Sometimes you gotta roll with the punches, even when those punches hit you right in the gut. Not everything goes according to plan and sometimes the new plan is even better, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Owen has been listening more to instructions. Sometimes I have to pepper them with rewards, but he is paying more attention to what I’m asking him to do. We are up and down with food choices again it seems like he is doing better about eating his meals, but I have to stay on him to actually sit and eat. Some days he is willing to try new foods and other days they quickly get thrown across the room. I tell myself I have to keep trying though. He’s now drinking banana almond milk. I started mixing it in with his chocolate milk and then slowly reversing the amount of each helped the process. Chocolate milk is about the only thing that Owen likes that is sweet. When I introduce foods to him, depending on what it is, I’ll give him half of the food he is used to and half of the food I want to introduce. And sometimes I say, here take a bite. I have to judge his mood and what’s going on around us. There are foods I know he will like if I can get him to take that first successful bite. That’s the key. When he asks for more of something I feel like we have won a big race. He’s having a great day, full of words, and interactions. I’m thankful for these moments. I love watching him figure things out. The more words he learns the more I see him trying new things. He always has me say the words for the voice-activated option on his tablet, but now his voice is strong enough and he is pronouncing the words so his tablet understands him. The excitement that runs through him makes me happy. Every day is a new day and I’m thankful for what’s yet to come. He came to me saying, “big hug” and I’ll take it. My sweet baby O is amazing and his smile melts my heart. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Let yesterday go and embrace tomorrow. 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.