I would like to take a moment to celebrate our great accomplishment. We got home. I said to Owen, do you need to use the potty. And off to the potty he ran. This was huge in itself. No fussing, crying, screaming, not even happy squeals; just off to the potty he went. With success. I feel like we are making some great strides. Some days it all feels so overwhelming. And you have to accept backtracking with success, or what feels like backtracking. A lot of times he will set a skill aside, so that he can focus on learning a new skill. It feels daunting sometimes when he would do something the day before, and then it seemed like he couldn’t do it the next day. Round two of potty success happened. I want to shout that from the rooftops. Both times it was so easy, no thinking about it. I asked, and he went. He’s happy tonight, but wanting to do all the things he hasn’t done in two days. He was expecting school, but it was cancelled again today, because of the weather. Now he thinks it’s the weekend since he hasn’t been to school for two days. He asked to go bowling, and the coffee shop multiple times tonight. He wanted to go to church, as well. I’m hoping they don’t cancel school tomorrow for more bad weather that is coming. It’s hard for him to understand. Last week he was sick so that completely threw the week off for him as well. I got a reference calendar for his schedule, so he knows what day it. It allows me to show him what day of the week we are on, and what activities he will be doing for the day. He doesn’t quite grasped it yet, but I feel like he is getting it. He screamed his happy, little scream, and then he screamed “no screaming”. He then followed it up with “we don’t scream”. So the instructions are there, and he seems to know what they mean, but it’s putting it into action that is rough. One day at a time, I tell myself, thankful for how far he has come. He’s having more conversations with me, interacting with me each day in new ways. I rejoice his accomplishments today. We have several bubbles parties, and I’m thankful for the feeling of forward momentum. The littlest of steps, can be the hugest of victories. Celebrate your victories, celebrate ours, and share your story. 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.