I think we both woke up a little cranky. I know I woke a lot sleepy but there are not enough hours in my day. How is that even possible but there just aren’t. Even though I think we were both cranky I saw a spark in Owen’s eyes and by the time he got to the bus he was ready to go see his beloved teacher. Riding on the bus is one of his top priorities as well. We stood at the bus stop and he was telling me which way the bus was going to go and he was also intermingling his words with other languages. He was pointing in the wrong direction and I asked him if he was sure his bus was going to go that way. He said, “nah not really” mimicking one of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters as he said it. When he talks I hear my words spilling out of his mouth, sometimes it’s a character he likes, or from a video he’s watched. I’m always amazed when his words are all his. Makes me thankful. It’s happening more and more now. It’s such a joy to hear his voice. We made chocolate chip cookies today. At first, he wanted nothing to do with it, screaming about wanting his tablet. I had to get past it. He truly knows how to get what he wants and I have to always walk the line as to whether it’s attitude or meltdown worthy. It is so easy to go either way. And I don’t want it to be a meltdown. When he saw the egg he was ready to make some cookies. He watches kids’ cooking shows and he loves them. He will tell me what they are doing so I knew he would like to make them. It was like he had been baking all his life. I had the ingredients all ready to go so that he could pour each one in. When I was getting the chocolate chips he took a bite of the cookie dough. I was shocked. One tiny bite was enough for him. I don’t even know that he got any off the whisk but he put it to his mouth. It brought me back to my own childhood. He’s not a big sweets eater and didn’t even want to try one of the cookies when they were done. The bite I gave him was quickly thrown away. I was thrilled to make cookies with him. I was glad that after the initial bump in the road he enjoyed making them with me. I started playing a game with him to try and teach him right and left since he struggles with it. I have him stand in a spot and then I tell him to go straight, once he reaches a hallway or a room I will tell him to go right or left, and then he moves forward. He still calls everything right mostly but he is going the directions I tell him so I think it’s starting to click. Progress is happening and I’m thankful for the steps he is taking. I sat eating our cookies tonight as I wrote about our day and it made the day even sweeter to my soul. Life isn’t always about how fast you get through the journey but about the steps you take to get there. 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.