I saw Owen actually jump over a shoe with his two feet jumping at the same time. I instantly started crying. There was so much goodness packed into that one moment I couldn’t contain my excitement. For him to be aware something was there in itself was incredible and then to jump over it the way he did made the tears flow. He doesn’t always pay attention to his surroundings. And he doesn’t understand when I tell him to watch out or look on the floor. We go through this every day when I ask him to bring his shoes to me and put them on the floor, instead he puts them on the couch. He jumps all the time. It’s one of his stimming moves but to jump with both feet over something was incredible. I wanted to see if he could jump over a book when I asked him to. At first, he didn’t understand the instructions and so I asked him to walk over the item. I held his hands and we practiced walking over the book. He didn’t understand so we worked through it several times. Once he got that I then had him jump over the book. I held his hands and basically picked him up through the motions. He had not been completely on board with all this until I picked him up to jump. Once he realized he was flying through the air he wanted to do it over and over again. I set up our little obstacle course of books, baby wipes, and pens and he went to town jumping over it all. He ran around jumping for over fifteen minutes, never seeming to tire of what he was doing. This was a huge day for him and a bigger day for me. There are no words to describe the excitement of watching your child achieve his goals. The victories are loud and clear today. I’m thankful for my miracle that shows me every day how to never give up. Celebrate your victories no matter how big or small they are, enjoy them all. 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.