When I think I understand something I realize I don’t. Life is interesting that way. Owen is trying to figure out how his body works and what he can do with it. If I show any emotions about his actions this increases his desire to follow through on his plans. He is learning that if he guzzles water he can make himself throw up. I hope this phase passes quickly. Until then the bath water is at a minimum, his milk glass only contains so much, and mommy has to redirect the exploration of his body often. One step at a time I tell myself. It's one of those things that I'm thankful he's growing and learning about his body, but how do I explain to him that making himself sick is not a great idea. He says the words, ”don't drink de water make sick”, but at this point, the connection to the words is not there. This morning as we walked to the bus stop he was excited and counting the minutes down until the bus arrived. He wanted to set the timer on my phone so the bus would arrive quicker. He said, “de timer goes off in one minute and de bus will come”. He opened the clock on my phone, hit the timer button, and said, “one minute”. He started counting with the timer. He was getting the seconds right as he was counting down, but when he selected the timer it was at eight minutes. I distracted him by telling him the bus was coming and I reset the timer to a minute. I started using it to help him understand the time and when events like bedtime would occur. Now he uses the expression for everything and delights when the timer goes off. We learn, we grow, we explore, together as a team. Be inspired by the world around you, find your strength, and know you are not alone in this journey called life. 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.