It’s the little things that lead to the biggest victories. Today felt exhausting before I even got out of bed but I’m very thankful Owen slept. He got into bed with me after I got my coffee and I thought about how it used to be every single night he would get into bed with me or wake up five or six times each night. He still wakes up occasionally but it is so much better than it was. I told him we needed to get dressed and he said, “Five more minutes.” It’s so funny how he says this almost every day but he is always so excited for the bus to come. We’ve been having some cooler days so he has been wearing jeans. Technically he’s only outside for a few minutes so if he wanted to wear shorts it would be fine. I’m hoping as it gets colder he will get used to wearing more styles of pants. When we were waiting for the bus he pointed and was telling me about the “traffic block.” He has been pointing for a few years now but it still brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes when I see him point. This took years and years and years for him to master and it is beyond amazing for him to be able to do. Pointing is one of those things that I put in the “leads to independence” category. His conversational skills are growing but sometimes pointing is another form of communication and being able to show someone where he is looking or what he is wanting will help in so many ways. The joy truly is in the little things. When he heard the bus he told me he rides the bus and listed the number he rides. He rides a different one in the morning and afternoon. It’s exciting to me that he knows these things and it also tells me how much time the bus and school staff work with my son. The greatest gift is being able to see how much time others invest in your child. He was off to school and I knew he would have a great day. When he got home from school I had a feeling we wouldn’t be going anywhere but that was ok with me. He stays busy many days so I understand if he wants to stay home more. When we walked in the door he said, “Mommy speak Espanol.” I said, “You want me to speak in Spanish” and he said yes in Spanish. He asked Siri and Alexa to translate many things as the night went on. The night was full of laughter and song. He was very calm and waited when I said he had to take his bath later. He fell asleep and was excited about his days ahead. I told him he was going for a wellness check on Friday and we discussed when we would be going. I never know how far in advance I should share with him because it is always a process for him. I’m thankful for the gift of today and the smile on my sweet baby O’s face. Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make it grand. 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.