Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bike Success!

Remember when Caroline got her big girl 2 wheeled bike for Christmas? Well, since then we've had moderate success with getting her to ride it. Often, I wouldn't even be able to get her to try and ride it and if I did, she rode it for about 30 seconds and then she was back on her tricycle. I knew it was because she wasn't comfortable on it yet and her tricycle was just too easy so she never wanted to challenge herself to learn the new bike better. I tried telling her that a few older girls she knows ride 2 wheelers (Zoe, the older neighbor girl across the street) but still NO interest. I was getting frustrated because it's such a nice bike and felt bad about it since my IL's had given it to her so lovingly.

Well, all that is now in the past! On Sunday afternoon, we were in the house and a little girl from down the street, Sophia rode by our house on her 2 wheeled training wheel bike with her dad behind her. Sophia is about a year younger than Caroline and Caroline knows it (plus, Caroline had been playing with Sophia the day before at a party). That did it! As soon as she saw her, Caroline came running, "MOMMY! Sophia is outside on her big girl bike and I want to go out too!!!" I assumed maybe she wanted her tricycle since that is what she's wanted before so I made sure to specify which bike she wanted and she said, "MY SPARKLY PURPLE ONE!!"

Needless to say, I was excited that she was finally showing a genuine interest and I made haste to get her outside before she changed her mind. All along I've known she just needed to give it a really good try and then she'd see that she could do it. Well, I was right! I got her helmet on her and away she went on the lookout for Sophia and her dad. She was doing great! Only every now and then she'd get a little stuck starting up but just a tiny push would get her moving again. Finally, Sophia and her dad came back around the block and we joined them. And by now, Bryce had come out to join the fun and showed us that he could now pedal his big wheelesque tricycle! Two bike success stories in one day! So the 3 kids set out for a bike ride around the block with Sophia's dad and me bringing up the rear on foot. Caroline sailed ahead and was so proud of herself. Sophia was still mastering her bike and actually fell off a few times. Bryce pedaled all by himself, albeit slowly, but he did it.

When we made it around the block, I was so excited for both kids - but especially for Caroline giving it a good try and realizing she could do it. Last night she asked to go out and ride it again and I could already see more improvements. She was very excited to share the news with my MIL on Monday morning too.

Jay took some photos of the bike riding last night but I never got around to loading them so I'll have to do that tonight. We're supposed to go up to my IL's this Saturday and I think we'll take the kids' bikes with us since it's going to be a beautiful day and they have plenty of space for the kids to ride and show their grandparents their new skills.

8 comments:

Krissy said...

I SO know what you mean with the two wheeled bike. We have a neighbor across the street that is a year older than Trevor and rides a two-wheeler, free of training wheels. He was wanting to ride his trike-type bikes until this year when he started realizing that speed was his friend and he could go faster on the bigger bikes. Here's to a succesful bike riding season!

toddler said...

Ben won't TOUCH his big kid bike and I think it's for similar reasons as Caroline... this gives me hope that he'll eventually take to it! LOL! Yay for Caroline!

Erika said...

All you need is a younger kid to do it and he'll be falling all over himself to show that he can do it too! If I'd known that would have worked sooner, I would have PAID my neighbor to have her ride by on it!!!

BJ said...

Congrats Caroline!!!

Katie said...

We just bought a bike for Emily, but haven't put it together yet. She hasn't shown any interest in riding a bike yet, but when I saw a neighbor's daughter, who is a year younger riding one, I thought Emily may be interested. We haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but I hope she will enjoy. I will show her these photos of Caroline to inspire her. Honestly, I think Lucy will be riding a bike sooner than Emily. Lucy thinks she is a 4 year old.

Jammie J. said...

Way to go, Caroline! :)

Do you ever read Antique Mommy's blog? She had a post about her son, Sean, learning to ride a bike (crash and burn and tears). The next day, one of her commenters suggested something she'd seen in the newspaper...

here's a link, if you're interested:

http://antiquemommy.com/2008/09/16/what-a-difference-a-day-makes/

(It's from 09/2008, I know, sometimes I have the memory of an elephant.)

Jammie J. said...

oops, it didn't hyperlink. Retry:

Link

Erika said...

Hmm, that's interesting, I can definitely see how it would work. Maybe when she's ready to take off the trainers. I'm not even going ready to think about getting the training wheels off yet though, I'm just glad she's riding it. Last night we went out again and she asked for her tricycle first - what?? Nope, I wouldn't let her and so she got on her big bike and went to town. It was cute, she was riding one handed a few times. Big girl!