At this present moment, I’m focusing on our growth and not my exhaustion, well I’m trying to focus on our growth and not my exhaustion. I woke around two and my bladder decided I had too much coffee the night before. I laid there trying to convince myself I didn’t need to go but there was no choice I had to go. Now the odds were not in my favor that Owen would sleep through me going to the bathroom. But I was hoping he would at least be calm when he woke. He passes our bathroom to get to my bedroom but depending on how asleep he is he won’t necessarily realize I’m out of my bed. The screaming started immediately. I had to calm him down quickly. He wanted his teacher, screaming her name, to start. I try not to even think about the fact that he goes to a new school and teacher next year. He moved on from his teacher, wanting to get up. Milk, bathroom, and tablet all the choices, rotating the order. Hours later we were still awake. When I thought we were on our way to being asleep he would start talking again. I think his exhaustion finally won and we got about an hour of uninterrupted sleep. And then he was ready to go bowling, not understanding it was a holiday. School breaks are hard on him. I explained to him that it was Thanksgiving but there’s no connection to it yet. We went to breakfast with our family. Meeting at a restaurant goes smoother for Owen. He has fewer expectations of what should be happening than when he is at someplace he is familiar with. Restaurants have their own set of rules we have to adapt with but each time we go he seems to enjoy it more; even asking some days, “let’s go eat”. I’m thankful for his growth. He sat at the restaurant eating his breakfast with a fork. The littlest of steps can be the hugest accomplishments. Celebrate in your way. Traditions start when are hearts are there. Put your heart into everything you do. Happiest of Thanksgivings to all. May your day be blessed with hope. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.