Any and all noises are a noise that may or may not wake Owen. Today’s noise happened to come around two in the morning. Somehow I convinced the “tablet” screaming Owen to go back to sleep but he was in my bed. He’s like one of those super grip magnets that don’t let go. It’s been so long since he has fallen back asleep in my arms that I had almost forgotten about the Velcro grip he puts on me. His head somehow has to angle into my head at just the right spot. One of his hands always seems to find a way into my nose and the other one into my hair. His feet take on octopus moves and when I suggested that he could possibly use the pillow that I have right next to me he started screaming again so octopus feet it was. This lasted maybe an hour and then we were up for the day. He was very excited about his day ahead. Therapy, driving by the burger boy, dinner with grandma, grandma’s car, and her black computer topped the list of all the things he wanted today. We are working on ways that these behaviors are not repetitive and it’s still a work in progress for both of us. I wasn’t sure how he was going to handle the evening because, in the last few years, there have been very few times that we have been out past seven at night. After all, that is when he is ready for the bedtime process to begin. Tonight I did comedy at a local coffee shop so the evening was different. He had a good day though. Even though we were exhausted from being up early he found plenty of things to entertain us before we left for his therapy. I went to fix our snack and I heard his incredible laugh wafting through the house. He came running to me and he had found the cricket sound on the tablet ringtones. This was absolutely hilarious to him. I set it so it would be my text sound on his tablet but then he figured out how to FaceTime me. We have done it before but he was not impressed with it and immediately would turn it off. For a long time, he had problems with phone calls or video chats and occasionally still does. We got ready for his therapy and he couldn’t wait to get there. He did great with both therapists and he is making progress. We drove by the statues he likes to see and then we went home to eat a snack before meeting his grandma. He expressed that he couldn’t have done without the snack and dinner with grandma and gone straight to her house. He made it clear when we got to the restaurant and he ordered but then didn’t want any of it because he wanted to go to grandma’s house. He did great while he was there though. And then I did something for me. I hadn’t done comedy in years and I truly missed it. Standing there making people laugh is good for my soul and now that Owen is older I’m hoping I get to do it more. I realized you need air in your lungs to breathe and laughter in your heart to soar. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Find what brings you harmony and peace. 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.