Summer is underway, and so is Joy:
|Joy on a two-wheel bike with training wheels|
She can go all the way up and down the long flat block you see here, with minimal assistance. She was SO ready for a training-wheels bike -- and I'm glad, because it turns out that the 20-inch bike that fits her size is as large as the standard-size training wheels go.
Joy fought the helmet at first, and I was afraid we were going to have to spend half the summer doing a long, slow process of getting accustomed to the helmet (first we'll wear it for a count of five, then move on to a count of ten, etc.) But the very first time we did helmet-practice on the couch with a little reward attached -- "first helmet, then candy" -- she blew past the count and wore it for several minutes with little protest. So we took our little rewards to the street, and off she went.
Yes, I think summer is off to a pretty good start for Joy.