I don’t want to think about tomorrow. Have I prepared him enough for it to be his last day of summer school and does he understand what it means. All I can do is pray and move forward. Owen didn’t sleep through the night and came to me making lots of noise. He fell back asleep quickly and slept pretty late. He knew he wanted to go to school but he also wanted to sit. We got past that and he was off to school. When he got off the bus he was all smiles, checking on his routine for the next few days. He always wants to make sure he knows what is coming up. I got him his snack and I heard the crunching before I even had to think about it. I knew what that meant, there were veggie straws everywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I say “sit when you eat” or sit right next to him trying to keep him seated. He jumps a lot when he eats and if he isn’t jumping his feet are kicking the legs of the table. I’ve tried different strategies but exhaustion wins and I let him stand. I had no clue until today that lettuce has now become a meltdown food. Right, when I finally, kinda, sorta have him desensitized from the banana along comes lettuce. As soon as I got it out of the refrigerator his foot started stomping and his hands went to his ears. He covers his ears a lot but he never wants to wear ear coverings and I always go back and forth if it is a good idea for him. I don’t want it to block out the noises he needs to hear and what happens if he does get used to them and we don’t have them with us and something makes a noise he isn’t accustomed to. I also like to overthink the options he won’t even consider. I held the lettuce for a minute, in shock that he was about to have a meltdown over it, and started talking to him about it. He yelled, “throw it in the trash no lettuce today”, trying to take it from me. Oh boy, is all I could think, how did this happen. After that our night slowed down and he sang every different language version of Humpty Dumpty he knew or that I recognize. At least I think I recognize them. He knows so many now. He started repeating “we are having so much fun fun” into the mirror and with that, I thought we need a mirror around all the time. After school tomorrow we go to the dentist. That mirror needs to come on along. I’m thankful for his progress and his great big smile. Live your passion out loud and know that you can do great things if you believe. 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.