We talk in a matter of sleeps. Owen will say, “I have to go to sleep first and then”. He wants me to tell him when he is doing something next. He started on Friday wanting to know how many sleeps until he sees his teacher again. He knows today he has one more sleep until he sees her and has pointed this out to me numerous times to me. I try to work with him on math problems and other examples of how we use numbers like with a clock or counting coins. We were eating breakfast and he randomly blurts out, “free plus sick eco nine”. We weren't working on anything math related and here he was saying this. I know he has a lot of the math equations memorized but to me that half the battle with learning. I asked Owen if he wanted to paint. He helps me paint the backgrounds of our paintings every few days but he hadn’t painted his own painting in a while. We still use a hand over hand method working on his fine motor skills but he tells me what he wants to paint or the colors he wants to use. I said, “if you were a sun what color would you paint”. He immediately answered, “yellow” to my awkwardly formed question. It makes me so happy when we have conversations where he is filling in the words without even thinking about them and then he painted a sun. He is now answering “yes” to questions that he means “yes” to. He has been answering it with “yes and no” or “no” but never only “yes” even when he meant the word “yes”. The “yes” alone is such a joyous thing, another huge connection to me. It makes me so excited for what’s to come. It’s also becoming clear that the dude wants me to relearn lots of languages and some new ones. He asked me to find numerous Disney Junior videos in French, Spanish, and English, asking specifically for each language one after the other. At one point today he clearly answered me in French without skipping a beat. Momma needs to brush up on her skills. Owen’s memory is long and holds onto words until he can explain them. He can tell me memories he had from six months ago or references something that happened years before that. It’s amazing to hear it all unfold. As my mom says, “it’s memories of a never forgetter”. I tell him every day that he can accomplish anything he wants if he sets his mind to it and to dream big. I’m thankful for my sweet baby O and all he has taught me. Never give up. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make today matter. 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.