I heard Owen in the living room around five. I thought maybe he’d lay down on the couch and fall back asleep. I was surprised he hadn’t come to me yet. But then he started screaming. I got to him as quickly as I could. “Bumped his head”, he was yelling but it turns out it was Alexa, not him. He had been talking to her and somehow he turned the device upside down. This was enough to send him into a meltdown. I was able to distract him and luckily that moved him forward. I’m not quite sure how he does it but he has it so the device will talk to him in Spanish and then he asks it how to say things in all the languages he can think of. He says, “monkeys peel a banana in Portuguese say it slowly”. He laughs when she responds. He moves on asking her the same thing in German and Arabic. He says, “say it” mimicking me. I try to get him to repeat the words Alexa has said in the other languages. He doesn’t always repeat them but I’m still amazed at how much he knows and retains. Once Alexa bumped her head there was no going back to sleep for us. I tried but he kept coming to me and asking me to find things on his tablet. He truly can find every single thing that could ever be put on the internet I believe but he still wants my help. He likes me to read the captions. We went out for a little while today and when he was in the car he did really well. No meltdowns for him or me. He now has it on his mind about how lamp and lamb are the same words except the last letter. He has to go through all the steps. He says, “lamp lamb light not a baa baa is not a cow cow mows the grass no cow mows the grass baa is a lawnmower”. Then I have to ask him the difference between the two and he says, “not the lawnmower a lamp the light what’s the big idea”. This can go on and on and sometimes if I don’t get my part right it circles back around. He has several things intertwined together when he is referencing it all. He has been watching several of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes again that he really likes and I think this has him thinking about a sheep robot lawnmower. We finished out the day with smiles and hugs. He had played music for me earlier in the day and we sang lots of songs. I’m on to him though. He asked for “chocolate milk in cup please” but he didn’t drink it. He wants me to get him chocolate milk so it delays bedtime. I’m thankful for our smiles, music, and growing together. Never give up on the miracles yet to happen. Believe me, I hug mine every day and tell him how much I love him. 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.