Sleep evades me a lot of nights but thankfully Owen slept until almost six o’clock in the morning. He knew we were meeting with our friends this morning but thankfully his excitement for the day did not wake him up too early. We had a great morning. He was a little confused about why we were going to the park with our friends but I’m hoping by doing different activities on different days will help him to understand we can go places even on days that are not routine or add new things to our routine. Our friend was going to watch Owen while I went to an appointment. It was a great opportunity for him to go play with other kids. Playtime is not something he always understands how to do without directions. It took years for him to understand swinging or going down a slide on his own. He has come so far with this and I’m thankful. I had thought about taking him bowling but it was too much for him to handle afterwards. I also tried to take him to some different buildings I knew he would like because he has been watching them on YouTube videos but he was in sensory overload by the time we got there and he wanted to be home so that he could wait to go to his vision therapy appointment. There are only so many new things he can process in a day. I try to take him to things I know he will love but it can also make it harder on him. I pray a lot for answers. We came home and ate lunch. The afternoon was quiet and gave him a chance to calm down. I asked him if he wanted to play a game with me before we left for his therapy and he said, “no.” His saying no has become something I look forward to. It’s not that I always want the “no” answer but I love that he is now fully invested in his answers. When he says no it is him making a choice and that is what I want for him. It’s one more step towards independence. We went to his therapy and he had a great session. He listened well and did the exercises for the most part. When we came home he ate a big dinner and the night went fast. He kept telling me he didn’t want to go to bed but he was out extremely fast. We have several activities we might go do tomorrow but I also want him to have a day to do what he wants so we will see how motivated I am as well. I like to sit sometimes too. I’m thankful for his growth and all that he is accomplishing. Each day is a step forward. Even when they feel like it took a lot to get there count every one of those steps as your victory. 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.