A much happier boy today. Owen slept till about five, got into bed with me, and then we slept until after six. He was needing a lot of input when he woke but he was otherwise calm and very talkative. He listed about ten food items to see if I had them. I am not sure how he compiled his list but he went through them. “Do you have peanuts,” he said, continuing to ask me the next food when I said no. He got to eggs and I said we had them. I asked him if he wanted some and he said, “no.” Most of the foods he listed were not ones I would think he would eat. Like pickles, he’s really not a huge fan. His request for breakfast came in “cereal chocolate milk chicken.” I asked if he wanted waffles and he said, “just chicken please.” We’ve been having a hard time with the word “please” lately. So chicken it was. When his chicken was cooking he spilled his cereal. I can tell they are working with him at school on when he gets upset or just maturity. When he spilled his Cheerios normally it’s a high-pitched squeal. Not today. He calmly stated we had to sweep it up and that it was ok we’ll get some more. I say that to him but usually, he’s screeching by then. He requested to know when his telescope is coming. I haven’t ordered it yet because he hasn’t reacted to which one he wants and told me to get two more books. He went to visit grandma today and he requested pizza. When I brought the pizza he requested more turkey. This is a common occurrence now. He also wanted to have grandma go to the park with him where he promptly got stuck on the slide once again. His main goal is to get stuck on the slide. I’m not sure if he is seeking the behavioral response or the visual change. We only stayed a few minutes and came home where he requested chicken again and did not want to eat the pizza. This is about the time our power went out. I’m not sure what happened but they sent a message saying it would be off until the middle of the night. The power going off does not sit well with Owen. He ran around the whole house flipping the light switches and yelling about the lights. The internet was out and this made it all worse. I was hoping it would pop right back on but it was off. I was able to have his tablet connect to my backup internet but he still comes to check on it and turns his tablet on and off. He talked about the last time the lights flickered and when our power was completely out. He will talk about this power outage for days, weeks, months, years. Thankfully he wanted to take a bath when I suggested it and this helped calm him. And then it was close enough to start the bedtime process and he took a little longer than most nights but he was out. It was several hours before the lights came back on. He will be happy in the morning and thankfully he will be able to go to church which was a huge worry to him that we would miss it. I’m thankful through it all he was in a great mood and he was able to find his calm today even in the struggles. Find your joy in the little things. 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.