Which dance should I do today? Probably the happy dance came first. Owen slept all night long. And not in my bed. He woke in kind of a tired mood but he was very calm. He wanted to come sit with me in my bed after I got my coffee. I’ll take it. I like asking him questions and some he answers. I find that he has to process what I ask him sometimes and it will take him several minutes to answer or even later in the day, or week to process. Questions are hard but I can see where he is making great strides with this. We got ready for school and we walked outside to wait for the bus. He was excited to stand there telling me the names of foods, animals, and places that started with different letters. He also wanted Siri to translate the phrase “I want to ride a tractor with Goofy” into all languages. As soon as the bus gets close he can hear it even before it turns the corner. He started jumping up and down the minute he heard it. I love the excitement he has for the bus and where it is taking him. I’m thankful he has an amazing support system for both the morning and afternoon buses and his teacher and the staff at his school. When he came home I had the laundry on my bed all folded and ready to put away. I thought I blocked the door well enough but he ran to it while I went to the bathroom. All the clothes went everywhere. All I had to do was put them away but now they were scattered everywhere. I told him that he wasn’t supposed to throw the clothes on the floor. I told him that they all needed to be picked up and then we were going on a walk. And if he threw them on the floor again when we came home he would not have his tablet. We left for our walk and he wanted to see if the “firefighter the man” was there. He wasn’t but we met several others. I explained who we were and that I wanted Owen to always know where he could come if he needed anything. I want to make sure I repeat the places he can go so he is aware of his surroundings. His new thing on our walk but he has been mentioning it lately is the “dinosaur on the rollercoaster.” I’m sure it is the dinosaur in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode but I’m not sure where he thinks the rollercoaster is near us. He says it when we are in the car too driving over the bridge so maybe he thinks it’s the train tracks. I am not sure how I’m going to pull off the dinosaur on a rollercoaster but maybe he will be able to express more of the details. He asked to make animal cards for the teacher again. He at first said he wanted to make fruit and vegetable cards but changed to animal. I told him he could make fruit or vegetable cards and animals as well. He said no vegetables today. He played his keyboard tonight, singing Christmas carols as he looked at one of his books. He fascinated me with his diversity and amazing depth of memory. I’m thankful for how far he has come. Tomorrow I’m speaking with another eye specialist to see where that leads us with his behaviors and perception. We learn, we love, we grow. Be kind to your soul, dance in the rain, and know that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. 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.