I woke with an octopus by my side. I’ve yet to understand how this tiny little human can take up more of the bed than me, pull my hair, and kick me all at the same time, but there we were. Owen’s always been a sideways sleeper and now he takes up the whole bed. I can tell he needs a lot of input. Me, I was reading the work that I needed to do and he kept running to me saying, “more hugs”. He then starts counting, “one two free”. He wants me to pick him up and shoot him up to the sky like a rocket ship. Some days he needs more input than others and today has been one of those days. At lunchtime, he wouldn’t sit at all. He stood next to his chair jumping up and down, eating a bite here and there. We break the rules often. Hey, he’s eating and eating kinda with his fork. He takes the fork stabs his food, pushing some of it on with his hand, getting it to his mouth, putting it in with his hand helping to then pull it back out again and push it back in. At least macaroni and cheese is not a food that goes in his toes. We worked on his spelling and sight words. I have little puzzles that have pictures and he has to match them to the words. He half knows words by sight and half guesses. When the letter Q comes up he guesses the word is queen instead of reading the word. He did great with the puzzles though and got more than half of the words right by sounding them out when he wasn’t guessing because of the letter. He has so much information stored, but actually being able to say it or express it can be hard for him. And it’s emotional for me. I will ask him a question and he doesn’t always know how to respond or can’t. It might take him an hour to respond or the next day even. He processes it when he can and responds when he can form the words. I see growth in him though and I find that he is making new connections every day. Today was double “swrimp” day, for breakfast and dinner. When the dude makes the request before I even have to ask him what he wants to eat I’m going for it. I’m learning that life will pass you by if you don’t lead it in the direction you want to be headed. Positive words and positive actions equal a positive life. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.