I’m liking this sleeping in. Even if it’s twenty minutes, I’m liking it. The last couple of days Owen has slept a little later and I’ve had to make noise for him to get up for school. I’ll take it. It’s such a different experience for me. He was very calm this morning after a rollercoaster ride of emotions for the last few days. Out of routine is out of routine. It has been wonderful visiting with our family but it has also been hard on Owen because his days of the week need to go according to plan, his plan. He mostly handled the last few days without too many meltdowns but I’m always on edge waiting for them to happen. This morning he showed me a picture of a seal, and he said, “it’s a seal it’s groundhog like a seal.” His vocabulary and connection to sentence structure are increasing. We went out to wait for the bus and he was hoping our neighbor would come out. He was over the moon when she did. He loves telling her goodbye and then running on the sidewalk while she drives away. Once she was gone he went back to watching for his bus. He would occasionally run back to me to make sure I was picking him up from school. Once he left I went to breakfast with my family for my birthday. It was great to be with them. It truly does your heart good to be around people that love you for who you are and make you laugh. I tried to think of all the smiles my brother would give me and the eye rolls I would give him with his funny, not so funny humor. I thought about the phone call I knew I wouldn’t get today but I tried instead to replace it with all the memories I had from our past and the joy I felt from being with my family. I went to pick Owen up from school and he was excited about going to therapy. He did great at each session and it helps me remember how much he has grown in the last few years. When we left there I asked him if he wanted to go to dinner with our family. At first, he said, “chicken in the drive-thru” and then he said, “no dinner today.” He wanted me to drive by the windows so I took him several times and then it was one too many and I could tell it was time to go home. He immediately took his shoes off, grabbed his tablet, and went to lie down in his bed. I knew he needed the routine of his Thursday. If I had pushed us to go to dinner he probably would have been upset and had a meltdown. He had a great rest of his night and was calm. He wanted his bath and his night was complete. I’m thankful for a good day and to see his growth. Be brave in yourself and keep moving forward. 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.