The unapproved clothes strikes again. I needed to take out the trash this morning so I put jeans on. When Owen realized what I had on he started screaming. I’m not supposed to wear jeans at home. I’m supposed to have on comfy clothes, home clothes. If I put on other clothes that means we are supposed to go someplace. He also has a hard time adjusting from shorts to pants. When the seasons change it takes him a while to understand that his pants no longer touch his shoes. He will try to pull the hem of his shorts down so that it covers his shoes. I sometimes wonder if I should keep him in pants all the time, but after a few weeks, he is okay with wearing shorts again. I think about his clothing and shoes. I always try to make sure his socks are on his feet pretty straight. He is only now beginning to be able to explain when things bother him so when I put his shoes and socks on him I always worry he won’t be able to tell me if there’s a rock in his shoe or his socks are bunched up. I take a deep breath and a swig of my coffee on that one. Even though his words are forming he still has a hard time explaining his needs and wants. He says, “birthday candle” when his toenails are bothering him and I only figured that out recently. I have to rejoice how far he has come in these moments of overwhelming sadness. “Wow wow amigos my name is Wubbzy”, Owen yelled out earlier today as he was watching a video in English. He will interchange words in many languages or sing English with a song that’s in a foreign language. It’s all one big language to him. He fell asleep in my arms tonight, requesting a “big hug”, after putting all the huge plastic dinosaurs in his bed. My sensory baby wanted to lay on top of them. I think I got all of them out so hopefully, he will get a good night’s sleep. Growing Owen is what we do, but I find that I’m growing and learning too. Find what inspires you, know that tomorrow is a brand new day, and your dreams can come true if you go after them. 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.