Owen wanted me to wake up somewhere around five and I wanted to wake up somewhere more around not right then. I’m trying to get him to understand that even if he’s up it doesn’t mean I have to be. This went over about as well as me thinking I was going to get more sleep. But it’s the new strategy. The bargaining wheel has been set in motion. I tell him he can be awake and have his tablet if he stays in the blue bed until the timer goes off. He has now started calling his bed “the blue bed” because the tent over it is blue. I wish that magic blue tent would make him sleep later but hey he slept until five, all night in his blue bed. And I actually slept all night long in my bed since transitioning him into my old room. So why am I complaining, there are some victories in this right here. He was ready for his day from the moment he woke up but when it was time to go it took him a while to process it and do the steps needed to go. “Coffee shop then bowling then grandma’s”, he said. We were doing the order a little differently today. We got our “coffee” and headed to bowling. I love how much Owen loves bowling. He gets so excited when the ball goes rushing down the lane and then he will throw himself to the ground to watch the pins fall. When our games were done he was not ready to leave. He kept telling me he wanted to go again. “Ten more minutes”, he said and went on, “pins down”. I told him we could play another round. The excitement continued. He rolled the ball down the lane several times on his own. He hasn’t done this in quite a while. The pandemic kept us from bowling and some of his forward progress was put on hold but here he grows again. When we first got there a guy in a lane close to us was getting lots of strikes. He was also doing the proper approach to throwing the ball. After watching him Owen started walking to the lane a little differently. I’m excited to see his growth and I know it won’t be long before he is getting all those strikes on his own. After the next game was over he wanted to play again but I told him we would have to come another day during the week. I think we are going to need a season pass or my little semi-pro bowler is going to need sponsors soon. Off he went to grandma’s and he stayed there for a few hours. When we came home all I could do is pray he didn’t have a meltdown. It wasn’t the smoothest ride home but it certainly wasn’t the roughest. I’m going to focus on the progress. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Follow your heart and make your dreams come true. 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.