Hi, my name’s Baylee

IMG_8032This is where I’m meant to write why I started this blog. OK, here goes.

My name’s Baylee. I’m 11 years old. And I’m just like every other 11 year old. Pretty much.

I have missing limbs and I wear prosthetics. This all started last year when I gave a talk at school called Don’t Point and Stare. It can be hard to look different, no matter how you try to hide it. I want to let people know that being different is something you can be comfortable with.

I’m part of a charity called Reach and through them I met DoES Liverpool and Enabling the Future. This year I made my first 3D printed prosthetic hand. Then I made another one (it glows in the dark).

This blog is designed to tell you a little more about me, about my prosthetics and the different people I’ve met.

It is all pretty exciting. There are loads of people who’ve given me a helping hand. I thought it was about time I did the same as well.

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Ballet & tap first lesson harder than I thought !

Tonight I had my first double lesson of ballet & tap tonight & realised how hard it is.

The tap lesson was good but as I have no toes on my left foot it was hard to turn in ballet. At the same time I thought it was fun because I have my mum (who used to be a dance teacher) here to help me at home with anything I am stuck on. 

My mum helped me with this little routine here I couldn’t actually do this in class but my mum helped me with it and now I can’t stop doing it 

I do have to admit it was really hard and I couldn’t do it straight away but when my mum showed me she had to show me and do it a few times before I got the hang of it 👍👍👏👌😀😄😅😉


My TSA talk is now live

So its been a while since I’ve posted anything, we have all been really busy doing lots of activities and trying new stuff out.

One thing that has just been sent to us from Bob at Untold Media is the finished talk that I gave at the TSA conference at Cardiff’s Celtic Manor last year. If you missed the post about it then I will give you the background.

Following on from all the publicity about the 3D hand last year I was asked by Alison Scurfield the Chief Exec of The Telecare Services Association (TSA) if I would present to their delegates about my life with missing limbs and how 3d printing has helped change my confidence.

It was a big deal!! The whole family spent ages writing the talk practicing over and over and I even decided to come on dancing with Mum and singing accapella of Beyonce’s running at the end.

The singing came about when I had been at my singing lesson one night and Dad picked me up so I sang to him in the car, as I was singing he said Thats it, thats the song to finish the talk as the lyrics talk about changing and not running from myself which is relevant to me and my life. Here are the lyrics I sang

[Verse 1 – Beyoncé:]
These four lonely walls have changed the way I feel
The way I feel, I’m standing still
And nothing else matters now, you’re not here
So where are you? I’ve been calling you, I’m missing you

[Pre-Chorus – Beyoncé:]
Where else can I go? Where else can I go?
Chasing you, chasing you
Memories turn to dust, please don’t bury us
I got you, I got you

[Chorus – Beyoncé:]
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
Together we’ll win it all
I ain’t runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’
Ain’t runnin’ from myself no more
I’m ready to face it all
If I lose myself, I lose it all

So here is the talk, Adrian from Does is on there in the middle and then I come back at the very end to sing. Hope you like it?

Any feedback is most welcome?