Physically, mentally, emotionally I have to tell myself every day to keep pushing forward. Not one day can we sit on the sidelines of our life, even though some days that’s what I think I’m doing or what I want to do. Owen woke with an attitude or maybe I did. Either way, he was screaming at me before I could even think to say it’s still nighttime. After the morning flew by and stood still all at the same time he told me he wanted to “go in his little red wagon”. I asked him where he wanted to go. He said, “someplace”. I love when I hear my words coming from him. I told him he had to put his pants on and handed them to him. He said, “no” and put them down. I think it was partly because they were not the preferred “blue pants today” but it was also because I told him he had to put them on himself. I’m trying to get him to understand the steps he has to go through with dressing himself. I want to give him that independence but he still has a very hard time with his fine motor skills so it’s a process for him. Plus, he has a hard time separating what skills he should use in what locations. He associates certain activities and skills with different individuals or places. He does this with foods as well. Something that my mom will cook at her house he won’t eat there but if she sends it home with me he will eat it at our house. There are so many rules. Right now all he wants to wear is jeans. One of the hardest things for him is the variety or trying something different so I give him choices and make him do more activities. I tell him he can then decide if he doesn’t like the taste of something or the activity we are doing. We never did go anywhere but at the end of the day, he was talking to me about the little red wagon and not going. He is making many connections. I think the pirate saga continues. He said, “no alligator water today”. I’m waiting for him to start talking like a pirate. I was trying to do my yoga stretches and Owen came to exercise with me. Only it turned into him sitting on my lap for a half hour and every time I tried to get up he said, “need a big hug”. I gave him a big hug. Today is the first day of the rest of your life so let’s make it grand. 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.