Not much sleep but hey we’ve had a pretty calm day. And lots and lots and lots of coffee for one of us. I listened to Owen ask Alexa for different songs on his own. That will never get old. He told himself numerous times, “say it slowly”. He would then repeat his words and change his voice to say them more clearly. I love how strong his voice is becoming. I begged God for his words to come very early on. I was told numerous times by numerous doctors he might not talk and each time I talked with God. Words are not easy for my little boy but boy oh boy is he getting the hang of it. The words don’t always connect to the object or expressions he is talking about but I have learned over the years that he will reference them the same way. I was always concerned that he wouldn’t be able to tell me if his socks were bothering him or his shoe was not on correctly but as time went on he was using his own words to tell me what he needed. “Birthday candle”, he would say. I realized he was talking about his toes. Once I figured that out it was both a glorious moment and one that I took very hard. I wondered how many other words I had missed or not understood what he was saying because his word didn’t match what I was expecting. I had to let it go and not be hard on myself. I looked up to see Owen watching the tv upside down. He was standing up and had dropped his head down so he could look at it from that angle. It always fascinated me how he needs to see the world in every direction. Today was therapy day. “I go to therapy”, he reminded me numerous times. I was thankful he wanted to go after yesterday. He also reminded me, “no petting zoo today”. But when we left therapy he mentioned the petting zoo numerous times. I told him we could go and he said, “nopedy nope no petting zoo today”. We have to build up to these things. The highlight of the day though was no meltdowns, very few driving directions were given to me, and he asked to go get “chicken nuggets french fries chocolate milk ice coffee”. I like how he switched it to ice coffee for me. We worked on our breathing and I reminded him about playing his game to help regulate his emotions. Today felt like many little victories. He’s been calm, I’ve been calm, and together we will get through this. The great ending to our day had Owen singing out “toemaytoe tamatoe” like how you say the difference and who knows where he heard that but I am thankful for that little gem. Sing out into the world and rejoice in your victories. 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.