I heard “blanket please.” It jolted me a little. I heard it again a little louder “blanket please.” I was not dreaming and I was not completely awake. Through the slits in my eyelids, I saw the clock said it was barely after three. “Nopedy nope,” I heard myself say, quoting Owen’s words that he has used on me so many times. He was in the living room with his tablet and he was requesting me to come put the blanket over his head. I walked into the living room and I told him it was bedtime and he needed to go back to bed. He immediately told me “no” and I told him that if he didn’t go back to bed he wouldn’t be going to grandma’s today. This went over as well as I thought it would. The screams started. I very calmly said you have a choice bed or tablet but if you do not go back to bed you will not go to grandma’s today. He was not happy about this but I told him it was his choice tablet or grandma. He chose grandma. He said, “I made a choice” and it took him about thirty minutes of him going from his bed, to wandering, but he then came to my bed and we slept until about seven. I like that he is making the connection to the fact that it is his choice. He asked about the blender a lot, wanting to make sure the roofers were not coming back. I have to remember that I can’t possibly respond to all of his emotions and questions because he has to work through some of them on his own and other times he will already know the answer but wants to see how I respond to it. I love how much he is trying to say his words now. He isn’t screaming as much when his words aren’t understood and instead he is sounding the words out more. I can’t remember how many times I said, “don’t eat my hair” and thought we were past this phase. He has been asking for a wooded puzzle with a green A and a red B for days. I finally found the one he wanted. It was from a video he was watching. I showed it to him on Amazon and he told me, “order puzzle letters” and took me to the table where his other puzzle is and said, “right here” pointing next to his other one. He’s getting a hang of this online shopping thing. I love when he asks for something he wants though. It makes me happy knowing he can express his feelings and wants. I told him it would take a few days before it got here and he told me it needed to “take a shower” but I’m not sure why. He had a great day at his grandma’s house and mostly listened to me. He fell asleep quickly and I pray he sleeps better tonight. Find your strength and remember you can accomplish your goals if you set your mind to it. 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.