I was thankful after the initial getting out of bed multiple times Owen slept through the night. The morning felt like a rollercoaster. He slept until six and then he wanted to play on his tablet. I was able to have a whole conversation with him before he ran off to play though. I try to get him to interact with me so that he understands more about conversations. His words are becoming more fluid but conversations are not as easy for him. We are all still trying to get him to answer correctly the first time. When he tries to explain something he has to work through it. If he’s looking at a dog, he will call it a cat or if he’s looking at a red car, he will say it’s a yellow car. I’m not sure why the first answer is generally never correct. I’m not sure if it’s reactionary or if he is trying to process it and that’s why he can’t say the correct answer the first time. I asked him several times over the morning if he wanted to go bowling, and each time he said no. On Saturdays, if we don’t go early there are times they have league bowlers and they take up all the lanes. I said to him that if we didn’t go early, we wouldn’t be able to go bowling today so I asked him one more time if he wanted to go. He said, “bowling bowling.” I told him then we needed to get dressed right then. He didn’t hesitate this time. He’s been asking about his other pair of sneakers lately and each time I tell him he can wear whichever pair he wants to wear. I didn’t think he liked the sneakers because he never wanted to wear them when I first got them for him. After all, they weren’t blue enough I thought. Both pairs of his sneakers sit by the door on the shoe rack and he can choose which ones he wants to wear. I showed him where the other pair was and he chose to wear them today. He was excited about going bowling and he did well while we were there. He’s getting close to being able to throw the ball himself but for now, we still bowl together. I help him throw the ball down the lane but he is now carrying the ball to the lane and I know it won’t be long until he’s doing it all on his own. When we left there, he wanted to drive by the depot which now I found out is really the blue house near the depot that he wants to see, and technically I think it’s the little metal shed near the house that he wants to see. When we got home, it seems like we ate constantly until bedtime. He had a meltdown over me not being able to say the words correctly for a YouTube video he wanted me to help him look up with the voice-activated option. When this happens I try to walk him through the steps of why I cannot say the words. Sometimes this is a matter of me not understanding what he is saying to me and then there are other times when he is speaking in another language, and I can’t say the words. I explained to him that he can say the words to the voice-activated option, but he doesn’t always do it. When this happens, I take a moment for him to try to explain it to me again and then if I see that he’s still getting upset, we work on our breathing exercises. I always tell him I need to breathe as much as he does. Finding ways to help him center himself again is very important because the more that he can realize he is having a meltdown and the process of calming himself then will help him in the future. He only got out of bed two times before he fell asleep, and he’s ready for his big Sunday with his friends at church. He’s very concerned about the days ahead but I’m trying to get him to focus on one day at a time until the night and then we can talk about the next day. It’s hard for me as well because it’s something I have to focus on to be able to explain what I want him to work on and for me to stay focused on one day at a time when he is so focused on all the days ahead. I’m thankful for our good day and his big smile. Remember to share your joy, focus on the amazing moments in your life, and use this as motivation for tomorrow. 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.