I woke up still in that dream state, wondering what planet I was on. Or maybe it was because Owen was listening to his tablet and singing something about Venus and Mars. It was a little after four. That’s better than two in the morning I remind myself. I got up to use the bathroom and reminded him he needed to do the same. “No bathroom today”, he said, quickly followed by “no chocolate milk”, both meaning that he wished I would go back to the “white bed” and let him do his thing. I was completely cool with me going back to bed. I lay in bed listening to more planet singing and tablet games. I was halfway awake at this point and needed the old one two coffee punch to get fully awake. It seemed like it took forever to brew the coffee but it was worth it. He wanted to show me the videos he was watching on his tablet. He told me all about them and I loved his explanations. We read together and I asked him if he was ready for some cereal and his chocolate milk. He said, “no” but I put some out for him anyways. I started working on my computer since we still had about an hour before it was time to get ready. I was finishing up on a project I was working on and it was like Owen knew it was time to get ready. He immediately started asking for a waffle. By this time we only had a few minutes to get ready for the bus. He hadn’t eaten the cereal I put out for him and he would be eating at school so I told him we didn’t have time. I knew what would come next because it was routine. He first said, “next time” and then he immediately said, “when you come home after school you can” and he paused, almost leaving the words hanging but I knew he would continue after he said it again. “When you come home after school you can have a waffle”, saying the whole thing this time. It’s a mix of my words that I’ve said to him many times about when he comes home after school we would do certain things. When he came home from school the waffle was the furthest thing from his mind. He did eat a lot of snacks when he came home though and a pretty good size dinner. His words and phrases come from years of listening to videos, phrases I will say or someone else he is around, something he heard once, or any other combination. He was watching a video and every time at the same place that he kept rewinding it to he would say, “whatever” and then breaking into some language that I could not completely distinguish. He watches a lot of reviews of apps and videos so I think he was doing the review in another language. We played a lot of his games and he was very interactive with me. The night went quickly and he fell asleep almost instantly it seemed as his head hit the pillow. He only has two more days of summer school. My heart is sad for this to end since he loves it so but I have to remind myself it is only a couple of months. His smile warms my heart and I’m thankful for his progress forward. Find your inspiration and know that you can make your dreams come true. 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.