I am really missing those three days in a row Owen slept all night. Really, really missing them. I never imagined I’d never have enough hours in my day but I truly don’t. I took Owen to see “camp” today. That’s what I decided to call his summer school program. He was getting upset because he knows he’s not going back to school yet but then I was telling him he was going to school. He still wasn’t interested in meeting the new teacher or being with other kids until I drove him by the most exciting part of “camp”, they have a playground. When I drove him to the school I purposely drove him behind the school first. I told him to look at the playground he was going to play on, emphasizing he would be there Monday. He got excited, talking up a storm about the “swide”. He still struggles with certain letters and depending on where they are in the word makes a difference for him. That’s one of the reasons I think him learning all the languages is helping him learn how to pronounce and enunciate certain words. When we left “camp” I explained to him that I would be taking him on Monday but he would be riding the bus home. He absolutely loves the bus. I talked to his summer bus driver and aide today and I was so thankful. It is the greatest gift when you have people that are invested in your child and they haven’t even met him yet. Like his summer teacher, they asked me numerous questions to help Owen adapt to the transition of summer and what his likes and dislikes were. They talked to me about how to handle meltdowns if they occur and what they could do to try and keep him happy. I was beyond relieved. I loved all of his support he had for the regular school year and then to hear these questions made me know that he would be supported through the summer as well. When we went to the school I told him that we were going to go get chicken nuggets and ice cream afterward. He is starting to cycle through phrases he hasn’t used in a while. “Quick like a bunny”, he said to me, once again my words coming out of his mouth. I would always tell him we wouldn’t be gone long and we be quick like a bunny. Nothing is quick for us but it sounds good. He has been watching Curious George lately and he was eating ice cream. Owen truly is not a sweet eater even though chocolate milk is his go-to drink. We got our meals and I got a chocolate shake for him, truly knowing who was going to eat the bulk of it. He devoured his dinner, eating all his nuggets, fries, and a cheeseburger. This after he ate a huge breakfast and tons of shrimp for lunch, plus snacks all day. I showed him the “ice cream” and told him to take a bite. He took the tiniest of bites and wrinkled his nose. I thought that might be the end of it but he had a couple more with the same wrinkled nose effect. After about five more bites he was done. The total amount of those bites didn’t even equal half a teaspoon. More for momma. Wait, I’m supposed to be giving up sweets. Stress ain’t got nothing on me. We ended our night with him reciting vacuum demonstrations, playing his drum, and working on “fixing” his laptop but was really watching the Very Hungry Caterpillar. He has become quite the expert on how to demonstrate a vacuum which means he turns it on and screams to turn it off. If he doesn’t turn it on he will talk through numerous videos he has watched with kids giving vacuum reviews. My joy was watching him play his drum and singing throughout the day. My music man knows how to make his momma’s heart sing. Look for the joy in that never ending rainbow and soar to new heights in the hope for tomorrow. 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.