Owen woke in a confused state. He wanted his teacher, crying out for her, but yelling at me to stay in bed and wanting to know where his “bucket” was. He has a little tote that he likes to sleep with. It’s one of the items he cycles through. I call it his light catcher. It is hard-sided and has slats that he looks through, holding it, and moving his head back and forth catching the light. Sometimes he will cover one eye with his hand and move it back and forth really close to his face. Now he falls asleep holding it, underneath his “bwanket”. He wants his blanket and he wants me to put the blanket over him numerous times. He yells, “bwanket pwease” and the blanket is already on him. I try to calmly state that he has the blanket on him, but he still throws it off of him so I have to put it right back on him. It’s all part of the process. He will even cover himself up, but he still wants me to recover him. Some days he falls asleep quickly without any struggle and other days he needs to go through his routine repeatedly before he can fall asleep. My mind, body, and soul have to remain calm. He feels my emotions and those seem to work into his process. The calmer I am the quicker he falls asleep. I distracted him enough for me to get out of bed and get us dressed for him to go to school. He was happy as we waited for the bus and gave me many “big hugs”. Even through the process, there is progress. We learn, we grow, and we love. Owen is amazing. I think he teaches me more about life than I have taught him. You are amazing. Find your strength to keep pushing forward. 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.