A lot of new

by Jen Lee Reeves on May 31, 2009 · 3 comments

in 2009, Bike, Outside

dsc_0864Jordan’s Grandma, Poppy and Daddy Jr. are here to help us build a new deck in the backyard!! It’s very exciting. Plus, the girl has shown a LOT of interest in riding a bike. Not just a tricycle, but a bike. And since she really has shown that interest, her grandparents pitched in and got her a new bike with training wheels. We would have just handed her the bike her brother used, but she’s too tiny!

So she got a Dora bike! She’s just a touch too small for the 12 inch bike – but that hasn’t stopped her from trying! She even told me she wanted to ride her bike to our favorite ice cream shop – which is NOT an easy ride (nor have I ever tried to do it with the kids). Anyway, I am thrilled she’s excited to become a bike rider – even if we live around a bunch of hills.

Another wonderful moment today (and there were many… to many to write) was watching her play with our family in the backyard. We don’t even have the complete deck up (and I’ll post a picture of the finished product when it’s done)… But Jordan danced on that deck and ran and played. She and Cameron spent more time in the backyard than we have all spring. Just think what it’ll be like once we have a full deck to enjoy the fun.

So… Here’s an example of Jordan’s joy… The deck is big and we’ll have a bunch of performance space for the kids to dance, sing and be silly.

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Tricia June 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Haylee from Little Hand Big Heart has been riding a bike for just a little less then a year without training wheels. It is such a wonderful joy to see them ride their bikes. Imagine when we were learning to ride our bikes with two hands our girls are learning to ride their bikes with one hand.

Lisa June 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I’ve been wondering how hard it will be for them to learn to ride a bike, my son is only 16 months with right below elbow and all his therapists say the bike is the hardest thing to learn so I was just curious how Jordan is doing? Is she using helper hand?

Thanks!
Lisa

NerdyMom June 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

So far, so good. We’re using training wheels… And at this point Jordan doesn’t like using her prosthetic with the bike. That’s mainly because she can’t turn left — her prosthetic doesn’t bend enough and any time Jordan tries to turn left with her bike hand, she feels trapped and immediately demands we take the arm off. So most of the time she’s much happier on her bike with her hand. We’re planning to meet with her prosthetist after we go to Camp No Limits. He says he thinks he has an idea that will give Jordan more flex when she rides. I look forward to that!

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