I wonder if Curious George has a good explanation as to why Owen has been waking up around four off and on for the last week. He was so excited to be awake this morning. He came to me wanting a hug a little after four. I’m exhausted. I hugged him and sent him back on his way to his room. This went on about five more times. I told him to listen for my alarm and that is when he could get up. I have an alarm clock for him, ok so I’ve had several alarm clocks for him. Most of them he had hand-delivered to me about two o’clock in the morning when for some reason he realized they are in his room and he doesn’t want them there anymore. He hid one in the hallway under a box he moved, Alexa he didn’t like because I made the mistake of trying to talk to him with it, and all the other ones didn’t make the cut for whatever reason. But yesterday I put one of the original ones I gave him in the living room and as soon as he came home from school he looked at it and moved it to his room. I thought that was progress. Now to figure out how to set the alarm and teach him how to use it. I feel like he is starting to get the concept of timers and alarms so this will help him learn how to tell time. I had to go to a store today and as I was approaching the front doors there was an extremely loud buzzing sound from their parking lot lights. The sound felt amplified in that moment because it made me realize how many times I’ve tried to take Owen into a store and before we even got inside he would be screaming to get back into the car. I hardly take him to stores anymore but even places we do go I watch to see how he handles them and what he struggles with and can handle. He had a good day at school or so he told me by answering my questions about what he did. He doesn’t always answer my questions with the correct answers but I can tell when he isn’t answering them correctly. In the same breath, I can’t always tell if he is answering them correctly either. His teacher and I communicate frequently to compare notes on his accomplishments and what we need to work on. The only thing he wanted to do when he got home from school was take a bath to get ready for his big Thursday, his favorite day. He fell asleep after coming to my room numerous times because I had my light on in my bedroom. He was in his bedroom upset because my bedroom light is on that he has to get out of his bed to see that it was on. This is how many nights go. I could hear him in his room repeatedly saying for me to turn my light off. To say the least, my light got turned off. It brings me back to the loud buzzing sound from the morning and I wonder if the light in my room makes noise. Electricity can make a buzzing sound or maybe it’s the bulbs themselves. I can only imagine how loud the world is to him. He’s excited about his Thursday and I hope he sleeps later tomorrow. I think about how happy he was running back and forth again while we waited for the bus this morning. His smile makes me happy and that’s what matters most. Find your happiness, share it with the world, and watch the smiles that follow. 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.