Archive for May, 2013

Big 5

It’s been an exciting few weeks with Nathanael and watching him navigate has been a roller coaster.  

Look mom, no training wheels.
N can ride a bike with no training wheels.  We thought about doing it last summer but since he wasn’t pressing it, we didn’t press it.  But, he was starting to feel sheepish – we put it into high gear.  I’m glad we waited.  I am sure he could have mastered it last summer but I think the extra maturity made for a quick transition.  In less than a week he went from wobbling, mom running beside him, not figuring out how to stop with the pedals (I think someone misdirected him to put his feet down to stop vs using the pedals and then feet down) to pretty much having mastered it.  He def wanted a bit of help but was pretty quick to be adamant that he wanted to do it on his own.  The good news is that he was appropriately diligent – not freak out, blow a gasket crazy.  Last night he took a bit of spill but we’ve been lucky on the scraps.  Starting up provided to be a bit harder than the actual biking but we’re looking pretty good and N is pretty happy.

Mom, Don’t be Blinded by the Sparkly Vest
N had a dance recital yesterday.  We decided to sign him up this year because a few of his other buddies were in the dance class.  He really rocked it.  I can’t say I’m in love with silver-sparkly vest they gave him (I took it off in the car at home, didn’t want the all-boy neighbors to mock him) but the routines were great.  He genuinely enjoyed the experience and it was really fun to see him on stage.  They had a rap routine (complete with break dancing), a sweet Cinderalla routine, and then a rock routine.  I loved that she did special things for the the boys but I would have wanted the girls to do the break dancing and air guitar as well.  

We’re lucky, N is actually quite easy to parent (so far) – but the bike riding and stage performance were real highlights for us.  I think both Joe and I wanted to cry when he rode the bike on his own. I think they may be bigger life moments for us!

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Little E



This is an outfit we sent him!

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