I can tell you right now there is not enough chocolate cake in the world. For that matter any cake, any cake will do. This past week has been emotional for me. After five years of waiting Owen finally has his spot open for the waiver program. But as they say, there’s always something. We are in a holding pattern to actually start the services and therapy he will be getting through the program. So we wait. One day at a time. I took Owen to visit his grandma for a few hours today. He loves going, but the car rides are generally difficult for him. He wants every stoplight to be green. And he voices his opinion about it. This can cause him a great amount of anxiety as we are driving. One of the lights I’ve labeled the meltdown light because many times it has taken hours away from our days. Sitting at that light completely and totally would shut him down. He would cry about it for hours after we got home. And it was a light that we couldn’t easily avoid, plus going other directions brought other emotions. We’ve worked through that light for the most part, but it’s only one part of the bigger traveling picture. I try to distract Owen through the lights. When he kept yelling for the light to be green I asked him to name five animals. He said, “elephant rhinoceros hippopotamus gorilla elephant”. I told him he said elephant twice and he quickly said, “chicken nuggets”. The boy’s got food on his brain. He’s had a great day. The hugs, the love, and the learning have been exactly what this momma needed today. ￼He’s eating shrimp that he requested for his snack along with chicken nuggets from a drive-thru even though we are home now and veggie straws while rapping with the Endless app’s version of Old MacDonald Had A Farm. I learn a lot from my sweet baby O and patience is at the top of the list. I try not to stay rooted in the past, but like to reflect where we’ve come from. This is the little boy the doctors told me might not talk. Not only is he talking, but he tells me he loves me and that he wants shrimp. Through the challenges, we walk together and find the smiles of tomorrow. Never give up. Miracles happen every day and mine makes this momma proud. Find your strength and keep moving 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.