Sleep I think happened last night. Or at least more than most nights. Owen woke about three, came to me, and told me he was going to the blue bed, “get your tablet”, he said, and then promptly fell back asleep. Sometimes all the days blend together and it’s like when will real sleep happen again. He was excited about his favorite day. His teacher knows today is therapy day and I always pick him up but I wanted him to tell her. I’m trying to continue working with him through those communication skills. Even if he doesn’t tell her all the details I still want him to be able to remember he can talk to people about different topics. He was a little calmer this morning than most mornings lately. He still wanted me to sit and wear blue pants but he was focused on eating and playing a video game he hadn’t played in quite some time. Once it was time to go to the bus stop he was all about the languages. He has been focused mostly on asking for things in Arabic but he also branches out to the other languages as well. I try to give him a couple of extra minutes with me at the bus stop so that I can have more conversations with him. When I picked him up for therapy I discussed in more detail our appointment from the day before and our plan of action for the future. One day at a time I remind myself. His teacher is absolutely amazing. Owen has been struggling with emotions. His emotions, my emotions, other people’s emotions, everybody’s emotions. Anytime I show sadness, madness, gladness, and any other emotion besides strictly being happy it is hard for him to deal with. His teacher asked him about his appointment yesterday and at first, he said he was “happy”, this is always his standard answer but then she said were you really happy and he was able to tell her that he was sad, mad, and angry. I wish my sweet baby O could always be happy but that’s not how life goes. I’m glad he could express that to her and work through those emotions. I’m thankful that he has a huge team of support. When we got to his therapy I talked to his therapists about his appointment as well and they were all supportive and will help Owen to keep moving forward. His sessions went better today and he felt a little more prepared for the possibility that not everyone would be wearing “blue pants”. When we left he wanted “ten nuggets and a cheeseburger” and when we came home he ate all ten nuggets and most of his cheeseburger. Plus several snacks and part of my dinner. Bedtime came and he was ready for it. He wanted to wear his Spider-Man pajamas because “Spider-Man wears blue pants”. I tried to convince him to wear Batman but he wasn’t having it. Let the river stay calm. He wanted to hear Down This Road, the song written for us, and he fell asleep singing it for me. I’m thankful he had a better day and I’m thankful for all the support he has from our great team. Every day can be an ordinary day unless you add a little extra to it. Have an extraordinary day and make your dreams come true. 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.