“Good morning world” may have come a little later if my bladder hadn’t spoiled it but Owen woke up in a great mood, knowing exactly what he wanted for his day. “Tablet tablet” came out of his mouth first but before I could say too much he realized he needed to say hello to me. Once he did that, he was off to the bathroom, and then came back for his tablet. He knew that it was early and he knew that it was June 3rd. He didn’t want to discuss anything besides when he got to see his grandma. He immediately said, “four hours” and followed it with “set a timer.” I love how he is starting to be connected to the timer. I feel like once he is grasping the timer, he will be able to move forward with calendars. He continue to watch the timer as it went on and at one point he wanted to change the timer so that we got dressed in two minutes. I explained to him that changing the timer would not get us out the door any quicker. When it got down to under an hour, I could tell he was more excited, and would check on the timer more often. I told him he had to finish his breakfast before we could go, and he, loudly started pretending to eat his waffles, saying, “yum yum.” He did end up finishing it though. On the way to Grandma’s, I wanted him to work on his sentence structure trying to distract him from the drive. “A vole is an animal like a rat,” he said using his animal of choice and then moved on to vulture. I think V may have been his letter of choice as well. We are also trying to get him to make the connections to expressive language. He spent several hours with his grandma and then we went to the park so he could ride his bike. He picks up everything that is in his path. And unfortunately, in today’s society, this is not always a good thing. He wanted to go up the hill that he had gone on the last time he was there, watching the boys ride their bikes. There was trash laying on the side of the pathway. He wanted to move it. I tried to convince him to leave it alone, but he picked some of it up and he threw it. And then, when I tried to explain to him that he can’t always pick up things, he decided to fall down onto it. I wish it wasn’t something I had to even explain to him that people throw trash on the ground but I have to figure out how to make the connection with him. He did incredible while we were there on his bike, riding up and down the hills. He’s come a long way and I’m so proud of his progress. I was thankful my mom was able to come to watch him ride his bike. When we got home, he immediately wanted to take a bath and we had a great rest of our night. Bedtime was a little more difficult because he wanted to make sure when he was going to see his grandma again. I told him we would get to see her in the next few days, but tomorrow was church and he could ride his bike again. He fell asleep, talking about church and I’m thankful for a great day. Each step forward is a victory in your day. Count them all and know that you are important. 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.