The language train was speeding down the track. Owen figured out how to change his tablet so he could listen to the videos in numerous languages. He was watching the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and changing it between all that was offered. He laughed so hard mimicking all the words coming from his tablet. At first, I wasn’t sure what he was laughing at and then he walked up to me and said, “it’s in English”. I still wasn’t sure what he was referencing. I asked him to show me and there was a list of maybe twenty languages that he was going through to hear each of the characters talk. He was reading the name of the languages as he selected them. So much goodness in all of that. To hear Owen speak in other languages is amazing. I struggle not to overthink the holidays. Owen has gone to see Santa numerous times over the years but this year I haven’t tried to take him with everything going on. I see the anxiety it brings him when I do take him but this is the first year I feel like he is making any kind of connection to it being Christmas time. I asked him if he wanted to see Santa. His response is always “nope” but today as he was watching Christmas videos and I was asking him if he wanted to see Santa he kept running to the window looking for him. He sings Christmas songs all year long like they are another nursery rhyme. I do see the growth this year though. I talk to him about why we celebrate Christmas but I wonder if this confuses him more. He couldn’t settle tonight. It took him hours to fall asleep and he kept trying to squish himself between the mattress and the bedrail. Every time I think I have the bedrail figured out he finds a loophole in it. We’ve been through so many styles but on all of them he loves pushing the rail and the resistance they give him. He finally fell asleep hours after we started getting ready for bed. And here it is almost midnight and I’m up. Most likely he’ll wake a couple of times during the night and then no matter what my eyes generally pop open around five. One day maybe I’ll figure out the right combination of all of the sleep steps. Until then I’ll dream of the hope for tomorrow. His laughter carried me throughout my day and it filled my heart with gladness. Find your joy, share your smile, and know that you can move mountains if you want. 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.