Owen was focused this morning on all the day’s events and finding mud even if it was not truly mud. I went to check on him before I went to sleep last night and he had gotten his body sock to sleep in. I’m so thankful he is now able to realize what his body needs to sleep. He woke up in a great mood and was ready to go wait for the bus. He wanted to “lay down in de dry mud” and promptly laid down on the sidewalk. He almost said it like a question if I was going to stop him. I probably would have tried to stop him if it was wet mud but I look at it as exploration and being a little boy dreaming of mud. I waited years for these happy moments with him wanting to do activities like this so most of the time I’m all for it. I’m hoping he will learn when he can’t get in the mud but for now, these are the days. He was off to school and excited that I was going to pick him up for therapy. When I picked him up his teacher said he had a great day. We had a little time before therapy so we stopped at the park. He is doing amazing at climbing now. Only a few short months ago he still had a hard time with the ladders and now he is climbing them. He will ask for help occasionally but he is doing it all on his own and wants to do it. We got to therapy and he had a few minutes so he climbed to the top of the steps so he could “lay down.” He is fully invested in the whole “lay down” thing and wants to do it everywhere. “Dry mud,” real mud, or no mud he is ready for the “lay down.” He did well at his therapy and his physical therapist talked to me about some strategies she will be working on with him. I’m thankful for all the support he is getting and the attention to detail. We came home for a little bit before we went to “trunk or trick” at his music therapy place. He had so much fun. He was excited because there was another Spider-Man there. He doesn’t really eat candy but he did several of the activities to get the treats. He was thrilled when he saw one of his school friends arrive and then one of his church friends. He walked back and forth excitedly and talked to his music therapist. Another child showed up in a banana costume. I wondered how he would handle it because bananas are something that has caused so many meltdowns for him over the years. He talked to me about it but went right back to walking back and forth soaking it all in. When it started sprinkling I prayed that he would still be able to handle it all. Not one scream, not one tear, not one meltdown over the rain, not one. My amazing little boy stood there in the rain, in his costume, watching a child in a banana costume, and he was handling it all with a big old smile on his face. My greatest joy was watching him have fun and not even caring about the rain. Just a few short months ago this would have only been a dream and here he was at a Halloween “trunk or trick” and loving it. He wasn’t happy when it started getting dark but still remained calm. He was at his limit but boy, oh boy was it an amazing day. It’s wonderful to have so many amazing people in his life. It’s truly amazing how he handled it all. And the rain! I just can’t get over how he handled it. Today will be etched in my mind as a great day. He’s excited to go see his doctor tomorrow for his well check and then I will take him to school. My boy was happy and that is my joy. You can overcome any mountain that is set in front of you and when you succeed you can look back over the road you have traveled and be proud of all you accomplished. 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.