The day felt quite busy. I suppose when you are awake at five there might have a few things going on. I once again heard laughter and talking before Owen came to me. I could tell he was happy. He knew we were going to one of his therapy sessions today and we were going bowling before the appointment. I’m thankful he is willing to go places. It can always be difficult during summer vacations. I put his list of things you were going to do on his board. I showed him his schedule board and it went from calm to chaotic in just a moment. I wish the schedule board was helping but so far it only upsets him. I let him set the pace of the morning so that he could do the activities he wanted to do before we set off for our day. He ate a lot of food this morning before he even had lunch. We got ready to go after he ate lunch and we left for the bowling alley. The closer we got I wanted to make sure he wanted to go bowling. There was a park nearby and I gave him the option and he wanted to still go bowling. We went inside and he had an absolutely fabulous time. He doesn’t generally use the ramp anymore, but he was so excited when he saw the ramp was by our lane. He wanted to use it. We played a quick game before his appointment and he really enjoyed it. As we were leaving I thought he might enjoy something from the concession stand so I got him some popcorn and then we left for his appointment. He was excited about the popcorn as well. We had a few minutes before his appointment so I decided to take him to the park right near the office. He always chooses the swings that have safety belts, or go over the head. As soon as he saw the swing, he went right to it. I struggled to even open the strap and then, for some reason they hung the swing high off the ground so he couldn’t even get right into the swing. The bar did not lock in place upward, so trying to get your child in the swing was virtually impossible, he was determined though to swing so I had to hold the bar up and try to lift him into the seat. Between the two of us, he was finally able to climb into the seat and he swung for a couple moments. We got to his appointment and he did amazing. He was very calm and interactive with both the therapist and the doctor. When we left there, he talked about going to the pizza place that he saw in the videos plus he still wants to talk to them about their sign not having a “nose on.” I told him that we could go tomorrow to get a pizza before or after his therapy. I am not sure if he will want to go but he keeps talking about it. He used to eat a lot of pizza, but now it seems to have slowed down however, he has been requesting it or again. Before I could even ask him what he wanted for dinner tonight he told me shrimp and he ate every bit of it. I can tell he is growing from how much he is eating, and I had to raise the seat on his bike yesterday. He was calm the rest of the night and did not want to look at his new schedule board. I’m going to continue to change the days and put on there what he is doing but I’m not gonna make a big deal about it until maybe he will get used to it. I’ve tried so many different ways over the years and nothing has worked for us but I hope at some point it will make it easier for him. Sleep came extremely quickly and he is ready for his next couple of days. I hope he sleeps through the night and will have a great day tomorrow. His laughter and his smile warm my heart and fill it with gladness. Each day is a gift. And those gifts should be filled with things you love. 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.