Two o’clock in the morning is awfully early when one o’clock is when you fall asleep. I could hear my sweet baby O talking but I wasn’t really processing what he was saying. I tried to shake myself awake. And then I heard him say, “Siri buffalo buffalo buffalo in German”. I think I was still in and out but I could hear Owen laughing. Siri must have answered him. I heard his next request, “Siri can you say gorilla in Japanese”. Maybe I fell asleep again but I heard more laughter and more requests. I think I finally realized that it was nighttime and he needed to go back to sleep. I told him to bring me his tablet and that it was nighttime. Owen went back to getting Siri to say buffalo in all the languages. I told him one more time to bring me his tablet, that it was nighttime, and we were going back to sleep. I don’t quite understand why I haven’t figured out that you can not derail a woke up train. He came to lay down with me but there really was no sleeping. He didn’t need his tablet to be able to sit there reciting, laughing, and reciting again how to say buffalo in all the languages Siri translates into. At three and four and five in the morning “buffalo buffalo buffalo in French” is hilarious according to Owen. And to me, it’s hilarious now. Or maybe I’m slaphappy for being up most of the night. He gets so excited about saying the words. He liked when the word buffalo didn’t sound much different than it does in English except for the accent. I’m truly thankful for how much he is learning to say from talking to Siri. His English pronunciations are becoming more clear by learning to say all the other languages. Some of the sounds from the French language are helping him to make the L sound stronger in his English words. He is going for a speech evaluation tomorrow and then will be starting speech classes soon. I can’t wait to meet with the therapist. It will be interesting to see if they can use Owen’s love for the other languages to help foster his growth in English. On the way home from therapy today I asked him what he had for lunch. I’ve been asking that question since he was little. And even when I knew what he had to eat. But today was the first time he ever answered. He said, “pizza”. I don’t know if he did have pizza but I know I’m happy he answered something and even if he didn’t have pizza he answered it with a food. That’s a huge step. I’m going to ask his teacher if she knows what he ate for lunch. When he was taking his bath I wanted to see what he would say when I asked him again. I started with breakfast and he told me he was served “banana strawberry”. I went with it. I can’t imagine he ate either but again he said food. I said, “what did you have for lunch” and he said, “banana and pizza”. There’s no greater joy than hearing Owen talk with me, expressing his feelings “I’m happy today” and having him talk to me about food. These dreams I had for Owen talking are coming true. Every day he’s growing and I know tomorrow will be one more stepping stone for him to move mountains. Expect great things and make your dreams come true. 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.