Fill the coffee mug, let the coffee mug sit, cold coffee, warm the coffee up, and this seems to be the circle of life for my day so far. Owen and I both seemed to sleep okay last night. But my bed is where he wants to be. It reinforces my goal of making my room his room. We have been working on speech today. He has a hard time with many letters, but L is the one I’m trying to focus on with him now. I get overwhelmed some days with the things I never thought to work on with him. Early on I practiced having Owen open his mouth to say ahh, so if he went to the doctor or dentist the concept would be easier for him. I have him sing musical scales as well, but it has been a long time since I worked with him on tongue placement or sticking out his tongue. This is not something that even registers I should do, but here I was this morning trying to explain to him how to stick out his tongue. Owen takes instructions very literally. I said, put your tongue on your top teeth. I give instructions like this and then realize what he thinks about them. He immediately took his hand and tried to pull his tongue to the top of his teeth. I moved on to show him what I meant. Then I tried to get him to stick his tongue out. I started making the la la la sound over exaggerated so that he could see my tongue’s movements. I said, to him move your tongue up and down. We were holding hands and he started singing “up and down up and down” like from The Wheels On The Bus￼ moving his whole body up and down. I was explaining with terms I thought he might understand, but he still wasn’t able to do it. One day at a time I tell myself. He’s come so far and I certainly see progress. We will revisit the L sound tomorrow. Even though he wasn’t comprehending what I was trying to have him do I saw the joy in the learning process with him. I wanted to cry, but his smile made my heart rejoice instead. I tell him all the time we are a team and together we will get through this. He’s having a really great day and thankfully he has been fine with us staying home. Lunch is being eaten with a fork and that in itself is a moment to rejoice about. Find your happiness, share it with the world, and know that you are important. 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.