Hayden and Layla's Place

Getting Outside March 6, 2011

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 7:08 pm
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It’s always this time of the year when we get a few days when we can finally get outside and it’s not -15C and covered in snow.  Those first few days are great for Hayden because all those outside toys have been out of reach for so long.  He wants to get every toy possible out in as short as possible time frame!  So last weekend was a good example of that.  We started with Cricket (his first time!) and he showed that he defiantly has some David Gower left hand elegance.  Then on to Baseball, a little bit of Football (“soccer”) mixed in, some “Stomp Rocket”, Monster Truck jumps, basketball, etc.  He was loving it!!

Last year for his birthday we bought him a bike.  He wasn’t quite into it at the time, he was still enjoying his tricycle too much and the shift to the bike was a step too far for him at the time.  Well already this year he is showing more interest in his bike (which is good because his tricycle is worn out and has big holes in the wheels!).  So I put him on it to see how he would get on.  At first he wouldn’t go anywhere if I wasn’t right behind him holding him.  He was also so busy watching his feet he gave up on steering and kept running into things.  Gradually he got some confidence and started to understand the idea of steering.   After about 10 minutes of going in circles I talked him into cycling over to the neighbors house out on the main pavement.  I wasn’t thinking he was going to be this bold already!  Then he wanted me to hold the saddle instead of him, getting braver…  then after we got back to the driveway and a few more circles he didn’t want me to hold him at all!!! I was really impressed and proud how quickly he advanced and how brave he was!!  The challenge we’ll probably have now is he’ll get quicker and quicker and I’m going to have to get fitter and fitter just to keep up with him on the walks!!  I’m sure the dogs will be happy though!!

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