It’s coat weather. My heart skips a little beat thinking about it. I love the cooler weather but preparing Owen for the change in seasons is not easy on him. When I start wearing sweatpants around the house and long sleeves this alone is enough to set a meltdown in motion. I’m supposed to be wearing shorts. I’ve been trying to change it up a little more for him and wear other clothes at home so that it’s the unexpected sometimes. This does not always go over well and he will say, “momma change” over and over again until I do. If I don’t that may lead to a meltdown too. The change in his clothes is also difficult for him. When I put jeans on him he immediately starts pulling his pants’ leg up and down to cover over his shoes. He does better with shirts but preferably over his head. He has gotten really good at being able to put his arms through and pull his shirt down. When he has to put on a jacket or shirt that doesn’t go over his head I can see him go into sensory overload really quickly. His hands curl up and his elbows become plastered to the side of him. I have to convince him to stick his hands through the sleeves. If it’s a jacket with a zipper the process to find the right spot for the zipper is hard for him. He is learning to pull the zipper up and down but he can’t settle if it isn’t exactly where he wants it to be. Buttons on clothes cause their own set of interesting moments and my sensor seeker likes to chew on both buttons and zippers. When spring comes around all of these moments are like in reverse order, him looking for ways to adjust his clothing as well. One day at a time I remind myself and look at how far he has come. Every day I see changes and growth and I know tomorrow is a brand new day. You are stronger than you can even imagine. Let yesterday go and focus on the brand new 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.