Monday, July 28, 2008

This Bean Was Made for Walking

We have a walking BEAN! Soon, there will be NO stopping him. Don't miss Roscoe giving Lucas his support.

For those who don't know, Down syndrome often causes delay in a child's global development which means a child will reach all the developmental milestones, just at his/her own pace. Lucas has reached several milestones within the average timeframe, but has needed a little extra time to reach others, such as walking. We've tried not to obsess TOO much over the "typical" guidelines so we can more fully enjoy Lucas and celebrate all the big and small victories along the way. More important than "when" kids master their milestones is "how" and Lucas has great posture and his core strength is improving every day which are essential to everything he'll ever do (I never thought I'd learn so much about how the body works).

With the help of weekly speech/language, physical, and occupational therapies, the support of his teacher and assistants (a total of 10 women!) and his slew of specialists, Lucas is making huge strides and holding his own among his peers. He surprises us daily with his inquisitive, independent, fun-loving nature. We are so proud of our bean, can't you tell?!

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Please leave a message for Lucas...I think THIS merits one!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way to go Lucas, looking good.......
Love you, Grandpa & Grandma Rhyneer

Anonymous said...

Lucas is a precious little one that although I didn't get to spend much time with him I am grateful to get to meet him and Robin and Darin keep me posted on his steady progress. He is lucky to have the two of you as parents, and he's walking already....what a miracle, I am impressed and he brought me to trears of joy as he just touches my heart. Thanks for sharing. Susie, Darin's mom......

JUB said...

Little Bean--
We are so proud of you!! Walking AND talking. Look out world!
Love, Jenni, Rob, Anabel and Emma

Alex Bana said...

Hey there Mister Bean! You really sure about this walking thing? Gotta warn you: now you're gonna have CHORES....taking the trash out, walking over to the bar and getting mommy her drink, and, of course, time to cut the grass with daddy on Saturdays. It's a lot of work and a big responsibility. Welcome to the dark side of growing up. :-)

angela hoskins said...

I am such a cornball - but I'm totally crying here. He's such an amazing boy - GO BEAN GO!!! Thank you so much for posting this :) xoxoxoxoxox - Auntie Ang, Uncle Tony and your buddy, Grayson

Anonymous said...

He is Amazing! I knew he could do it You can tell how proud of himself he is too, but then again I'm sure he's proud of his parents. What an extraordinary big boy, that just happens to have DS. What a blessing, thanks for sharing. I needed a smile today, thanks Bean, you've brighten my day. Love ya!! Barb

Laura Watts, DS Center said...

How awesome! Such a testimony to what a wonderful family and a great team of supporters - along with a lot of love and high expectations - can do! Thank you for letting us share in your excitement!
Laura Watts and the Down Syndrome Center Team at Hope Haven

Anonymous said...

Go Spider Bean!!! Soon he'll be ready to chase the ladies. ;)
- Cat & Jim

Vivian said...

WOW!!! Way to go Lucas! BIG hugs and kisses from The Other Perez's :) Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Bean! Looking forward to seeing you in action and in person next week! Aloha, Aunty Rhonda

Anonymous said...

WAHOOOOOO!!!!!! He walks, he talks, he charms the world! GO BEAN BOY!

SO much love to little smiling you! Anne and Bill

lizard queen said...

Oh man, that brought tears to my eyes! I am just catching up here and I bet that by now, you can't keep up with him!!

Mandy