Owen woke up at three because he wanted the bus to take him to "school then home then grandma's then church." He even said we could get a pizza today but you know how that goes. He told me to brush his teeth before I even told him it was time to get ready. This is leading towards independence which always makes me happy but little did I know by the end of the day how much independence this dude would take on. He was so happy for his Friday. He was in a good mood and very interactive with me. I think he is growing again and needs more sensory input. He is constantly wanting me to tickle his feet. I need to get him some new texture mats. He loves the way they feel when he walks and lays on them. When he came home from school he was happy and ready for what he thought his day was going to be like tomorrow. I’m never quite sure when, or how, or if I should tell him that we are doing something different. I started saying something about seeing his friend tomorrow but then he got the idea we were going to the pool so I let that go for a bit. He likes bubbles again and that self-directing independent play. I was fixing his snack and he went into the bathroom. I went to get my cup to make some more hot tea and I heard this noise. He had dropped the toilet brush after pouring soap all over the floor and around the toilet. The container was almost full. He also used all of his bubble bath. I scooped out all the water I could from the toilet so there wouldn’t be as many bubbles and much to his disappointment I foiled the plan for him to take a bath in the toilet. He was putting his clothes in the laundry as I got there. It was all over everything. I asked him what he wanted and he said to take a bath in the toilet and make bubbles. I thought we were over the bath in the toilet phase. I love that he is showing independence but it also means momma gotta up her game. I finally told him about tomorrow. We are going to a farm. It has animals, rides, and all types of activities. He was very excited and wanted to see the tractor. I should have thought about how much he loves peekaboo barn right now and then it probably would have been something I told him sooner but I’ll leave that to the overthinking department. Depending on how the day goes he may still get to spend some time with his grandma but they have an event to go to in the evening. “Going to see a tractor and goats pig and pet the iguana,” said the happy farm goer. I’m not quite sure we will see an iguana but we can find one of those on another day. Owen didn’t hesitate to go to bed when I explained he had to go to sleep so we could go tomorrow. I told him I understood if he woke up in the middle of the night but he has to go back to sleep. I’m praying for a good night's sleep. I’m thankful for independence but not quite prepared for all that means but we sure will get there. We are not made to understand everything, but we are given the option to give grace when we don’t. Every day, tell yourself to prepare for greatness. Positive words and positive actions equal a positive life. You can do 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.