The storms from last night echo through my mind and then Owen’s scream resonated with me as the second round woke him up. He was not pleased with it at all. He came to me calmly but as soon as he got to me he started screaming. Then he got into bed with me and thankfully he fell back asleep after about twenty minutes when the storms calmed. He kept asking for his tablet and I really don’t know how I kept him in my bed. I guess the storms had him occupied. When we woke he was happy as can be. He had some directions for me but he seemed a little more laidback than most days. I told him it was time to read our book and I grabbed one. He grabbed the other book and said, “this one”. I was excited he chose which one he wanted. We read it and then he said something about Curious George and I said we could read it tomorrow morning unless he wanted to read it now. He said, “no” and off he ran. When it was time to get dressed he was telling me all the things we needed to do. It felt good to have him more connected. He wanted me to wear my blue pants and pink shoes. I told him I was wearing my grey shoes. He told me to wear pink when he came home. I told him I would wear the pink if it wasn’t raining. I put an inflatable beach ball in his backpack and I rehearsed the conversation with him so he would tell his teacher he brought it. I try to provide him words so that it will promote conversation with his teacher when he gets to school. I’m hoping this will also detour the blue pants talk. When the bus stopped I could see him peering around the door to look at my shoes. I wore the pink ones. He was pleased and I knew it would help his mood for the rest of the night. He hugged me right as we started walking to the house. He wanted an app that he already has and was upset because he can no longer watch the preview but he has the full version and he can see the preview on YouTube but that’s not the steps he wants. He ate a lot of food tonight and was mostly very calm. He wanted to break all the rules like the volume on everything being very loud but he was happy. He brought me his tablet to sign into one of the apps he uses with school. When I signed him into an app he said, “thank you mommy thank you”. No prompts from me and it was clear and cheerful. It made my night. I’m thankful for his progress and his smile makes my day. We laughed a lot and that brings me great joy. Share your joys and remember to share your smile. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.