Sometimes it feels lonely and overwhelming and then that smile, the laughter, the interactions come tumbling out like a waterfall, and joy washes over me. Tonight Owen’s bold blue eyes had mischief and wonder dancing in them as he spilled his milk one more time. The screams came as soon as he did it. He wanted to spill his milk but he didn’t want the mess that it made. However, the mess did not keep him from doing it five times. This is one of those things if I draw attention to it then it happens more or if I ignore it the chances are about the same. He was processing through what happens when he spilled the milk and the results of doing it. All I kept thinking is we are not crying over this. He was a hyper, hyper dude tonight. Happy but hyper, running from one end of the house to the other. I tried to get him to talk to me, asking him questions, and singing songs that I know he likes but he really didn’t want to talk until we started bedtime. He laughed, he smiled, he became a TV announcer, running through all of the Disney show commercials he knows. The laughter is what made my night though. We fake snored our way to the real snores. He laughs hysterically when he hears fake snoring sounds and he thinks it’s even funnier when he does it. All I know is the pure joy I feel from his laugh is worth every moment we go through. As he fell asleep in my arms I was thankful my little slip up in the bathroom didn’t cause him to have meltdowns all night. It’s all about order and routine and I blew it. I turned the shower on before he was in the tub and I was supposed to leave the water running. This caused him to not get in the tub and screaming until I “fixth it”. I call them rookie mistakes and that could have been a big one. We got through it and I got laughter, smiles, and hugs for bedtime. Find your smile, spread joy, and don’t let today go without finding something to be thankful for. 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.