It was the two o’clock wake-up call that got me. I heard the tv and the tablet going at the same time. I told Owen he needed to go back to bed. Everything got louder. I told him if he didn’t come to me he would not be going to see grandma today. Instantly it became quiet and he came to me. Within a few minutes, we were both back to sleep again. He didn’t wake again until well after six and was in a great mood. Me, I was on the fence. I talked to Owen about choices and that we weren’t going to wear blue pants today. I reiterated what we had talked about yesterday. I told him I understand his concerns about what others were wearing but we had to work together and move past this or we were not going to be able to go anywhere. I told him I was going to wear camo pants and he could select which pair of pants he wanted to wear. All of this is easier said than done but we were able to get dressed and out the door in not-blue pants. I pray a lot because I have nerves of spaghetti. I ask God to give me strength and answers. After I dropped Owen off with his grandma I spent the day of exploration and research. I went to the thrift store and found a pirate ship for him. I was so excited and I hoped he would actually like it. I never know how toys will go over. After I left there I went to the health food store and was filled with hope as we discussed numerous avenues to research with the lady that works there. When I left I went to see the park that they had moved from one area to another. When it was in its pervious location it had a fence around it and I’m always thankful when we can go to a park that is surrounded by a fence. I hope they put one around it again now that it is moved. It’s something I never thought about before but now I think every park should at least have a small section that is fenced and have various types of equipment. Owen really isn’t a runner but it is much easier to keep him with me when he knows he can’t go anywhere. I explored a little more and then I sat by the water and researched about the brain. I’m always trying to learn the complexity of the brain and how everything works together. Once I gathered numerous questions I called my pharmacist and talked through all my questions that I didn’t get answered before and the new ones I was trying to figure out. He was extremely helpful and I began doing more research. After a while, I picked up our dinner and went over to my mom’s house. We ate dinner and then got ready to go home. He saw his pirate ship in the car and I told him he could have it when he got home. He did great in the car and finished his dinner when we got home. From there we played, played, played. I set out his new pirate ship and he was pushing it around the floor and using some of the activity buttons on the ship. He asked me for a pirate’s map to the desert and I believe this was a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse reference. He then asked me for his binoculars and he ran around looking through them. He’s been asking for new bunny slippers which still amazes me that he used to wear his old ones until he outgrew them. He asked if he could take his bunny slippers to the bed and I said yes knowing he was not going to wear them to bed. He did great about us not wearing blue pants until we came home and as soon as I took my clothes off he wanted me to throw them in the trash. I put them on my bed. I told him if he touched them his tablet would be gone. It was ten minutes round and round for us. I told him if he left my room he would not even know they were there. He finally left and I put them in the hamper but I want him to know he can’t take stuff and throw it away. He did better today about it than he has all week so it’s progress. It’s hard to be stern on something I know bothers him but he can’t throw my clothes away. I’m hoping that the behavioral specialist will have more insight for us as new behaviors develop and others change. He fell asleep on the couch but got up to get ready for bed. I’m hoping he sleeps all night long. He is ready for church tomorrow and so am I. I’m thankful for his growth, his laughter, and that big grin of his. Always seek the answers and know that hope is out there even when you don’t hear the words. 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.