If you are happy and you know it wake after six. Clearly, we are on a sleeping streak and I’ll take it. And the wake-up attitude was much better for both of us today. We may have even been in agreement about the lights being out but Owen was a little more focused on it. He was much calmer but he was needing input. He came to me and then sat beside me, pushing his elbows into my gut. Next, he was pushing his head hard into my head. When he does things like this I know he needs input. It’s been a while since I’ve done joint compressions for him because he stopped wanting them but I thought I would try them again. He liked it for his hands but he didn’t want his elbows done so I thought I would try more another day. He was singing a Spanish song and I asked him what he was singing. He said, “a song.” Learning can be harder for him. With him, he has to see something, and then he decides in less than one second if it’s for him. I have to encourage him to keep trying things and change the way I think to help him through the process of learning. It can take weeks, months, or even years for him to be able to learn a skill. He kept downloading the same game on his tablet so that he could see the character holding an ice cream cone that the ice cream had fallen off and then he would immediately delete the app. He screamed that it took so long to download it again but he kept deleting it. It’s hard to explain actions and reactions to him. “Daytime nighttime,” he said. He went on to talk about each. If it is dark he says it is nighttime so he turns the lights off and tells me it is nighttime. We got ready for church and we compromised on what we were wearing. He told me yesterday he was going to wear camo pants and I would wear blue with a pink shirt. He instead wanted to wear khaki pants so I still wore my blue pants but a different shirt. He always says, “sit on the other side” when he goes under certain stoplights and he leans to the left. Then when we go to our church we have to curve to get on the main road. He says, “don’t hit your head” as we go, and leans to the right towards the window. It’s always an adventure in the car. When we left the church it was raining. One of our friends walked with us to our car since it was raining so I could have an umbrella. Owen gets very upset if I get wet. He wanted his chicken nuggets and cheeseburger and then we headed home. Then the rain got my pants as soon as we got out of the car. He was visibly shaken and in a meltdown before we could even get in the front door. He immediately ran to get his towel to dry me off. It took him several hours to get back to a calm state. I can’t stop the rain and I can’t stop the tears that fall when thinking about how hard this is for him. I always pray I don’t get wet when we go places. I told him that he was brilliant and then I asked him if he knew what brilliant meant. He said, “frog” and then I told him what brilliant meant. He replied, “frogs swim in the water.” He wanted to wear his Spider-Man costume when he got home. I think it was helping with the input. I’m thinking my little Spider-Man is in competition with Superman because he requested costume changes left and right as the night went on. I think we might need more Spider-Man outfits. He was watching elevator reviews and he said, “I’m an elevator kid.” Then he was playing a game on his tablet and he wanted to buy points. I hit cancel and the message popped up that the charge was canceled. I said, “no change” instead of no charge by accident and he said, “no charge.” I think his reading skills are greatly increasing. There was more laughter than there were tears and I’m thankful for all his words and actions. Don’t stop dreaming, write your goals out, and know that your dreams can come true. 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.