“Cowabunga”, Owen cries out. This always brings a little giggle to my day. I’m not sure what video he watched to learn this jewel, but nonetheless, it makes me smile. When Owen focuses on something all he can do is focus on that particular thing. I closed his bedroom door the other day, opening it to go in and out, but keeping it closed. This now has become his focus. I was getting no sleep at all with him waking up every night and coming to my bed. He has always slept better in my room. It’s darker, with brown walls, and there are probably other sensory reasons he likes it, so I’ve slowly been transitioning it to his room. He wants to sleep in “mommy’s bed” and we still call it mommy’s room, but now we have officially switched. He doesn’t understand that there’s now a dinosaur comforter on the bed instead of my bedding. It would take him hours to fall asleep in his old room and he’d still wake up almost every night coming to my room. Then it would take me hours to fall back asleep. In “mommy’s room” he sleeps more soundly and that’s what is important. I never dreamed I’d be switching rooms with him or that it could make this much of a difference, but with all his sensory needs I know it helps. I woke this morning with a terrible headache. I don’t get them like I used to, but here I was with a raging headache. Owen likes things loud, louder than loud, and he likes multiple things going at one time. I knew there was no way I could handle this so I tried to explain it to Owen. I sat with him, telling him mommy didn’t feel good, and that he had to work with mommy today. I explained about the volume and as the morning wore on he actually did really well and listened when I asked him to turn it back down. He came to me several times, getting close to my face, kissing me in the way he does, kind of an inch from my face, and I could tell he knew. It’s not always easy for him to express his emotions or explain how he is feeling, but today I could tell. Luckily, my head felt better as the day went on, but the weather has still kept my headache slightly hanging on. I’m thankful Owen was calm and he fell asleep quickly tonight. I like to sit and let the day wash away in the calm of the night. Some days my emotions wear me out, other days I get through them with lots of smiles and hugs. Today I’m thankful that my sweet baby O was happy. Find your happiness and share it with the world. 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.