When I held Mateo in my arms the day he was born, I was so relieved to finally have him here. My labor was long and so was my pregnancy, but he was here and he was perfect! I didn’t know that when he was three I would be celebrating him repeating words, putting on his pants and responding when I called his name. Mateo was diagnosed with Autism 3 months before his third birthday. We didn’t know what we would be faced with, but it’s part of who he is, part of how he learns, part of our world.
The vision we have for our children alters and changes as they grow each day, as we see their strengths their challenges. My vision for Mateo is that he finds love, happiness, friends in school, and independence. So many other parents out there are struggling with the same challenges we face and many with much harder ones. I feel so blessed that Mateo is a happy, mellow boy who is progressing each day, who can say words, and follow directions (sometimes), who knows his numbers up to 10, is now calling himself by Teo, attends a regular preschool, and brings me so much happiness each day. So we are the lucky ones, but still facing challenges with school districts, doctors and a diagnosis of Autism which leaves us not knowing what tomorrow is going to bring for him.