When Julie learned she was pregnant with twins with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, she scoured social media for support. Today, she is the mother that other pregnant women and new mothers of children with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ find support from.
Julie McConnel and her husband Dan, from Nampa, Idaho, in the USA, were both happy and excited when they got the news that they were expecting twins. But they were not prepared for the news that both boys had Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ.
“It was both shocking and frightening, and it took a long time for us to come to terms with the fact that it was like that,” Julie tells WTSP 10 News.
Julie quickly began searching social media for other mothers who had children with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ. There, she found a lot of support and security. Julie began to understand that life with a child with Dᴏᴡɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ doesn’t have to be negative at all.
“It’s a myth that they’re happy all the time, but they really bring a lot of joy,” she says of her twin boys, Charlie and Milo.
“They take a little longer to reach the various goals. It takes them a little longer to learn to walk and talk. But when they finally reach their goals, we celebrate like no other parent does,” says Julie.
“We are so proud of them when they manage to do things,” she adds.
Today, Julie runs the Instagram account @chucklesandmeatloaf, which are the nicknames of the two boys. There she has almost 98,000 followers, and today Julie is the mother that others seek support from.
“I hope people find us and see that this is how life can be. It’s fun, and it’s full of love. It’s not scary, and we don’t regret it for a second,” says Julie, adding: “I’m so happy every time I get a message from people saying, ‘Hey, we just got a Dᴏᴡɴs ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs, and your page seems really uplifting.'”