One can hope that Friday nights will get better at some point but it sure wasn’t a sleep-filled night last night. Owen did remember his manners though. “Good morning mommy how are you I’m fine,” he belted out after asking about his tablet and when he was going to grandma’s. That was slightly after I had fallen asleep. I finally fell asleep around one and then woke a little after two thinking oh this is the Friday night we are going to make it. To quote Owen, “nopedy nope.” In my sleepy daze, I told him to go back to bed. You would think I would learn by now this does not work. I still have hope that he will sleep on Friday nights. As three rolled into four and then five and six and seven and eight he wanted to know when he was going to grandma’s, getting ready for church tomorrow, and about the bus, he would not be taking on Monday since there is no school. Around ten we headed off to Grandma’s. There are so many emotions with this. I kept trying to explain to him yesterday and the many yesterdays before that if he didn’t sleep he couldn’t go to grandma’s house because we need our sleep and the many other reasons. He hasn’t made this connection yet to sleep but I know he will one day. I told him if he woke up early he could take his tablet back to his room and he wouldn’t have to wake me up even though he’s excited to go. I explained again that if he needs me it is different than if he is excited about his day ahead. Explaining one time is not enough. It can take hundreds of times for him to make connections but I know he will. I took him to his grandma’s for a while and then I brought back our lunch. “Mommy take a sit,” he said trying to get me to not come into the room he was playing with Grandma in. They were making sentences and working on math. We ate lunch and then after a while, we got ready to leave. I told him we were going to go to the park so he could ride his bike. He said, “no ride your bike that’s fine.” He was telling me he did not want to go to the park today mixing my words with his but he said he would go after church tomorrow. He wanted to take his bath early. I’ve yet to figure out why he constantly wants to drink bath water but not regular water. My learning machine was also my musical genius as the night went on. He topped it off with Christmas carols before the bedtime process. I’m thankful that he loves knowledge and wants to learn. His songs filled my heart with gladness. Cherish the little stuff because that’s what leads to the biggest victories. 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.