Owen is so happy about seeing “Santa tomorrow to-mor-ROW tomorrow.” He wanted to make sure I knew it was tomorrow and he said it many different ways all day. He went to bed talking about him, woke up asking about him, and was ready to go see him Friday night. We may have found the next new favorite month. He told me he was going to ask Santa for a present. I asked him what he wanted. He said, “A new hat” and an “iPad with Dr Panda Cafe.” He asked me for a phone for Christmas the other day. I think he has his electronics sorted and he asked for a “new hat game.” He said, “You open a present.” Maybe this year his presents can be gift-wrapped and not in a bag. Before the gift was as it was, not to be opened, and no paper was taken off it. With gift bags, it didn’t cause as many meltdowns if he could see what was inside it without tissue paper. We got ready and went to wait for the bus. Pure excitement again washed over him when his bus was coming around the corner. Off he went dreaming of Santa and all that he had to do today. He knew I was picking him up for therapy. To say he was elevated when I picked him up was probably an understatement. I talked to his teacher about all the skills that he is learning. I could tell last night when he was eating dinner that he was not sticking his whole hand in the honey mustard when he was dunking his chicken nuggets in it. She explained how they are working on using two fingers to pick up food and I can certainly tell the difference already. He was fine when we were standing there talking to his teacher but once we headed to the car the repetitive behaviors went into overdrive. He had buckled himself in and then closed the door. The progress with that alone is huge but it was so hard for him to concentrate on us going to therapy. He knows he is off of school next week but he got on his mind about going to the library. This isn’t something we even talked about doing until next week but the emotions attached to this are so hard for him. He screamed at me off and on the whole way to therapy. I talked to his therapists about his repetitive behaviors and they are going to work on a few things with him as well. He was calmer on the way home and the rest of the night with only a few minutes that were hard for him. He asked me to get him a Santa hat to wear to see Santa. I’m not sure if he will wear it but it’s cool he asked for it. Before he went to bed he wanted to make sure I knew he was going to school on the “following Monday” and I told him yes but we were going to do a lot of things before then. I’m hoping tomorrow is everything that he wants it to be and the start of a great holiday week. On journey is not always easy to explain but the love sure is. The steps forward mean there has been progress made. Keep moving forward. 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.