The new old routine is starting to sink in I think. Owen slept pretty much like he does every night but woke extremely happy to be going to school. There are days that he has a difficult time following instructions. I have to gauge whether it is him being a nine year old, not comprehending what I’m asking him to do, or not being able to focus on the task. Each one presents itself a little differently but the reactionary behaviors are about the same. I asked him to give me his tablet. He did not want to go to bed so he fought the process. He quickly started another game instead of handing his tablet to me. I walk towards him to get it and he immediately starts kicking and hitting into the air. I wasn’t close to him but he knew he didn’t want to give it up. I counted to three, holding out my hand, and he still didn’t give it to me. I sat down next to him, he calmed some. I continued counting to ten. He stood up and he half gave the tablet to me and I half took it. These behaviors are all kind of mixed together. He’s a little kid, why would he want to go to bed, but he also can not kick and hit people in response to a request. I talked to him about our actions and that we have to respect one another. He said, “sorry mommy” and put his forehead near me to kiss it. After school, we painted together and we worked on one of his painting projects. He didn’t eat much for dinner but magically got hungry right when it was bedtime. After he ate his second dinner I got him ready for his bath. It didn’t take him long to fall asleep tonight but he did talk a lot as he was falling asleep. “Movie is blue pants”, he said. He references blue pants all the time but I’m not sure what he was trying to say at that point. He fell asleep saying giraffe in Russian and laughing as he drifted off. I’m glad he was in a good mood. He knows tomorrow is therapy day and he is ready for school. That makes this momma happy. Always remember you are a lot stronger than you think you are. 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.