I heard Owen sometime between four and five in the morning. It may have even been earlier than that. It wasn’t long before he came into my room telling me something about his tablet. I didn’t want to tell him but we were going on an adventure today. I knew the day would be hard on him but off we went. Sometimes there are things you have to do and he has to learn that as much as we wish we could keep the same routine for everything it isn’t always possible. I had everything we could possibly need and we were ready. Grandma picked us up for our day. I didn’t know how this day would go for Owen but I knew we would do it together. We stopped to eat breakfast. I wanted him to get out but I also knew all the steps would be hard for him. He did great. He ate some of his breakfast and requested more hash browns. I love when he vocalizes what he wants. He was pretty much ready to go home at this point. The adventure continued. He did well throughout our day though. He got to spend some time with his grandma on a Friday which delighted him and confused him. The day went fast, emotional but fast. Food seemed to be a big part of our day. It consisted of what he would eat and what we wouldn’t but he tried bites of everything. I wonder sometimes what it’s like for him when I can’t really explain the day or situations to him. I try to imagine it. I pray that the details will be enough and not overwhelming. I pray that I have the words that are enough and that if they are overwhelming he will be able to lean into me and know that together we will get through it. The day ended with his emotions and mine. When I told him we were going on an adventure he said, “cuckoo bird.” At first, I didn’t make the connection but as the day wore on I realized what he was saying. He was talking about the cuckoo bird from Mickey’s Adventure In Wonderland. And this is exactly what the day was about. The connections were made and the progress continues. He fell asleep in my arms and tomorrow is a brand new day. Know that you are a lot stronger than you think you are and you can change the world. 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.