Sometimes the door feels slammed before the knocking begins. Owen likes doors knocked and windows closed unless he doesn’t want them knocked and he doesn’t want them closed. And these rules will apply depending on location and who he is with unless they don’t. Allergies and teeth have not been kind to Owen the last couple of days. He has one tooth coming in and one that is loose. He was up by three in the morning then add in all the blooming flowers and he was having a time of it. He was in a good mood though. He wanted back to our morning routine but I convinced him our new routine was fine. I created a blanket fort for us on the couch and he loved it. He once again turned on the lights and started giving me a breakdown of when he would get ready. He tends to give himself less time than he has. He will say two minutes and he has five minutes or if you give him two options he takes the one with less time. I can tell he is starting to grasp how a digital clock works though. He doesn’t understand the actual time but for someone that can’t read time, he probably has a better sense of when things are happening than I do. I love his enthusiasm for the bus. He gets so excited when he sees it coming around the corner. He watches it over the buildings to see how it’s progressing and then when it gets to our corner he comes running towards me. I brace for impact. He either runs to me and then gives me a huge hug or past me to get in his spot to wait for the doors to open on the bus. Either way, his smile is incredible. He says, “mommy can go on the bus” knowing that I will tell him I can’t go with him on the bus to school and he laughs harder. Off they went. I picked him up from school for his therapy and his teacher told me he did amazing with his testing, especially in the science category. My boy knows science. His mind is so fascinating. He amazes me with how much he knows and when he can understand how to articulate it and make the connections to the process it will be fascinating to see what he shares. When we got to therapy I went in with him because I knew he was tired and he asked me to go with him. I’m trying to let him go more on his own but that seems to not be happening as much yet. I like him to have the opportunity to go without me and I like to go so I can see what exercises they are working on and I can follow through at home with him. When we got home we had dinner and we played some games. When it was bedtime he talked himself to sleep. “Duck duck gorilla f is for fish ga ga gorilla g is for gorilla,” he said as he was falling to sleep. He went on after that going through all the letters. I think I was falling asleep quicker than he was at this point. I pray he sleeps better tonight. My emotions get me some days and the rollercoaster ride is rollercoastery but today I am thankful for so much progress from my sweet baby O. Never give up on the process of the progress. Every day can be a challenge but we grow with those moments and it turns into the progress we want. 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.