What am I hooraying about? A few grand accomplishments of my charming children….
We have tried to get Elizabeth to learn to ride a bike without training wheels for years now. She being our timid one, it has been an exceptional challenge. Each session would end in tears for her and sheer frustration for whichever parent was trying to help her. She was simply terrified of learning to ride a bike. Finally we just gave up. We had her bike out all summer – just in case she decided she wanted to learn to ride it. She has been happy scootering around and riding her sister’s bike (with training wheels) all summer long.
Until we got home from Montana. Out of the blue she told me that she was trying to ride her bike last week. “That’s wonderful!” I said and left it at that. I decided that if she wanted help, she’d ask for it. Well, yesterday I was laying down for a rest in the afternoon when I was stampeded by a herd of wild elephants – all right, well it was just Lizard and her two sisters, but that’s about the same. 🙂
“I did it! I did it, Mom! I rode all the way down to the corner and back on my bike!” She had transformed into a Mexican Jumping Bean in her excitement.
“Awesome!” I cried as I stampeded out with the kids to watch her ride her bike. Sure enough she zipped down the sidewalk and back – gleaming with pride.
This morning Dorothy decided, “If Lizard can ride a bike without training wheels, than I can too.” I got out my toolbox and popped those wheels off. Faster than a flash she had that bike down the driveway and was zipping down the sidewalk at a break-neck pace at first try. She just took off – she’s always been our daring one, so it fits that she is the fastest on her bike – and first time without the training wheels too. I stood in stunned silence as I watched her zip up and down the sidewalk. Makes me wish I had taken those wheels of ages ago. 🙂
Well, if Elizabeth and Dorothy were going to ride their bikes like big kids, there was no way that Emily was about to be left out – after all she is a super big kindergartner this year. “Please take my wheels off too,” she begged.
“Sure, we’ll give it a try,” I replied and proceeded to dig into my toolbox again and release the training wheels with a thunk. It took her a bit longer than Dot trying to get the coordination and balance down – but by about an hour ago or so she was zipping along the sidewalk along side her sisters – grinning from ear to ear. I know she sure felt great being able to something that her big sister could do – and at a younger age! Go Emily. 🙂 All three girls are hoping to ride their bikes to school this year – *sigh* they grow up so fast.
Jacob’s vocabulary has been literally exploding lately. He is talking SO much. It is adorable to hear him try to sing the songs his sisters sing – like the alphabet song. One of our favorite books, “Hand, Hand, Fingers. Thumb” has pictures of monkeys all through it. He will sit and reading the book, “Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey.” He will tell us when he is worried with an, “I scare I scare” and repeat most words you ask him too. He will also let me know when his diaper is dirty by bringing me a diaper, wet wipes, and saying “I stinky. Pease.” The potty training is still rolling along – he’s gone stinky a couple times in the toilet, but still usually tells us AFTER rather than before. But any progress is good progress – and he is only 2 1/2 which is still early than any of my others have trained -so I am feeling great. He also dances to all kinds of music and claps along when it is something fun and up beat – He’ll even join in singing from time to time. It is such a joy to see him do so many incredible things when the docs were so worried about his development. He just keeps proving them wrong and beating the odds time and time again. Go Jacob!