I don’t think there is enough coffee in the world right now. The night seemed never-ending, the morning was hard, and then the calm happened and I was hoping it wasn’t before a storm. We played a new game after we ate our lunch, well after I ate my lunch. Owen’s lunch seemed never-ending today, one big day of food. He loves Old MacDonald and Peekaboo Barn so I thought I would look for barn toys. I found a balancing game that rocks and he has to stack the animals on top of the barn. At first, he was mad because everything kept crashing down, but I stayed positive and kept going. It took several tries to stack all the animals so they stayed, but he was overjoyed and then done once we did. He knocked them down, put them in the box, announced “all done”, and off he ran. Hey, I was happy for the interaction and the completion of the game. He was even excited about it being a barn and knowing all the animals. He was searching all over for the remote to the TV. I wasn’t sure what he was looking for, but as the moments wore on the squeal in his voice told me I had better figure it out. It took me a moment to see where it was, but then I realized it was under the TV stand. I wanted him to take directions to find it. This is extremely difficult for him. He understood the word table, but he associates that with the kitchen table so off he ran. I stopped him and told him to sit down on the floor. This was another frustrating process for him. I have to walk him through the motions without causing a meltdown. After a few more moments and my finger continuing to point exactly where he needed to look he saw it. Those steps were hard on him, but I also want him to be able to take directions and problem solve. I sit emotional most of the time, but showing my emotions makes it even harder on Owen and in turn myself. I got him to smile and that’s what matters. He hugged me a lot as the day wore on and he didn’t try to bite my hair or lick me so I was thankful for that. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Believe in yourself and make your dreams come true. 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.