Little 2 has recently acquired her first bike, a balance bike and has been getting used to it on the paths around our home.
She is at the young end of its recommended age range so can just about touch the floor with shoes on and is learning how to balance and propel herself forward at the moment. She needs to gain a little more confidence as she currently tends to sit lower down rather than on the seat and walk with it rather than scoot along but as she gains confidence I'm sure she will get much faster.
Of course she needed a helmet just like her big sister and she picked out this pink one she liked, she loves her new hat and never really wants to take it off.
This weekend we rode over to Nanny's house for coffee and cake, it was a bit of a faff as both girls lacked confidence on their bikes so Mummy and Daddy were bent over each holding a childs saddle to help them balance, by the time we got there I couldn't stand up straight and boy didn't I feel it in my thighs later! On the way home Uncle M walked with us to help save my back! By then the girls both had more confidence and rode along with much less help, Little 1 was especially speedy.
Unfortunately we do not take them out on their bikes as often as we should and we really need too in order for them to gain the confidence they need to ride freely. Before Little 1 started school I couldn't take them out myself as I only had one pair of hands and two girls needing me to hold their bikes while Daddy was working, at the weekends we are usually pretty busy with hockey and other things to manage anything other than the 100 yards down the road to the local park, we tend to take the scooters to the park too! Now that Little 1 is at school I am going to try and take Little 2 out during the day and then when she is more confident I will be able to take both girls out together and take the bikes on the school run.
Hopefully it won't be long and we'll all be riding our bikes together, then it will be tackling the dreaded stabiliser removal!! eek.