“Apple zoos pwease”, he said, continuing on, “I would like some apple zoos and chicken pwease”. Owen kept repeating “apple zoos”. It took me a minute to realize he meant apple juice. He kept going, “water and pancake”. He was making his breakfast menu, I guess. I told him I was making him a pancake sausage dog and I didn’t have any apple juice, but he could have water. He doesn’t generally drink a lot of juice for me, but I will certainly make sure I get some apple juice today. I put water on his table and he already had his chocolate almond milk. That’s his go-to drink. He was gluten and dairy free for years and I truly believe that was the right choice for him, but in the last few months, I have been giving him more food choices. When I made the decision to take him off dairy within a few days he was starting to talk. The process of changing his diet was met with lots of emotions for both of us, but I knew we had to try. Those were a rough first few weeks. He was drinking tons of whole milk a day. At the time it hadn’t been confirmed he had autism, but I knew he was delayed. I found a video about the brain-gut connection and saw many similarities with Owen. From there we went to a specialist and she helped us with supplements and learning about the body. This is the path that worked for us. The dude is ready to start our bowling adventure. He’s had a great morning “reading a book to mommy” and working on math problems. He has memorized many books and wants to sit with me and tell me the stories. A few weeks ago he became more interested in math problems as well. He can count to two hundred and he is attempting simple math equations, but he still needs help to figure out the answer. I’m watching him jump on his trampoline, matching words with pictures on his tablet while grinning the entire time. The joy he has for learning makes this momma happy. Life is not always easy to explain, but the love sure is. Find your inspiration and motivation and watch your world change. 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.