No means yes unless it means no or maybe it means yes when it is no until it means “not today”. I get so confused about what rule I’m supposed to be following or words I’m supposed to say. Owen was very tired today. He slept better than he has slept in a while and maybe that’s the problem. It seems like we are rule breakers with sleep. He was watching one of his new favorite shows Jake and the Never Land Pirates. He started telling me “no pirates today”. I thought why are we watching them then. And it was in Spanish. He kept telling me no pirates but he was ready to go see the horses. It’s like the complete juxtaposition of words. Everything is lined up exactly like I think it should be and then I realize I don’t completely understand. I can’t decide how Owen feels about the horses. He wants to go, he asks about going, he talks about the horses, he gets excited when we get there but he still doesn’t know how to react once we are there. I think it is still a learning curve for him. It’s also very loud in the stable but I ask him not to yell so it’s hard for him to understand that his yelling is hard on the horses. The horses make noise, plus fans and other things are going so I know it is confusing to him. He won’t wear headphones to block out noises so that is also hard for him. The older he gets maybe he will one day. When we have been there for a few minutes he wants to walk where the horses are but then he wants to go in a different direction. As soon as I start talking about leaving he will say “fifteen two more minutes” or some other combination of time. We are going to go again next week and then we might take a few weeks off to see if he continues to ask about them. I think it is great for him to experience new places and also learn that we have to act differently in each environment. He was able to calm himself several times today, counting to ten on his own and singing our song that we use for meltdowns. Our big victory for the day was him putting on his jeans all by himself, twice. I told him if he wanted to wear jeans he had to put them on otherwise I was going to put his camo pants on him. I walked into the other room and came back to him with his jeans on but they were backwards. I told him he did a great job but explained the difference of why they were backwards. I helped him take them off and walked out of the room again. I came back and he had them on correctly. I helped him button and zip them but he did it. This proves momma might need to give more challenges. Our second victory was when he told me to “turn left” instead of right. I’d prefer no backseat driver but at least if he is going to drive from back there he can tell me the right direction. He fell asleep in my arms and with that our day was done and this momma is exhausted. Celebrate your victories and know that tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.