There are days all you can do is walk through your emotions. As parents sometimes we forget we have to take care of ourselves as much as we have to give our all to our kids. Owen has been doing incredible the last few weeks and I’ve had one challenge after another. Sure he has moments but the growth has been incredible. I also see how the non-structure of the last few months has been extremely hard on him. Now that we are slowly introducing his routines back into his days I can see how it is helping him but I can also see the strain and anxiety it brings to him. He asks over and over for the same things to happen. It feels similar to how he used to want to go over his schedule but now the tone is a little more pleading and demanding. I’m so excited about how much he wants to read. He is starting to see the connections with the words and how we can use the words to pull up the videos he wants to see. Before he would run up to me, demanding I find a video without even truly showing it to me. It was in a paused state with the one frame showing and he wanted me to find it again. After months of me explaining that I had to see the name of the video or he had to play it he is finally wanting to read the caption words. I put my finger under each word sounding it out with him and we both get excited when he knows any of the words. There’s magic and wonder happening right before my eyes. Now if I could explain personal space to him that would be golden. I lost count how many times his toes were in my nose or close to it when we were sitting on the couch. One day at a time and today I’m celebrating his words. They feel like the biggest victory to me. Celebrate your victories no matter how big or small, count them all. Know that you are important and you are not alone. 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.