Wordless Wednesday and iPPP: New bikes | The Life of K: Wordless Wednesday and iPPP: New bikes

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wordless Wednesday and iPPP: New bikes

Learning to ride a bike is an important part of childhood. An experience I was looking forward to sharing with my kids. They both started off with ride on toys and then a balance bike (one with no pedals that teaches balance) and now have bikes with training wheels.

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New bikes and happy kids.
For Little J's 3rd birthday we got him a bike. We didn't know anything about kids bikes and got him one that was too big. He could use it but it was obvious there was no way he was ever going to be able to use it without training wheels and its size may have been holding him back a little.

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Little K sitting on her new bike for the first time.
This spring we decided to get him a smaller bike and get Little J a bike too. We bought them both 12" bikes with training wheels. Little J got a Spiderman one and Little K a non-character pink and white one. They love their bikes.

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Little J zooming around on his Spiderman bike.
Little J hopped right on and away he zoomed. Little K wasn't so quick. She had a hard time pedaling at first and was constantly looking at her feet. I walked behind her, hunched over, with one hand on each foot making them pedal. It was uncomfortable and exhausting for me and no fun for her.

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Pedaling and proud of it.
The second day she was able to pedal a bit, she would just get stuck every so often and so a stick pushing her really helped.

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A plastic gardening tool made for a handy handle for boosts.
The third day I went to a meeting and when I came home the boys were playing hockey in the driveway while Little K zoomed around! In just 3 days she's at the point where she only gets stuck the odd time and needs a little push to get going again.

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Little K bikes on her own with the pushing stick there for emergencies.
And then she fell. I was inside and I heard the screams. I went out to see J holding a sobbing Little K. She turned too sharply and fell. She hit her head (thankfully she had a helmet on) and landed on her hands. I thought for sure she'd want to come in and nurse but she, through sobs, said she didn't want to go in, that she wanted to keep biking. So she biked around while still sobbing. I couldn't believe it.

I told her I was so proud of her for getting right back up after a fall. And I am. So proud.

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My little biking superstar.
Today, same thing. She turned sharply, fell, got right back up and on the bike again. She's amazing. She's getting quick on her bike and will be keeping up with her brother in no time. She sits in the stroller on the way to the park, but runs home, and will eventually be biking beside Little J.

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To the park and beyond!

{I'm linking up with The Sunday Spill and GFunkified for #iPPP. You just need a post with a picture from a phone to link up. And I have to say, this is the friendliest and best linkup I've ever done. These ladies are great and I've found so many great blogs through them.}

7 comments:

  1. Pedaling is such a hard thing to learn and teach! It looks like she has d one a great job, though, and is having a blast!!

    Thanks for the sweet shout-out, K!

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    1. When you sit and think about everything you have to put together to ride a bike, no wonder it's so hard!

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  2. Ok, so that handle thing is genius! One of those would have surely saved our backs when our girls were learning. I cried when our little learned to speed away on her bike, just like I cried when she walked. It was the last first time for us, and I'm a total sap. :-)
    P.S. I agree. Friendliest link-up for sure!

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    1. I can't say I came up with it, but it definitely is a back-saver!

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  3. Good for her for getting back up again! They look so cute on their new bikes. :)

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  4. we just took the training wheels off of my little guys's bike. He whizzed around the yard on the first try. Kind of took my breath away. I couldn't believe it! So exciting watching your children learn a new thing. It's amazing really. Love the pics!

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