Owen slept until well after five. He was calm and listened to instructions when he came to me and he even laid with me a few more minutes before he started asking for his tablet. I made a deal with him that if he went to the potty he could have his tablet if he sat next to me or played in his tent. It worked, well, for another twenty minutes but hey I’ll take it. We had a busy Saturday planned. He was going to see his grandma for a few hours and then go to our beloved coffee shop and then off to bowling. The language train was plentiful this morning asking me for several videos in numerous languages. His language skills fascinate me. When we were getting dressed I had several pants and shorts options for him. I’m trying to get him to wear something else besides jeans or as he is calling them “blue pants”. I actually got a different pair on him but he quickly told me “no pants today” and off they went. So he brought me a pair of jeans that were in the still too big for him pile. I tried to explain that they were going to be too long, which he hates, but he insisted on wearing them. As soon as we put them on he realized his decision was not what he thought it was going to be and immediately wanted to take them off. I told him he needed to leave them on and they would be fine once he had his shoes on. This took some convincing but then he let me put his shoes on him. Selecting clothes now that he has an opinion can take a long time and he changes his mind. I want him to have options but I also want him to realize that when he makes a choice we need to follow through with it when we can. Finally off to grandma’s we went. He stayed there for a few hours and then we went to the coffee shop. He took a sip of his “coffee” and he said, “ahh so refreshing”. Then make him a special milkshake and he loves it. When we got to the bowling alley that dude was ready to bowl. We bowl together. He puts his fingers in the ball and then we throw it together. Occasionally he will try it on his own but gets upset when it doesn’t go that far. Well, today as soon as we were out of the gate he was mad because we weren’t getting strikes. He was about to have a huge meltdown and I told him he needed to learn how to throw it with more power. Luckily he calmed down after a few balls and he started telling me “we need more power”, my words coming out of his mouth. I talked to the guy at the bowling alley and he is going to help us find an instructor to work with him. He watches bowling all the time on YouTube, he plays bowling apps, and when we are bowling he tells me how many pins he knocked down and what’s left. He will even tell me about the players around him. He knows his stuff. When we left bowling he wanted “chicken nuggets french fries cheeseburger a new ice tea ice cream one apple pie”. He watches kids order this on YouTube and he decides what he wants. He didn’t want more than two tiny bites of the apple pie and none of the ice tea but he devoured the rest, even trying the sweet and sour sauce they put in our bag. I pray tonight is another great night of sleep after a very busy day. I’m thankful he mostly wore his glasses today, slightly bending them out of whack but I have to remember he’s mostly wearing them. Be inspired, be motivated, and then watch how your world changes. 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.