A day in the life with Down syndrome started when I was 18 weeks pregnant with my first child. Although that day used to be buried far back in the darkness of my mind because of all the tears I shed and all that I thought would never or could never be. Little did I know that in time that day would be the pivotal moment that my life would be changed all for the better because the most amazing, dynamic and dazzling little man would be ALL mine. On September 8, 2011 Lucas Abraham Vasquez was born and joined a family that was ready and waiting to let him guide us to be the parents we needed to be for him.
In preparation for Lucas’ arrival we had lots of doctors to meet with and we had lots of resources given to us to read. Only willing to digest what we could we didn’t dwell on the things that would not be or might not be….instead we chose to look for all that WOULD BE for our little man. We were so excited for him to join our family and begin the beautiful journey. I guess you could say we found the joy and beauty that comes along with the arrival of anyone’s first baby.
Fast forward to today, Lucas is an energetic and inquisitive 3 year old boy who rides the bus each morning to school and has a smile from ear to ear because he knows he is going to see his teacher and his friends. He loves learning, saying the ABC’s, counting and reading his favorite books about Pete the Cat. He is obsessed with Elmo, planes and will boogie to any music that might be playing. If we pass a park while driving you will hear his excitement from the backseat as he uses his exploding new vocabulary and yells “park” or “slide” from the backseat. Now I don’t know about you but this sounds like just about any 3-year old boy that I know.
I will admit that we have had days where we have waited ever so patiently for Lucas to hit that next milestone that seemed like forever to arrive. It can be trying but we keep cheering him on knowing that he can do it and he will do it. To think that today Ds is just a part of our world but not the focus of our every day is something that is truly what a day in the life with Lucas is all about.
Sure there are some things we need to think a little more about or certain concerns we have regarding Lucas as he grows but time and time again he reminds us that he is just a growing and loving boy. He continues to shine and help break down barriers that exist so that others can continue to see how any child that happens to be born with Ds is so much more alike than different. Here’s to future for our man Lucas!!
Meriah is the deaf, single mom of 3 kids (one gifted 2E, one with Down syndrome). A longtime career counselor, teacher and disability advocate, she loves helping to create community and empower parents, people with disabilities (and of course, parents with disabilities).