Owen woke by two once again but at least this time there were no storms and he went right back to sleep. He stole all of my covers and became a cute little burrito but I was the edge hanger once again. I really should have gotten a king-size bed. Although I don’t think it would really make much of a difference. He will still be right on my side. When we woke for the day he was happy. He also wanted me to “sit”, “no go potty”, “turn out the light”, “no chocolate milk today”, and “go back to the white bed” before I could even think about getting my coffee let alone getting out of bed. So I told him if he didn’t go potty and let me get my coffee there would be no tablet for him. He ran off to the bathroom. He doesn’t understand how badly I need mes the coffee. After we had been up for a few minutes he was asking me a question about something on his tablet. Once he was done I told him it was time to read and we could read any book. I showed him the two we had been ready or I told him to go to his baskets that hold some of his books and pick out a different one. I thought he might want Curious George since he asked about it yesterday but he came back with an Easter book and we read. After we read I told him he had about thirty minutes and we would start getting ready. I asked him again if he wanted something to eat and the same response “no chocolate milk today” rang out. I did a few more things and I started getting ready. This is when he decided he was hungry. I told him we had to get dressed but he insisted he wanted food. He asked for everything that took longer than the time we had. I finally told him I would fix him a waffle and he said, “two waffles please”. Two things I knew if I didn’t make him two waffles he would be upset and he wouldn’t eat both waffles. He finished most of the first one and I told him we needed to get ready. We were able to get ready and he finished his waffle before we went to wait for the bus. He reminded me I needed to put his safety belt on. I went to the hardware store and talked to several people trying to find solutions for changes to my house. It’s an emotional journey knowing that he doesn’t understand that he can’t keep pushing the faucet handle like he does or having to change different lights so he can handle it. Thankfully we came up with some great solutions and the ball is rolling. When he got home from school he was all smiles. He was very calm and I told him we had to go pick up something and we would go through the drive-thru and then a man was coming to see if they could help with our house. He followed all my instructions and was calm the entire time. I once again was very thankful. He wanted to play with his penguin rollercoaster that he hadn’t played in months. I was excited he was playing with his toys again. The night went fast and he fell asleep even faster. I pray tonight he sleeps. I told him I was very proud of his patience and understanding since his routine was disrupted. He did amazing. Tomorrow is a brand new day. Find your joy, be inspired, and let that be your motivation to 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.