Part of the day felt like progress and part of the day felt exhausting. After Owen woke early last night he went back to bed. At some point before midnight, he moved to the couch and before I even attempted to go to sleep I moved him to my bed because I knew we would be up many more times. He slept great after that and I watched him sleep great. I do not know how at two o’clock in the morning when he is completely asleep, he can find the tiniest of hairs at the nape of my neck and pull them. How is this even possible, I wonder, and does he realize he’s able to do it. It’s not a new thing, it goes in spurts, but he’s been doing it since he was little. He was very sleepy when he woke for the day and the first word he said to me was “sit”. I said, “good morning Owen time to get ready for school”. I started to get out of bed and he said it again, “sit”. I told him I couldn’t sit if he wanted to go to school. It’s amazing how quickly he gets out of bed when I say that. He doesn’t always respond with urgency after that but part of it is distraction and comprehension. Within a few minutes, we were off to the bus stop. He was very happy to be getting on the bus. When he got home from school I told him that one of his therapy appointments got rescheduled and we were going today. He was very excited. We had a few minutes before we had to leave and then off to his therapy we went. The running theme was that it was raining even though it wasn’t raining. This made him mad but not as mad as it did on the way home. I asked him why he was mad about there not being any rain and he quickly said he was happy. He is learning emotions and how to express them but sometimes he gets confused as to how to share them or use them. He squeals when he is mad but quickly tells me he is happy. Some days it is so overwhelming because he rides the waves of one emotion after another and expects me to be there right along with him understanding it all when I’m not even sure where the train is and has it gotten to any building. He screamed most of the way home at different points but once we got home he truly was happy. The highlight of my day was when he said the name of his school. He called it “my school”. The progress felt amazing. He fell asleep quickly tonight and I was thankful he was happy. Smile and let the world see you shine. 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.