Sometimes a few words can change everything about your day. And sometimes your day can change everything about you. I try to breathe and not show all of my emotions outward because they do not always sit well with Owen and he was having a great day. Today is one of those days I remind myself of how far he has come. The doctors told me he might not talk and I always told Owen he would. Some days, honestly, I begged him to talk. I sat holding him, telling him I believed in him, and he had to find a way to talk to me. I told him to find a different place in his brain to put his words. We worked on games that would keep his mind flowing and I reminded him that he is amazing and could accomplish anything. Today not only is he talking but he’s asking me for his snacks in French and translating words from one language to another. He asked Siri to pull up different phrases in Spanish and he then said them in French. One of the highlights of my day is when he asked Siri, “I want Owen in Spanish”. It brings tears to my eyes as I think back to that moment. He doesn’t always connect with his name and here he was asking Siri for himself, my sweet baby O. He giggled as she responded and my heart soared. He went on to ask Siri for, “happy and sad and angry and surprised in German”. I can tell his teacher is working with him on emotions and facial expressions. He looks at emotions now and will tell me what they are. He’s making connections and his world is blossoming. He said, “thank you” when unlocked a new feature in an app he was playing and I thought my boy has manners. It was a good day. It was a very emotional day for me and I would like to trade my plate in for a serving platter but when Owen smiles my world calms even for that second. Never give up. My miracle talks to me in not only words but more languages than I could even imagine. Believe in yourself, keep thinking positive, and reinvent the wheel. 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.