The day started before it really even ended. Owen didn’t sleep well at all and woke up by three. The days ahead have all been a great concern for him. He wanted me awake and that was that. He did make sure I had my coffee and for that I was thankful. He always wants to make sure I have it before we sit down but he was rushing me along and kept turning the light off. We sat there playing with his tablet and he started talking about the days ahead. When I told him it was time to get ready for school he said, “five more minutes.” I asked him if he wanted to stay home from school, knowing exactly what the answer would be, and he said, “school school.” I told him it was time to get ready and he said, “time for shoes.” He was anxious all morning and he was extremely ready to get the day over so he could focus on Saturday even though he still had two days to go. He has a hard time focusing on the moment he is in and instead, his attention is turned towards the future. He went through all his usual steps of asking me about our neighbor and the bus and then quickly focused on me getting on the bus to go to school with him. He always asks me to get on the bus and waits for me to reply that I can’t go. He wanted to make sure I was going to pick him up from school and off he went. His allergies were still bad this morning but not like it was last night. I picked him up from school and his teacher said he had a good day but didn’t eat as much. He hasn’t been eating as much the past few weeks since he was sick but he also seems like he is requesting more of the foods he wants if I don’t offer something that interests him. I put his supplements in yogurt and I figured out that he now loves peach. I used to hardly eat peach yogurt but it seems like it is quickly becoming a favorite for both of us. I try to give him choices when we talk about foods and he knows that he always has to try a bite of everything and then he can make up his mind if he likes it. This is how I found out he loves peach. When we got to his therapy I went in with him. He has been so anxious I wanted him to know I was there for him. He did great in all three of his sessions but I could tell that he was sleepy. I’m hoping that translates into him sleeping all night. I fixed his favorite foods since he didn’t eat as much for lunch and he did pretty well. He is ready for his weekend. He has talked about his steps already for Friday and he’s ready to get home, go to sleep, and go to “grandma’s house on Saturday” so he can “restart grandma’s black computer.” He is very specific as to what he wants to do. When he was in the bath I asked him to tell me about his day. He was able to give me details about each one of his therapy sessions. Plus he told me what he worked on at school. He fell asleep a lot quicker tonight than he did last night and I’m thankful for that. I’m praying he sleeps all night and has a great Friday. I’m thankful for his bright smile, his amazing memory, and the song he puts in my heart. Your smile can change 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.