There was not much sleep happening last night. Owen fell asleep close to ten but woke in the middle of the night requesting to go to school and wanting to play on his tablet. It took me over an hour to convince him to go back to sleep. I had only been asleep for about an hour when he woke up. It took me a while to fall back asleep after he did. One of his apps greets him when he comes back to play again. I was fascinated by how he opened it several times to hear his name. It took years for him to say his name and even have a slight connection with it. Tears float in my eyes remembering when he first said his name. Now I can see more of an understanding when I show him baby pictures of himself that it’s him. More tears try to escape. It’s an emotional journey for me. This is my baby and every step forward takes him to the amazing progress he is at now. I was trying to get Owen to take his bath but I was dragging my feet as much as he was. I wanted to keep watching him. He was trying to move like Goofy robot from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He was so excited and so animated. He doesn’t fully grasp how his body works so he was watching the characters move and he was jumping with them. I stood behind him, moving his arms in the more mechanical way they were doing it and he got even more animated. I positioned him hoping he would feel the more rigid movements as he jumped up and down and be able to do it himself. I finally said one more time and we had to get the bath started. I got him out of the tub and dried off. I love that he knows how to hang up his towel. It feels like such a victory for those life skills he needs. Never give up. Tomorrow is a brand new day and every step you make is a step forward to victory in this thing called life. 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.