When I think the day is starting out not on the rollercoaster ride and then I realize not only am I on the ride but I gotta learn to steer too. Welcome to our morning. Thankfully Owen slept great again but when he woke up he was cranky but excited about his day. It was fine until I told him he needed to put his tablet down and get dressed. This led to twenty minutes of him telling me “a couple minutes” for him to let him play on his tablet. I tried to explain to him if he would get his clothes on then he could have his tablet back. This led to him screaming at me and me trying to keep him from having a complete meltdown. One wrong word and it leads to a spiral so quick you didn’t even know you left the station. He had no time for his tablet and this meant I was frazzled with him yelling at me. I generally put his safety belt on him before he gets on the bus. All I could think was to get him outside to wait for the bus to distract him. I did not want him to have a huge meltdown. I always try to do it to speed up the process when he is getting on the bus but his bus aide is amazing and helped him put on his safety belt. I sat for a while trying to just give myself time to work through all the emotions. My goal is always to keep him moving forward and for him to understand calming techniques. As rough as the morning was the afternoon was like the sun came out and gave us the light we needed. He knew he was going to his vision therapy and that made him very happy. He talked about his birthday again. The last few weeks have felt like he is growing in so many ways. I see everything tumbling out of him and he’s working through those fine lines of expression and reality. I can see he is trying to come up with the answers the first time instead of always saying them after telling it wrong three or four times. He is making connections to words and phrases that he couldn’t necessarily say before. He sat eating his snack and he talked about bowling. I asked him if he wanted to bowl and he said, “no.” I went to the bathroom and I come out to him bowling again. I love that he is wanting to do this. I told him that we could go bowling anytime he wants and I’m hoping that this is maybe something he will want to do next week during his spring break. I love that he has made the connection to his birthday and how old he will be. It feels like great progress. He had an amazing time at his vision therapy. He is making more of those connections and it feels like the closer he gets to turning eleven the more those growth spurts are happening. The rest of the night flew by with more food and fun. His prayer for tonight was “Dear God, I’m proud of you, Amen.” That prayer is a reflection of what should run through all of us. We should instill the kindness and grace that we give others on ourselves as well. Today is a day of reflection and I’m proud of you for walking over that mountain you never imagined you could climb. 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.