I walked out of my front door to put something in the car, leaving Owen inside the house. He watches me from the front window. I wanted to make sure the car wasn’t too frosted over from the night chill before I took him outside. I told him to not lock mommy out. I always take my keys and my phone with me because I know he will flip the lock but we’ve been working on it and he didn’t lock the door. Victory I tell ya, victory. I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I walked back through the door and didn’t have to use the key. Even if I step onto the porch he will lock the door so this was a big day. He’s been locking the door for a couple of years now, not understanding how to unlock it back. But a few months ago the lock itself started sending him into meltdowns. I would explain the door is fine but he needed the lock to be in a certain direction. Over the last few months, it had caused him many meltdowns. I was ready to go buy a whole new lock system. I talked to him every day, multiple times a day and then as quick as it started it has now stopped, kinda. We still talk about it, it’s still a big deal but he hasn’t actually tried to make the lock stay straight up in a week. And then the big victory of walking to my car and being able to walk right back in was amazing. I’ll still take my keys and my phone when I go outside because you never know when this will be a concern again but for this moment in time, I’m rejoicing the steps we’ve made. I’ve heard parents say they want their kids to stay little forever, knowing those are words to hang on to that moment in time but I want Owen to keep growing. I want more connections to be made for him. The lock on the door felt like a symbol for us. I have so much hope for my sweet baby O. I tell him every day he is amazing. One of the greatest things we can give someone else is our belief in them. And a belief in ourselves. That one is a little harder. Know that you are stronger than you ever imagined and you can do great things if you put your mind to 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.