The adventures start early in the morning for us and seem to go late into the night. Owen couldn’t wait to get to school today. If he could go every day I think he would be happy. There is so much goodness being poured into my child at school it is amazing and wonderful. Two days in a row Owen has come home with words flowing and the actions to go with them. It is a lot for him to process everything he is learning and how to compartmentalize it with his daily routine. I stood in amazement as he stuck his fingers in the corner of his mouth like he was tugging on his smile and stuck out his tongue. I rejoiced in that moment. It’s a huge victory for my child to stick out his tongue. This is years in the making and all the steps clicked into place for him. He’s talking about spitting when we brush his teeth. “Don’t swallow de tooffpaste”, he says, like he has a mouth full of it. One after another the connections are coming. I’m sitting here with tears swelling in my eyes for these moments and how truly glorious they are. Life skills, my sweet baby O is learning life skills. We went to an appointment today and after meeting with the therapists she told Owen she had to go. He said, “I’m sad”. He’s been using the phrase “I’m happy” for weeks now and any other emotions are very hard for him to process so for him to tell her “I’m sad” made this momma very happy that he could express another portion of his heart and emotions. I asked Owen if he wanted to paint with me and he said, “you know you can say yes or no”. We've had this conversation a couple of times and I always tell him he has options. He wanted to paint an elephant made up of all kinds of shapes and he did a fabulous job. When he went to bed I showed him the new pillow I got him. I had put a different pillowcase on it to see if he would like it better. The other pillow he had was in a velvet pillowcase. I showed him both and let him choose which one he wanted. He put his head on the new one and said, “thank you”. The joys of today were amazing. Find your joy, share your story, and know that you can be the change. 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.