“Scuse me”, Owen said after he made a burping sound. I think I might have gasped. I was totally taken off guard and beyond over the moon that he got it. He got it. He understood that he burped and we were sitting at the dinner table so he said, excuse me. I always tell him that you are supposed to say that if your body makes certain noises. I also explain to him that people will tell him “bless you” or some form of it when he sneezes and that he can say it to someone when they sneeze. There are so many underlying rules that I get lost in trying to explain how they work to Owen. But here he is growing and learning and making his momma’s heart soar with pride. When I was giving him his bath I asked him to spell words with me. His response is always “no” when we first start but I always try anyways. I asked him to spell “bath” first. He was not into it but with me sounding out each letter he spelled it for me. I moved on to “water” and he answered slowly but got the letters right. I kept going. “Soap”, I said. And there he went again. I tried “bubbles” but I think I was one word past my luck. He spelled it but it was with me saying the letters. It didn’t even really matter my dude spelled three words while taking his bath, and not really upset about it. These are the moments I rejoice, I reflect, and I praise God. The doctors told me Owen might not talk, I know they have to explain this but it’s still hard to hear. But I told Owen I knew he would be able talk. I tell him every day he is amazing. I want him to believe in himself and know that he accomplish anything if he sets his mind to it. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Yesterday does not have to control your future. 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.