The sleep, slept, sleepless nights get ya. One night Owen sleeps well, the next night it feels like a herd of elephants are crashing through our house. He got into my bed before two. I could tell he needed sensory input. He completely pushed his body into my back, nestling in for a long winter’s nap, that only lasted for five minutes, and he moved again. He was very chatty, even if it was in his sleep. The usual conversations were had; his teacher, milk, his tablet, and crackers, were all things he wanted right away. Luckily, I got him back to sleep, even if it was only for a few hours. When we got up he was calm. I was waiting for the screams. I have to keep myself prepared for them, but they didn’t come. He was full of words this morning, and wanted to interact with me. As we were walking to the bus stop, he was full of songs. Once we got to the bus stop, he was asking for hugs, still needing input, and for high fives. He moved on to talking about numbers, and animals. He was excited, and animated. This is how I like to start our days. It made me happy. I told him when the bus got there to say “hello everyone how are you”. He repeated it back to me a couple of times, as the bus approached. He walked up the steps to the bus, and he said, “good morning everybody how are ewe”. My heart leapt for joy. His words, his voice, his tones. These words are important for him. He is learning to express himself, and finding his voice will open more, and more doors for him. The joy of those words means he will be able to tell me when he hurts, and when he feels amazing. I hang on to the moments when he can use his words, instead of singing “momma called de doctor and de doctor said” for me to understand he is sick. I’m thankful he found a way to tell me he was sick, but I rejoice in knowing my baby is growing. Know today is a stepping stone for tomorrow. Find your motivation, and know that great things are possible if you believe. 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.