There was a bag near the door filled with a few items that I needed to put away. I asked Owen to bring the bag to me describing it in detail. He wasn’t even two feet from it, he touched it, and kept looking around bewildered. I try to make him find things every day and bring them to me. This is an extremely hard task for him. We play I Spy and he does well with finding random colors, running to the items, but adding too many steps to the process are daunting for him. I have to breathe and let it go. It’s emotional for me. I have to push him to try new things without upsetting him. Owen is not a big sweets eater but he loves chocolate almond milk. For a while, I couldn’t get him to drink anything else. Now he is actually asking for apple juice, I think it’s only because a character has asked for it on one of the videos he likes, but hey he’s asking for it and drinking it. That’s a win in my book. He’s tried numerous new foods today and vanilla almond milk with chocolate syrup was one of them. I have to gauge what to surprise him on and what to explain to him that it will be different or new. He knows that he always has to try one bite of food and then he can decide if he likes it. He now says, “try it yum yum you like it” before he even puts one bite to his mouth, generally with a snarled up nose. For his milk, I showed him that it was vanilla, but we were going to make it chocolate. I had already put the syrup in and I had him help me stir it. That’s an action he still has difficulty with so we did it together. He drank it down requesting more since I hadn’t put much in his cup. For first lunch, since he really didn’t have much for breakfast, I made southwest rice and beans dish. He hadn’t eaten them in quite some time. This took some convincing but he agreed to try it. He ate it all and he did it mostly with his spoon, me helping him push it on there. He still wants to use his fingers to eat it. Our internet was out for hours today. To say this was stressful is an understatement. But Owen handled it like a champ with only a few dozen moments of unhappiness. He’s come so far and today proves it. I walk on eggshells trying to keep him from going into a meltdown over something like the internet, but we got through it together. A backup modem is coming tomorrow and bedtime is soon. We probably have this covered. I think it’s today’s shrimp I see on my floor and not yesterday’s. Have broom will sweep and more coffee to the rescue. For the love of Owen, I’m growing and learning. Be the change you want to see in the world and make today matter. 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.