Owen slept all night thankfully. He was asleep by eight and he was ready for his day when he woke up. He asked about “dinner with grandma” but I said we would have to wait and see. I should have said yes we are going but I like to overthink everything and see how his day goes. When we were waiting for the bus he was full of information for me. It is truly amazing how much he has stored in his brain. He knew today was “November twenty-nine” and that Friday would be December. And as much as he does have stored he also has the canny knack of spinning tales and telling the opposite he knows to be true. Sometimes I feel like this is something he does for conversational purposes and sometimes I think it is because he can’t process the correct information. He went back and forth telling me that it was going to snow tomorrow but “it’s fall and it’s winter.” I can only imagine how confusing it all is yet he seems to grasp it. When he got home from school it was back and forth on what he wanted to do. Everything changes and stays the same. He mentioned “dinner with grandma” but took off his shoes so he could put his winter sandals on. He then told me to put a dress on which is what he calls a nightgown or “staying home clothes” but left his pants on so I thought there was a possibility. I should have just stuck with the plan but it’s all the overthinking I like to do. I was surprised he made plans for today which to me was even a huge step. He was ready for his Thursday and he already told me he was doing nothing on Friday. When he was debating back and forth he said he wanted to go to Dairy Queen and I said he could get chicken. He said hotdogs. He was getting a bit agitated and I thought he was acting sleepy so we ultimately didn’t go but I was still taking it as progress because he was getting this whole plan thing down. Maybe his Friday thoughts will change and he will want to do something then. We had a whole conversation about Christmas coming. I said, “Christmas is coming on December 25th” and he started asking me questions like it was a person. So now he is focusing on Christmas going “bye-bye.” He didn’t want it to come to our house today. I told him it’s not a person but he is focused on that. Words are everything and the way I say things. The word “coming” means someone is visiting now for different reasons. He then talked about wanting to go to dinner with Santa. Boy, oh boy, how things have changed. Sleep happened once again as soon as his head was on his pillow. Even though we didn’t go to dinner I still saw incredible progress. On the days that feel heavy remember the sun will shine tomorrow and you are not alone. 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.