First, I would like to thank the meltdown light for being green. That right there was something to celebrate. And secondly, I would like to thank Owen for being my cheerleader. When we got to our house I had to parallel park. This is not my favorite thing to do. Owen had been talking nonstop since I picked him up from school, reciting many of the things we had talked about the day before on our travels. When I started parking, he said, “you ok need a hug”. My words coming back to me that I have said to him on many occasions. And I thought, yes buddy, I do need a hug. This is such an emotional journey, and the fact that I can’t parallel park doesn’t help. Owen is making new connections every day, and the words are becoming more fluid. He grabbed his milk cup, walked into the kitchen, opened the refrigerator got the milk carton, and he said, “milk”, handing them both to me. That’s some big progress right there. I think about how far we’ve come, and I’m beyond thankful for his growth. He’s full of words tonight, but they are repeated words strung together until I respond. “You can see the fish you can see the fish you can see the fish”, repeated numerous, and then when I respond he changes it to “ok you can see the fish ok fish ok fish ok fish”. He will move through the words he can use. He’ll repeatedly ask for all of his favorites, throwing random things in like “take a baff”. I know that is how he can communicate with me, but it’s figuring out what I encourage, and discourage that is so difficult. I don’t want to discourage his communication efforts, but I want to find ways to help him understand that he doesn’t need to repeat the same phrase for an hour, and expect a response from me every time. It’s amazing, and daunting all at the same time. I try to come up with things to distract him. I told him to name ten animals, and he named ten animals; one I didn’t understand what he said, but his confidence told me that it was one. I have learned as much from Owen, as I have taught him. Life is full of challenges, but find your confidence, and know that you are a lot stronger than you think you are. Make today matter. 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.