The day started before I fell asleep I think. Owen was very excited about seeing his doctor. He went to bed last night and by eleven o’clock he had gotten up four times. He was ready to go to his appointment and I tried to explain to him that it wasn’t nearly time. This is the hard part about telling him things days before an event or appointment. I was trying to be very optimistic about this appointment. We see his doctor every few months and in general, Owen likes going to doctor appointments. This however is one that blue pants always seem to get in our way. He was ready though and we talked about giving the doctors and staff kindness and grace if they were not in blue pants. We got dressed and we headed out the door. I panicked a little when it was raining and he said, “Help I need help please” when he saw the door handle of the car was wet. I told him it was like the mud and it will be ok and he opened it. This was huge. Only a few short months ago this would not have happened. He would have been crying, screaming, or wanting to go back inside. I pray that mud keeps encouraging Owen to like the rain. This by far was the best appointment we have ever had with the doctors at this office. He mentioned blue pants with both doctors he saw but he didn’t scream about it and he let it go. He even interacted with both of them on different questions. It was beyond my expectations of how this appointment would go. We left the appointment and I felt like we made great progress. I’m going to work with his behavioral specialist to get some examples of certain behavioral walkthroughs that I can practice with Owen so that we can continue down the path of success for blue pants and the rain. I want to provide strategies for him so it gives him ways to deal with the stressors he has with each. I’m thankful this appointment went so well. He told me the other day he wanted to see his pediatrician. I asked him if he didn’t feel well. He said no so I asked why he wanted to see her. He said because he rides the elevator and gets to say hi. I like that he thought about her and was able to make the connection of being able to talk to her. He was elated to get to school and the whole way there he reminded me we needed to check in and he would ride the bus home. I told him that’s exactly what you’re going to do. When he came home I knew we were going to stay home and it was a calm evening except for the fact that I think he was turning the bathroom into a pool. When I told him to give me his tablet before bed he said, “Tell” and wanted me to finish. At first, I wasn’t sure what he was saying and then it dawned on me. He wanted me to say, “Tell the tablet night night.” He never forgets a thing. This is something I said to him when he was very little and would say it off and on over the last few years. He told it night night and was off to bed. I am praying he sleeps better than last night and he is ready for his day with grandma. Dream the big dreams and let your heart believe they will come true. Watch the miracles happen. 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.