I wanted to shout it from the rooftops it was after five in the morning and Owen slept all night. It was a blessing for sure. I’m praying that tonight it happens again. I can dream. Busy seems to be the understatement for our day even though we haven’t done anything. He was very concerned that he wasn’t going to see his teacher. He asked for her numerous times. He’s clinging to every bit of his schedule that he can. I tried to get him to go several places and he wanted none of it. Tomorrow he knows he is going to therapy and that is what he is waiting for. I can only imagine how confusing and hard this is for him to be on summer break. I’m going to try to not get him completely out of his comfort zone for the rest of this week and then slowly try to do more with him once he’s settled into the new routine. But it will change again. That’s the part about this that is so hard. If he has his choice he would eat the same foods over and over again. In general, we all do in some ways but it’s hard for him to understand when he can’t always get the same exact chicken nuggets or if I buy several brands of chocolate almond milk. He can immediately tell the difference. I also get excited when he can tell me exactly what he wants though. I had two different brands of milk in the refrigerator and he knew exactly which carton he wanted his milk to be poured from. I think he likes the one because it’s thicker or maybe it’s more chocolaty. It is truly the only sweet food he even really loves. I try to always buy the brand he prefers but I also have a hard time getting it sometimes so I want him to be fine with other brands and drinks. The same goes for foods or other products. At breakfast, I fixed some pumpernickel toast and offered him some. He immediately told me “no” as he took the bite I offered him out of my hand. I asked him if he wanted some more and again with the same response. One slice down between the two of us. I put some more on his plate and it was gone. I asked him if he wanted the other slice of my toast and he said, “yes” with great enthusiasm. I don’t remember that he has ever had pumpernickel but he loves rye so I thought I would try. Maybe I’ll get the swirl next. He got his tablet off the counter where it was charging. There is nothing gentle about how he removes the cords when they are charging. I had put my mug down on the counter on the other side of the counter and when he pulled the cord out it knocked it to the floor. It went everywhere. I am so thankful he didn’t even attempt to pick it up. Generally, when he drops something he gets upset and immediately tries to pick it up. Thankfully he ran towards me with the tablet that needed battery so I guess that was the greater concern. He has his favorite tablet and the backup tablet for days like today. Thankfully I convinced him to stay in my room while I cleaned it up, which was another huge victory because generally, he does exactly the opposite of what I ask him to do. After cleaning up the glass I vacuumed the living room because I was afraid of how far it went. Vacuums have always been a rollercoaster ride for him. For the longest time, they caused huge meltdowns if he even saw one. Now he watches reviews on YouTube about them and loves them and hates them all at the same time. He likes to scream if I’m vacuuming but wants to vacuum himself but he doesn’t truly want to vacuum he wants to turn it on and talk about it. He has come a long way though and I’m sure he will be doing his own vacuum reviews all on his own one day. He’s very close. “What kind of vacuum is it”, he said. “It’s a shark rocket pro”, he answered. He generally calls it another name because of the videos but I think he is getting it now that each has a brand name. He asked me for the round veggie chips tonight. I said I don’t have any and he asked me for triangles. I think he is getting the hang of this asking thing. We laughed a lot today and we stay very, very busy. And I’m very, very exhausted. Thankful to see my sweet baby O shine and soar as he is learning new things. Dance in the rain and smile in the sunshine. Be inspired to make a difference. 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.