Before five in the morning is close to five in the morning I keep telling myself. Owen woke before five, came to me with his tablet, asking me to help him search for something on YouTube, and me saying “hey how about we sleep a little longer”. “Nopedy nope”, he said, and off to the living room he ran again. At least it was most of the night he was asleep. He was in a good mood because today was “therapy day therapy day”. It always makes him happy. When I picked him up from school to take him to therapy I asked him lots of questions. I like to get him to interact with me in the car because he generally only wants to tell me how to drive and all the lights are still very concerning for him. I’m trying to keep him occupied and also promote conversation. It’s easier said than done though. He has a hard time focusing on the conversation, especially in the car. I started asking him questions about animals. I asked him to name a tall animal, he said, a mouse. I said, do you think a mouse is tall, he said, “no a jaguar”. I asked him what was taller than a jaguar and he said, “a building”. I asked him again if he knew a tall animal and he once again answered with “mouse”. I said, how about a giraffe or an elephant and he said, “no”. This is how it goes a lot of the time. He at least goes through the motions but sometimes he will say the opposite of what he means or completely random things and that is when he is searching for a reaction. I moved on to ask him about what different animals ate. This was a little more interesting and informative. I asked him what do seals eat and he said, “ducks” without any hesitation. I asked about a few more animals and most of the answers were “food” or “grapes” which happens to be his answer for any time I ask him what he had for breakfast or lunch at school or what he wants for dinner. But he does not want to be near a grape or eat a grape so it is a very interesting dynamic that is happening right. His therapists said he did really well today and can see improvement with him. I could tell he was much calmer and it is showing with the different activities he is doing. When we got home it seemed like it was nonstop eating and grapes were not included. He wanted to do more activities on his own but he asked me to help him several times. The night went quickly and I’m hoping that he sleeps a little later tomorrow. He knows it is Friday but he kept talking about seeing grandma so I’m hoping he doesn’t get his nights mixed up. He was laughing hysterically when he went to bed but he didn’t respond to me about what he was laughing at. He fell asleep quickly and then woke up asking for “help”. I asked him with what and he said his tablet, which wasn’t in bed with him so he snuggled back into my arms and he fell right back asleep. I think he is starting to express his dreams or maybe in his sleep he was thinking about his tablet. His smile lights up my world and I’m thankful for the gift of my son. No day has to be ordinary if you add a little extra to it. Have an extraordinary day and enjoy the rays of sunshine that come your way. 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.