Owen boarded the progress train and he was chug chug chugging through this day. My boy pointed. He pointed at something and he did it over and over and over again. Tears float in my eyes again as I think about it. I like to play I spy and other games with him trying to promote interactions. This morning I was playing with him and pointing to the items I found. He pointed. First with his left hand and then his right and he kept going. He said, “I pointed at that”. This is something we have been working on for years and here he is pointing. My boy is pointing. When I ask Owen questions he generally says, “no” and if he doesn’t answer with a straight no he will say, “yes and no”. Today he simply said, “yes”. I let him try hot chocolate. I didn’t know if he would like it because of it being hotter than what he is used to. I asked him if he liked it and he said, “yes”, coming back to get two sips. I asked him if he wanted more and he yelled, “no” and started screaming. This happens a lot. He will try food and then it takes him a while to process if he likes it. I can tell if I shouldn’t even push it. He will have an immediate gag reflex and this doesn’t even have to be with the food he is trying but can be with my food as well. One step at a time I remind myself. He helped me make smoothies tonight. When I told him we were going to make them he immediately pulled up the kids’ cooking show videos he likes to watch. He told me that I needed “yogurt”. I got out the ingredients put everything in the blender and then he started screaming because he knew it was going to make noise. Some noises even though he doesn’t like them he will tolerate them or scream with it. Other noises he says he doesn’t like but he wants to actually hear the noise. The blender is one of them. I had him push the button. He kept yelling, “turn it off” but he was in control the whole time. I’m counting this is another huge victory for our day. Never ever give up. My sweet baby O is amazing and growing every day. He’s the little boy the doctors told me might not talk. Not only is he talking but he is starting to tell me his likes and dislikes and my boy is pointing. Point to the sky, dream of your success, and know that the amazing you can soar. 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.