The sleep train has been wonderful lately. I’m beyond thankful. Owen woke knowing his bike was coming today. This is one of those seasoned rookie mistakes I make. Why on earth do I tell him something like this? I ask myself this question over and over. He has been really patient. His first bike was lost in shipping so I ordered a different kind. The problem is there are way too many variables about timing but for that moment he was very excited it was Tuesday and his bike was coming. Today was much better for him to get dressed and putting his shoes on. He was ready to get outside to wait for the bus so he could come home for his bike. He couldn’t wait to sit on the bike. He kept saying, “put it together gether gether” as we walked outside. Once we got to the sidewalk he said, “walk like a monkey oooo ahhh ahhh.” He bent over making the sound and walked forward for the very first time, all on his own, all of the steps. This was a huge victory. After reciting a few words in the different languages the bus turned the corner and the jumping began. He gets so excited to see the bus. He was just as excited when he got off the bus as when he got on it. He immediately started talking about the bike. He hugged me, and then he said, “ride a pony to the bridge flags.” I said you want to ride a pony to the bridge flags and he said, “bicycle.” This is how it usually goes. The bike was still in the box so he couldn’t see it, but he wanted to know if it was here and I said yes that I had to put it together, but it was here in the box. He open the lid to the pizza box and then closed it and kept asking where his bike was even though he was right next to it. Once I got him a snack he was ready to ride his bike. I still had to put it together though. The rollercoaster of emotions began. He wanted to make sure that his bike was there. I promised him that it was there. I just had to put it together. This went back and forth for a while. While he was eating a snack, I was able to put his bike together and then he sat in the kitchen eating his snack while sitting on his bike. I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take me to put the bike together so I didn’t know if we were going to be able to ride it today. I asked him if he wanted to go ride and he said, “dress on” which means he wanted me to change clothes. Periodically throughout the night, he would sit on his bike. I’m not sure if it’s the right style because he is used to a tricycle and this is a two-wheel with training wheels. With the pedals more traditionally up-and-down than a tricycle I’m not sure if he’ll struggle with it but I’m sure he will quickly get it. I promised him we would go ride tomorrow as long as the weather was calm. The night went by fast. He was very calm after the first official concerns about his schedule and the bike but he fell asleep after getting up once and coming to tell me that he was awake. I hope tonight is another great sleeping night and tomorrow we can go ride the bike when he gets home from school. His prayer tonight was once again for Thanksgiving. It’s amazing how much he has learned to go through and talk about his feelings and emotions. I’m thankful that he understands how important it is to express himself. I’m thankful for this journey with him and I’m thankful for everything that he has taught me. In this journey, there will be ups and downs, but it’s finding where your happiness is that will show you the ups are amazing. Celebrate your victories and know that you are amazing. 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.