I wonder sometimes how many times one can wake in the middle of the night. I fell asleep early with Owen, well early for me but then woke up by midnight. And then it seems like a thousand other times. Something so simple as a printer problem can cause hours of bewilderment and sleeplessness. I figured out that Owen is starting to understand that when we touch or he does something like put on his jacket it can shock him. I’m trying to find ways to explain electricity in our bodies and why we shock each other. He seems very fascinated by it and even sticks out his finger testing if he will get shocked. I told him it was called “shock”. I actually think this is helping him work through it. He says, “shock” to me when he is about to touch me. I remember as a kid trying to shock my brother. It didn’t take much for me to create the charge. Now I see all kinds of questions running across Owen’s face when it happens and I have to find a way to connect it all for him. He turned the tv on really loud to the volume setting twenty. I said if he could say twenty in Italian he could leave it on that number. Not only did he say it but he said other words and lost me at twenty in Italian. This momma might need to learn a few more languages. I ask him questions about what he did for the day. I want him to make the connections to his day and to learn those communication skills. I ask him questions like what did he have for breakfast or what his favorite color is. He doesn’t answer me but I know it is only a matter of time. I tell him that he is amazing and that he has accomplished great strides already. I want him to know I believe in him and he should believe in all his hopes and dreams. Never give up on the miracles yet to come. 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.