Camp No Limits!
The kids and I wrapped up our Camp No Limits experience yesterday. This is the first time I've been able to get onto my computer since then. It was the first time the camp came to Missouri - so it was very small. But there are also camps in Maine, Florida and Idaho this year. Most years there's also a camp in California.
This was the first time my kids had a chance to go to a "sleepover camp." I was with them the whole time. I have to say four days and three nights is certainly enough for a mom with a three year old and a seven year old. I'm pooped. The kids are pooped too... But they loved it.
Jordan had a chance to meet more people with limb differences - including one girl who is RBE (right below elbow). We had a six-year-old who is RBK (right below knee) and a girl who is also RBK. The kids' camp counselor also uses a prosthetic leg... One he built himself through his prosthetic practice in California. How cool is that? Jordan loved everyone... but I think it was extra cool to see her connect with an older kids who is like her. I realize it was probably cooler to me than it was to Jordan since a missing arm is no big deal and it never was for her. But in the long term, I think it's great she gets to meet so many cool people who have similar differences. Check out this awesome little arm bump between the two girls:
Anyway... Jordan had a chance to learn a bit about Pilates. The idea is to work on building her core muscles so the ones she is missing doesn't cause a lot of long term damage. Jordan wasn't too into Pilates when I was around, but she warmed up to it when I didn't attend the sessions. The one thing Jordan really got good at was riding her bike with her bike arm! We're about to visit her prosthetist in Chicago to help make it easier to turn left (since it can be tricky without an elbow) — I'd have to say the enhancement of her prosthetic is less important after this week. Jordan can do a really great job! (Notice in the video below, she won't even let me help her get a push start to get her moving. Dang she's independent.)