Emily Maynard is opening up about the birth of her sixth child, Jones West. Former “Bachelorette” Star She gave birth to a son on 31 August.
“I’m so grateful,” Maynard shared in an interview with People. “But I’m still on my journey to process everything. And I have to trust that it’s all going to be okay.”
Shortly after Jones was born, 36-year-old Maynard and her husband Tyler Johnson learned that their son had been diagnosed with Down syndrome as well as a rare congenital colon abnormality.
The colon abnormality required surgery and Jones had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital for a month after his birth.
“I was in shock,” Maynard recalled of her son’s diagnosis. She shared with the outlet that she had not undergone genetic testing before giving birth.
“It wasn’t on my radar at all,” she continued. “I refuse to believe it. I just wanted to hold him and everything turned out well.”
The former reality TV star once realized her son would be in the movie NICU For a month, he found it “devastating” that he would not be able to come home immediately.
“I was just saddened by all this and the experience was very different than I expected,” she shared. “The next morning when I was alone in the room, it was very sad to hear the cries of all the children in the hall.”
maynard shared that she leaned on her husband Tyler and their eldest daughter Ricky, 17, during this challenging time. She has four other children: Jennings, 7, Gibson, 6, Gatlin, 5, and Nola, 2.
“She’s been my best friend through everything,” shared Maynard, her oldest daughter. “When I was in the hospital, he sent me 47 roses to represent Jones’ 47 chromosomes.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that results in abnormal cell division in an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21.”
Maynard took to Instagram on Wednesday to share the news that their family has grown. “Surprise! On August 31st, Tyler and I welcomed our beloved son, Jones West Johnson, into the world,” she wrote.
“During my surgery we learned that he was born with Down syndrome, and it was certainly a surprise, we have so much peace in God’s perfect plan and know that Jones will be a blessing to our family.” going,” Maynard continued. “He was in the NICU for a little over a month and thankfully all chaos is now home and we couldn’t love him more. Thank you to everyone at @lewinchildren for all you did for our family. I So glad I finally share the news and can share all the pics with you guys! She’s absolutely the cherry on top!”
Now that Jones is at home, the mother-in-law of six is enjoying her “cute and smiley” baby.
“He’s the easiest kid and he’s been our biggest blessing,” she shared with People. “I’m still learning about Down syndrome, but I’m trying to experience Jones as Jones and not as different as other kids.”
Maynard’s two-month-old son will have another surgery in the coming weeks.
Maynard shared, “Looking back at my life, a lot of things happened that I didn’t plan for.” “But I wouldn’t change my life for anything. And I wouldn’t trade Jones for any kid in the world.”