The words, the connections, the growth is outstanding today. This momma is proud, proud, proud. There are times I can’t understand the words Owen is trying to communicate. It can be because of his pronunciation, they are another language, or the words are not referencing what he is meaning. For a long time, he called his toes “birthday candle”. It was a great day when I finally figured that out. Today was one of those days where words were a mix of everything you could possibly imagine. “Seahorse come on see the horse”, he yelled in a singsong tone, almost like it was a song. Now I assumed it was “seahorse” but he could have been referencing seeing a horse in both instances. Later he was doing another one of his planking moves on the couch and his wobble chair and my daredevil sweet baby O said, “up up you can have fall no no don’t fall you gonna fall”. I heard some of my words flying back at me as he balanced himself across the spanse of the two objects. He wanted to drink water from a bottle. We have been practicing this but he took it to a whole new level today. He asked me for lemon. I had talked to him several months ago about how people like to drink water in different ways like room temperature, with ice, or even lemon. His memory is long and I was excited about the connection. He drank the water putting his fingers in his mouth occasionally, spitting out some, saying words I could not completely understand. He made himself burp and laughing, he said, “scuse me”. I’m thrilled that he understands the connection to excusing himself even if he did the burp on purpose. We worked on right and left again but he still isn’t making the connection. When we are in the car he always tells me to go right. The steps are huge and I know he’ll put it all together one day. He sang for me and played his instruments. He even stood at his microphone singing word for word Down This Road, the song written about our journey with autism. Thankful for his growth, thankful for today. Follow your heart, believe in your dreams, and show the world your smile. 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.