Owen woke ready to face his day. He was excited and he was hungry or so he wanted me to believe. Some mornings it’s about routine and some about actual hunger. Today was a mix of both. He asked for a waffle three times but then he said no he only wanted milk. This changed as soon as I went to sit down after getting my coffee. The waffle request came in but he ran away from the kitchen. I generally don’t fall for this. I gave him some more milk and cereal but he said it again. “Waffle please,” as he was sitting on the couch. I made it and he then decided he didn’t want it. He told me because it was only one waffle and he wanted two. This is a factor. The plate and the food are all part of the routine but it’s always up in the air if he is actually going to eat it. He wanted to wear shorts this morning but he waited until he was putting on his jeans so I told him he could wear them tomorrow. We’ll see what happens. It’s cold in the mornings but by afternoon it’s much warmer so it shouldn’t be a problem either way. I think I am also going to try to get him to wear jogger pants under his shorts if he wants to wear them on really cold days. He is starting to understand more about the weather though so I think that will help with what we wear. We went out to wait for the bus and he was telling me all about how the bus was going to get to him. He first kept saying the bus was going to go straight and I said is that how the bus goes? He said no so he told me “left right right” and he was correct. His teacher said he had a pretty good day. They are working on core strength and doing so many other amazing things with him. I took him to therapy and both his therapists said he did well today. I don’t go in with him every time because I don’t want to make him think I have to go in each time. We got a pizza after therapy and he couldn’t wait to eat it. He sat eating his pizza and he said, “It’s delicious.” “Chocolate milk please,” he said and he had a full cup. He does this a lot. I’m not quite sure why but he will do it with food as well. He is making sure he has routined days ahead. He asked me about Monday and if I was picking him up from school for music therapy. His music therapist is also at the same location where he goes to some of his other therapy but we are seeing her at a different location. It gives him another opportunity to interact with different people. The behaviors tonight were very strong and boisterous but I was able to calm him down and we played music together. I want to make sure we establish rules about screaming and hitting before he gets into his teenage years. He doesn’t like any rules but he has to learn to deal with them. He continuously wants his tablet in the bathroom but he always gets water on it. I try to explain to him tablets and water don’t mix but we are not there yet. Each day I reflect on the progress and that is what continues to push me forward. Be brave in your moments of challenges and know that you are stronger than you think. 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.