Owen slept all night in his bed. I was already out of bed and walking towards my bedroom door when I heard him running to my room. He immediately started screaming, “your bed”. I knew I had to calm him or it was going to be a huge meltdown. I told him mommy was going to the bathroom but we still had a few minutes that he could get in my bed if he wanted. He wanted me to lay down with him but the more we talked the calmer he was. When I came out of the bathroom I started turning on the light. He got out of bed and went to the bathroom. That step doesn’t always come easy for him. I remind myself slow and steady wins the race, trying to always keep my mindset in neutral, and keep my patience overflowing. It was raining this morning so I drove him to the bus stop. As we were waiting he noticed the lights on the building in front of us. He started pointing at them. His squeal happened and then “I set a timer an den de lights go off”, he said. It’s hard to explain to him that we don’t have control over the world. I can’t turn lights on and off on random buildings, I can’t change the color of the stoplights, and I can’t make noises stop when he needs them to, even though I wish I could for him. It’s hard for him to understand. All I can do is keep talking to him and explain it to him the best I can. Next week Owen is off from school for the holiday. While we were waiting for the bus we went over his schedule for the next week, three different times. He wants to go through his whole day. He will start part of the sentence, only sometimes finishing it if I don’t tell him exactly what he needs to hear. “Den we can go bowling”, he said. He follows it up with, “yes buddy”. The bus turned the corner and he yells, “de bus turn de corner here we go” as his excitement level went up ten notches. I’m thankful he loves going to school and for everyone that makes it a wonderful experience to help my baby grow. Show the world your smile and find what makes you happy. 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.