Owen is watching snowball videos, mixed with many other ones, but he keeps going back to the snowballs. We had snow yesterday. When we got home, he asked for “snowball” on his tablet. I am not sure if he made the connection to the snow, or if there was another reason he wanted to see it. He touched the snow a couple times, sending out a mixed scream of delight and angst. I understood the sentiment. At some point during the night he got in bed with me. But when I say got in bed with me, I almost missed him. He laid at the very bottom of my bed, in the corner. I woke, hearing a noise, I got up; it must have been him getting into bed with me that I heard. I moved him up further in the bed, where he promptly took over the entire bed, and no more sleep for me. He woke happy, and ready to go bowling. I’m so thankful that he loves bowling. He asks to go every day, along with church, and school. He thrives in the routine of it all. I told him that we would go bowling after he finished his breakfast. I’m excited to go, too. His determination, and focus are incredible when he is bowling. He loves watching the other bowlers, as well. The screaming is in rare form today; using it more as an attention getter. One thing at a time I tell myself, knowing the more I focus on it the more he will do it. He’s trying to say many more words, and use them in sentences. He will stick with a certain phrase, or sentence, and then after he gets comfortable with it, he tries to add new words to it. It’s really amazing to watch his progress. He would say, “we went to church”. Now he is changing the word “church” to “bowling”, or something else. Some days I can see such clarity in what he is doing, and saying; other days I see the struggle he goes through to respond to me at all. He mimics sounds to express himself when he can’t find the words. Today I’m thankful for his growth, and I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings. There is hope in tomorrow, always keep pushing forward, and now that all things are possible. 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.