I’m feeling very blessed today. That darn stress still sits with me. I try to let it go but for some reason, it still hangs on or I hang on to it. I’m excited about the opportunities that keep coming to us. Owen is doing really well today. Not much sleep was had by us last night but he woke up with a great attitude. His words seem to be getting stronger but he still doesn’t always understand how to express himself. He will ask for food, drinks, and other essentials, sometimes, but he doesn’t know how to randomly ask for doing a certain activity he might want to do or telling me his favorite Disney character. He is still learning concepts and what it means to have a favorite food or color. I think his favorite food is veggie straws because he has loved eating them since he was a baby. I think it’s because it’s crunchy but maybe shrimp is now his favorite food. I explain that I have a favorite color and I ask him if he has a favorite color. I watched Owen eat his shrimp and somehow both of us were wearing it. He takes it in and out of his mouth rubbing it across his face, separating the batter from the shrimp devouring both in their own time. He’s my sensory child for sure. He’s been watching Christmas videos all afternoon and I wonder how he will handle Christmas this year. Presents aren’t a concept he understands and he doesn’t like the unwrapping of a gift. The gift is the packaging and all. He does better with something in a gift bag rather than it being in wrapping paper but he still doesn’t understand why he gets presents or what he would do with them. It’s something I’ve had to learn to deal with emotionally. Holidays and birthdays have always been fun for me. My mom always made them incredibly special so I wanted to do that for Owen but instead, holidays, presents, and parties can be overwhelming and stressful for him. But here we grow. His light is shining through to my heart and his smile warms my soul. I never imagined how much I would learn seeing the world through my child’s bright, beautiful blue eyes. It’s wonderful to watch him learn and thrive. You are important. Make sure you take a moment to explore your world and enjoy the little things for they are usually your biggest joys. 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.