Owen slept all night again and he was dry when he woke up. It feels like a very successful night. In the last week, Owen has been falling asleep in my arms. It feels like a good time to try to transition him to actually falling asleep in his bed. This has not always gone well nor been beneficial to a calm nighttime process. I have a huge pillow in the living room that he generally falls asleep on, asking for the blanket over him, and the lights have to be on. If the lights are turned off this can add hours to the process. But I feel like we are so close to being able to slowly transition the routine. His falling asleep in my arms is now helping the process so I think if I can find a way for him to want to be in his bed that will help. New sheets to the rescue. I’m hoping that changing the style of his sheets and also adding a compression sheet will help him. The compression sheet is fitted on his bed and allows him to sleep under it, providing a little more push on him as he sleeps. He has been requesting “big hug” as he falls asleep every night, wanting me to give him joint compressions. Deep breath. I try not to even think about what all this means. I pray that my baby finds comfort in all of these things. The hardest thing for me is not always knowing what Owen needs or wants. But then I see the growth, I hear his words and I know that miracles are happening. When I picked Owen up from school he came to me with a book he was “reading”. I stood there with him and he read it to me several times. The joy in his eyes to read his book to me brings tears to my own eyes. His teacher let him bring the book home. He read to me the entire way home, reciting the words he knows, and the pages he likes. He only stopped to tell me directions a few times and screamed once at the meltdown light, but here was my little boy reading all the way home. There is no greater joy than watching a miracle grow right before your eyes. Focus on the positive side of life, know that you are important, and you can do amazing 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.