I might be the crankier one tonight. Owen had his moments today but he woke in a good mood and even though he wanted me to sit he was also calm about it. He was not excited about getting dressed for school but he was very excited about going to school. When it was time to walk out that door he wanted to head straight to the bus stop. He wanted me to walk a little faster. We stood at the bus stop and he kept himself busy by asking Alexa everything he could think of in numerous languages. Plus, he wanted her to make all kinds of animal noises. He said, “Alexa gorilla noises” almost throwing himself to the ground with his laughter. A lot of times he’ll lean over on me as he laughs. He saw the bus round the corner and he couldn’t wait to get on it. When he came home from school he had one thing on his mind and that was getting back on that bus to go to school tomorrow. He wanted me to change, eat dinner, take a bath, and get up so he could “ride a bus”. He did not stop asking for his teacher and his friends all night. He fell asleep talking about going to see his teacher tomorrow. I talk to him about not having to repeat everything constantly. I get that he wants to know his routine but he will go over the same steps for hours. The problem is the anxiety it brings to him. I remind him to breathe and count. If he states that he is going to see his teacher tomorrow and I don’t immediately respond he gets very upset and if I still don’t respond it can turn into a meltdown almost instantly. And tonight if he wasn’t asking for food he was asking for his teacher or his friends. I know it is so hard for him to understand time or these repetitive behaviors but I still have to try to work through it with him. I want him to understand I support him but I don’t want him upset when I do not respond every single time he says his teacher’s name. I’m thankful he likes school though. Through it all he remained calmer than most nights, only getting frustrated at me and the tv a few times. I call that success. Every day I tell him that we have to work together and he is doing amazing things. I want him to understand that hard work and determination will help him achieve any of his goals. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. Tomorrow is a brand new day. 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.