I think it was that three, four, five o’clock in the morning time again when we woke up. Quiet is what I’m going with. Owen was mostly calm until a video he was watching didn’t pull up so he brought me his tablet but I was thankful he said, “good morning mommy” first, and then he said, “I’m fine” before I said anything. He quickly rushed on, me still not saying anything. He wanted me to find a video and as soon as I found it he was on to the next one. Sometimes he uses a video to get to another one. He will ask for one that he knows how to ask for but wants one that he hasn’t figured out how to find any other way. Sometimes he doesn’t speak his words slowly or clearly enough for the voice-activated option to understand him. There are a few of his letters that he is still working on but he has come so far. He is still loving the map app. He found the local pizza restaurant again and was telling me all about the sign and what it looked like. When he can explain what he sees I’m amazed by it all. The details he is providing are very specific now. He kept telling me we were going to “grandma’s in a little bit.” He doesn’t want me to say anything else besides “little bit” when describing when we would be leaving. We got ready and headed out to the car. I am trying to leave earlier so that he always has more time to be able to do his own seatbelt. It’s hard for him to turn the buckle in the right direction without help so I’m trying to give him more time to process it. When we left he wanted to tell me all the places he wanted to go. I asked him if he wanted to go see the places or his grandma. He answered his grandma so I told him that he couldn’t give me the directions. I tried to distract him but distracting him for the almost twenty-minute car ride is almost as exhausting as having him yell directions at me the entire way there. I told him to make up a song about a dog eating an orange. He sang out “puppy puppy puppy eats tangerine” and I started laughing. Hey, he came up with a song that technically was about a dog and a member of the citrus family. It was wonderful. I’m thankful that he is thinking outside the box like this. He got a little anxious when we left and started talking about all the days ahead, trying to grasp his schedule and emotions. He knows today’s date and he knows the date he starts back to school. This is both helpful and hard for him. He still doesn’t want to look at a schedule or calendar but it’s like he is a human calendar always staying up with the day of the week and can tell me the date. He had a good time with his grandma and he told her to order chicken today. He didn’t eat it at her house but he had it for dinner. He was much calmer when we got home. When it was bedtime he keep sitting on the couch asking for one more hug. “One hug,” he said, “ready set go” stretching out the word “go” like it would never end. He ended up getting tons of hugs and tickles. His laughter is the magic in my soul. When his beautiful blue eyes are filled with his laughter there is nothing better than that moment. God’s gift is the inspiration I need every day to be a better me and I’m so thankful for my gift. Find what makes you laugh and share it with 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.