When we got home yesterday Owen ran through the house turning on the lights he wanted on, maybe needed on. He goes through stages where certain lights are good lights and other lights he screams about. He’s currently on the cycle where my bedroom light is the only one that can’t be on. All of the rest he runs through the house switching on. As the night progresses he will check to make sure that I haven’t switched them on or off incorrectly. My bedroom light can now be on for “a couple minute” without screams. But there’s an inspection process on how long I’m in there. He will stand at the doorway, chewing on his tablet if he has it in his hands, and his toes will start tapping the floor. I try to explain that mommy can be in her room with the lights on, but he makes it know that it is clearly not his preference. He had a very calm night, loud but calm. There really is no quiet time for us. Owen is full of sounds and constant energy. We hadn’t slept well the night before and many nights before that, so last night I was hoping for sleep, praying for sleep. The routine night went perfectly. Supplements, bath time, the right story, videos, music, and quick glorious sleep all happened as it should. And he slept in his bed until a little after four, coming to my bed and mostly sleeping two more hours. There’s some celebration going on in my own body, let me tell you. I think I was asleep by nine and not much derailed this train. I needed it. If we could have a couple more nights like that it would be amazing. He woke happy, I woke happy, and I was ready for any singing birds we might encounter. Sometimes I wish they would sing their happy tune later in the day. Owen was excited to go to school and after a tiny hitch in our giddy-up about driving to the bus stop, we walked and he couldn’t wait for the bus to arrive. He got on the bus, leaned down on the steps like he was hugging them and said, “I missed you”. My heart exploded with joy and I thought if we could love the world like my little boy shows his love it would be amazing. Tell someone you missed them today, show them you care about them, and know that you are loved. Today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it amazing. 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.