I may or may not have fallen asleep waiting for Owen to fall asleep last night. And then he yells, “need to go potty let’s try” scrambling out of bed to get there. He went and this momma was thrilled. When we were in the bathroom Owen said “birthday candle” but was picking at his toenail. So I asked him if he wanted me to cut his toenails. He repeated “birthday candle” a few more times and then proceeded to open the drawer that had the clippers. He got the clippers out of the drawer and told me to “cut cut cut”, which is what he says when I cut his hair. So I took the clippers and he let me cut his toenail. He has been saying “birthday candle” for a while but randomly and not picking at his toes. I explained that I was going to use clippers on him and he said, “birthday candle”. This is the hard part for me when I am trying to help him learn words or when I am trying to figure out what he is saying. His words do not always reflect what he is referencing. But today I’m rejoicing because now I know that he understands his toenails need to be cut and I can help him with that. I will try to emphasize the name “nail clippers” so that he can learn it as well. Somehow the words get crossed for him and he doesn’t know what something is called or he associates it with something else he learned about. We’ve watched videos on grooming and he has several apps that show trimming of nails, so I’m not sure how the words “birthday candle” became associated with it. He is still learning how to pronounce words as well. He brought his tablet to me, playing one of his apps. He said, “sacgorrila” as a squirrel came on the screen. I repeated the word squirrel back to him several times, but he kept saying it with the gorilla sound in its name. He doesn’t always process words the way they sound. Throughout the day he has said his version of squirrel a few more times, but I can tell he is working on saying it. Every day I say an extra thank you prayer for his words. I know how hard he works to say each and every one of them. I waited for those words. And last night as he told me in his way his toenails needed cut I rejoiced even more. One of my biggest concerns has always been that he couldn’t explain to me if his sock wasn’t on correctly or there was a rock in his shoe, and the list goes on, but here he was telling me his toenails needed cut. Every day a miracle happens. Every day there is change and growth all around us. Look for the beauty in that growth and know that all things are possible if you believe. 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.