Stress, challenges, and attitudes are all part of our day. But the greatest gift is when my sweet baby O is happy. His days don’t always go how he wants them, either of us wants them, but to see Owen’s smile and to hear his laugh are what pushes these moments forward and his happiness goes straight into my soul. When the chaos in our world causes him to have meltdowns over things I can’t even begin to control it is gut-wrenching to me. Every day I try to find ways to help him through these moments. Today felt like a victory in so many ways, with a side of exhaustion and excitement all mixed in. Owen woke in the middle of the night and came to my bed but thankfully he fell back asleep. When he woke the instructions for me to “sit” came before I could even stand. Wednesday we go to see his doctor for a referral to another therapist to see if they can help us with the “blue pants” protocol Owen wants the whole world to be under. When my baby cries because someone is not wearing the pants he thinks they should wear my heart feels like it has shattered into a million pieces. To the ends of the earth, I would travel to find help for him. When he came home from school he wanted a snack. I love that he eats a huge variety of foods. It’s important to me to continue to change it up with him because even though he has his favorite go-to foods it is imperative that he continues to try new foods for the textures, colors, and inconsistencies that foods can have. Having a go-to food is fine until that becomes the only food they want. He had his favorite veggie straws but we also had chips and guacamole as the day wore on. He took his glasses off and asked me for “orange glasses”. I was excited that he asked me for them. I thought for sure he would ask me for the blue but he didn’t. Out of the six colors I got there was only one color he didn’t want to wear for more than a minute. I will see how this goes tomorrow. He immediately asked for his Spider-Man onesie as well but I told him it was being washed. I didn’t want him to think that every time he came home he would have to put it on or get to put it on but I told him he could wear it to bed. I don’t want to set in a behavior with something like this. We had sensory play tonight with black olives. Not only is it important to have him eat different foods but it is also good to have him touch other foods as well. Textures, temperature, colors, and taste are all a big deal for him. When I was little I loved black olives but even more than eating them I loved to wear them on my fingertips. I put them on Owen’s fingers and it was great practice for him to count and also help me put them on him. Growth comes from the experiences we have. I am trying to keep giving him growing opportunities. He likes what he likes but we keep pushing forward. Yesterday is written in stone but tomorrow the possibilities are endless. Let yesterday go and tomorrow you will grow. 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.