I think one day one of us will sleep through the night again but right now it’s not looking promising. First, it was a dramatic stomp across the house and now it is a full-on run everywhere. It started at dinner. He ran to the refrigerator to get out the milk because I guess I wasn’t fast enough. Then when I was done pouring more into his cup he ran the container back and put it away. It takes me a few minutes to adjust to his actions and reactions. Yes, he has run many times but I sense a difference with the body movements, he’s becoming more aware of how his body moves. I’ve seen so much growth the last few days and then along came stomping and running. The running is almost as dramatic as the stomping. They both are done with purpose and attitude like he knows what he is doing. This brings peace to my heart because the more he becomes aware of how his body works the better it will be for keeping him safe. He knows no concept of danger and walking on stairs backwards is almost an every day occurrence for us. I have to remind him to face the right direction and also try to protect him while not being too close to him because he will launch himself right into my arms on the stairs. As long as I’m not too close he will keep moving. It is something we have been working on for years. He has always been fascinated by the lights that reflect off of other objects. He moves his eyes around looking at the shadows in the room. He will walk right up to a wall or the tv -even when it’s off and move his face back and forth an inch from the surface. He’ll close his eyes as tight as they can be but still have a tiny little sliver open to see through. Sometimes he will take his tablet to the wall and hold it at different angles to catch all the reflections of light. Now he started holding his tablet above his head, squinting as he pulls it down in front of his eyes over and over again. Today brought new songs in languages I didn’t recognize. He laughed with Siri as he asked her to translate into “boy” and “dog”, laughing harder with the replies she couldn’t do as he asked but quickly followed it with German, Italian, French, and the rest. The language skills he is building are amazing. He had a few anxious moments as the night went on but he swung till his heart’s content and then went to sleep easily without too much of a struggle. He asked when he would see his teacher again and I told him to look at the calendar. To my heart's content he looked, he didn’t scream about it, and he was happy. Through tired eyes, I search for joy. It comes from hearing Owen laugh, seeing him run through life, and knowing that tomorrow we will grow again. Be brave in days that feel hard and know that tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.