I asked Owen what his favorite cereal is and he said, “yellow.” I don’t know what his favorite cereal is and I don’t even know if he has one or if he knows what favorite means. He likes Chex and Cheerios but maybe there is something else he likes better. He also associates certain locations with certain foods as well. Depending on where he is will determine the foods he asks for or will eat. I push forward in these moments. When he was little I would ask him what his favorite color was, telling him mine were pink, orange, and purple. I would then tell him it was ok if he didn’t have a favorite color and that he might have a favorite texture or pattern. He was still very young and we would walk by our post office. He would reach out his hand to touch the bricks. He loved the feel of them. I wish I knew then what I know now. We talked a lot this morning. He had gotten into bed with me once again before I was really even asleep. Thankfully we slept the way we tend to sleep. I think we both woke in a pretty good mood but maybe I was a little crankier. He keeps asking for a bicycle and can’t wait to get it. He was riding his scooter through the house and he was actually pushing it with one foot. I was very excited to see this. We talked about what was happening tomorrow and he was happy. He said he was going to school, then to the dentist, next to grandma’s house, and then “mommy goes bye bye for pizza,” and he “eats pizza not fish not chicken.” I’m not sure how we feel about the time change yet. It always seems to throw us off and takes a while to get in the groove of it all especially since he almost senses what time it is without reading a clock. He was ready to go to church and he wanted to go back to church to have his friend walk around with him again in the little red wagon. I told him that they weren’t having the Halloween party today but maybe we could do something else. Church was a rollercoaster for him because there were too many people not wearing blue pants. It was raining after church so the tractor got wet. When we got out to see them he couldn’t handle that they were wet and I got raindrops on my blue pants. I quickly got him back to the car before he had a huge meltdown. We went and got his lunch and came home. I’m glad we are going to the dentist tomorrow. He has been telling me his tooth was loose for a while but today was the day. He came running to me and started yelling about his tooth under the pillow. I followed him and he was running back to his Spider-Man pillow. He was so animated and thrilled. He started talking and I started writing. I wanted all the words. Every single one of them. “Tooth is loose tooth is gone come,” he yelled at me, ”under the pillow the fairy get you coins lollipop for the tooth the fairy give you lollipop for the tooth is gone tooth pull tooth cut,” he continued, “tooth flew the coop tooth hand tooth goes under Spider-Man pillow.” I asked him if he wanted a lollipop or coins and he said, “lollipop eat my lollipop.” “My tooth my tooth is gone finally,” he said about an inch from my nose. I decided to do the whole tooth fairy thing early with him because he kept asking for his tooth back. I told him once the tooth fairy came then it would be gone. So he put it under his pillow and I switched it to the lollipop. He kinda liked the lollipop but he wanted to put it back under the pillow to get the tooth back. I don’t think he has ever had a lollipop or at least more than a couple of licks. He’s not a big sweet eater besides his chocolate milk. He has asked a couple more times about his tooth but I told him it belonged to the tooth fairy now. This was a huge experience for him and amazing progress to me. I dreamed for the day he would make these connections and today was the day. His laughter, his connections, and his smile make my heart sing. Dreams are the victories of tomorrow. Make yours come true. 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.