“Mix,” Owen said when I was making my breakfast. It still shocks me sometimes when he comes up with the words to explain what I’m doing or to describe emotions, feelings, or actions. He woke well after six and I sure was thankful. He’s been sleeping much better lately. He wanted to go “ride the elevators” but as much as I want him to go places I do not want him to think every day we are going to go to the mall to ride on the elevators. It’s all part of how much I let the rules and routine take over what we do. I love that he wants to go again but I’m worried about the days we can’t go or if we set in motion that we only go on certain days. It can tumble quickly into a routine that is hard to change. Plus, today was “therapy day therapy day” so he still had something to look forward to. He was in a good mood this morning. He had a great attitude and appetite. Screaming at the top of his lungs “panda is happy” was the highlight of his morning. He came running around the corner and started right in on the screaming. He waited until he could see me and he let the first yell out. I’m used to him screaming but this was a whole new level that I had not heard before. I’m sure my reaction was priceless to him because he immediately started laughing hysterically and did it again. I said, “volume” and he laughed again running into the other room. I thought he was done but to quote Owen “nopedy nope” and he screamed it again. Then the lights got him. “Sleep tight nighty night George,” he said over and over again as he turned my bedroom light off and on. I wonder if I should change anything in my house to keep him from doing these things. It can go months when he doesn’t care about the lights and then he can sit and turn them off and on twenty times in a row or scream because I want to have the lights on. Or when that rare occasion happens and he wants the lights. I laughed when the electric company sent me a message projecting that I will have a higher electric bill next month based on the different usage from last year. There are studies on turning the lights on and off versus leaving them on all day. Maybe we can become a study house for the electric company. He knew we weren’t going to the elevators but he kept telling me, “do not put your fingers in the elevator.” Every time the elevator doors would close he would point to them and tell me this yesterday. I’m sure I’ve said it to him and I bet he’s watched a video on elevator reviews where they have said something similar. He did great at therapy today but I didn’t get him the requested chicken nuggets and cheeseburger on the way home because I don’t want him thinking every time we go out he will get it. I need to take him to a drive-thru and get him seafood so he understands he doesn’t always have to request chicken nuggets and a cheeseburger. He kept asking for his Spider-Man outfit. I had washed it but it wasn’t dry. I let him wear the hood though which kind of made him happy but he wanted the whole outfit. I told him he could wear it tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if he wants to wear it to grandma’s house. He doesn’t know he is going yet because hopefully, he will still sleep through the night that way. He was happy the rest of the night and hopefully, he will wake up in another great mood. It felt like a full day of robots, puzzles, Spider-Man, languages, and food. Be kind to your heart and find your inspiration to make your dreams come true. 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.