Today’s our day. “Coffee shop den bowling den grandma”, Owen has already repeated multiple times. He knows our Saturday routine. He slept most of the night in his bed, coming to mine really early, but falling back to sleep and sleeping late. I’ll take it. He’s got another tooth loose and it is of great wiggle concern. Shake, shake, wiggle, wiggle, runs to me to show me what is happening. I try to explain to him it’s like the other three, telling him repeatedly to give it to me if it falls out. The first two I don’t know where they went. The third one I got to it before he did. He wanted to “fix de ball” by putting it back in his mouth. He kept trying to get it from me. We’ve been watching teeth videos, hoping that helps the process. I’m thankful he’s in such a great mood this morning. Although as the morning wears on I can tell he is in need of sensory input. He is currently under a blanket, squished into his beanbag pillow. His beloved coffee shop and bowling are up next. Happy, hyper, and needing input are where we are at. I’m excited about our adventure today and I’m excited because I’m going to eat all the foods. Well, at least Mexican or Italian and a latte. I met my weight loss goal. I’ll get right back on the fitness train, but today I’m celebrating. I’ll pay for it in the days to come because arthritis is a beast, but a today I celebrate me with a little hip hip hoorah. One of the hardest things is learning to be kind to ourselves. Self-care is more important than I ever realized. Staying focused on a goal is worth it. But also know that you are human and allow yourself to have those moments in time for you. Food has always been my life. I grew up working in an Italian bakery and my family had restaurants, plus they were all amazing cooks. I never realized the impact of food until I started learning about it for Owen. The food choices we make are life-changing. I watch Owen blossom when I took dairy and gluten out of his life. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Be motivated, be inspired, and be you. Make today matter. 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.