Some days feel like smooth sailing even when there is every bump possible in the road. There were a lot of them. However, Owen slept all through the night and even a little later in the morning. He came into the kitchen just in time for my coffee. “Lose a toofth,” he said to me before I could even say good morning. He always says tooth with more of an F sound. He’s very concerned about his teeth and when they are falling out and growing in. His dentist explained he is probably more sensitive to every single move his teeth make and can feel it all. He wants me to constantly look in his mouth but he won’t open his mouth wide enough for me to look inside it. This goes back to body awareness and being able to associate opening his mouth with the request to open his mouth. When he looks in the mirror he is understanding how to open his mouth but he struggles with it when I say to him open your mouth. He will only open it a little sliver and stick his own finger in it. This is one of the reasons eating is so difficult for him. He is a sensory kiddo and loves certain textures of foods and others not so much. One of the things he loves to do is rub the food on his face or even in his toes. It takes a lot of effort to keep him concentrating on that way to eat. This morning as we were waiting for the bus he told me he wanted to run to the bridge flags. What he is referencing to is not that far away, yet he does not need to go to it by himself. I want him to know this is not an option for him to run away from me under any circumstance. I repeat to him often that he has to stay with mommy and have talked to him about safety. I got the call during the day that his vision therapy was canceled for today. I wasn’t sure how he was going to handle it but he did amazing when he came home from school. I told him as soon as we walked in the door that it had to be canceled and that we would see the doctor next Monday. I asked him if he wanted to go anywhere else and he said no “mommy dress.” This meant for me to change my clothes so that we would stay home. I watched him in amazement as he used one hand to move his milk to the other hand and then close the refrigerator door. It always makes me happy when he does things like this. The goal is to teach life skills and this is one of them. As he sat eating dinner, he went through wanting to wear all he had his glasses. He took off his clear glasses and asked for his yellow pair. I think it is because he doesn’t have a prescription in the yellow pair and with him being able to see close up but not far away. I think this makes a difference for the pair of glasses he requests. His appetite was huge tonight. He ate his snack when he came home and then he ate another snack. For dinner, he requested waffles he ate those and then he requested shrimp. He ate it all. Bathtime seems to be the trend lately and he was happy to have his bath. Night time came quickly and he was asleep only getting out of bed one time. Find your hope and know that tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.