It was more smiles and giggles than sadness and screams today. The hardest part of our day was when I was on a conference meeting for Owen. When he can hear people talking to us and see a video he gets very upset. Regular phone calls don’t upset him as much unless they do, and it’s a fifty-fifty shot of which way it will go. Owen has been asking to cook more. I have him help me in the kitchen with getting food out, putting things away, and now we are working on preparing our food. He’s very fascinated with the microwave. The very same microwave that if you have to start it again after it stops he screams, but nonetheless he now wants to watch the microwave constantly. He watches a lot of kids cooking shows and videos that show making Play-Doh items in a kid’s toy microwave. I have been making different dishes in the microwave and we tried a cake in a cup option. I had gotten several mixes and I let him choose which one he wanted to make. Once he selected the cake I read the directions with him and then we went through each of the steps. He helped me pour the water and stir the mix. He didn’t want to push the buttons on the microwave, stating, “you push it”. I pushed the buttons and he immediately started jumping up and down in front of it. After it cooked we had to let it cool and add the crumbly pieces to the top. I never imagined Owen would even try it, but I still had him eat a bite. Not only did he eat the bite, but he grabbed the spoon from me and ate it right off the spoon. This was all like tiny little miracles one after another. I gave him another spoonful and he ate it as well. He ate a total of three and that was a lot for my non-sweet eating dude. He has very few sweets even though he loves his chocolate almond milk. During lunch, he asked to paint. I told him we would after dinner. He told me exactly what he wanted to paint, a character from one of his learning apps. I am thrilled that he is asking to paint more and that he is telling me exactly what he wants to paint. While we were painting together he asked to paint another character and I told him we could do it tomorrow. To see the excitement wash over him as he paints makes this momma happy. We still do the hand over hand method, but I look at how far he has come. Through tired eyes, I watch my son soar. Remind yourself of your victories. Praise yourself for your accomplishments. And know that great things will come when you keep pushing forward. 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.