Owen slept until a little after four. He came to me with his tablet on and wanted his backup tablet. I told him he could only have one tablet at a time but he needed to go back to bed it was still nighttime. That meant he went to the living room but then he at least played quietly. He was ready for church and didn’t want to wait until of course it was time to go and then we were in slow motion. He was watching the kids cooking shows and told me we needed to make a smoothie. I asked him what kind and he said, “strawberry and banana.” He said, “order it.” He is starting to understand that I don’t always have the supplies or items he wants immediately so I always tell him I will have to order it. He told me “blender makes noise.” I had other groceries we needed so I told him I would get it so we could make them when we got home from church. We went to church after he put his own socks and shoes on. I gave him plenty of extra time because I knew it would take us a while. He doesn’t want to put his socks or shoes on by himself anymore, who would, but I tell him he has to. Me handing him his socks means he is going to run around the house with them and possibly leave them someplace if I don’t stay right there with him while he is doing it but he got them on. He did great at church and wanted to get his chicken nuggets and cheeseburger on the way home. After he ate lunch he was ready to make his smoothie. I have learned he is very determined and he now absolutely cannot handle the smell, sight, or taste of bananas but because he made the smoothie he drank the smoothie. His choice. I asked him if he wanted some and he took the cup drank maybe a teaspoon size and said, “yum it’s delicious” and was gagging the whole time. He then told me a different recipe with carrots and many other ingredients that he for sure will have to tell me again if he wants to make it. I made the smoothie completely from the instructions he gave me based on the instructions from the cooking show he watched. He told me to add the banana. It was completely gagging him as he watched me and then told me to throw it in the trash. He gave me each of the next steps. “Add the yogurt get carton milk throw in strawberries,” he said. Then he told me to mix it. When he was really little he loved bananas. Then when he got a little older he would have huge meltdowns over seeing them but he still would eat them if I put them in something. After years of working with him, he would at least tolerate them so he wouldn’t have a meltdown over seeing them but now it has become a complete sensory overload for him. I told him we didn’t have to add bananas next time and he said, “blueberries.” I’m glad that even though the bananas were his suggestion he was able to handle it and even tried some of the smoothie. I made the mistake of asking him if he wanted to open a smoothie food truck and he said, “need a seatbelt.” Maybe one day we’ll have a smoothie company. I asked him after church if he wanted to do anything besides making our smoothies. He said he wanted to “go see the elephant frog and bear.” I’m not sure where those are but when he can tell me I’m sure we’ll be going. He asked for the binoculars again today. After showing him several and going between monoculars and binoculars he decided on a blue pair of binoculars. He told me to “order it” and off he went to his treasure chest saying “in the box come.” The dream for tomorrow is the happiness continues from today. Be inspired, be thankful, be joyous. 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.