Owen was much calmer today. The glow in his eyes was a little brighter, if not maybe a little mischievous even. I watched him eat his lunch. I’m always amazed at the sensory play that happens for one bite of food, and of course it was shrimp. He moves it between his fingers with great dexterity that he doesn’t always show when he is doing other activities. It’s almost like how you would twirl a coin between your fingers. He then moves it to his mouth. And this is like another magician’s trick waiting to happen. The food is in and out of his mouth so many times I lose track. Occasionally, I look at his plate and there will be shrimp that have at some point lost their breading only to be eaten on the second pass through. He’s pretty good at the clean plate club, even though sometimes it takes two rounds. He manages to pretty much get it on every surface, on him, the table, the chairs, the floor, me, his tablet, and if the cat walks by. I think the walls may even take their fair share. He’s words seemed more abundant today as well. And I got really excited when he walked up to me and wanted me to find “sesame strect strict street sesame streetAH” on the voice-activated option. He worked through it and pretty much said Sesame Street. He’s never called it the right name, not truly being able to enunciate the word before. So this felt huge to me. He walked through all of the steps to be able to say the word and the look on his face told me he knew he did it right. I often wonder if he understands his words are not always clear or that he isn’t saying a word at all. It’s one of those things I try not to think about but think about constantly. I want him to be able to express his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He listened well for most of the day, only a few meltdowns, but a whole lot of love and learning. Through the victories of today I celebrate for what tomorrow can bring. When all else fails succeed at something else. Never give up. 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.