Some days I have to focus on the progress. OK, so most days I have to focus on the progress. There are so many days that feel rough around the edges with all the repetitive behaviors; now from both of us. Off to school, Owen went. He was not as snotty today as he was yesterday when he woke up so I believe that is a good sign. He was happy to go. He missed all the steps of his day yesterday. He kept talking about wanting to walk to the library with his bus people. He also told me he wanted to go back to the bus garage like we did the other day. The impact these people have made on his life is incredible. I’m thankful for the connection to all of them. He told me last night his doctor didn’t wear blue pants and he said, “I’m sorry.” He is thinking about that too. He talked a lot about going to the library. He also told me we were doing nothing until we go to therapy on Thursday and getting a pizza. He also said he is seeing Santa on Friday when we go to an event that is being held by one of his therapy places. That was all before he left for school. The tides changed a little when he got home. He didn’t want to go anywhere today but he asked me if we could go bowling and have dinner with his grandma on Wednesday. I asked his grandma and she said she could but she also knows how things can change. He kept saying to ask Grandma. He told me to send grandma a message even though he knew I already had. I said do you want to send her one. He said, “yes” so I showed him on his tablet how he could send it. He was afraid it was going to be a phone call though but then he realized it was fine. He typed out the message to her and even picked out emojis to send. He answered back and forth with a few more text messages. He even wrote out November on his own. Then I helped him read her last message and he said thank you and started typing it. It made him a little anxious because he was in the middle of playing his games but I think he will get it the more we do it and he liked that he can text with his grandma. We will see what he wants to do tomorrow but the follow-through was excellent. He got out of bed several times repeatedly asking about going to dinner with grandma. I told him he already knew the answer. He went back to bed and the screams echoed with him asking again. It’s so hard when I can’t get him to process it and move forward. He was doing so much better with this and now it is constant again. I’m praying for more direction or new ways to try. We have a meeting with his behavioral specialist tomorrow and I hope that will help. I hold onto the progress and am excited for dinner tomorrow night, hopefully. Dream big and remember progress doesn’t always happen overnight. 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.