Owen slept all night. I’m thankful for this. We did our usual bathroom, coffee, light switch trick and got back in bed. We got ready for school and he kept asking for his tablet so I told him if he got his shoes and socks on quickly that he could have his tablet for one more minute before we had to go outside and wait for the bus. He dealt with the rain, knows it was going to snow, tried to walk like a monkey for me but decided he would rather walk like a stingray, wanted to talk about “insects that are bugs,” and how to say chocolate milk in all the languages. Hopefully, there won’t be that much rain. Especially since it’s not “April showers” as he kept telling me. He told me he wanted to go to our friend’s “October house to watch Disney Junior” and check on their stairs. Then he told me he wanted to go out to dinner with them. When he came home it had just started snowing. He was trying to process the snow and that there is no school on Monday and Tuesday but he was pretty calm. I was thankful that it was snow and not rain. It was almost more like tiny little pellets. I had him stand there with me and we held out our hands, trying to catch some of the snow pellets. I want him to understand that we can stand out in the rain or the snow. Standing in the snow or the rain isn’t always my favorite thing to do but I also want him to understand that it’s something that we can do. It’s just that we will get wet or our clothes will get wet and so that’s one of the hard things for him to understand, but he needs to know that it’s going to happen sometimes and it will be fine. He told me he can’t go anywhere on Monday or Tuesday because he has to be with mommy. I think this is where part of his rules comes into play. He then told me he was going to breakfast with grandma but I can’t come. So I think the rules get intertwined with each other and I know it is hard for him when he knows he is supposed to be at school but going to be home those days. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. At 6 pm he was ready for his pajamas. Friday nights are always hard for him. He is ready to start his Saturday so he wants to go to bed, get up, and go to grandma's. It’s a struggle for him with all the different rules and routines and this is where I need to help him change or adapt or adjust to something different. It’s Friday night and he wanted to go to bed early. What can I do to help him understand that not every day has to be so routine and not every day has to be exactly the same way. I don’t know if there’s a solution, I don’t know if there’s an answer and I don’t know if it has to be different but I need him to understand that some days aren’t exactly as we want them to be or plan them to be and that’s going to be our Monday and Tuesday for this coming week. I want him to know that we can’t do other things on those days. It’s a hard process to move through the days but we need to learn how to adjust and move forward. I’m thankful for his smile today. He said, “I love you mommy” when he went to bed and that means the world to me. Live life forward and know that tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.