Owen slept all night. Well, our version of all night is five in the morning but hey, I’ll take it. I have a feeling it would have been longer if I didn’t go to the bathroom but drinking coffee at ten o’clock at night is what I do. Compared to the week we’ve had he woke calm and listened to instructions. I was so thankful. I asked him to come to lay down with me. I was hoping to squeeze a couple more hours of sleep out of him but knowing it would be only a few minutes if I was lucky. He laid with me for almost twenty minutes before he used the “baffroom” excuse. “Baffroom need to go to the baffroom”, he said. And by bathroom he meant tablet. I told him if he went to the bathroom he could have his tablet but he had to lay back down with me. To my surprise, this also happened for another twenty minutes. It’s so worth it. The morning felt good. I didn’t try to push us and I didn’t ask him to do anything. I played with him and gave him lots of hugs and tickles. He lights up with laughter when I tickle him and it does my heart good to see his smile. He watches a video that features a little toy rollercoaster that has animals automatically sliding around it and then they get pushed up a tiny set of stairs. He loves it. The lights and movement fascinate him. I like to give him real-world examples of things he sees in videos or apps he plays so he can see how it works. A while ago I got him a different version of the rollercoaster. He loves Christmas songs so this one was Christmas themed and had three Santas that came with it. He played with it for several weeks and then he stopped watching the video and didn’t play with the rollercoaster so I put it away. He started watching the video again. I pulled the toy back out. He doesn’t understand to go look in his toy box so I always have to show him what he has. But he never forgets what the toy does. He was excited when I showed it to him and he didn’t miss a beat. It used to have three Santas but we lost two. He was asking for “Santas in the box”. He said, “three Santas”. I might have to find more Santas. He sat playing with the toy, singing “single bells single bells single all the way” and I smiled. The day ended as it began, calm. I pray for these days to continue. Look for the peace that brings your heart joy. 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.