I had a stern talking to my bladder but it didn’t listen. We had to get up. I knew it would wake Owen when I went to the bathroom but there was nothing I could do about it. At least it was after five. I was glad he slept better and we both seemed to wake up in a pretty good mood. Or at least I was trying to keep a smile on my face. “Elephant,” Owen yelled out when I asked him to go to the bathroom before he got his tablet. I’m not sure when “elephant” became the go-to word but that’s his random reply to everything. We had to take his glasses to get fixed, well technically replaced. I told him we were going this morning and he was thrilled. He immediately informed me of what I was wearing and then he said, “Owen wear blue pants.” It’s always interesting to me that when he is talking about what he is wearing he always uses his name but other times he will use the word “I” to refer to what he is doing. I think because he is still learning sentence structure he doesn’t always know how to reference himself. When I asked him what he wanted for breakfast he said, “elephant.” We ate breakfast and then we were off to get his glasses fixed. He let me put his black sneakers on him that have laces. I was trying to gauge his tolerance for the day before I attempted to put them on him. Even though he requested “black shoelace sneakers” he only wants to wear his blue velcro sneakers. Once we got there it only took a few minutes because they already had the frames to switch the lenses into. I think they ordered a couple of extra backups since he already broke them before. He got so excited when his eye doctor walked out of her office. He was happy to see her even though he did tell her and half the staff they should go home because they weren’t in blue pants. When we left I thought we might go on a walk in his little red wagon to see the planes at the airport and ride the elevator but when I got ready to turn towards the airport he screamed, “no airplanes today” even though he told me to turn so we came home. It’s hard for me to push this when he is very adamant about it. He made it without a meltdown for anything and even kept his sneakers on. When we got home I started talking about places we could go to tomorrow. I brought it up throughout the day. He told me “someplace different” when I asked where he’d like to go. Then I said we could go anywhere and he said, “looks in your nose ride the elevator.” He refers to “looks in your” when he is talking about his doctors. He will say, “looks in your ears” referring to his pediatrician, and “looks in your mouth count your teeth” when he is talking about his dentist so I’m not sure who he meant was going to look in his nose. “Stairs,” he stated and continued on, “climb” pointing to the stairs he couldn’t see through the wall. He has been watching a Spider-Man video where the character does tricks and one of them is jumping over the railing of the stairs. He keeps wanting to go to the basement so he can go on the stairs. I told him no and I have the door blocked. He wouldn’t be able to jump over the rail but he doesn’t need to even think about going on the stairs for now. He was pretty calm all day but he said he did not want to talk about his teacher, however, he talked about not wanting to talk about his teacher. He kept telling me her name and saying he wasn’t talking about it. I know it has to be hard on him to not know when he will see her again even though we talk about him seeing her in August that is a concept that is hard for him to comprehend. He ate his dinner listening to the alphabet in English and singing it in another language. Bedtime came quickly and he fell asleep telling me “elephant” and “go for a ride” so maybe tomorrow is our day. Progress is any action that keeps you moving forward. I look at Owen’s progress and I am inspired. 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.