How many moments in time can you celebrate in one day? Owen slept until after five on a Friday night. That’s victory number one. He was excited for his day. He knew he was going to see his grandma and he wanted to go to the park afterward because he was hoping for more mud. What he didn’t know was we were going to a fall festival if he wanted to. I didn’t want to tell him about it because I was hoping he would sleep and in case there was any reason we couldn’t go. Plus, I wanted to give him the opportunity to see it and then decide if he wanted to go. As soon as he saw the bounce house and fire truck he was excited. Then he saw the tractor and he was ready to get out of the car. Waiting in lines for his turn is not easy, I mean who likes to wait, but he really did well. He went a couple of times on the bouncy house slide and then he wanted to go look at the fire truck and go on the hayride. He easily got into the fire truck but getting out was another story. He had to put his foot down on a ledge he really couldn’t see and he wasn’t able to understand the instructions of me telling him to look down. After a couple more minutes he turned a different direction and was able to get out. He kept asking for the keys to the tractor but thankfully he didn’t get upset when we could only ride on the trailer it was pulling. He wanted to walk over to where they had a few of the farm animals and then he was ready to go see his grandma. We stayed for about forty-five minutes and that was the perfect amount of time for him. He spent several hours with my mom and they had a little campfire for marshmallows. They played in the yard and took a long walk. When they got home Owen told my mom that I was coming and bringing food. This was code for I am on a mission and we have to do these steps first. I got the food and my mom said as soon as I got there he started talking about going to the park. That was the mud mission part of our day. It is an amazing little miracle that he went from having huge meltdowns over even one drop of rain to wanting to search our puddles so he could sit in them. He wanted to stop at the “little park” and I knew this was all mud driven. He was disappointed there was no mud. There was rain overnight so there were a lot of puddles this morning at the festival but I wouldn’t let him sit in them because I knew he wanted to go on the bouncy slide and all the other activities for the day but I knew we would be seeking out mud later on. Since that park was mud-less we went to the next park where our friends were. As soon as he got through the gate he went directly to the slide and it had been shaded by the tree so there was his glorious mud. He was so excited. He pretty much soaked up all the mud in his clothes and wanted more. He ran to all the other equipment and had so much fun. He was even able to climb and go down the metal slide which has caused him to have many meltdowns over the years. He got on a different swing that you have to push and pull. This is the first time that I can ever remember him wanting to get on it and to be able to do the actions. There was a little girl on the one next to him explaining how to do it. This made my day. He went on a few more things, looked for a little more mud, and then he proclaimed it was bath time and he was ready to go. We got home and he wanted a quick bath he said. He ate the fish I had gotten him and he wanted more of everything. He is a growing boy. Bedtime was quick. I think he might be exhausted from his very busy day. I know I am. I’m so very thankful for all of the amazing steps he took today. A few months ago had someone said to me in October wait until you see how everything changes I would have said that would be a dream come true. Each step he takes forward and being able to request what he wants will lead to more of an independent life. Today was amazing. Even in the moments of excitement or uncertainty, he was able to work through it calmly and ask for help. Three parks, tons of activities, spending time with grandma, and seeing his friends were all great experiences for him. And that makes this momma happy. Today was that dream come true. Never give up on the miracle yet to come. 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.