Last night as Owen was going to sleep he kept popping up in the bed and asking to paint. I knew it was the old ploy to stay up as long as possible, but I told him we would paint today. I always let him decide what he wants to paint. We use a hand over hand method with me lightly holding around his wrist to work on his fine motor skills. He helps me paint the backgrounds for our other paintings as well. After the background dried I asked him what he wanted to paint and he said, “baby red bird”. It’s from one of his favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes. I pulled up a picture of the bird and the smile washed across Owen’s face. Nothing makes me happier than seeing his smile. We finished his painting and he was off and running to the next activity. Me, I was thrilled. He doesn’t always want to paint and I don’t push. When he asks to paint it makes my heart soar. He was much happier with his lunch menu of shrimp than the dinner selection of chicken, but he’s eaten a lot of snacks today too. He’s been pretty calm. There have only been a few moments where he was upset and mostly it was because his tablet needed to be charged. The bathroom trips were with varied experiences, but in general, goals were met. His connections feel strong even though I am getting that come on mom look a lot today. I realize that he is reading more than I thought he was. He loves space videos and he was watching one about SpaceX. Before they said the name he said it like it was one word, including the X almost like a plural sound. It made me realize he is reading more words. He’s even played a few of his instruments as the day wore on. Another shirt has been destroyed, but he didn’t chew on the couch. I’m thankful for his growth, his smile, and those bright eyes that melt my heart every time. Find your inspiration, know that you can do great things, and be the change you want to see in the world. 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.