The screams. The loud, loud screams. It feels like almost every morning I’m greeted by a scream lately because I’ve done something like get up out of my own bed or go to the bathroom at a time deemed screamable. Once we got the screams out of the way it was a great morning. When we were at his therapy yesterday he took his shoes off to be in the swing. Once the exercise was over the therapist told him he could put his shoes back on. I found it very amusing how fast he did this and he literally was not dragging his feet. He wanted to move on to the next exercise. This morning when I told him to put his shoes on I referenced how fast he put his shoes on for his therapist. It was funny to me that my talking about it seemed to put a little pep in his step and he put them on quickly. We stood outside waiting for his bus and he was very animated and full of information. He told me he wanted to go on a treasure hunt to the park with the telescope so he could find a monkey and ducks. He wanted the key to his treasure chest so he could hide his coins. He told me he was going to take his pirate binoculars and “we are the pirate big boys and girls.” He said, “pirate says arrr.” I’m always fascinated by what he comes up with. He also told me he wanted to go to the tractors. I told him we could depending on the weather. He said, “cheetah jaguar kinda like a lion.” He then told me he wanted to go to a petting zoo to see a cow. I asked him how many stomachs a cow has and he said, “more stomachs they eat grass.” He told me they give us milk and “they go moo.” When he came home from school it was snowing so I wasn’t sure what he would think. He immediately said he wanted to go to the park with his friends but then he told me to change. I wasn’t pushing it since it was really too cold to stay at the park for more than a couple of minutes. We practiced our clapping exercises. I told him to clap above his head and showed him as I did. He reached up with one hand and tapped his head. I showed him again with my hands and then took his hard and raised them above his head and clapped them with him. After two more times, he did one out of five above his head and then moved them down toward the middle of his chest. It was progress. I didn’t want to cause any ripples for the night so I tried to keep our exercises to a minimum. He had a great night. He ate a lot more than he has been eating since his teeth have been part of the equation. I let him stay up a little later than most nights to see if it helped him sleeping through the night and then the fake snoring always gets me. I’m hoping he sleeps great tonight. He was ready for his Saturday when he went to bed. I’m thankful for his smiles and laughter today. Always remember you are not alone in the journey of 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.