I’m truly going to focus on the positive points today and not the screaming that occurred once again because we drove down a road he wanted to go on. Owen didn’t sleep great last night and I slept worse than him but we still had a great morning. He was ready to go to the coffee shop and bowling before the day really even began. I started talking to him about the trip there, reinforcing that we were not going to have the screaming and meltdowns, that he could push past them. And with that, we’ll save it for another day because I can’t even think about all the screaming today. We met our friends for bowling. Owen was thrilled to see them, even saying to me that he wanted to “go eat pancakes” with them, remembering we had gone with them before. He had an awesome time bowling. The joy bowling brings him makes my heart sing. It’s an amazing feeling to see him shine. Each week I think he is getting closer to being able to hold the ball and throw it himself. When we were getting ready to leave we didn’t have to go by the customer service desk because our friend had returned my shoes with theirs. Owen still wanted to go by the desk to tell them “bye bye”. So we said our goodbyes to our friends and then went to the desk. I think about these moments and the friendships he has made without even truly understanding what that means. His smile, his attitude, and his joy are easily shared with others and you can see the bond he forms with people. I’m thankful for this gift. Then insert swig of coffee to avoid the thought of the ride home and move on to the calm evening we had. I gave him several choices of what he might what for dinner and I was shocked when he chose “hotdog please”. I don’t get them very often but maybe he likes them more than I thought. When bedtime came and went he asked for “ten more two minutes” and we sat together, him singing in several languages, asking about his keyboard. I’m not sure if he completely understands that the more music he sings or plays the later he gets to stay up but I think he’s figuring it out. I can’t get enough of his singing and playing his instruments. After his bath, he wanted to draw a “circle bunny” on his chalkboard. When he was done I told him to draw something else. He said, “circle rabbit”. I told him nice try Picasso but pick another animal. He then made a “circle gorilla with big teff”. He makes me laugh with his quick thinking. I often wonder if he understands how funny and brilliant he is. As the day came to a close he fell asleep pretty quickly and his last request was “go to church tomorrow”. Yes my sweet baby O, yes. Find something you love and that makes your heart content. 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.