Some days we float through them pretty seamlessly, today was one of those days. I absolutely tried to do nothing that would rock the boat. We had a few little moments, but in general we stayed above water. His words are becoming stronger every day. He doesn’t grasp that the voice-activated option on his tablet will understand most of his words now. He still brings it to me, putting it either in my face, or on my hands no matter what else I might be holding or doing, and then say the words he wants me to say to his tablet. The even harder part about this is generally he was watching the exact video he wants me to find, but for some reason he decided years ago that he needed me to find it this way. This is where the loop begins. If I can’t understand his words or I ask for the wrong thing it can quickly spiral to a meltdown. He says, “oops try again” every time I get it wrong. But then what he does is goes right to the history and pull up the video that we couldn’t find by the voice-activated option. This doesn’t happen quite as much now that his words are becoming clearer but it’s still something we go through. He also asks for videos in other languages. He listens to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in numerous languages, singing away to the words without missing a beat. All languages are one big language soup for him. He has no concept or boundaries that he shouldn’t be able to use all of them. And I have absolutely no way to gauge what he knows. I know that he laughs at the same episodes in multiple languages, laughing in the same spots. He will sing the English version while another language is playing or he might sing another language while the English show is on. Sometimes I think this is why he has a hard time using certain letters in the English language. The word “jump” is more like “sump” and when he tries to say words that have an “L” in them it depends on the position of where the letter is if he can say it. The day was filled with love, laughter, and hugs that generally were sought because he wanted to bite my hair. When my baby has a happy heart he has a happy momma. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Dream the possible dream and make it happen. You can do anything if you set your mind to it. 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.