I begged Owen to come to eat dinner with me. I could say the magic words, “I’m going to take your tablet” and he would hurry in as quickly as possible yelling, “tablet tablet”. But I wanted him to come on his own, I wanted him to be in the moment with me, I wanted to not feel so alone. The last month of one emotional rollercoaster after another has taken its toll on me. But who isn’t going through a hard time right now? I tried to stay focused and positive today. I think I was more sad and depleted. Owen is full-on energy most of the time, stating questions constantly, or repeating sounds as the day goes on. He wanted me to find a video that was already on his screen. Over the last few months, I have been trying a new strategy hoping it will help. I make sure he understands that I have to read the words of the video, that we can’t find it by knowing there is a cow on the screen, we have to know what the video is called. Now that he is reading more I’m having him sound out the words under the video he is trying to find. The key to this is that some of the videos he watches are in foreign languages. So not only does he want me to find videos but a lot of times they are from a foreign country. I still have him sound out the words with me. I’m amazed at how many he understands in numerous foreign languages. Owen is my extreme sensory seeker and he doesn’t understand how strong he actually is. He will take his head and push it into mine trying to get close to me but he doesn’t how much his head weighs, especially when it is boring into my head. I remind him about personal space but that isn’t something he really understands. One day at a time I remind myself. My baby read with me throughout the day, making my day as he did it each time. Never give up on the miracle right in front of you. Find your inspiration, be motivated, and now that you can soar to the skies if you set your mind to it. 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.