Big boy rode his bike for the first time today without training wheels. It wasn't easy. He tends to get caught up in all the extraneous details, like wind speed, the angle of the sun, and how the bike's pedals seem to have a mind of their own. But he made it several times around the park's basketball court. Both AO and I took turns shouting and running along with him. But finally we left him alone to try to sort things out and when I came back and gave him a simple shove he took off. He really does need to figure things out for himself. Otherwise he'll always have something or someone to blame for his failure.
We video chatted later with his aunt and uncle in California, which was fun. LB quickly lost interest, but BB stuck around for the whole chat. He likes to look at himself in the inset window.