I slept better than I had in quite some time and Owen slept until after six. He was very calm but focused on his day ahead. He knew he was going to one of his therapy appointments today and he couldn’t wait to see the doctor and therapist. He was too focused on this to make any other decisions about his day but I was fine with that since it would be raining all day. Every few minutes he asked me when we were leaving. And every few minutes I had to tell my brain that I don’t and shouldn’t answer him each and every time. It’s exhausting trying to figure out how to handle this behavior. It cycles through during more stressful times for him and this is certainly one of those times. He’s counting the days until that bus returns for him on Monday. Might I add I’m already dreading Christmas break? I have to remind myself that we get through these breaks and each time we both learn a little more how to handle them. Shrimp was the requested breakfast. He said, “Do you want yes I want do you want shrimp shrimp I want shrimp please” after I had asked him if he wanted every other breakfast food we had and not shrimp. So guess who ate shrimp for breakfast? I’m glad for these food requests though. It helps him grow in his food confidence and he knows the foods that he wants. I always make him try new foods and then he can decide if he wants more of something. And shrimp for breakfast and waffles for dinner is fine in my book if he is eating. It was finally time to go to his appointment after many other food choices throughout the day. It was still raining when we had to go but my anxiousness and anxiety in these moments are not what they were since he likes rain more and because he knows it creates mud. I still wait for the day when he cycles back through rain being hard on him but for now, I’m thankful that we can walk out in the rain without so much as a squeal and that for now, rain spots are a thing of the past. We got to his appointment and he was very happy to see his doctor and therapist. His tablet battery went out during the appointment. I need to get a new one of those small portable chargers because this did not go over well. Thankfully his therapist completely understands and we worked through it. I gave him my phone which is something I always try to avoid because it starts the ripple effect for days, weeks, months, and years to follow. We stopped at Chick-fil-A on the way home because he said he wanted chicken nuggets but as soon as we left the drive-thru he said he wanted Gino’s pizza but I said that would have to be for another day. When he got out of the car he realized there was a river of mud under the car. He stuck his foot in it and said, “Oops sorry stuck it in the car mud under the mud it’s raining” and ran to the porch. If it wasn’t so cold I would have taken him to the park and let him play in it. He was trying to figure out what day he would see his grandma next. He then moved on to the fact that Thursday is Thanksgiving and he is supposed to see his family and that became the talk for the rest of the night. Bedtime came with the follow-up discussion of what was happening the next few days. “We’ll have to wait and see” was not the answer he was looking for but I stuck to it. Sleep called his name and he was out. I pray he sleeps well and we can find some fun things he wants to do tomorrow. Each step forward is progress and our journey to victory. Don’t let yesterday rule how tomorrow will go. The victory is yours for the taking. 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.