We sorta slept last night. And we sorta woke happy. I don’t think I drank enough coffee today. Although I don’t know if even gallons would have been enough. There was progress to be made though and we were on a mission. Owen let me see what the caption was from the video he was watching on his tablet. He asked me what something was on the screen and I said it was the warning label. He beat his foot once on the ground. I knew there would be more coming if I didn’t get it right. Without saying another word I moved his tablet closer so I could see the caption. He didn’t scream. There was the first round of progress. I pointed to each of the words under the video as I read them aloud. I wanted him to see why I needed the words underneath. He pushed the voice-activated control and I said it. The key for me is trying to remember all the words I had read. It isn’t always easy to memorize them as quickly as he takes them off trying to turn on the voice option. But hey there was progress. I tried not to rush when I was helping him put his clothes on. He wanted to rush to get back to his tablet. I made him hold his shorts as he pulled them on. It’s still a hard concept for him to get. He knows how to do it but actually holding the material in his hand, stepping in the shorts to put the correct leg on each side, and pull them up is not easy for him. I try to put a lot of shorts that have elastic in them so he doesn’t have to worry about the zippers or snaps when he goes to the bathroom. It’s been about a year since he’s been potty trained. I smile thinking about that huge accomplishment and life skill for him. There are still moments in time where he has a few hiccups in the potty training journey but there are more great days for us. I remind myself of this when I am overwhelmed with what feels like backtracking. I believe in the miracles, I believe in my son. Even on those stressful days, I make sure to tell him I love him and he can do anything if he sets his mind to it. Believe in the miracles yet to come. Learn from yesterday and grow into tomorrow. 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.