Owen had one of his best days yet during our quarantined journey so far. With that being said he had his moments, but I think I had more. I just wasn’t feeling great today. Everything was a struggle for me. No fever or that kind of thing, just my usual mix of thyroid fun with a side of arthritis and hemihypertrophy. Owen and I laughed a lot. He wanted to actually play with some of his toys, which he never does with me. We played basketball for close to an hour. I missed a basket at one point and he said, “you missed good job”. I had to laugh. I wonder if he ever realizes how funny he is. We sang a lot of songs, he played his drums, and while he was watching a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode he asked for a horn. There was a trumpet they were playing and he wanted one. I love how much he is into music. It truly makes me happy to hear him requesting a musical instrument or wanting to play the ones we have. I try to encourage him to play his drum and other instruments to work on his fine motor skills and dexterity. We painted together as well. He’s been asking more often to paint his own designs and not only the backgrounds with me. He felt more grownup to me. He was talking to me with more words, even though he still made a lot of his sensory noises. He even got the milk carton out of the refrigerator several times and gave it to me to fill his cup. I asked him if he wanted “shrimp, chicken, or a corndog” for lunch and he said fish. For dinner, I changed it up a little and asked if he wanted “shrimp, pizza, or a corndog”. He said fish again. Hey, he’s telling me what he wants I’m going to fix it. And he ate great today. The best party of the day though was dry underwear. That in itself was the victory of the day. It seems like I asked him a thousand times and made him go more than that, but he made it through his day. I told him many times that he was doing a fantastic job and he should be very proud of himself. He was king of repeat with his words, but I can tell when they are for a purpose and when he wants to push my buttons. Today’s were the button-pushing variety. The more I tried to ignore him the more he got right in my face, repeating the same words over and over. Ignoring the words and actions bring around other behaviors like his new favorite one, the act of sounding like he is hyperventilating. This was also thanks to a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode and at this time causes me almost to hyperventilate before I realize he is acting the part. All and all there were many more positive parts than anything else and the key was Owen was happy. Find your joy even in the rain because the sun will shine again. Know that tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. 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.