Sleeping is optional I have decided. At least Owen was quiet about it, kinda, sometimes. I decided today was the day to accomplish something, anything, all the things. But instead, we sat a lot. I put a few things away, folded some laundry, and started some more. That is all hard on Owen. Especially the laundry because my washer and dryer are in the basement. If I’m in the basement too long I can hear him running all over the house looking for me. I tell him where I’m going but it’s hard for him to comprehend that I’m downstairs. He knows where the basement is, he’s been in the basement but he struggles with it. The machines make noise, they shake the house. Every noise is a noise. He will try to go downstairs to get to the machines if I run them too much during the day. I try to run them at night or when he is at school but that doesn’t always happen. “Hear it”, he says when the world makes a noise. Birds flew over our house earlier and he stopped what he was doing and ran to the window. “Birds”, he said. A fire truck was off in the distance. “Hear it”, he yells. I did. It’s amazing how many noises I thought I heard until I realized I better hear all the noises. Me knowing where a noise comes from can make the difference between a meltdown and us being able to talk about it. He doesn’t want to wear headphones and white noise keeps him in a loop, pointing out certain tones he hears. He has been making so much progress the last few days. He pulled up the search on the tv and he had to arrow through the letters. He could spell part of the words he was looking for and then he started sounding out the rest of the words. I helped him spell one and then he saw it in the list for what he wanted. I’m very thankful for this growth. Each day brings triumph and trials but through it all, we grow together. Take one step forward and know that you have accomplished something. Each step is a bold step to your future. 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.