I would have to say we slept a little bit better than the night before but early is early no matter what time it is when late is late. Still no sign of sickness but before he can return to school Owen had to be tested. To say it was a stressor is an understatement. He never keeps his hands out of his mouth, a mask lasts five minutes if we are lucky, and generally, he likes to touch everything, all of which are things we shouldn’t be doing right now. My emotions, my sadness, my anxiety were all heavy taking him to get tested. He’s so young, he doesn’t understand, he’s my baby. Luckily we didn’t have to wait and even luckier there were three people to help us stay entertained while I filled out the paperwork. Two of the guys had camouflage pants on. This was the big conversation for Owen. He told them they had blue pants on as he always does and then finally said, “no they are camo pants”. I was able to get him to say a few phrases in Arabic and German and they were surprised. I think this was to soothe my nerves as much as it was to get him busy. Thankfully between all of us, we were done pretty quickly and out the door. Trying to keep him from putting his hands in his mouth and touching his nose would have been a job for even an octopus. I put some hand sanitizer on his hands and told him to rub them but he still wanted to put them to his face. It’s all so much for him. We got home and I wanted to cry. I’m hoping we will get the results quickly and he can go back to school on Monday. He was sitting in front of the tv describing every single thing he saw in great detail. “It’s pink green brown there’s a legs it’s a bell and a face it’s a it’s a it’s a clock”, he went on and on about it. As stressful as this time has been it has also been a huge joy to hear his amazing school journey come to life. I can tell how much he is learning and applying by his vocabulary and thought process. While I was fixing his dinner he asked for turkey. I got some out to put on his plate and he starts to walk away. I said, “don’t walk away if you want turkey”. He said, “run” and took off running. I had to laugh. He came back in a few minutes and ate all of his turkey, asked for more, and ate his dinner. His night finished off strong even though we had a few behavioral moments throughout the day. He sat next to me and again gave me great details about a video he was watching. “Giraffe eyes closed”, he said. I was thankful for his words today. Trying to find more peace than worry can be hard sometimes but the key is to find the shining moments in your day and focus on them. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. 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.