Those behaviors started again. The repetitive behaviors for both of us. As soon as Owen got home from school he started asking about his teacher and I started answering. Some days I don’t know how to stop the train. He slept better than most nights and still was yawning when he woke but the instructions started immediately. “Sit”, he said before we even got out of bed. I told him that if he wanted to go to school I couldn’t sit. He immediately said, “school” and was running to the bathroom. Hooray for that. I’m thankful school is a priority for him. It also leads to his repetitive and obsessive behaviors. When he first got home from school he was very clingy. He wanted to sit on my lap, gave me numerous hugs, and wanted me to play his game with him. This lasted for an hour or so and was not part of the norm for him. After a while, he moved on and was upset about the game he was playing. His foot was slamming the floor and then he was jumping up and down. The whole floor shakes now since he is growing. I told him he needed to put his tablet down if he was going to get so upset about the game. He ran off. A few minutes later the same thing happened. I have always tried to work with him on calming techniques. When he was very young I would hold him when he was having a meltdown and tell him to concentrate on my voice. I would rapid-fire questions at him that I knew he couldn’t answer but I needed his mind to be distracted. Then I would sing a song I made up. He knows it and he knows to sings it when he is struggling. “It’s a rolie polie rolie polie and I’m bigger than this”, he sang out, with his foot still stomping. I said, “good job now breathe”. He calmed down and we moved forward. The night felt long. I think our table is finally completely broken from him pushing on it. He cried out a lot about the internet being too slow and wanting to go to school. Instant, we want instant and that means now for anything we want now. When it was bedtime he became giddy and had a whole attitude change. Bath time was a great time of laughter for both of us. As soon as he got out of the tub I had his towel ready to wrap around him but instead, he went under the towel to gave me a big wet hug and laughed again. I put the towel around him and he quickly hung it up and ran out of the room yelling, “Alexa gorilla in Arabic”. He stood by Alexa asking for everything he could think of while I stood there saying come get dressed for bed. He laughed and he finally came running back to me. He got in bed and spelled and yelled himself to sleep. He must have spelled twenty words getting about half right and falling asleep in my arms yelling for school. I hold onto his laughter. Today is one moment in time. Follow your heart. 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.