“It’s’ah”, Owen said and said again and again. He says it so fast it’s like one long word. He wants me to tell him what something is when it is something he already knows. And he wants me to tell him multiple times. I try to explain to him that he needs to tell me what something is, to use his words, but it always seems like I still end up telling him what it is. ￼Most of the time it’s from videos he’s watching and he will pause it to ask me what it is. Half the time I can’t actually see what the item is that he wants to talk about. If it’s on his tablet he will hold it towards himself. If it’s on the tv he will stand directly in front of the area he wants me to see. I have tried to make him understand I can’t see around him or when he is covering the object, but so far that hasn’t helped the process. Now I try to change it up a little on the things I know he’s going to ask about. Anytime we are outside he talks about the stop signs. He points down the road and starts, “it’s’ah” and I name things it can’t be. I want him to tell me. This doesn’t always work well though. Sometimes it frustrates him and we get nowhere with learning or moving forward. It’s like the case of the almost forgotten bananas. Owen loves the taste of bananas, but seeing the banana itself causes him huge meltdowns or he wants to “throw dem away”. I got some so we could make smoothies. He’s been asking to make something with yogurt. He loves watching the kid’s cooking shows and on one of the episodes, they make a smoothie with yogurt. He wants to put it in the microwave, but he wants to put everything in our microwave. The microwave is another source of huge meltdowns. He will be fine with ours as long as I don’t have to restart it after I cook something for a few minutes. However, the microwave at my parents' house he doesn’t want to even walk near it. All of this goes through cycles. All of this is hard on Owen. And all of this makes me want to hold onto him a little tighter and tell him I love him. Growing Owen is what we do, but I think I’m growing too. Never give up on your dreams. Believe in the miracle yet to come for tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.