Five o’clock wake-up call for us this morning but otherwise we were both in good moods and ready for our day. Owen kept talking about bowling but I wasn’t sure how that would go. Sometimes he says he wants to go but he really doesn’t. He is growing again because he ate a lot of breakfasts. He ate first breakfast and then when we started getting ready to leave he wanted more. I offered him numerous things and he said, “Fish I’d like fish please” so there you go. Over the last few days, he would walk up to me and yell “Grandma.” He wanted me to respond that he was going and when but I want him to understand he can’t just repeat the word “grandma.” I understand that he wants confirmation of his day but I need him to understand that he has to express what it is that he is referencing. Not only about his grandma but with other things as well. I explained to him we had to talk about Grandma and he had to use his words of why he wanted to see her. I gave him a few phrases and he started saying them a little more. When he didn’t I would ask him more questions and tell him to use his words. It’s hard to get him to use his words sometimes but I need him to process this so that it can help promote independence. That’s the goal for him to be able to tell someone else what his needs and wants are. He was doing much better as the day went on. I hope this helps him learn more about conversation and being able to share his own experiences. We got ready and I was able to get black jogger pants on him. I told him he needed to wear them so he could have them under his costume. He said, “tan pants” trying to get out of them because he didn’t want to wear tan pants either but he did want to go bowling and wear his costume. It was a success. He spent time with his grandma while I went to a parent-teacher conference and then I came to get him for bowling. We stayed for a little while and then we went bowling. He was very excited to go and he did amazing today. Once we finished we had about thirty minutes before we needed to go to his vision therapy so my little Spider-Man went and played in the “dry mud” and climbed on all the equipment. He laid down right in front of the swings and dug the dirt all around him. He had a glorious time. We went to his therapy and he was a bit distracted but did well with the exercises when he would do them. We came home and it was more nonstop eating. He kept asking about going to the park with our friends. This is huge for him because he doesn’t like to be out of routine and doing things so this will be day two of activities. He kept mentioning our friends’ names and saying “Then we go home.” I think he is starting to figure out that he can go have fun and still come home to wait for the bus on Wednesday. He made sure I knew we were coming home again after that. I’m thankful he is enjoying activities more and able to process that he can have fun while waiting for the routine to return. He ate all of his chicken for dinner and then once again asked for fish. I said, “It’s almost bedtime.” “Fish first,” he said. I’m thankful for a good day. It was beyond busy but boy, oh boy did he do good. I will be so excited if we actually meet our friends at the park tomorrow but I will also understand if he is still processing it. His happiness is my joy. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. 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.