Owen stood there, the shrill sound beginning to form, his foot started tapping so his crinkled toes hit the floor, and he screams, “no shower today”. I was walking to my bedroom not even going to the bathroom. It happens to be in between our two rooms and is hard for him to handle. There are days he doesn’t focus on me going into the bathroom and other days he wants me to sit in the living room and not go in the bathroom at all. I thought this might change when he used it more himself, but his rules do not apply for me. For breakfast, Owen had shrimp after I asked him if he wanted waffles, French toast, or eggs. He requested “swrimp” for lunch, snack, and dinner. I let him have it again for dinner, but I made us chicken nachos for lunch. At first, he screamed because he wanted nothing to do with them. It was the first time I made them for him, plus he wanted shrimp. I told him he had to try the nachos and then after one bute he wanted a full plate of them. With his dinner shrimp, I made potato puffs, like a tater tot. Again something he didn’t even want on his plate, but I made him try one and he not only wanted more on his plate, saying “yum yum”, but he also finished them before his shrimp and was staring the ones down on my plate. When the oven went off for his shrimp we had been discussing that it takes a while to cook and they would be hot. He wanted them immediately and was getting upset they took so long. When the buzzer went off and he said, “I bet they are still hot” and I was excited about the connections he was making. His words flourished today and we worked on spelling. He spelled at least fifteen words, with very little help from me by sounding out the letters. And no screams from him for doing “work”. I love hearing him learn and growing. The journey for words has been a miracle in the making. One day at a time and him growing with each word. Sometimes I felt like he lost his words and it was a struggle for him to use them, but it was like he put those words on a shelf so he could learn something else and when he needed them he could use them. The journey is not always easy to explain, but the love sure is. Never give up on the miracle that will grow before your very eyes. Through challenges, the victories will emerge and greatness will happen. Keep pushing forward. 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.