Sodus, N.Y. -- As someone who does sonograms for a living, Jennifer Surridge tells parents what gender their baby will be.
A life-changing transition for Surridge's own daughter, Josselynn, now has her educating soon-to-be parents on what it means to be, above all, human.
"Every day, I tell people if they are having a boy or a girl," she said. "I know, it's ironic, isn't it?"
Surridge's daughter Josselynn is an 11-year-old sixth grader in Sodus who loves to shop, but her smile hasn't always been so bright.
"I was 15 weeks and four days pregnant when I found out that Josselynn was a boy," Surridge said.
Surridge did have a boy, but it didn't take long to realize her child wasn't happy. By Josselynn's fifth Christmas, it became obvious.
"She opened up all of her gifts at Christmas and she's sitting there amidst a pile of stuff, wrapping paper everywhere and she started crying and I looked at her like, 'Josselynn, why are you crying? You know you have all these toys, all these wonderful things,'" Surridge said. "She said 'Because Santa doesn't love me, Santa doesn't care,' and I'm like 'What do you want?' 'All I asked for was Barbies.' So, I went to the store the very next day and bought out the Barbie section and wrapped it up and threw it in the back of the tree, and the next morning I said 'Josselynn, oh my gosh, we missed a present' and she opened it up and the look on her face... It was just awesome, she was so happy."
For seven years, the two went back and forth on what to wear, who to be and what others would think.
"I was trying to explain to my mother that I wasn't liking the way that I was born, and that I wanted to be a girl," Josselynn said.
"It tugged at my heartstrings," Surridge said. "I didn't know what to do to help her."
But she learned to let Josselynn be Josselynn.
"I feel much happier, and when I walk into school, all the girls are like, "Hey Josselynn,'" she said. "It just makes me feel happy."
Her mother says that's all that matters.
"It made me feel that I have at least one person who is always going to be there for me," Josselynn said. "Always, always, always."