Once upon a time, I liked my house. Now every single thing feels hard. I think about people that live in apartments and have a child with autism. I wonder if it is hard for them. Some may love it. My house is very much in the heart of the city. The hustle and bustle used to be cool. Now every noise has me on high alert waiting to see how Owen handles it. People don’t know that parking in front of my house causes him to have stress, sometimes, other times he wants to talk to them. The vacuum that they use at the carwash down the street from us is always up for debate. And yesterday a restaurant had bands performing all day long until ten o’clock last night. It shook my house. Owen handled it pretty well but it made him look for the noises all day long. I wasn’t mad at the restaurant, I actually think it is pretty cool, but all day long hearing an extra noise in your house is not much fun and especially when he was already in sensory overload. He sounded a little snotty yesterday and today his allergies were really bothering him. I’m hoping and praying for a good night of sleep and that he will feel better tomorrow. I don’t think it is an ear infection because it would have been quick since his ears looked great at his wellness checkup on Friday. That’s where my mind always wanders. In general, he hasn’t gotten many but when he is sick that is where it usually starts. He was still very playful and interactive today. He wanted to go to the park with his friend but it rained off and on all day. He ate a lot, requesting all his food throughout the day. I’m thankful he eats a wide variety and is truly starting to know what he likes. He asked to go see the firefighters today but I told him we couldn’t because it was raining. I don’t like to use that excuse because I don’t want him to think we can’t do anything in the rain but it is still hard since our pants generally get wet and this upsets him. He is starting to get the concept of drying objects off with a towel when they are wet but that doesn’t stop his emotions. He gets very concerned that something looks different. I know he is putting it all together though and soon he will have it. The day went quickly even though we really didn’t go anywhere. I pray he sleeps well and his allergies don’t bother him tomorrow. Thankful for a good day. Each step forward is a step. Keep moving forward. Smiles to all and donut daze!
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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.