Owen woke, got out of bed, bypassed me to turn the living room light on. That’s the morning governing rules. I said, good morning, I love you, can I have a hug. He moved through the process quickly of hugging me. I went on to tell him he needed to go to the potty. He went with a little hesitation, but no song, or dance either. He learned today he is the proud owner of a fire hose, and thought it was hilarious to not go into to the toilet, but instead tried to reach the ends of the earth with it. I was not prepared for this, but instead I thought of it as a great accomplishment, and showed progress. My hope is that I can convince him that is not something that he should be doing, and the toilet is the way to go, but his pure excitement from this new found accessory might take some convincing. Or we may just have to take it to the porch. Oh, the adventures we are having. He was excited to go to school today. He proudly said, “it’s Monday”. I think Monday is the easiest day of the week for him, as long as our routine stays the same. I try to talk to him about his schedule, and what’s ahead for him, knowing that it will help him to go through his days. I quiz him, “what day is tomorrow”, hoping that if we do this every day it will become part of his routine to look at the calendar. He yells over to me, “I’m not going to the post office today”. He won’t stop until I acknowledge that we aren’t going. My emotions wash over me, I’m trying to keep my smile plastered on my face, and not let the tears fall down my face. Taking him to the post office one day, for five minutes, months ago, has caused so many emotional moments for both of us. I have to calm myself, reminding myself that this is how he processes it, and that he needs the comfort in knowing what we are doing. It’s quickly followed with him doing his attention getting burst screams, all while eating, and asking “I want more chocolate milk pwease”. I tell Owen every day he is amazing, and he can do anything he wants to do it he sets his mind to it. It’s your day to be amazing. Find your strength, do what you love, and know that you can do great things. 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.