I think we about covered every emotion today and I know we asked Siri how many ways she could say banana, gorilla, and buffalo. Owen slept all night. I figured it would go two ways, he would or he wouldn’t sleep all night but I was guessing with how he was feeling he would. And he did. He woke at five and then miraculously I got another hour out of him. We’ve been working on him putting his shoes on by himself but it’s a struggle during the day because he gets very upset when we then don’t go someplace. He has low muscle tone in his arms and hands so pulling his socks on his feet is very difficult. I have him practice putting socks on a water bottle to try to strengthen his hands. It’s another reason that playing instruments and painting are so important to me, both will help to strengthen his muscles. I also realized that having one pair of shoes that he likes is really not wise. I’m trying to get several different ones now, even if it’s in other colors. He won’t wear slip-ons, boots, or sandals and we go back and forth on shoelaces and velcro so trying to find multiple pairs is difficult. Shoelaces become worrisome because they untie and velcro after a while flips up. Now when I have more shoes for him I will make him decide which ones he wants to wear, as I do with his clothes. Owen seemed to be feeling better today and he actually asked to blow his nose. He really didn’t blow it but I’m counting it as a victory because he asked and he wiped his face kind of near his nose. I call him by numerous nicknames, truly not thinking about how he connects or doesn’t connect with them. He started saying “hey” the other day so I would reply “hey boo boo” and that’s all it took. Now in moments of anxiousness, he yells out “hey” and if I don’t answer quickly enough he continues “hey boo boo hey”. It makes me smile thinking of all our interactions. I can see the more connections he’s making the more he is understanding how to communicate with me. I gave him key lime yogurt. I didn’t ask him which one he wanted because I wanted him to try it. He said, “not brown brown please”. I said, “do you want chocolate” and he replied, “no brown” but he ate the key lime, saying yum several times. What's funny he would eat one bite of yogurt and then a veggie straw. He got done and said, “let's take a bath”. I said, “how about we take it later”. This is where I can see his language skills increasing. He said, “how about now let's take it now”. I let him take his bath. For some reason, he likes the “warming screams” that come before the movies start. He will come to me, asking me to use the voice-activated option to look up the warning screens. I’m thankful for all his words and connections and today felt like a dream. His bus driver is helping us work on his anxiety with stoplights and not going the way he expects. I could hear all her explanations as he walked through the house talking about how it was safe to cross the railroad tracks and the directions they were going. I hear his words, I see his actions, and I know that his team of support and the love everyone pours into my child is what this momma’s heart could have only hoped for. His world is getting bigger and bigger and I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings. Let inspiration be your guide to make the world a better place. 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.