The sleep trend continues, he sleeps, and I kind of sleep. Owen woke around midnight and came to me. Once he gets in my bed he sleeps great. Me, not so much. The first word out of his mouth was “tablet” quickly followed by telling me to “sit” when we woke for the day. I said, “good morning to you too”. He then said, “good morning mommy sit”. I suppose that’s progress. He woke with stories to tell me. He started by saying he wasn’t going to school. I told him if he didn’t go to school that meant he wouldn’t see his teacher. He immediately retracted that statement and moved on to the next thing he wasn’t going to do. “No potty today”, he said. I told him if he didn’t go potty he couldn’t have his tablet and off he ran to the bathroom. When he got out of the bathroom he told me he wanted milk followed quickly by waffles. I told him I wouldn’t have time to make him waffles. He settled on cereal. He started telling me about the video he was watching that was in Portuguese or so he said. I love how much he talks to me now. But there are still times I ask him questions and he completely ignores my questions or instructions when I tell him to do something. I have to breathe. Sometimes he can’t process what I’m saying or what I’m asking him to do. Other times he’s being a kid and no matter what I say he is not going to get ready to go take a bath or sit up when he is eating dinner. It’s a process for both of us. I remind him that we are a team and we work together to get through this thing called life. When we got to the bus stop he couldn’t wait to get on the bus. I always have to hold his hand to make sure he doesn’t rush to the bus before it stops. When he came home from school he was still in a very good mood. The minute he got off the bus he went through the steps of what he would be doing for the next few days. He got off the bus, walked to me, checked out what I was wearing, and said, “Monday” in the form of a question. I knew how he needed me to respond but instead, I asked him what he was going to do on Monday, hoping this didn’t cause him to scream. He wanted me to say he would see his teacher but I wanted him to tell me. I needed him to work through the process. I try to have him understand that he knows his routine and he should tell me what he is doing. He needs confirmation from me but I’m hoping to build his confidence when his routine is kept. He was listening to a video while eating his third or fourth snack and he started talking about money, repeating some of the words he heard in the video. I asked him if he knew what came after the penny. He said, “penny nickel quarter” pausing like he realized what he said and continued with “dime quarter”. I am thankful for his progress. It is truly amazing. The evening went really fast. He fell asleep talking about going to see grandma tomorrow and I’m excited his routine should be exactly as he wants it this weekend. I’m thankful for the song in my heart because of the smile he gives me. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. 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.