Have you seen an octopus open the floodgates holding a pizza singing karaoke while juggling a porcupine, bear, and tractor? Well, that’s how our morning went. And Owen put his own pants on because he wanted to go to church. I can’t even explain the exhaustion and joy I feel right at this moment. Owen slept until four, so hey that was progress. He woke asking for milk, which really meant his tablet, but was pretty much ready to do anything so we could go to church. The dude was beyond hyper and very animated. I’m was beyond slow and extremely cranky. We have been working on Owen dressing himself for years. His shirts he’s been able to do for a while but putting pants on requires a lot more dexterity. Holding the pants alone was something that took him years to be able to accomplish. Holding something with his hands isn’t something that comes naturally for Owen, especially when it involves clamping his fingers around the fabric. The weight of the pants hanging from his hands causes him to drop them before he even has a grip on them. But today he did it. He got one leg in of the sweatpants and had to get the other one in. He tried several times, even putting both legs in the same hole at one point but he was able to do it. I helped him get his leg out of the same hole and told him that he had to put his pants on so we could go to church. Now, why didn’t I think of this motivation before. He grabbed the waist of the pants and put that leg right in, repeating church and one of the people’s names he couldn’t wait to see. This momma needed this today. It was a huge victory for Owen, years in the making. It took him about twenty minutes to put his pants on this morning, but I knew he could do it. Never give up. I asked Owen if he wanted chicken or pizza for lunch. He replied, “ I want fish pwease”. Today was made for victories, count them one by one. Every step forward is a step, take a step today. 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.