I finally convinced Owen to get into bed with me after midnight. It still took us forty-five minutes to fall asleep after that. The evening had been chaotic with him getting in and out of bed every fifteen minutes or so. He was ready to go to grandma’s house but not ready to go to grandma’s house last night. At least he slept until five. I thought for sure he would wake up when I went to the bathroom but thankfully he didn’t. I had a stern talk with my bladder but it reminded me it was my fault I drank so much before bedtime. When we woke Owen immediately started talking about his tablet and the blue bed. I knew it was early but there was no hope we were going back to bed. Once he made it clear he was going to the blue bed with his tablet I put a little wrench in it. I told him he couldn’t have his tablet until he went to the bathroom and we were sure going to talk about what we were having for breakfast. It never fails I ask if he is hungry or wants to wait and as soon as he says wait I know that when I sit down to drink my coffee he will want breakfast. He said he wanted waffles but I had other plans. I made him sausage pancakes. I am trying to teach him to eat them on the stick but he tries to eat the stick so I cut it off of them. He ate two of them, plus cereal, and then requested waffles. He pretty much was an eating machine. After a while, we got ready to go to grandma’s house. He was surprisingly calm and followed most of my directions. It wasn’t raining but as soon as we got close to the intersection that has invisible rain he started yelling that it was raining. I’m not sure why he gets so upset about the rain that isn’t there but I can’t think of a time he hasn’t yelled about the rain at that light going the direction we were going. When we head in the other direction he gets upset about the vibrations of the road but thankfully he is starting to be able to express his concerns when we go in that direction and then helps calm him. We got to grandma’s house and he immediately said, “mommy’s go bye bye”. He loves his time with grandma. I did some errands and then I went and picked us up some lunch. He did pretty well when I got there but didn’t want to eat his lunch and didn’t want us crossing our legs. When it was time to go he wouldn’t go straight to the car but instead ran around and did not listen. I told him he wouldn’t have his tablet in the car because of his behaviors and he still did great on the way home without it. I had told him we needed to go to the pharmacy drive-thru before we went home. When it was “our turn,” he told me I needed to “pay the man”. And then he asked him for French fries which was funny to me because he hardly ever wants to eat the French fries. The night went pretty smoothly. I let him stay up a little later, hoping he would fall asleep quickly. He talked himself right to sleep. I know he must have been exhausted. I know I sure am. We laughed a lot today and he smiled more. My blue pants were a concern like his and the rest of the world but I was able to distract him and I hope it is easier for him tomorrow. Set your goals and know that you can accomplish all things 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.