Rite Of Passage

by Courtney Sirotin on October 25, 2012

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Some days I write this blog for an audience. (That would be you. Nice shirt!) Other days I write it as a journal to chronicle my thoughts with a time stamp for future reference. Still other days, like today, I use it solely as a place to gush about Dylan. I know not everyone will be as excited about these picture and videos as I am, but that’s why this is my blog. Smile with tongue out

Dylan got his first bike today!

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We were at a park this afternoon when Dylan spotted a little boy with a tricycle and became obsessed. He’s seen bikes before but today something in him clicked and it was like he needed one now. I called Jay and he met me at Wal-Mart so that we could pick out Dylan’s first bike together. We bought it, brought it home, and Dylan hopped right on!

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We got it on video too!

After Dylan’s first ride, Jason determined the bike needed a few tweaks. The training wheels were crooked, the seat was loose and the tire pressure was low.

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Dylan lent a hand tuning-up his bike.

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Its so weird how kids just seem to know how to do certain things, even when they’ve never done them before. Dylan is rarely exposed to people using tools, but he seems to have a good sense of how to use them anyway.

More pictures of the Dylan the Mechanic just because I like them:

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He liked wearing his helmet, which was fortuitous, because while fiddling with the bike he tripped over a wrench and fell backward onto the driveway.

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There was a loud crack that would have been his head if he hadn’t been wearing the helmet. This was Jason’s face right after it happened.

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We both looked at each other and realized the brand new helmet had already saved Dylan’s brains. That thing is worth its weight in gold! I wish Dylan would wear it constantly!

Actually, maybe I’ll get that wish because he wanted to wear it when we went to the park across the street while Jay finished working on the bike. I felt totally comfortable while he was doing this:

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(He loves dangling like that.)

Jason called us back over when the bike was ready and Dylan rode it a bit longer. He stayed focused on it for about 30 seconds at a time, alternately playing with this Spin N Saucer we also got from Wal-Mart.

Both items were hits! In fact, we all had a great time tonight. Smile

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When it was time for dinner we brought the new toys inside for the night and Dylan kept playing.

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He took turns giving his toys, like this balloon spider, rides on the bike and saucer.

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Getting your first bike is a big deal for a kid. I’m excited for tomorrow morning when he wakes up and remembers he has a new bike. I remember that feeling…like Christmas morning when I was little or the day after my sixteenth birthday when I woke up and remembered I had a license to drive. Exciting times! Glad I could share them with you.

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DONNA October 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

You bet! It looks like you got that bike for Dylan at the exact right time! You capitalized on what he was showing an interest in. Great bonding project for the whole familly. Dylan looks like he will enjoy learning how to use tools. It looks like a night to remember! Ilove the pictures!

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CAROL GLOSKI October 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Pretty soon he will be flying down the driveway on his own!! He looks so proud of his new bike!! Maybe he gets the tinkering from your grandfather??!! Watch Out!!!

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