He hugged me. I thought Owen was up earlier but it was almost six when he walked into my room, without his tablet, and he hugged me. I woke before five, thinking I heard him with his tablet but I must have been dreaming. I was happy when he hugged me. Very few mornings does he come to me first now. I have to say that I am happier he isn’t coming to me at two in the morning as much anymore and we are both sleeping better. I’m hoping this continues. I told him we were going to read in a few minutes and he didn’t reply. Sometimes he doesn’t know he is supposed to reply or that I need a reply so he won’t say anything, other times he doesn’t know what to say. I said, “are you ready to read” and he didn’t say anything so I said, “you say yes ma’am.” He immediately said, “no ma’am” clearly understanding the opposite words and actions this time that he often struggles with. This is where it can quickly change for him because he didn’t want to read but he was emotional about it. Some days I push it because he needs to work with me and we need to work on his skills but other days it would not be beneficial to push him because he would not be able to handle it. The fine line is not always distinguishable and I don’t always pick up or understand all the cues he has given me. I had a meeting to go to today so he was going to see his grandma. I hadn’t told him yet because I didn’t want it affecting his sleep. In a whirlwind of a few minutes, the roofers came to fix a spot on my roof and I told Owen about his day to distract him. I knew it would only take a couple of minutes for them to fix the roof but I also needed him to remain calm. He heard the noise and said, “it’s the blender.” I’m not sure how the roof noise became a blender sound but he then says, “no smoothie today.” I told him that he would be going to grandma’s house at this point hoping he would not keep thinking about the noise. He knew today was Friday and he generally goes to see grandma on Saturdays. As soon as I told him he was going to see his grandma he said, “uncle wichard.” I burst into tears. He doesn’t forget a thing and the last time we were with her on a Friday was when we drove to North Carolina to work on my brother’s estate. My heart aches that Owen won’t get to see his uncle anymore. My heart aches for all of us. He did pretty good about getting ready to go to grandma’s house but it still took him a while to go through all the motions. He had a great time with grandma. He said he wanted to go ride the elevators but when we got in the car he wanted to go home. I told him we could go in the morning before he went to grandma’s house. Sometimes we have to do things in a very specific order and I didn’t want to push it today. He was very interactive with me and we played several games. He wanted to wear his Spider-Man costume and he played his ukulele. He was singing in a new language today I didn’t recognize so it will cool to figure it out. Bath time and bedtime went smoothly and I hope tonight he sleeps well. I like this trend. I’m thankful once again for the progress he’s made. Never give up on the hope for tomorrow. 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.