I’m really trying hard to not be cranky, but I’m cranky. But the dude’s smile keeps me going. He is making so many connections and some of them downright make me laugh. If he rushes off to the bathroom I will follow him as quickly as I can. I open a drawer in our cabinet and set my phone down if I’m carrying it when I go to help him. This morning he had grabbed his tablet and he went running to the bathroom. He opened that drawer, stuck his tablet in the drawer, and did his business. I was like way to go dude, way to go. Owen is fascinated with the moon. He has been learning facts about it and we sing several songs related to the moon. I got him a tiny replica that’s like a nightlight and it changes colors. He immediately liked it. He wanted to take it to his room with him and put it in his bed. I made him put it on his nightstand, but several times he has moved it into bed with him. When he gets attached to an object he wants it to go to bed with him and then when he wakes up in the middle of the night and depending on how awake he is, he will bring it to my bed. The other night he took his radio to bed with him. When he fell asleep I put it on his nightstand. When he came running to my bed there it was in his hands ready for round two of sleep. Once he fell back asleep I moved it to my nightstand. And so it goes. I have a feeling that the goodnight moon will be a traveling moon soon. He usually cycles through different items he likes to sleep with. Right now he has to have his lovey that plays music, his radio, and the pillows he doesn’t use at a certain place at the end of the bed. He wants to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar every night and he has three videos that he has to watch. He has learned the fine art of bathroom request and now every night when he is almost asleep he pops up, says he has to go to the potty, and then instead runs to turn all the lights on or off in the house. He does eventually make it to the bathroom and then back to bed, but this adventure can take place multiple times. How do I refuse the bathroom break. Through all our adventures I see growth. He couldn’t wait to walk to the bus stop to “see de moon”. In these moments I rejoice his happiness, even through my crankiness. This week has been rough, but tomorrow is a brand new day. Find your inspiration, share your smile, and remember you are important. 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.