Owen slept until well past seven and I kept very quiet. He went to bed about 9:30 or so and I didn’t hear him much after the first couple minutes. I also tried to keep the world quiet for him as well. You never realize how loud the world is until you are trying to let a sleeping child sleep. Yesterday, earlier in the day he told me we were doing activities today and even said bowling on the way home last night when we left his grandma’s house but when we got home he said, “Be with mommy tomorrow” which generally translates to waiting for Saturday to happen. I hoped that he would get rested and he would realize we could go do things today. I wasn’t sure if we could find any mud so I didn’t know if I could convince him to go. I heard him get up and he came running to me. He said, “Tablet” and then as he approached me he realized he needed to say “Good morning Mommy I’m fine how are you.” I don’t always want to say it first or correct him if he doesn’t say anything so this was progress. Since the discovery of the cricket sound yesterday the word “crickets” makes him laugh so hard now. It helped our mood on several occasions today. He ate a big breakfast and then wanted a second breakfast and a first lunch. We needed to go get his jacket that we left at his therapy place yesterday. I was going to get it on Saturday because I didn’t want him to get upset that we were going to his therapy place but he wasn’t going for his sessions. I told him that we had to get it and he was fine with it. I also told him we were going to do things after that and he said the park. I had several other places I wanted to take him but sometimes mud wins. The part I really love is watching him get in the car, close his door, and put his own seatbelt on. These are the best victories when they are life skills. We got his jacket without a problem and off to the park. All the places I tried were met with anxiousness and screams. The traffic was bad and they were new places. I thought we were going to avoid the mud but as soon as I told him we were going someplace else he found mud. I was going to take him to the big slides but he didn’t want to go. He had fun at the park though. I think he is getting too tall for his bike. I might try lifting the seat again. He is using the method his teacher is working on with him but he is trying to cut corners with it. He said, “Owen’s turn” when he wanted me to talk about tomorrow and say he was going to see his grandma. Then he said “Mommy’s turn” trying to get me to answer twice. I said if you know that we each had a turn with the same answer then you should know the answer. He said, “Yes but it’s mommy’s turn.”He is very clever and he needs reassurance of what is happening but I’m hoping he will start relying on the words and actions he knows and go from there. For dinner, he kept asking me for hotdogs. I then said do you want one and he said no. He had two dinners of not hotdogs and then bedtime took a bit of convincing but he was ready for his Saturday so he finally went. I’m thankful for the laughter and his smile. Believe in change and make it happen. 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.