I am not sure if Owen understands the days of the week, but I do know he understands his routine. He fell asleep easily last night, woke up very early, but it seems like he was almost sleepwalking to my bed. And then we slept for hours longer. He woke saying, “church” and hasn’t stopped asking for it since we got up. The dude knows what he likes and what’s important. This past week no less than ten times, each day we went over his schedule for the week. Talking about the days of the week, looking at his calendar, and when he will start back to school. His teacher is asked about every day. This will be his third year having her and then he transitions to another school and a new teacher. I can’t even imagine that yet, but I’m trying to embrace the preparation for it. Stoplights have become really hard for Owen. It was a particular one at first but then it has progressed to all of them needing to be green. And now it’s to the point, even if we are stopped for any reason in the car, he yells, “green”. He wants forward progress. There is a fine line of him being upset and us not moving that causes his meltdowns. I have to be on top of his emotions and keep mine in check too. I constantly try to distract him as we are approaching lights so a meltdown doesn’t happen. They can last for hours with him crying and screaming. Yesterday, as we were driving from bowling, I said to Owen, you have to get over the stoplights upsetting you. And I thought, no that’s wrong. I have to get over the stoplights upsetting Owen. I have to help him work through these feelings. I have to find ways to explain it to him and get him to understand why there are stoplights. This morning we have spent time watching kid’s videos about stoplights and what the colors mean. I’m hoping the songs will help him become something that helps him through this. The more I can expose him to how things work the more he becomes comfortable with it, but this isn’t a quick process. We have to go over it again and again for him to understand. Today and always we are a team. One day at a time and we are learning as we grow. Be inspired by the world around you. Let today be the stepping stone to your future. 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.