When the dude sleeps all night that is a party waiting to happen. Not sure when I started considering five in the morning all night long, but hey it works. He got into bed with me and was asleep quickly for another forty-five minutes. I stayed in bed as long as I could, trying to soak in the last few minutes of calm. I knew as soon as I flipped a light on Owen would scream. He loves going to school, asks for his teacher all hours of the day, wants to get ready, but the light stunts all forward progress. I turned it on and he was out of the bed in two point two seconds, screaming “no light”, turning off the light, and running back to bed. I told him to come back and turn the light on. He came, turned it on, and quickly turned it right back off. Technically he did exactly what I asked. I didn’t tell him to leave it on. I told him if he wanted to go to school he needed to get up and we had to get ready. He got up again, running past me, turning the living room light on, running back to the bedroom, and tried to turn the light on in my room. This is not as simple as flipping the switch, because at night I turn it off by the light pull. The screams happened again because the light wasn’t coming on. He jumped up and down on my bed, pulling the fan switch instead of the light chain, and this time laughter erupted. He loves jumping on my bed. The more emotions I show the more he will jump, or scream. I turned the light on. We were out the door a few minutes later. It was lightning and thundering all around us, so we had to take the car to the bus stop. He handled this like a champ. Some days this is not easy for him to process. He wants the bus and me driving him to the bus stop throws him off. The more we have to do it, the more it seems easier for him to understand. I get emotional about trying to find the right steps to help him. Every day I see growth, but I also see and feel the struggles of both of us. How can you cry and rejoice in the same breath. But you do. I push forward, I tell Owen I love him, and that we are a team. Live life 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.