Still she did AWESOME!!! And the bike, a Mobo Triton , is really COOL even if it is good for kids with special needs. Evie and Adrian both wanted to take turns in it and thought it was a blast to ride (It adjusts easily which also means it will last Ainsley many years.). She really seemed to understand it and I think with practice she will have no problem getting around in it. I really like that it is low to the ground. I think she'll feel safer and with the seat being comfortable I think she'll be happy to sit in it until she is ready to resume pedaling.
My plan was to return it if it seemed like she really needed the special needs trike. Since we were $1,000 short I am really glad this worked out. Honestly even if we had the money I think this might be the better choice for her. So to all of you who gave Ainsley gifts of cash for her birthday, Christmas or Easter, know that your money went toward buying her this awesome bike.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Ainsley is getting stronger. She is now able to get around in her walker quite well. We bought this house 2 years ago for it's special layout. Even among single levels homes (which are a small minority) it is rare to find a yard that has no steps, stairs or large hills. The large driveway is a fantastic space for Ainsley to safely use her walker or new bike.
Though I'd rather have been sitting on the lounge chair with an iced tea enjoying the sun instead of working in the yard I'm glad at least that I took a couple extra minutes to put these in a bowl. We enjoyed them for days.
In addition to the nice driveway the house had a large Rainbow swing set that was accessible from a path on one side. Last year (it's been rainy and cold up until now) she wasn't able to push her walker through the wood chips very easily. And I worried about her tipping on the stone paths. But as I said she's grown stronger. Over the weekend she was able to use her walker to walk across the entire yard, access the swing set, climb the steps and slide down the slide BY HERSELF. It's so awesomely empowering for her to be able to do this!
Then yesterday after school she actually climbed up the slide BY HERSELF! And then she proceeded to do it 5 times. Daddy was at work so he missed it but she repeated it for him.
We're AMAZED! She's been cruising more and here you can see she is cruising her way around the climber, eventually making it up to the slide so she can go down.
This was my hope for this house. I knew that the amount of yard work would be a huge challenge for us but that it would be SO great for our special girl! Our old house in the city did nothing but limit her. April marked two years in the new house and I still think it was a good decision. This house is really perfect for her and we are so lucky we found it. I know the sellers put a lot of money into landscaping that they were unable to recover due to the housing market but I think they would be happy to see what great things it does for Miss Ainsley. I hope it brings them some good karma.