I feel like there is this huge explosion of information waiting to burst out of Owen at any minute. He went to sleep with a voice like I’d never heard, he woke with words, and for days it feels like we are having conversations that he actively participates in. This is the most thrilling part of our rollercoaster ride. My emotions travel over many paths every day, but hearing and seeing the connections forming for Owen is amazing. This morning I gave him cereal for his first breakfast. He immediately asked for “cracker” when he saw it sitting there. I didn’t answer quick enough so he said, “veggie straw”, running to get a bag out of storage. He got one bag and dropped another. I told him that he could have some later, but for breakfast, he would have cereal. I asked him to take the bag back and he did. Then I asked him to pick up the back he dropped and put it away as well and he did. These are huge steps and huge conversations. He paid attention, he took directions, and he followed through. Add in the fact that he did it without screaming or hesitation and I’m over the moon. It takes a lot for him to process the steps. And even more for him to go through all the motions. There is a change in Owen and I am thankful to see this growth. Last night as he was fighting to stay awake he went through a whole conversation with me. I could see him almost pulling the words out of his brain as he went through everything he wanted to tell me. He would look straight at me, say something, and then his eyes would look upwards as he thought what to say next. He went through this with me for several minutes, telling me exactly what he could, referencing things that didn’t necessarily go together, but I followed through with the conversation, adding and asking what I could. He was happy and it seemed like everything made perfect sense to him. I longed for these days. I wanted his words, his actions, and his reactions. There is a moment in time when you have to breathe, let go of the expectations, and let life be as it is. Some days that is harder than others. And hard to admit. Today, I’m thankful for what is yet to come. I see progress and I know he is making huge strides; we both are. Be motivated, be inspired, be driven, and watch what changes in your world. 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.