Owen didn’t sleep through the night and I was too tired to even attempt to get him back into his bed. Then he woke early and was ready for his day. Me, I was cranky. I couldn’t fall asleep last night even though I was exhausted. I kept thinking about our day. Owen was super exhausted when we went to see the horses but he still had a great time. It was hard on him but also a wonderful learning experience. He screams a lot, squeals often, and talks loudly sometimes. I’m trying to work with him on breathing techniques and calming himself. Horses, like other animals, and people, do not always like loud noises. He couldn’t understand why the horses weren’t coming to him as much but he kept making lots of noises. I tried to explain it to him. I stood there next to him talking to him about respecting the horses and we were in their territory. It’s a hard concept but as time went on he was calmer, quieter, and didn’t want to leave. I told him that he was doing really well and the horses appreciated it. I thanked the horse for coming to talk to us so Owen would understand that it was a big deal and respectful to the horse. He was supposed to go to therapy after the horses yesterday but he got sick to his stomach almost immediately after drinking whole milk. I had gotten a kid’s meal and it had chocolate milk with it. I started him back on almond milk hoping it would help his screaming and meltdowns. I didn’t think about it when I gave him the meal that his stomach still has a hard time with dairy. As soon as he went to the bathroom he felt better and showed no other signs of feeling bad. And today about mid-morning I heard the change in him. He started sounding nasally and sneezing. It seems like every year he gets allergies about this time of year. Hopefully, it goes away quickly and doesn’t turn into an ear infection. If he isn’t better by Monday I’ll take him to the doctor to make sure he doesn’t need antibiotics. When we were in the car he was talking in monkey. He watches a video from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse where Goofy talks to the monkeys and translates. Owen was saying both parts of the conversation. Later he was watching the “pirate puzzles in Espanol tonight on Disney sooner”. When Skully came on the screen he said, “ahoy maybes”. And with that, my boy made my day. He is learning and growing, and I pray he sleeps tonight and feels better tomorrow so we can go bowling. Miracles do happen every day. I am so glad I get to see mine smile. Never give up on the hope for tomorrow. 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.