All the days blend together it seems. I think I repeat the days of the week as much as Owen does and the routine is about the only thing that keeps me grounded on what day it is. But here we are at the beginning of Owen’s spring break and I’m trying to piece together what day I’m actually on. Then I remembered today is gymnastics day and I heard the birds chirping and the rays of sunshine shining. This will be a glorious day for Owen. He loves “gym nastics natics natics” and his instructor. I’m so thankful that he does. He talks about going every day and repeating his coach’s name. I really think this will help him with many of his life skills and his own mobility. It feels like he is unattached to what his body actually does. He would look at his hands and move them around, staring at them, watching how he moves. He did the same thing with his feet and legs. When he would dance he would almost bend in half to watch how his knees moved with his feet. Now that he is a little older he doesn’t do this as much, but I still think he is learning how his body works. He has no fears. Flat ground and stairs are the same to him. He jumps down the stairs like they are nothing, rocking his foot on the edge sometimes, and turning around in the middle of walking down them if he hears any kind of noise or the world distracts him in any way. I try to make him count the steps and I hold his hand as much as possible, but I also need him to learn independence and how to actually walk on the steps. And this momma counts the steps as well, praying for each step we both take throughout our days. I never imagined the things I would have to think and overthink about daily. I tell Owen that we are a team and that together we will get through anything. I reflect on yesteryear so I can see the progress of today. We are both growing and learning, and tomorrow I see bright things for my sweet baby O. Never give up. Every day I look at my miracle and I’m thankful. Find your inspiration and motivation, 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.