Sleep happened. Owen slept until 6:30. It was a wonderful thing. I mostly slept and for that I was thankful. I know he was exhausted from not sleeping much the night before. He didn’t have much time before he had to get ready for school. I heard him go to the bathroom and then before he looked for his tablet he started saying “coffee” over and over again. I was sitting in my bed with my coffee when he woke up. He came around the corner and saw me sitting with it. He came to me, hugged me, and then ran off for his tablet. It wasn’t long before he was back in my room sitting next to me. He stayed with me for a couple of minutes playing on his tablet and then he ran to look at something on his computer. I love how much he understands technology. It amazes me the way he can find things and use them to help him express what he needs or wants. I started to get him ready and he asked to wear his black shoes. I was pretty surprised when he asked, but also excited that he wanted to or something different. We went outside to wait for the bus. As we stood there, a cardinal flew by. I always talk to Owen about the different animals that we see. He told me it was a bird. He then started pointing towards the different roads that the bus could come on. He knows which direction the bus is coming from but he continues to point in the opposite direction because that’s where his old bus came from. And every time I see him pointing it makes me happy because I know how far he has come. Something like pointing to an object took him years to learn, and now he does it all the time. I can’t help but rejoice every time I still see it. It’s a huge victory for him. His bus came and he was off to school. He knew when he came home from school he was going to his vision therapy. However, when he got off the bus and walked inside, he immediately took his shoes off and then went to the bathroom and took his jeans off. He had already mentioned that he was going to vision therapy to see the doctor, but then he took his clothes off. I told him he had to put his clothes back on if he wanted to go to therapy it took him several minutes to process it all. He kept telling me to change instead of him changing, but the closer it got to his appointment time he realized he needed to put his clothes back on. He then put his jeans on and got his shoes. When we got to his vision therapy, we had to wait for a little bit since the doctor was running behind, but he did amazing as we waited. When we went into her room, she had already turned off her computer so that he had no distractions. He did well and participated in all of the exercises. On the way home he saw a sign that said “open” and he said, “it is Owen’s sign.” I’m not sure if it’s because the word open looked like Owen or if there was another reason, he thought it was his sign. The rest of the night went quickly and he was very calm. He ate a huge dinner, and he was very interactive with me. It took him several times to fall asleep because he kept coming to tell me that he was going to see his teacher tomorrow. He is concerned about his days ahead and he knows that he will not have school starting on Monday. I’m praying the transition from summer school back to vacation will go smoothly. I’m thankful for his progress and how wonderfully he did today. Never give up on the hope for tomorrow. 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.