“Donut mocha coffee and tea tea tea”, Owen walked up to me, and said. Okay, so I talk a lot about food, and especially all of the things he listed, but it really made me ponder, how he came up with that order. He loves watching the cooking shows on the Disney Junior channel, and any other ones he can find on YouTube Kids. He plays several kid apps that have to make coffee, or food. He will say, “coffee is done”, like in the apps. I started taking him to the coffee shop, so he could see the steps in real life; now he asks to go all the time. I couldn’t sleep last night, I kept waking up as soon as I’d fall asleep. Somewhere around two, Owen got into bed with me. Not much sleep after that for me, and he seemed to toss, and turn, as well. When he woke, he immediately started asking for his teacher. I told him it was Sunday, so then it changed to church. We thrive on routine. We still had many hours until we could go, but he was ready. He had a great morning, we came home from church, and he ate a huge lunch; then he got it in his head that he wanted to take a bath, and go to bed. Bath, yes, I think he wanted that, but bed, he was only saying that because it’s what follows a bath, generally. When Owen wants to do something, he repeats the words over, and over, and over again. “Let’s take a baff”, “baff it’s baff time”, “I want to take a baff pwease”, and “baff baff baff baff baff”, are a few of the phrases that he repeated for over two hours, throwing in bedtime occasionally. I try to explain to him that he can’t repeat things constantly, that he needs to work through those moments, but he still doesn’t understand anything besides instant gratification. I have to breathe. He then resorted to “when de timer goes off you can have baff time you can have it”; overemphasizing the word “can”, meaning he really wanted it. At this point he changed to asking about painting. He figured if he “finished de work you can take a baff” might work. So, he’s had his bath, and the minute he got out, he asked, “wanna take a baff”. To say the least my dude likes water, and I’ve got him signed up for swimming lessons. I used to think it was all about growing Owen, and it is, but I see where it’s about my own personal growth, as well. My emotions run thick some days. Today, I’ve tried to be strong, but I feel like my own epic meltdown will happen after he goes to bed. Learn to let go of yesterday, find strength in yourself, and make tomorrow your best day yet. 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.