“No blue bed today”, Owen said, as he was standing at the foot of my “white bed today”. He started calling his bed the “blue bed” because of the blue tent he has on it and my bed is either the “white bed” or occasionally he will call it the “pink bed” because of the blankets and covers I have on it. And he always adds “today” to everything. As he stood there I could tell he was more asleep than awake but still processing it all. I had told him he had to go back to his bed if he wanted to go see the horses today. In all the history of all the world, this has never worked until last night. He turned around and off he went. I still kinda shake my head like what just happened. He was in his “no blue bed today” after I told him to go, I heard him get in it. This was a miracle. He may have stomped his feet a little and snarled some but he went. At that point, I knew he wouldn’t fall asleep right away but that was the victory that he was even in his bed. It didn’t last and he came to me several times but it was truly spectacular that he went back to his bed. When he came one of the times he brought his elephant lovie that plays music. I told him he would have to go back to his bed with it because it stays in his bed. It keeps me even more awake because he wants it to run continuously and you have to push it to make that happen. When he came back the last time I let him get in bed with me but I could still hear his elephant. He put it on the table in the kitchen instead of bringing it to the bed. I thought another great moment because he was listening. We both needed sleep and I truly felt the victory was already won. When he laid down with me before he fell asleep he told me “little red wagon teff” which meant he was excited about seeing the horse that had put his teeth on his wagon. I woke before him and sat on the couch waiting for my coffee to brew. Before he even came to me he went “potty first then blue tablet”. Let’s just click off another victory. When we got ready to leave I was cutting the apples and carrots for the horses. Owen said, “that’s a” like he’ll always say, waiting for me to respond even though he knows what it is. And then Owen said, “no apples today” followed by “no carrots today”. He is not a fan of either. We had fun with the horses again but I think he was a little more overwhelmed and a lot more tired. I asked him tonight if he liked going to see the horses. His reply, “feed the horses carrots big and strong”. I’m not sure where the big and strong part came from but it works. He told me he wanted to see the horses again and we will go back next week. I’m thankful for his growth and hopefully tonight he will sleep in his bed. Celebrate your victories and celebrate ours. 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.