This morning, one of my former students shared a link to a story his newsroom produced about an eight-year-old named Bailee Iorg. She was born with a limb difference that led to an amputation of her foot when she was four months old. She started gymnastics a year ago and now she’d like to start competing. That’s a big deal for any eight-year-old. But since she has a prosthetic leg, she is unsure if she’ll be allowed to compete. Her gym is waiting for USA Gymnastics to decide if she’s going to participate because for now, there are no rules for or against prosthetics.
Obviously Bailee knew pretty early on that she was born just right because she’s a firecracker. Seriously, watch this video.
Bailee has an amazing attitude and I’m so proud of her and I don’t even know her! Heck, Jordan watched the video and immediately asked to come and visit Bailee if I ever have a chance to visit Knoxville.
I don’t live in Tennessee but I already see Bailee’s quest is catching attention. We can all rally together and help her out. A parent whose daughter is a gymnast who competes within the USAIGC program with a prosthetic is allowed to participate. For now, we have to wait and see if the USA Gymnastics program will do the same. So I created a petition on Change.org and would love your participation in spreading the word and encouraging your friends to sign it.
Jordan is fast. She has a sprint like no other little kid I know. While I like to run at a slow and steady pace, Jordan has power. She shows it off during each of her softball games. Somehow, I caught her flying during her game over the weekend.
Softball is a challenging sport for Jordan when it comes to hitting the ball. She’s worked really hard to start hitting backhanded. When she makes the connection, it’s a solid hit. I’m really impressed that even after some challenges, she keeps trying.
What is another great thing about this year of softball? Her team. She has a wonderful collection of young girls on her team. They are all awesome and I’m so glad she gets to spend so much time with them on the field and in the dugout. They have adorable chants and cheers and all around awesome spirit.
So as Jordan continues to hone her skill as a catcher, thrower and batter, she’s also learning to be an even better friend. There are some really strong personalities on the team and they seem to all be learning and communicating. That can be tricky when you’re in elementary school! I’m excited for Jordan to continue to play and I’m really happy she’s feeling fast and strong on the field.
This post is not officially approved by Jordan… But I feel the need to share a parenting perspective from the view of a parent of an incredibly strong and confident kid… With or without a limb difference. Anyone who has spent time with me lately will know that Jordan has been testing our patience lately. [...]
Jordan is in her first year in coach pitch softball. After two years of really fun t-ball, this is a little different. Pitches aren’t always perfect and sometimes you may not hit the ball. As a kid with a limb difference, Jordan has had to try and try and try on so many things. She [...]
The bombing attack at the Boston Marathon is overwhelming. Three deaths… more than 150 injuries. The images, the emotions and the knowledge that at least four people lost limbs in the attack breaks my heart. As a member of the Red Cross digital volunteer corps, I know there are resources for the victims. But I [...]
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It’s that time of year… It’s kind of cold but Jordan is jumping into a new softball season. This is her third year playing ball and she’s extra motivated this year. After meeting with Hayden Filson last fall and learning how to really play one-handed softball, Jordan is extra excited. Today, Jordan had a chance to meet [...]
Kathryn continues to offer her perspective as an adult with a limb difference. Once again, I’m honored to have her contribute to the site and give more views than mine – where I write from a special needs parenting persepctive. Today, Kathryn offers her thoughts on becoming a mother with a limb difference. -Jen Of [...]
I’d love to introduce you all to a new contributor to Born Just Right. Her name is Kathryn and I’m going to let her introduce herself. I’m thrilled to have an adult with a limb difference offer a perspective I can’t offer on this site. I have the special needs parenting perspective, Jordan has the [...]
There are moments where you have to wonder how the heck it all worked out the way it worked out. Remember back in the fall when Jordan had a chance to meet Hayden Filson? Well, their meeting was in the newspaper. That’s when a researcher in Columbia, MO reached out to me and wondered if [...]
I haven’t written much about this… But Jordan was nominated for a very special award in our city. It’s the WIN (Women’s Intersport Network) for Columbia Inspiration Award. I hesitated about making a big deal because we were told she was nominated but we wouldn’t know if she won until we attended the event. Three [...]
There’s a really great high school project underway that needs your help so it can get funding and continue to grow. It’s called the So What Campaign. I encouraged the organizers to write a little more to explain what they’re trying to do and how you can help: I am Karlee and I was born [...]
Jordan is fearless. She is a rock star on roller coasters. She loves to perform. She will figure out bike riding this year, I’m sure of it. Did I mention she loves performing? Well, tonight she has another chance. Over the weekend, she attended a cheerleading clinic. She’s never tried cheering before and she loved [...]
Last week on Born Just Right’s Facebook page, there was a really great conversation about how to help our kids stay warm in the cold weather. Jessica Peters shared with me how to alter gloves and she even put together a step-by-step guide so you can give this a try as well! How to alter [...]