Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Little Buddy is amazing, get your tissues out now before you read this...........

Little Buddy is so amazing.  A few weeks ago in Physical Therapy he wanted to ride the tricycle.  So the lovely PT placed him on it, arranged his feet in the special pedals and showed him how to push down on the pedals.  Darned if that little boy didn't move those pedals several repetitions all by himself once she got him going.  She would start him off, he would pedal all by himself and then stop and they would start all over again.  He rode on that little tricycle on the smooth floors of the PT office for a half an hour.  I cried, and believe me it takes a lot for me to cry as far as therapy is concerned.  He has cerebral palsy, he was born with no heart beat and not breathing, at the age of 3 this little one should not be able to ride a bike, not even a tricycle.

As soon as we got home from therapy I got on my computer ordered the bike and the special pedals and waited for them to arrive.  He has now has his little bike for just over a week.  And this little determined boy can move those pedals all by himself.  He rarely needs help getting started he has figured out that if you move the pedals backward a bit your feet end up in the right position and you get get yourself moving forward by pushing down on the pedals.  Now we know that kids without special needs figure all this out pretty fast, but Little Buddy has figured it out also and that is amazing!!! 

He can ride up to 1/2 a mile, yes you read that right 1/2 mile.  Now of course he starts and stops along the way but the completed distance is 1/2 mile and that is incredible.  Watch out Tour de France, in a few years you just might have your first special needs participant!

 I sent a video of him riding his bike to all of his old therapist's and his medical foster family and of course my family.  I think there were quite a few tears shed.  His medical foster father showed the video to all the nurses that took care of him in the NICU, I think it made their day.

So the following are just the crappiest pictures of him on his bike, he was moving so I was having trouble getting him from the right angle, but I wanted to share his success with all of you..  And as he told his brother on the phone, "I ride a bike all by myself!"  Well done little one.  You amaze us everyday.







Isn't he something!

66 comments:

ellen said...

Oh, you bet he is a SOMETHING! And yes, I need a tissue. Little Buddy has so much to teach us all.
With love, E.

Emma Brine said...

Well done little buddy! Just shows you how far determination gets you - 1/2 a mile in his case :)

Pammy Sue said...

AMAZING! No telling what God has in store for him. Such a great spirit, and you are part of it!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Little Buddy, well done! His determination and spirit are inspiring. Needed two tissues!
hugs!!!

Linda

Lucie said...

Bravo little Buddy! Olivir had the same tricycle when he was 3 and 4. Your little Buddy will be a model for all of us.

Angel Jem said...

Way to go Buddy! I hope he keeps that determination to do everything he shouldn't til he's old!

My Garden Diaries said...

Ah!!!!!! The good stuff in life friend!!! You have a special little boy there who has taught us all something through his determination!!! Thank you for making my day!!! And go Little Buddy go!!! Happy day to you guys!! Nicole xo

Jennifer said...

Oh, Little Buddy. You make your mama so proud. You're growing up big and strong, and defying expectations. We're all very proud of you!

Teresa said...

He is just so amazing! He is going to go far in life. His determination will get him there. As I said before, he has found the perfect family for himself. I am just amazed on how far he has come and in such a short time!

Amy at love made my home said...

FANTASTIC!!!!!!! This is so brilliant, I think that you may have a cycling paralympian on your hands, two sportsmen in your family with Mr 20 the swimmer and now Buddy the cyclist perhaps! I know that it sounds silly, but I love that the bike is just a normal bike but with special pedals so that no one else would even know there was anything different, the things that are made these days are so good aren't they. I can imagine that you were sobbing for ages about this amazing achievement by Buddy, he really is a star and will go very far I reckon! xx

mamasmercantile said...

Wow Meredith how amazing is that? You have every reason to be proud and think we could all use a few lessons from Little Buddy, well done him...

Babajeza said...

I happen to have a list of "100 ways to say great". This is the 101st way of saying it. :-)

Betsy said...

I AM crying. Tears of joy and happiness for Little Buddy and for you too Meredith. How wonderful that he can do the same things that other kids do. He is so determined! I have been praying specially for him and your oldest this past week, for some reason I just felt that they needed some extra help this week. Oh how I would like to meet you and your family some day my sweet friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

kathy b said...

Yes he is an amazing soul, child, being! In your loving arms and care he is flourishing

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Awww he's so amazing and adorable, too!

((hugs)) to you sweet friend.

Teresa Kasner said...

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* Little Buddy! Both Dayle and I read your blog with big smiles. We're so happy he is blossoming so.. and we feel you are doing a wonderful job with him.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

busybusybeejay said...

fantastic.Amazing.You must be sooooo proud of him.

CJ said...

Oh that sweet little man, he has a very determined drive to him, his achievements are astounding. And he always looks as if he is having so much fun. I am thrilled that he has accomplished this, you are giving him every opportunity to be amazing, well done to you both. CJ xx

Vikki Hooks said...

Never underestimate the power of God. I think you may have more tears of joy before he is grown..Many hugs to you and little buddy. And may you have many more happy tears.

Nana Go-Go said...

Totally in love with that Little Guy. A whole new world has just opened up to him and it shines from the pics by a Florida Mile!! Well done LBxxx

moonstruckcreations said...

Watch out Sirs Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins - LB is out to getcha!!

Seriously, I did tear up when I read your post, what an amazing little guy. And what an amazing family you all are.

Helenxx

Grammy Braxton said...

You go, Little Buddy. So very proud of you. Love his determination and his love of the bike. Just, WOW!
Hugs, Sharon

linda said...

That's brilliant! well done little Buddy there's no stopping that little guy once he sets his mind on something. :) xxx

Chris said...

Fantastic! Go lil buddy go!

Acorn to Oak said...

Awesome! :-D

Carla from The River said...

Love it! What a sweetheart, I just love that smile.
xx oo

brsmaryland said...

That is amazing - good for little buddy!!
Love and determination.
You all make a great team.

Mrs. C said...

The immense power of a loving, supportive family... :) He is a very lucky little boy to have all of you, as I am sure you feel the same way about him... :)

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

What a super little guy buddy is!!! Great job! Meredith you are all providing such a marvelous opportunity for LB to succeed. He is more than thriving, he is flourishing! Such a beautiful post, xoRobin

Pradeepa said...

Amazing! I admire his determination and spirit!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Way to go, Little Buddy! Someday I would love to take a bike ride with you. I like cycling too. :)

Kris said...

Oh Meredith, he is! He is so amazing! And so loved! What a lucky little boy, to have found the perfect family to love, and who loves him to the moon and back. He can move mountains!!!!!
Big hugs!!
Kris

gaia said...

Well done! Isn't is amazing how the Little Ones astonish us every single day? I say ; it cannot be better than this, only to find out the next day that actually it could be :) As long as the tears are happiness tears , I wouldn^'t mind shedding a tear or two :)Hugs and kisses from Cyprus...
Have a lovely day!...
Gaia

Géraldine B. said...

oh so great ! amazing ! bravo !!! everybody is proud of him ! thanks for sharing this moment ! have both a lovely day !

Stins said...

Thanks for the warning... ;-)
Those pictures are so beautiful! His determined face is so endearing.... I love this little guy.
Thanks for sharing your adventures with little buddy with us.... Hugs from Mirjam.

Christina said...

This is just wonderful Meredith! Your wee man is amazing. He will go far with so much determination in him, and the wonderful loving care he gets from you all. I can know also now understand how my parents must have felt when my brother learnt to ride a bike, much later. He is disabled. Much love Cxx

Claudia said...

Watching my little nephew ride his bike on the videos you've sent has made me very happy. He is an amazing boy, full of spirit and determination. He has much to teach us, doesn't he? Love you little Z!

HollyM said...

Just the thing I needed to read first thing this more! Wow! I'm sure he will continue to surprise you and bring joy to you in such ways. He looks so happy too. It's wonderful!

Carolyn said...

God love him! God bless him!

Regena Fickes said...

Oh, you precious child! How beautiful you are! There is no telling how much you shall accomplish. You are a gift to us all.

kristieinbc said...

He is the most amazing three year old ever!! You didn't mention I would need a whole box of kleenex!

Ingrid K. said...

Hugs to you, Meredith!!!
This is such a wonderful achievement and just shows how far your nurturing has helped LB!
Thanks for the heartwarming photos!
You must be so proud!!!! :)
Love,
Ingrid xx
http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

Ryan McGhee said...

Amazing!!! He is just the most amazing, precious little one! I am a huge Tour de France fan and I for one am marking my calendar to keep an eye out for Little Buddy's finish in Paris!

Gillian said...

He certainly is something! Well done. It's absolutely fantastic. I'm sure there'll be more to come.

millefeuilles said...

Way to go Little Buddy! I honestly believe, Meredith, that with your love and support that sweet boy will forge ahead and surprise us all time and time again.

Stephanie x

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Love.Him.To.Bits :D

The harder the challenge the greater the reward. For us as well as them. You are amazing too Meredith xxxx

Ana BC said...

So sweet!!! Thanks for sharing this lovely miracle with us :-)

Jay said...

He is amazing! Yep I needed a tissue! Well done little buddy!

Judy S. said...

Fantastic news! Before you know it that little guy will be zipping around on a 2-wheeler. He is so lucky to have you and your family Mere! You and your family are his special angels!

Karen said...

He is something special. Wow. My heart is so full, looking at those pictures!

Lynne said...

Oh Meredith he looks so proud of himself! This is great progress for sure. Wonder what else he is just waiting to do and become?
I'm so glad you're sharing this with us!
xxxx
Lynne

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Okay, so now you have me crying. And I have goosebumps. And that only happens when I am truly touched by something. Little B is amazing! Look at him go. And you are pretty much amazing, too. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

linda said...

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Ljubinka said...

You are very brave and strong woman, my respect!!!
Buddy is a miracle,little boy-hero!!!
Hugs.:*

Clare said...

Wow look at him go, such a wonderful news well done Little Buddy
Clare xx

Dee said...

He certainly is!!!! Just think how strong his little legs are getting!

He looks very happy with his new trike!

Joyful said...

What a wonderful post! Buddy is just so cute and he is developing in leaps and bounds. Hurray for Buddy!

Caffeine Girl said...

Yes, I shed a few tears. But then I am a special ed teacher!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

What an inspiration your Little Buddy is! I can feel your joy for him!

Yarn ism said...

Well done LB, you are an inspiration for all of us..Congratulations Meredith it is only because of your love and care that LB is working wonders...

Hugs,
Sabrina

Crafty in the Med said...

Bless him! I thoroughly enjoyed this post and hearing how well this little lad is doing!!!

keep well

Amanda x

Toni said...

YAY!!!!!!!! Oh, that made my day!!!!!!!!!!

Annie Cholewa said...

Oh Meredith, I somehow missed this post. Isn't he just the most amazing child. And so determined. I'm sure you're right, the yellow jersey could be his one day!

elns said...

You're both amazing, Mere. :)

Taciana Simmons said...

Omg my dear friend " he is just amazing " as you said but being a social worker and working with kids for 23 years I also have to say that de dedication and love that you have shown him every day is also a big part of his success. I fe blessed to "know" you and to see his progress every day . I just got caught up with your posts and love, love all the washcloths ( funny thing I am also making them for Christmas :) ... So fun)

Mindy said...

Wow! Big news, and big congratulations!