When you ask for a waffle for breakfast you better ask for a double round of “swrimp” for dinner. Owen wanted a waffle for breakfast. I was kinda surprised that shrimp wasn’t the request, but he sure made up for it with dinner. I made shrimp for dinner, he ate it all plus some rice, went to play, and five minutes later the “swrimp pwease” request came in. I asked him if he wanted several other things and they were all a no. Shrimp it was. And he ate almost all of them. As they say, the night is still young the five left on his plate will probably be gone in a couple of minutes if I had to guess. He is currently laughing hysterically about vegetables flying across the tv screen. His laughter is contagious and no matter what mood I’m in when I hear him laugh it instantly changes me. “Blanket blanket”, he yells to me. He’s sitting on his blanket and he wants me to cover him. He does this a lot. I was putting him to bed last night and he kept asking for his blanket that was pulled up around him. I’m not sure if he asks for the reassurance of it or if he needs me to do something else about it and doesn’t know how to ask for it. He has a body sock that he loves. He can get in and out of it easily, but generally wants me to help him. It gives him the input he seeks on so many days. He was full of emotions as the night wore on. The shrimp got eaten, the tears were shed, and the screams were robust. He laughs when he screams sometimes, thinking it’s hilarious if I show any type of emotion as he does it. He would scream and then run to me requesting his beloved “chocolate milk” that was already full in his glass. He kept trying to get the container out of the refrigerator to have me fill up his glass, but it was already full. I wonder if he was trying to process asking for milk or if there was something else he was trying to get me to understand. He gets frustrated when I don’t follow the steps he asks me to do, but I can’t always follow the steps when it’s something that has already been completed. And explaining it brought more requests from him. So we breathe. The smiles outweighed the emotions for both of us and we will keep moving forward. I’m thankful for the interactions that I had today with my sweet baby O. He felt more connected today than he did yesterday even though we both had a lot of emotions. Learning to let go of the things we cannot change can be hard, but remember we can be the change we want to see in the world. Find your happiness, share your smile, and the rest will follow. 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.