Owen is trying to master the word “peaches” and was saying it as he got in bed with me at one in the morning. He says it over and over and over again. It still sounds like pizza to me, but I think he understands that he isn’t saying the “ch” sound, so he will repeat that part of the word, but it still has the pizza sound. I can see and hear the progress though. He wants to work on his schoolwork all the time. I have downloaded the different apps that he uses at school and similar ones that have the same types of curriculum for him to work through. I can’t even imagine if he didn’t like going to school. I’m trying to prepare him for the transition he will have to his next school that is still almost nine months away. My mind spins with the fact that he will have to go through this process. I’ve heard great things about the new school and the teacher he will most likely have, but it’s still a process for him to change. Luckily, the routine of school will be the same and I think that is a big part of why he loves it so much. I never understood the impact of change until change happens. Owen has been singing a song about a “baNaNa” the last week, but every time I ask him if he wants one he stops in his tracks and says, “no”, almost with a pleading attached to it. The banana is one of those sensory-driven meltdown foods. If he sees one banana and it also depends on where he is and who has it, he will completely go into a meltdown. But he watches videos about bananas, sings about them, and even eats them if he doesn’t see me squish them into his food. He absolutely loves the taste of them, saying, “yum” as he eats them; not many foods get a “yum” after a bite. Through Owen’s eyes, I see the world in a whole new light. I try to find ways to navigate through his days without causing him more anxiety or meltdowns, but still, give him opportunities to grow and share his incredible smile. Find your inspiration, dance in the rain, and know that you are important. 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.