a bike-riding B-Ro.

B-Ro has always done things on his own timeline. Sometimes early, sometimes late. But always exactly when he was ready. He didn’t walk until 16+ months when Aunt Daphne finally worked her pediatric physical therapy magic on him. But he started swimming at four and reading at five. He’s not an early bloomer or a late bloomer…he’s a B Ro Bloomer. As in, I’ll bloom when I darn well decide to bloom.

About a month ago we took our bikes down to the elementary school for a few turns around the track. After a bit of riding I told Ephraim we were going to take one of his training wheels off, like we did when Sarah was learning to ride. One might have thought I had told him we would be hacking off a leg. It was traumatic.

But like I knew he could, he rode that one training wheeled jalopy like a champ. All the while frantically screaming, I CAN’T DO THIS!

Also, like I knew he would.

So we made our two painful loops around the track and then called it a day. His face was swollen from crying and I was sure he would never forgive me…or attempt to try his bike again until he was at least six.

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Last week Brent came home from work and Ephraim suddenly announced, “Dad, I want to ride my bike…with no training wheels.” We were both stunned but this opportunity was not to be wasted. So Brent took our little buddy around the corner to the cul de sac for a quick lesson. And not twenty minutes later, they brought me this…

A  bike-riding B-Ro.

A very serious,

and determined bike-riding B-Ro.

And a proud one too.

He now spends a good hour each day riding his teensy weensy bike up and down our street. His legs are covered in band-aids now and his bike has a few more dings,

but he’s added another milestone to his B-Ro blooming timeline. And we couldn’t be happier.

J.J.April 29, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Love these little boys!!! Don’t you love how they swivel their hips to the side when they’re learning, in an attempt to stay balanced? So cute!

AnneApril 29, 2013 - 6:29 pm

It’s that superhero t-shirt that is helping him out. Rock on Ephraim!

Jessica WApril 30, 2013 - 11:45 am

So awesome! Would it be wrong of me to show this to my training wheeled 7 year old?? ;-P

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