Thankfully, the sleep train is still in motion. Curious George may not be the only one that is influencing this red blanket thing. Owen continues to find other characters that go to sleep with blankets so now he’s been looking at Pinocchio and Donald Duck and reading their stories about bedtime. I find it fascinating that he is interested in bedtime stories with all of the different characters. Having that connection to these characters is very helpful for our nights and I’ll take all the help I can get. This morning went quickly. Once he woke up we had a few moments of trying to figure out what we should be doing but once that was settled, it was right to the switch light coffee routine. He giggled and giggled and giggled when he was laying next to me in bed. He was laughing at one of the characters on the screen. His laughter makes my heart sing. We got ready and went to wait for the bus. Once again, he was king of asking the questions of Siri. I’m always amazed at how much he truly knows already how to say in the other languages yet he continues to ask Siri for more of the same. I cannot comprehend how many languages he possibly knows. One of these days I know he’ll be able to tell me what he understands, and what he can actually speak but for now I will stay amazed. When he came home from school, he was in a good mood but he was questioning everything. He’s not going to get to see his grandma tomorrow. Her story is that she fell out of a hot air balloon and she’s sticking to it. She says it’s much more exciting than what happened but it will take her a while to recover. Hopefully, she will start to feel better soon. I told Owen that grandma got hurt and that he couldn’t go see her tomorrow. When he came home from school, he wanted to make sure what his days ahead were going to be like. He knew he wasn’t going to get to see her so he started plotting what other activities he would be doing for the next few days. He decided that he wanted to go to the big slides, ride a tractor, go to Chuck E. Cheese, and have pizza. I told him that we couldn’t do all of those, but we could choose something and we will probably go to breakfast. So far he said no for the breakfast, but that could quickly change in the morning. He continues to delete the YouTube app and then reinstall it but for whatever reason, he decided to not put the microphone back and won’t let me. Then when I try to reinstall the microphone and use it for him, he then gets really upset and shuts down the app. I’m not sure why he is doing this because he wants me to use the voice-activated option all of the time and then now that he’s been deleting the app he wants to not have that as an option. He wants me to constantly type it in as he says the words. Even though Curious George is now in control of our bedtime he is still struggling in the last week to go to sleep within a reasonable amount of time. Tonight when he went to bed, it took him several hours to fall asleep, and he got up numerous times. He then told me he did not want my light on and turned it off, but he has his light on in his room and so I asked him if he wanted me to turn his light off. He said he wanted to leave it on so he came back to my room and turned my light back on. I like that he’s making these connections to the rules and routine and what he expects out of me. I’m praying that he sleeps tonight. Friday nights are generally hard, to begin with, and knowing he’s not going to get to see his grandma tomorrow is another hard thing for him. Thankfully, he does want to do other things and hopefully, that will keep his mind off of not being able to see grandma. I’m thankful for his connections and I’m thankful that he is growing and learning. The journey is not always the easiest but the love sure is. Follow your heart, dream big, and know that you can make a difference in the world. 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.