This sleep thing is glorious. Owen woke a little after I did, on his own, and ready to rock n roll through his day. The bathroom thing is still up for question but truly who wants to think about it or talk about it? I’m over it. I let him take the lead on everything. I had turned the light on to get my coffee and he wasn’t having it. Off and on went the lights causing a disco ball effect but who doesn’t want to have a party at five o’clock in the morning? He was very calm and for that I was thankful. When it was time to get ready for school he was in slow motion. I always ask the question “do you want to stay home with mommy” and when I say this his immediate response is “school school.” That gets him going and I know he will get ready a little quicker. We went out to wait for the bus and he was very talkative. Treasure hunt Tuesday talk returned and he wanted to take his shoes off so he could go into the water. I told him the swimming pool was closed and he said, “no that doesn’t work.” I told him we could still go on a treasure hunt and he said, “no.” I asked him what he would like his present on treasure Tuesday to be and he said, “tractor with Goofy.” His bus came around the corner and the excitement washed over him. The joy he gets from riding the bus and school makes me so happy. When he got home from school he came inside and he always looks to make sure his CD player is no longer sitting on the table. I’m not sure when he decided that his CD player didn’t need to be there but he makes sure it’s no longer there. I gave it away because it was causing too many meltdowns. He then wanted me in my pink hat and I told him I wasn’t wearing my hat today. After several back-and-forth exchanges, I put on my camo hat and asked him what he thought. He said, “no camo hat today” so I asked him to try it on. He wasn’t as excited about this but he did it and even looked in the mirror when I asked him to. This was a huge step forward. Hats have been a no-go in recent years. I am not sure why he is fine with me wearing hats sometimes but it is great because I have always loved them. I am working with him on how he is washing his hands. He always keeps his elbows on the counter and he just holds part of his fingers under the water. I explain to him he has to rub them together and must get his entire hands wet. I believe this is all a sensory thing to him and I’m going back through all the steps with him. It has to be a constant reminder for him to do each step when he washes his hands. He decided he didn’t want to go anywhere today and I didn’t push it. The last week he has done incredibly well and I know that we will be doing numerous things tomorrow. He asked me for shrimp for dinner and told me he was having breakfast with grandma. I asked him what he would like to eat for breakfast and he said, “chicken.” I bet once we are there it will be pancakes. I’m thankful that he is starting to make the connection to having a day off from school. His teacher is doing a great job of preparing him for this and I am trying to follow her lead. I’m thankful for his laughter and our conversations. I love all the connections he is making. Be bold, be beautiful, be you. 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.