‘I’m Choosing To See The Joy In Every Moment:’ Emily Maynard Johnson Updates Fans On Newborn
By Movieguide® Contributor
Emily Maynard Johnson is giving more details about her youngest child’s Down Syndrome diagnosis and how she is finding “the joy in every moment.”
Movieguide® previously reported on Johnson’s newborn:
Emily Maynard recently welcomed her sixth baby with husband Tyler Johnson, Jones West.
However, the former BACHELORETTE star opened up about her reaction to her newborn son having down syndrome.
“We’ve never done any of the genetic testings,” Maynard Johnson said. “You get what you get and you’re going to love it either way so there’s no sense in worrying about anything because it’s all going to work out and in the end, everything is going to be okay,. We did the anatomy scans, check the heart and brain and two arms, two legs, but no blood screenings.”
Emily also is mother to Ricki, 17, Jennings, 7, Gibson, 6, Gatlin, 5 and Nola Belle, 2.
Emily confessed that the diagnosis came as a surprise to her and her husband.
“It was not on my radar at all. And I refused to believe it,” she said. “I just wanted to hold him and for everything to be okay.”
However, doctors kept Jones in the NICU for several weeks before he was allowed to go home.
“I was just grieving all of it and that the experience was so different from what I had expected. Waking up the next morning hearing all the babies crying down the hallway while I was in the room alone, it hurt so much,” she said.
“I realized this could be so much worse,” she continued. “This is nothing. This is joyful. Everybody that I’ve heard from shares how much love they have in their hearts.”
“He has the sweetest little smile and I’m just so excited. He’s so cute and he’s the easiest baby,” she added. “I just know God is going to see so much good through this sweet baby. Especially because we weren’t planning on having a sixth kid, but with Jones, our family is complete.”
Johnson recently appeared on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, where she gave fans an update on how Jones is doing.
In an Instagram caption, she wrote, “While some days it still doesn’t feel real, I’m choosing to see the joy in every moment. Thank you to the Down Syndrome community for covering me in so much love the past week, your stories have given me so much hope for family.”
“I may not know why this is part of our story, but just like everything else, I know without a doubt that God keeps His promises and will see so much beauty through our perfect Jones,” she concluded.
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