We slept again. Well, Owen slept and I mostly did. I was playing peekaboo with him when he first woke up. I hide behind the cabinet and wait to see if he notices. Sometimes this does not go over well. I said, “I love you” and he smiled. We went through our morning moments and then we sat down together. He pulled up his daily calendar app and the narrator said what day it was and he went through a couple of the other features. This is the closest he has ever gotten to liking any type of schedule or daily reminders. His teacher has been making huge strides with him on this and it is making a big impact on him. I remember when he was very little I tried to show him picture cards of different activities we would be doing. He took the cards from me and would step on them or sit on them. Any type of board or structure was met with the same actions. We are working on knowing how time works and this is helping. He now has a calendar up but as soon as I put anything on the days he erases them. I have tried different types of calendars and strategies with him over the years and this is the furthest we’ve gotten. I stopped putting clocks in his room because if he woke up in the middle of the night he would deliver them to me. Sign language was also something that he wanted nothing to do with. The only word he liked to sign or let me sign was “more” and that was a word his speech teacher taught him while playing with bubbles. He now lets me sign with him and I use it in situations to help calm him. He sat there looking at different videos and he said, “hamburger it’s like a cheeseburger do you eat a bug.” He’s fascinated by what he can and cannot eat. He was talking about noses on animals because when he looks at pictures and cartoons he will point out when they don’t have eyebrows, noses, or other facial features. Sometimes it is the way the animal or character is drawn and other times it is because that particular animal may not have eyebrows. I showed him a picture of a bird and where its nose stone was and he moved on it the eyebrows. He was excited he was going to vision therapy and it was one of the last things we talked about before he got on the bus and it was the first thing he said when he got off the bus. He did great at vision therapy and he is starting to make more connections with the exercises. The screaming is extremely hard for me. He yelled all the way there about watching their tv in the lobby. He watched it one time while we were there and now he thinks it will always be on and wants to know before we even get there. He was calm the rest of the night and ate a lot for dinner. He is definitely on a growth spurt. When his head hit the pillow he was pretty much out. I only heard a little talking and he didn’t come out to check on me. I’m thankful for the days his smile is radiant. Let go of the things that have you rooted in the past and let those roots grow new trees. 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.