When Owen sleeps through the night that’s already a good start for me. Thankfully he has been sleeping a little better the last few nights. I’m trying to not tell him our activities for the next day before he goes to sleep so he can’t focus on them. As it is he is already days ahead on what we are doing so that can be hard. He knows he is going to therapy tomorrow but I didn’t tell him we are going to the park with our friends tomorrow. I know he will be thrilled to see them but I don’t want that to be his focus when he is sleeping and I have to remember to not tell him right when he wakes up like I did this morning. Today he was going to spend time with our friend. I told him as soon as he woke up. This had him looking out the front window for almost five hours in between his breakfast, snack, and his other activities. He would come to me to make sure she was coming. She is helping him with his social skills and being able to go to new places. Taking Owen to the store does not always meet his expectations. Depending on the place he has certain ideas of what should happen or that he doesn’t want to go at all. Thankfully with our friend, she will be able to help him work through these moments. They went to a couple of stores and looked at different things he might like. He saw chips in one of the stores and asked for them. Then they went to McDonald’s and he ordered his meal. After that, they went to the library and they read together. They came home after that and she had him sit with me and tell me all of his activities. I love that he is learning how to explain things in more detail. After she left he kept looking for her and then he started talking about his days ahead. He still wants to go to his grandma’s on Friday so we will see how the rest of the week goes. His night was very calm and he only tried to talk me out of bedtime and sleeping on the couch a few times. We have a busy day tomorrow with the park and therapy. Each day I see new victories and I pray for his growth. Be the change in the world that you want to see. And dream the big dream. 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.