Owen slept all night, in his bed, and I always wake up with a start when this happens. To say we had a busy day yesterday was an understatement. He was so full of life and energy. I keep thinking back to all those incredible moments that lead to my sweet baby O sleeping all night. I woke up around three the first time and he was still in bed. That wasn’t too uncommon but when I woke up the second or third time, I’m not sure which, he was still asleep. I reached all around me, making sure I didn’t miss him. And then I finally started calming down. He didn’t fall asleep until well after ten last night so it doesn’t surprise me that he slept late. Today was his last day of third grade. A sip of coffee and I walk away to digest that. I practically cried when he got off the bus. The bus drivers, the aides, his teacher, her aide, the cafeteria staff, his therapist, and everyone else that smiles at my boy are all part of his extended family, his comfort, his joy, his world. And they're mine too. Knowing every day that I put Owen on the morning bus and then see his smiling face when he walks off that afternoon bus I know they each have his best interest at heart and are helping him grow. He’ll be back with his same teacher again in August but now we have to keep the progress going through these summer months. One of the biggest changes for him in the last few weeks is his interest in clothes and what he is wearing. He’s been asking for blue boots and brown shoes. This is coming from the child that struggled with having more than one pair of shoes and we had to keep switching back and forth between velcro and shoelaces because the meltdowns became huge. I got him some blue rain boots in a larger size, thinking hey let’s try this. He liked his bunny slippers so maybe he will like these. I put them out for him to see. He couldn’t contain his excitement. He immediately took his shoes off and wanted me to help him put them on. He clomped around in them doing a little jump. Twenty minutes went by before he even tried to take them off. As soon as he took them off he wanted them right back on. This went on all night. He sat on the couch singing Humpty Dumpty in Thai with his boots on. He can take them off easily but he needs help still pulling them up. After his bath, he ran to his room and he wanted to put on his bunny slippers and his boots so he could go to bed with them on. I told him they had to stay next to his bed. I keep imagining somehow having to create a bed nook in a shoe closet for his new fascination with taking his shoes to bed. Luckily I convinced him to leave them off. He fell asleep pretty quickly. I might have to find the requested “brown shoes brown pants red shirt orange socks” soon. Luckily I have found the orange fuzzy socks. Growing Owen is what we do, all of us together play a role in our world, and the growth of our future and our kids. I’m thankful for the people that help share their smiles with my son. Inspiration and motivation come from everywhere. Be inspired to change your world. 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.