Adapt, adjust, avail, that’s what I kept repeating to myself yesterday. It was my mantra to get through the day. All in all, he had a good day, but the meltdowns were in full swing. He got very upset when one of his apps kept freezing. Luckily, now he brings me his tablet instead of throwing it across the room, most times. However, I was unable to fix the app. It seemed like it was a software glitch, plus it was in Chinese. He loves downloading the kids’ apps in Chinese. He will have the English and Chinese versions going at the same time. The app not working was upsetting to him, but me not being able to fix it caused him to go instantly into a meltdown. He ran from the couch before I could even try to go through the steps of keeping him calm. He ran to his hammock swing, falling to the pillow beanbag I put underneath to cover up the bars from the swing’s stand. I put it there so if he fell he would land on it. However, it is also where he likes to fall asleep and do meltdowns. He threw himself on it, flattening an area, moving the pillow as he kept banging his head on the pillow. He kept doing it. He must have hit the bar underneath because he immediately popped up. He ran to me. “Did you hit your nose ouch it hurts”, he said. Rejoice and cry in the same breath. The bittersweet words of knowing he can tell me he’s hurt, but I need those words to help him through moments like this. He stopped pulling at his nose within seconds of running to me, maybe it was shock. We got through it. This is why it’s so important for me to try and stop the meltdown before it even starts. He emotions come quick and he finds ways to get those emotions out. Meltdowns can last for hours or minutes, either way, it’s emotional for both of us. I’m learning to adapt, so we can adjust, and together we will avail. Take one day at a time. Know that you are a lot stronger than you can imagine and you are not on this journey alone. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.