“FantasSTick”, Owen said. I have to second that. He followed it up with awesome. He’s watching a video about the sounds of the alphabet. I always tell him he’s doing a fantastic job with his vocabulary and sounding words out, hoping and praying the encouragement keeps him going. He’s making huge connections to the sounds of letters and words. We are presently working on the “ch” sound and I am amazed at how he puts it all together. He will repeat the word peaches emphasizing the ch sound. He says, “peaEs ch ch ch”. Trying to learning how to say the word. I can’t get him to only say the word “peach”. If I ask him to repeat it he will either keep repeating the entire phrase or the ch sound. He is also making the connection to other words that have the same sound and turning those words into phrases with the extra sounds. He’s growing and learning. In chaos, Owen looks to find order. Once somewhere is established as the location that an object belongs, Owen thinks it should always go there until he doesn’t. These rules don’t apply to every object, but when it is set in motion it can be hard to change. For the longest time, a little yellow chair that goes to Owen’s table, sat in the middle of the living room floor. It had to be a certain direction. It couldn’t be the blue chair, nor the red, or the green. It was the yellow one. He walked around it angling his head to look at it. He talked to it, in words I never understood. And if it got moved it would be right back in the same position as soon as he could get it set right again. I lost count of the meltdowns he had because he couldn’t get the yellow chair in the right place. I didn’t know how to react or help him adjust to the movements of a chair in the middle of the floor. All I could do was hold my baby tighter, crying, and praying for solutions. I’m still learning as much as he is. We face these moments daily. He got upset because I moved his coat to get ready. I walked away, putting it down. We don’t need it quite yet, but I do need him calm. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Breathe, find your strength, and smile through your days. And the new year awaits. 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.