Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tricycle Triumph - A Very Good Day

Tuesday, I was trying to clean up my house a bit, when I got a call from our real estate agent. I said, "Hello?" and she said, "Is there someone outside your house?" At first I was a little creeped out like it was a random warning about some weird guy hanging out in my front yard, but I quickly realized who it was and (with a big sigh) that I was probably going to have to hurry up and finish cleaning everything because someone wanted to see the house right away. I was right. We made an appointment for them to come back in an hour, and I flew threw the house trying to finish all the cleaning I could while encouraging Connor to scarf down his remaining chicken nuggets and applesauce.

After some last-minute frantic vacuuming, we bounded down the front steps and I told C we were going for a ride on his tricycle. He LOVES his trike. If you look back in the blog to last summer somewhere, I think there's a picture. We got it at Sam's Club, and it is a Lightning McQueen trike, which means a lot more to him this year now that he's so into the movie. It has one of those "parent push" handles in the back, and you can either engage or disengage the his front pedals.

So all last year, I left the pedals disengaged and let him just put his feet on the seperate footrest bar. But he's a little big to reach that properly now, so I just strapped his flip flops under the reals pedals to keep his feet on. Then, just on a whim, I engaged the front pedal figuring whatever push he might give every once in awhile would be good exercise.

I sat him on the trike on back of the driveway, and bent down to pick up my purse, and when I turned around HE WAS PEDALING!! I couldn't believe it!! I started searching the ground to see if there was some mysterious hill in our driveway I never noticed before, and though it does barely angle down toward the street, C was really keeping it going all on his own!!

So we went to for big long walk up and down our street. The street goes uphill a bit, and he needed some pushing going up...and actually I think just about any kid his age would. But on the downhill, he kept it going by himself for the most part, and kept turning around to check on me, saying "Mommy let go!" He was so excited to be independent. But probably not half as excited as I was. And, as I'm sure all our neighbors already think I'm crazy since the fire truck "incident", I really didn't mind walking up and down the road with a few tears on my face.

8 comments:

Lynnie said...

oh, kristen that's awesome. i was cleaning out my old emails last night and found your inital one from last summer about connor. look how far you've come in a year or so. i'll call you soon.

Megan La Rue said...

That is fantastic!!
Austin still can't pedal his trike yet...but he's getting close... I know how proud you must be...

Erin said...

I am just LOVING this story! I'm so happy for you and for him. What a little cutie pie he is!

Davis and Carter's Mommy said...

Wow! Goose bumps! That is so awesome. :)

Carrie said...

Great news!! Congratulations!! Rylan still can't figure out his!

Laura said...

Wow! I had Goosebumps, and maybe even a teary eye. :) So happy for him, and how exciting for you as his Momma!

Shane, Janell and Jilli said...

that is so exciting! what a big boy! i would have cried too.

Andrea G. said...

Wow! I have tears in my eyes. That is so amazing. Definitely one of those tender mercies from our Loving Father in Heaven. Way to go, Conner! How wonderful. Hopefully there will be more stories like this in the future!