ProfileWho I am: My name is Lauren and I am many things. Simply first, I am a mom of 3 and a wife. I left a 10 year career as an interior designer to stay at home to care for my family, most notably for my son Brighton, who was born with Down syndrome. I work my tail off being home – I put in long hours, have a never-ending battle with a messy playroom, lots of laundry, more trips to Costco than I ever thought possible, and lots of therapy and doctors appointments – and I know this is what I need to be doing. Most of these things are the same for any parent, but with Brighton’s extra chromosome come some extra life lessons, trials and smiles, fears and loves, ups and downs, all of which I learn about and handle each day as it comes.

Things I love: my kids, my husband, baking, crafts, swimming, chocolate, boy bands, reading on the beach, a fresh notebook, pens, diner toast, the Gilded Age, Disney World (and most things Disney), hugs from my daughter Maddy, laughter from my daughter Goldie, and the smile my son Brighton gives only to me.

What I hope to share: People say to me all the time “I don’t know how you do it” and I say back “When it’s your kid, how do you not? I’m not going to not do it. So I do it.” I’d like to share what I do, how I do it, what I’ve learned, how I deal, how I fail, the scary parts, the amazing moments, how Brighton grows, what Brighton learns, what tools we use, where we find ideas, what life is like for us. Everyone’s story is unique and if our story helps someone, enlightens someone, supports someone, then that’s the goal. It’s nothing more than our day to day with Down syndrome.

My family: Tim and Lauren with kids (left to right) Brighton, Marigold, and Madeline