Back to the dark we go. For the last few days, Owen has not wanted the lights￼ on. When we wake up he generally runs to turn on the kitchen and living room lights but in the last few days he hasn’t wanted them on at all. We have gone back and forth with this over the years. He would prefer the lights to be off in all the rooms. Over the years it has caused more meltdowns than I can remember. If I walked into the bedroom to put something away and turned on the light screams would echo from the other room. Owen would come racing around the corner to turn the light off. There are still days he does this. His words were very strong compared to yesterday. He talked to me in more of a conversation form. He looked at all the language options one of his apps came in. He told me, “we speak engWish”. He went on telling me about German, French, and “es span you”. I believe he understands more languages than he speaks. Almost on cue, he brought me his tablet wanting me to find a Disney show in German. He wanted me to use the voice-activated option and I told him he would have to say it. He found the video he wanted to watch. It never stops to amaze me how much he comprehends in other languages. He didn’t eat that much all day but he asked for waffles for breakfast. I had already started making biscuits and gravy. He’s had them before and liked it. I told him if he didn’t want the biscuits and gravy I would fix him a waffle but he had to try the biscuits first. He took one sniff and ran. They were then met with huge screams and him running from me. I made him eat one bite and then he sat at the table devouring the food he screamed about. This is one of the reasons it is so hard for parents to keep expanding food choices for kids with sensory issues. It’s hard to make them try something when every single aspect of the food is scrutinized before eating it. Temperature, texture, color, shape, and the list goes on can all make it a challenge for my child to eat. I’m thankful he ate a huge breakfast. The journey is emotional, the smiles go straight to my soul, and all the emotions pack a punch but today we grew. Learn to take one day at a time, find your happiness, and make tomorrow matter. 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.