Winning Monday. Thankfully Owen slept. Me not so much but that happens a lot. As soon as he woke up he started telling me that he wouldn’t see his music therapist today and he was riding the bus home. I got my coffee and he was hot on my trail to the “white bed” so he could get under the blanket. He told me again about his day ahead and then it wasn’t long before it was time to get ready. He wanted me to wear shorts and he told me he wanted to wear “blue pants.” I said you can call them “blue jeans” hoping that he would start seeing them differently. I helped him get his pants on and when he sat down to put his socks and shoes on we both realized the knee had a hole in them with strings. This could have been meltdown worthy but he mentioned it and moved on. I put other jeans in his bag in case he got upset at school. When we went outside to wait for the bus we rehearsed what he could say to his teacher since he would be riding the bus home. I like to give him ideas of conversation starters so that it builds his confidence when he is trying to explain his needs or emotions. He was happy when he saw the bus and he also reminded me he was going to see his doctor after school for his vision therapy. When he came home from school he was in a good mood and ready for his next adventure with his vision therapy. He ate several helpings of snacks and we were off to his appointment. We got in the car and he said, “ride bus school ride bus home then pizza and grandma’s black tablet.” I asked him where we had to go to get the pizza and he said, “Gino’s drive-thru.” I thought even if we don’t do it tomorrow what incredible progress this is. He sat playing his Minnie’s Food Truck app that shows a farm and talking about the farm we had visited over the weekend. All the connections are incredible. He did well in his therapy. I can tell he is really needing more sensory input from all the reactions he was having at therapy so I think he is growing. He was able to do all the exercises again but there are some he struggles with unless she does them with him. He talked again about coming home tomorrow from school and getting a pizza to take to his grandma but he added that he wanted chicken this time. I’m not going to push his decision tomorrow. I will ask him about it depending on what he says when he gets home but I feel like the progress is what’s more important and I don’t want to push too much too quickly. On the way to his appointment, we were talking about months. He said, “it’s September.” Then when we got there he said next month was October. I asked what happens in October. He said Halloween. I asked him what he wanted to be and he said a “ghost.” I said I thought you wanted to be Spider-Man and he said, “not today.” We will see what tomorrow brings for dinner and his Halloween costume. Each day is a gift and I’m thankful for his growth. Always remember you are stronger than you think you are. 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.