I woke up several times searching for Owen. It always takes me a while to adjust when he is in a sleeping spurt. He slept all night and woke up in one of those middle-of-the-road moods, kinda cranky kinda not. I suppose I was too. I can tell his spunk is coming back because he wanted to put the different speeds on his tablet for them to sing slow and fast. How he even figures these things out is a mystery to me, I spend two years trying to figure out a printer setting. He still seems a little snotty but I feel like it is a change of season allergy thing. We have a busy week ahead; dinner with friends tonight, therapy tomorrow, and more therapy on Thursday. And I’m sure several other things. He was ready for school and dinner with our friends. When the bus pulled up he told me the bus had open eyes and I’m pretty sure he means the lights on the bus were turned on. I kissed him on the head and I told him, “I wish for you a fabulous day of treasure hunts and everything else you say.” As soon as he got off the bus he said our friends’ names that we were going to dinner with. I said yes we could go and he said no tractors. I said do you not want to go to dinner and he went back and forth but he left his shoes on though so I knew he wanted to go. His teacher let me know she sent home a note because Owen didn’t do any of his independent work. I said I would talk to him about it and I told her that I had noticed behaviors that have returned from years before like he was cycling back through them. When he got home we discussed the note and I asked him how it made him feel. He said, “errr mad it sad.” He wanted to hide the note in a box. I told him if his teacher said he did good tomorrow we would hide it. I asked him what he wanted to be tomorrow and we used the emotion cards. He grabbed the happy card and put it on the refrigerator. She also said he is blossoming with his speech and answers. She said he is quick to respond and knows so much. I feel like it’s part of a growth spurt. The card is on the refrigerator. He wanted it off. I told him that if he had a good report tomorrow and completed his work we will take it down and put it in the box. He kept looking at it. We got ready to go to dinner with our friends. He requested pancakes and chicken that’s really steak like he got on Thursday. He loved it. He then got some of the food on his pants and he was very close to a huge meltdown but thankfully we were able to breathe through it. He wanted the spot gone but after a while calmed down because I kept asking if he wanted more chicken. He mostly did pretty well for everything thrown at him. He was not pleased about his pants but handled everything in general. He was very interactive with our friends and asked one of them to play his game with him. It helps him to be around kids his age and it shows him more skills. We had another meltdown averted because he wanted the plates left again and they did. When we got home he looked at the card. He told me that he wanted to ride his bike at school tomorrow and I told him that I bet his teacher would let him ride if he did all his work. He asked if he could put the card under the pillow for the fairy. I told him tomorrow if he did what he was supposed to do he would get a surprise and could put the card under his pillow or in the box. He said, “be happy tomorrow.” And with that, I knew the connections had grown as much as he has. I always wonder if I’m on the right path but today felt like huge progress. I never knew how overwhelming the world is until I went out into the overwhelming world with my son. I’m thankful for his progress and his amazing day of moving forward. Celebrate your victories and know that all things are possible if you believe in yourself. 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.