November seems like it is a time for reflection. Owen woke up talking about “Halloween done” and “November now.” The snow boot request was quickly spoken and he wanted to know when we would get snow. He quickly rushed me to the “white bed” and turned out all the lights. I’m surprised he ever lets me keep them on but he always wants his bedside table lamp on. It’s interesting over the years how lights have become a rollercoaster ride for us. The lights could only be on in the bedrooms at one point, then it was only the bathroom, then he screamed at all of them, at one point I had to put paper over the window on the door to hide the light, and now it depends on what time of day for which lights can be on but always his bedroom light. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few of the rules and scenarios as well. We got ready and we stood outside waiting for the bus. I got more of my Spanish lesson this morning when he sang again. He was excited about his bus coming around the corner and off he went. I’m trying to find ways for us to do more activities in November. I want him to still have fun like he did in October but I know it will be different for him since he isn’t dressing up. It’s hard to convince him to go places when it isn’t his routine days. I’m hoping that I can work with him on activities that will show him that this is the month to be thankful. I stood outside waiting for Owen’s bus to bring him home and I saw a leaf fall from our tree. Last year he was picking leaves off the ground and then putting them back next to our tree if they matched. He hasn’t done that yet this year. I wonder if this is something he is still interested in or if he has moved on from it. When he came home I thought for a few minutes we might go for a walk or do something else but I told him we needed to put his backpack away and I had to lock the house. Once we got inside he didn’t want to go anywhere though. He told me he was going to take his shoes off and that was that. Owen lost his tooth at school and tonight the tooth fairy came. He put the tooth under his pillow when he was heading to the bath. I quickly did the old switcharoo and when he got out of the bath he ran to his pillow. He got a lollipop he yelled. He said, “the tooth fairy brought me a lollipop.” I told him he had to get dressed first and then he could have it. He wrinkled his nose after each lick. He had more of it than any he had eaten before. This one was a caramel apple one so maybe it was more of a flavor he liked. He didn’t want coins until after the tooth fairy came and then he asked about his pirate coins. I don’t leave it overnight because that isn’t something he understands yet and this helps him work through all of the steps. Plus this keeps him from hiding the tooth someplace else I can’t find. He fell asleep singing a song about a rooster named Sadie. There is a mystery to be solved with that one but I’ll have to get more of the words before I can even begin to figure it out. I’m thankful for his smile and the laughter we shared today. Each day is a gift and there is a memory to be made. 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.