the joy was short-lived. When Jessica was only 11 weeks pregnant, the couple found out through a blood test that the baby had Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down Syndrome.

Jessica said that she felt complete devastation when she learned of the diagnosis. She had waited so long for this dream to come true and then she was worried that the baby would never be accepted or celebrated as it should. Jessica said that she spent three days crying at home before she was able to tell anyone else of the news.

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This TEENY TEENY girl is having to make some BIG BIG decisions. Just when we think a plan is figured out for her, things change. All in her best interests, of course! ⁣ ⁣ Over the past few days, a plan was put in motion to fly Gwen to Boston to consult with a surgeon there for a possible heart valve repair/replacement. This surgeon has really pioneered valve surgery in babies of Gwen‘s size and has the most experience with her delicate and tricky condition. We felt good about going and we were preparing to do so. ⁣ ⁣Today, her medical team said they may want to totally re-evaluate. They’re worried that if we do another surgery now (even in Boston) it will be really hard on her because it’s just so soon after the first two. If her valves fail a third time we’ll be heading into even scarier territory. Also, there is a big concern about Gwen being in the hospital as we enter cold and flu season. If she were to get sick right now with anything it might do her in. ⁣ ⁣ So they’re kind of going to look at some radical measures to see if by any chance we can get her home for even just a few months. We would still do the surgery in Boston, but if they can buy her any ounce of time it will be worth it. Of course, surgery in Boston may still be unavoidable this week, or sometime soon. This back-and-forth, and not knowing what will happen next week or next month, is what is so difficult!⁣ ⁣ Of course, this changes on a daily basis based on her condition, so we will just see how things go early next week and hope that a clear course of action opens up in front of us. For now, here are some cute pics of Gwen!

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The couple set out to educate themselves so that they could prepare for the birth of their little girl. They learned that Down Syndrome is the result of abnormal cell division in utero and that approximately 5,300 babies are born with the disorder in the US every year.

Once they learned more about Down Syndrome, they became more comfortable with the diagnosis. Baby Gwendolyn was born into great love to two parents who were committed to giving her the best in life.

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My spirits were really lifted today because it was @the_magical_millie ‘s 1st Birthday! She is one of Gwen’s best friends. We couldn’t make her very appropriately themed “flamingo” party but we wore our family flamingo attire anyway, for her and for Team Gwen! We also got to see so many friends and family at the hospital today. It was very uplifting! And thanks to @jengarriott, Josh and I even rounded out the evening with a rare date night out! ⁣ ⁣ Since being at Primary’s we have seen many of Gwen’s friends from the Down syndrome community. All of them are going through their own battles and happened to be here at the same time as us for treatment. I’m telling you guys, our VIP surgeon is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coolness at Primary Children’s Hospital. This is the place to see and be seen! (Swipe for our first photo of the whole family: Josh-Jess-Gwen-Celebrity surgeon!)⁣ ⁣ Most recently, we got to visit with our friend @terahbelle who is here while her daughter Indy undergoes chemo. Indy was not able to come down to our floor and visit us but Terah and her new baby Birdy came. As you can see from the photo, Gwen and Birdy became fast friends! ⁣ ⁣ Gwen’s sweetness has just been off the charts. She and I have bonded even more throughout this month of medical treatments. She can feel all the love pouring out for her and I just know it’s healing her heart from the inside out! Thank you family & friends, here and online!

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When Gwendolyn was only two months old, Jessica took to Facebook to post a mock review of her experience so far. The post was both touching and funny, making it clear how much she adores her daughter and encouraging other parents to place an order for extra chromosomes as well.

Although the post was initially meant for her friends and family, it quickly went viral and has been shared over 74,000 times already. Jessica said that she wants people to find comfort in her words and to also be more open to people with chromosomal abnormalities.

You will melt when you see these sweet pictures of Gwendolyn. Be sure to spread this story to everyone else that you know so that this important message is heard loud and clear.

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