What a day. To quote Owen “rollercoaster.” He got up by four and started playing with his tablet and turned the tv on. I told him he needed to go back to bed or he wouldn’t get to go to school or ride a tractor. He got into bed with me and then decided to go back to his bed. I told him if he turned the tv on or took his tablet he wouldn’t have them when he came home from school. It worked. He slept until after five in his bed. Me, I didn’t go back to sleep but with him it was progress. In the last week, he has said a couple of times “animals in the bag” and pointed to his backpack but I didn't understand. Today he said, “animal cards in backpack.” It finally dawned on me he wanted to send his animal cards he made to his teacher again. I didn't put it together until we were waiting on the bus. I asked him if he wanted to send the animal cards again and he said, “snake in the bag.” So tomorrow I am going to send his animal cards with him. I told his teacher. She was excited and said she would share them again in their morning meeting. I love that he made that connection to taking them. I told him while we were waiting for the bus that we would go to see the tractor today but when he got home he couldn’t say anything about my clothes or we wouldn’t go. He got off the bus and immediately said, “tractor” and looked at my pants but didn’t say a word. We got inside and I showed him the animal cards. He said, “gorilla” and off they went to his backpack. Talk about a boy on a mission. He knew exactly what he wanted to do with them. He knew he was going to “eat a snack and then go to the tractor with Goofy.” I told him we would go but he probably wouldn’t see Goofy. We were off. We went into the garden center and he said hi to the lady so I asked her if it was okay if he sat on the lawnmower. She told me that it was fine and they may have some inside too. We walked past the pumpkin display and Owen said, “it’s time for pumpkin soup.” I don’t know that he has ever had pumpkin soup but I’m going to make sure he has some this year. We walked through the store and back out to the front display with all the lawnmowers. I told him he could pick one to sit on but he wasn’t allowed to change any of the knobs. None of them have gas but I still didn’t want him moving all the parts. He was so thrilled. He kept asking for Goofy but I told him he couldn’t come today. Every person that walked by was greeted with the same thing “say hi Owen you can say hi Owen.” I told him he could sit on one more of them and he moved to the red one. He was excited about this one because it had a very bouncy seat. He was disappointed the horn did not go “beep beep” and he was wondering where Professor Von Drake was. He then started talking about the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode in another language and I waited until he was back to English. I asked him if he wanted to go see the fish at Cabela’s and he said yes. As he was getting off the tractor he pointed to the car and said, “take the tractor with you.” We got to the parking lot and he told me he wanted to see if the fire is on, if there is a snowman here, and the Santa the Pirate. Plus he wanted to take his tablet to show the fish. I told him we would leave his tablet in the car. The fire wasn’t on but he was excited to see the fireplace. We walked back to the fish and he was so happy. One of the workers came and talked to us about the fish. Owen told him “fish tooth pull dentist.” He wanted the one fish to go to the dentist because he swam with his mouth open. He said, “I love the fish I want to eat them.” Then when the guy left he started m telling me what the guy said about the fish. As many times as he has told me no as we would sit in the parking lot today felt like an amazing victory to go. He requested chicken nuggets not fish on the way home and he only told one mannequin that they needed to wear blue pants. The night was calm and he ate his chicken and cheeseburger. He didn’t answer my questions about the tractor but he watched the tractor episode over and over again. It made my day that he had such an amazing time. Tomorrow we go to his pediatrician for a follow-up visit from our specialist appointment and to get new referrals. I’m thankful for a great day and he will be happy to see his doctor tomorrow. Happiness is an attitude and smiles can change the world. 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.