Owen slept until almost five, I’ll take it, before getting into bed with me. And then sleeping again until almost six. No sleep for days may have finally caught up with him, and me. He was very anxious this morning. When he gets something in his mind it is hard to convince him to move on to something else. I get caught in it myself. He has been saying, “no post office today I’m not going to the post office today”, for months now. He says it multiple times, sometimes repeating it off, and on for hours at a time. I’ll catch myself repeating this phrase, without even thinking about it. The other day I distracted him from the phrase, only to start saying it myself. When he starts repeating things I will repeat, “I love you” back to him, trying to turn his focus, hoping that he will concentrate on my words. Sometimes he laughs, calming him down, because I am repeating the words at the same time with him. And other times I stop, because I can tell I have to try a different strategy. If he is still repeating phrases I will start asking him questions to redirect him. If he is getting upset I have him count to ten, and then I ask him to name things live five colors. It’s all about trying to prevent the meltdown happening. I have to stay on my toes constantly, hoping to stay one step ahead of the meltdowns. When I picked him up from the bus stop he was happy. The bus driver, and aide both said he talked all the way home about seeing mommy. I’m thankful that Owen has so many wonderful people helping him grow. Both the morning, and afternoon bus drivers, and aides take such great care of Owen; truly paying attention to my son’s needs. There’s no greater joy than seeing my son happy. His smile is my motivation. Find your motivation, go after your dreams, and watch the your world grow. 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.