To say I was quiet as a mouse is probably wishful thinking but at least I was quiet enough to allow Owen to sleep a little bit later than most mornings. It was almost six o’clock before he woke up. I was up before five but at least he got some sleep. And oh boy was he happy when he woke up. He knew he was going to school and he couldn’t wait. Since I already had my coffee he was a little thrown off by what he should do first but he ran to the bathroom, got his tablet, and then joined me to sit in the “white bed.” I watched him play a few of his games and then he asked me to play knowing that he really didn’t want me to play. I started to take his tablet to play and he quickly grabbed it back and started laughing. I was onto him. I tried it again knowing I would get the same reaction. His laughter is amazing and makes my day. We got ready and we went outside to wait for the bus. He was happy to see a bunny which led him to tell me about the bunny and porcupine again. His bus came down the road and he was off. When he came home I thought I would try something different to get him to go somewhere with me. I thought I had more of a chance to convince him to go if we didn’t go inside. I put his tablet in the car and as soon as he got off the bus I started talking about going to the park or riding his bike. He said, “no” before I could even go on. I told him we were all packed we just had to get in the car. He opened the door, got his tablet, and closed the door. That was that. There was no convincing him of anything. There is a solution and I have to figure it out before the routine of this routine gets us stuck in these types of moments. This is an emotional journey and in moments like these I have to push past them and keep thinking positive. He was watching a video about one of the books he likes and he told me to order it. I said, “I can order it.” He said, “order the present and put it in a bag for my gift.” Talk about communication and a sentence. I was so happy. He told me something he wanted and how he wanted to receive it. Friday nights feel the hardest right now. We will get through them but the anticipation of tomorrow is so hard on him. The night went great and he was very calm. His anxiousness for his Saturday started as he went to bed but hopefully, he sleeps all night and I know he will be happy to spend time with his grandma tomorrow. I’m thankful for his laugh and that big beautiful smile. Focus on the positive side of life and watch how your world changes. 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.