I’m not quite sure how my eyes are still open for the day. Owen pretty much insisted that two in the morning was a great time to be awake and that if he was awake the world or I had to be awake with him. There are nights that he can be awake in his room with his tablet and there are nights he is awake and he will try to open my eyes every few minutes. And if he is not literally trying to open my eyes he is somehow connected to my nose telling me to “wake up”. He does this through subtle screaming or sometimes licking my face, occasionally pulling my hair or pulling all the covers off of me, laughing hysterically as he does it. Last night was of the subtly screaming in my face variety. When we did finally get up I told him that he could not have his tablet or watch tv before we got ready for school. I, however, did not say he couldn’t talk to Alexa. As soon as he got out of the bathroom he ran to Alexa and started talking to her in a language I didn’t recognize. When I told him to get his shoes he went to his keyboard instead. He immediately started playing it. I reminded him to get his shoes. We got dressed and off to school he went. There was not one indicator that he missed out on any sleep during the night. We got to the bus stop and he was full of energy, he practically ran up the steps to the bus. When he got home from school there was still no indication he was as exhausted as I was. He said to me multiple times “we do not pull hair” as he put his hands in my hair. I tried to explain to him about actions and reactions but he giggled. Behaviors can be hard for him and something can take him ten, twenty, or one hundred times before he processes it. At some point, he lost the remote control. This did not cause him to spiral until I asked him to help me look for the remote control. Luckily I have learned to keep a backup on hand but I still have him help me search for it to teach him to look for things. We never did find it. The second backup has been ordered and generally, I find them the day the new one comes in the mail. He did not want to listen tonight but once we started the bedtime process he was out quickly. I talked to him again about how he is a big boy now and he has to work with mommy because we are a team. He sang with Alexa in multiple languages and he loves hearing her talk in “whale noises”. He also asks her for cats and moose. He asked to go bowling tomorrow so I pray when he wakes up tomorrow he is having a great day so we can go. Never give up on the hope for tomorrow. Some days may feel overwhelming but look for the rays of sunshine ahead. 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.