Owen ran past me, yelling, “let’s go potty let’s try it gotta go potty”. I can tell you any combination of those words send sparks of joy right to my heart. Potty training was a long and windy road, a long, long, long road. It was the kind of road I thought we would never get past the stop signs and detours but here we are and he’s potty trained. There’s still those occasional moments and then the screaming of not wanting to go but more extremely successful days than the opposite. I can’t tell you how many times I screamed out to God to give me strength. A sensory child and bodily functions are two things I never ever imagined would be so complex. And with that, I rejoice again the millions of steps forward on the potty party train. Owen has always had a hard time answering questions when I ask him something. We have to work through replies and what he might say. It seems like from day one I’ve been having two-sided conversations with him. I would ask him how his day was going or what his favorite color is. I would then follow it up with an answer. He’s starting to reply to more of my questions but not always with the answers I’m predicting. I asked him if he could say, hello in French. He replied, “hello in French”. I tried again with “hello in German. He said, “hello in German Siri”. I smiled. He spends countless amounts of time now asking Siri to say different words and phrases in all the languages he knows and some vegetables. He sings with Mickey and the gang in numerous languages, talking to Jake in French, and laughing hysterically at something that was said in German which makes me think he understands more than I can even imagine. I remind myself this is the little boy the doctors said might not talk. I remind myself of this because every day there are miracles that happen and every day I know Owen will continue to grow. I tell him every single day that he can accomplish anything he wants to if he sets his mind to it. He wanted to take one of his books to bed tonight. He laid there reading me a story about a dog and playing in the snow. He referenced throwing a frisbee with a neighbor’s dog and I thought today is a great day for the journey we are on. He’s taught me to be stronger and to keep moving forward. Find what makes you smile and go after your dreams. 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.