I like the sleep pattern we are under right now. I still wake up numerous times during the night but at least Owen is sleeping better. He once again woke up in a great mood. I suppose I was too. We had about an hour until he had to get ready to go to school. It was his favorite day so he couldn’t wait to get it started. He still kept sending me back to my room which I always think it’s funny but it’s part of his process. He tells me he wants to go to school, but then he tells me to go back to my room for one thing or another. He quickly got dressed for me and then I ran to the bathroom. I told him that we needed to get his safety belt on for the bus and go outside. “Finish the cook,” he said, pointing to the kid’s cooking show he was watching. I love watching him get excited over new things and different things. We went outside to wait for the bus and it wasn’t long and that smile washed over his face because he saw the bus pulling up. He knew that I was going to pick him up for his therapy and he was excited. When I picked him up from school, his teacher told me that he was making choices. She had asked him if he wanted to paint the rest of his project, and he specifically said no. Even though I would’ve loved for him to finish the project that he was working on I am still glad that he can voice his choices, and that his teacher respects him. I talk about choices with him and tell him that he does have options but he also has to let others have options as well. We drove to his therapy place and on the way we pass a donut shop. Since he’s been asking for cake lately I asked him if he wanted to stop and get a donut. At first, he said no but that was right after we left his school. As we got close to the restaurant, he kept repeating the word donut. He did great at his therapy sessions even though he was a little anxious about tomorrow being his last day of school. The whole way there he kept saying “Monday be with mommy tomorrow” and making sure that I knew we would be together. I try to get him to understand that we can do things while he’s on summer break. He was very excited to work on his exercises and he wanted to use the Play-Doh that his occupational therapist suggested he told her that he wanted to make a purple dinosaur. When we got home, he wanted to play on his computer and he ate a huge dinner. He kept checking to make sure what was going to happen over the next few days. He kept running around the house yelling “concentrate on today.” he didn’t want to go to bed right away because he wanted to continue talking about the days of his break. I told him that if he didn’t go to sleep, he wouldn’t be able to go to class tomorrow so he ran to his bed and quickly fell asleep. I hope that he sleeps once again and I am sad that tomorrow is his last day, but it will give us time to work on our next great adventure. I’m thankful for his laughter and that big smile. Never give up on the hope for tomorrow. Smiles to all and we 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.