The language train is moving right on track. Owen changed our tv to Portuguese. He listened to it for quite some time and then he changed it to French. I think he cycled through a few more languages before putting it back to English. He had full conversations with Siri requesting every phrase he could think of in every language he could think of. The highlight of my day was when I asked him if he could say chocolate in French. Most of the time he repeats the exact words I say but instead he said the phrase “I want chocolate milk please” all in French. All I could think was wow. The sky’s the limit for him. I can tell he is growing and he is also working through many emotions. When growth happens, no matter what form, it seems like he takes steps backwards on other abilities, like potty training. When you have a sensory child the world of bodily functions is a very emotional journey. We have overcome so many obstacles and in general, Owen uses the potty almost all of the time but the few times he won’t go or doesn’t tell me he needs to go still puts me on a tailspin of what can I do to stop this. Routine is absolutely everything for Owen and all of the back and forth of not knowing is extremely hard on him. And right now there is anything but a reliable routine in our world. I can try to make it as consistent as possible but that still doesn’t always make it so. I miss our adventures of going to the coffee shop and bowling on Saturdays and I can only imagine how he must feel when everything that he loves was taken away from him. There is no way he can comprehend it and there is no way I can explain when I do not understand it all myself. All I can do is pray for a calmer tomorrow. I’m thankful for the progress he is making and his smile that is etched into my heart. Find your happiness, do something for yourself, and share your smile with the world. 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.