Owen is on a roll. He slept all night again. I’m so glad and hope that Curious George continues to be an inspiration for many other skills we are working on. He told me when he got up he wants a red blanket like Curious George has on his bed. I ordered a few more Curious George books that I hope will help. He came to me numerous times to make sure we were going to church and listed all his people he wanted to see. I think he was making sure he wasn’t going to miss it like he missed seeing grandma yesterday. He also wanted to make sure we were going to breakfast with grandma tomorrow. He listened to numerous videos in Japanese I think. He also focused on pirates this morning and told me I needed to wear an eye patch. He kept looking out the window asking about the snow. I told him we were going to church even if there was still snow on the ground. I asked him, “when we get to church what are we not going to talk about?” “Clothes,” he said. “What is something you can say to everyone instead,” I continued. “Hi,” he said. I said, “what else can you say to them?” And he followed it up with “good morning.” The process is there and he is starting to connect it with the conversations but the follow-through is something that we still need to work on. He was very happy to be at church and seemed like he was pretty calm. He did talk to a few people about their clothing choices but at least he was calm while he was doing it. One right after another he was asking Alexa for tons of phrases while he ate his lunch. “I want chocolate milk in Arabic” quickly followed by “this old man by Lisa Loeb in Arabic,” he said and then so many more. He has started saying words under his breath. I’m not really sure why he is doing it but he has done it constantly over the last few days when he is playing with his tablet. He still screams a lot too but this low tone is almost like a chant. The screaming comes in all the varieties you can imagine. There are as many happy screams as mad or upset screams. At one point he told me I wasn’t going to breakfast with him but then somehow I got invited again. The answers will come in the morning as to exactly where we are going and what we are doing but I’m sure he won’t want to miss seeing grandma again. He told me to order a red blanket, pajamas, and a night light. I told him he had all but the red blanket. I’m thinking he might be on a particular Curious George mission with this. When he went to bed he told me he needed a white pillow like Curious George. I am quickly seeing all his Spider-Man blankets being changed to Curious George and I’m fine with that if he keeps sleeping as great as he has. He once again put himself to bed and that was that. He was not happy that his pajama pants were black and not blue so he wanted to change them to green ones since his blue were not clean. I do not wash his favorite clothes immediately because it could become a problem where he only wants to wear very specific things so I try to provide choices for him of other options I know he will like and talk to him about why he is making those choices. I want him to know his favorite clothes and choices are important but he has to understand they are not always available. I’m thankful for his growth. His smile and those big belly gut giggles are amazing. Let the laughter settle in your soul and bring the happiness to your heart that you deserve. 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.