I'm totally ready for this... PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:00

Four years ago I published a post entitled, "I am just not ready for this..." when my eldest (then five-years-old) rode a bike without training wheels for the first time. I re-read the post and almost didn't recognize myself. You guys? Why didn't anyone tell me how psycho over-protective and cray-cray I really was back then?

 

Although I'm sure it was a very monumental day when my middle child rode a bike, there's no photographic evidence of her on that day. I need to make sure she has enough to talk about with her therapist regarding the middle-child-syndrome. I did take a pic of her re-learning how to ride a bike after a brutal winter. That counts for something, no?

 

One of the best things about being the third child is that you have an instant cheering section. "Go, Feenie, go!" four voices encouraged her. Jay and Lola offered her support when she fell off. "That won't be the first time. "  "You just got to get back on."  "Trust me, it's so much fun!" "You can do it, Feenie!!!"

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With so many people supporting her, she was off in no time.

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The handsome hubs ran about nine miles that first day and another nineteen the next day.  Feenie was hooked on bike riding. "This is our last child, right? he joked. "I don't know if I can do this again!"

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Everyone was in on the action documenting our littlest family member's first time riding without training wheels.

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We are ready for family bike rides this season. A childhood pastime I fondly remember and have been looking forward to re-creating with my own family of five. Does anyone want a gently used (by three children) baby bike carrier? Because I am so ready to give it away.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2012 20:45
 

Comments  

 
# lceel 2012-03-19 20:30
Why didn't we tell you? Because we've all been there - and we knew it would pass. Slowly.
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-19 20:32
Hahahahahaha... I'm laughing out loud. Thanks Lou!
 
 
# Kelly 2012-03-19 20:34
I LOVE Feenies "girly" boy hand-me-down bike with the cute added basket!
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-19 20:39
She doesn't mind the boy hand-me-downs AT ALL. (For right now) She just jacked the bike up with a flower in the basket - good enough for her.
 
 
# Kelly 2012-03-19 20:36
PS she looks fast already!
 
 
# Amy 2012-03-19 20:53
You guys rock! I love this post and can 'feel ' your joy. Next you all will be road tripping to Whiskey Island and riding all day like some of our friends.
Well done
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:15
Yes! Yes! Yes! That sounds like an awesome weekend getaway for biking.
 
 
# Kim 2012-03-19 21:01
Awwww, that brought a tear to my eye....

Best day ever!!!

Now she is off and riding!!
 
 
# Elaine 2012-03-19 23:01
This is great. I love the link to the old post. We were all that way with our first, it's all good!

K already wants to try to ride G's bike. It's way too funny when she does.

Way to go Feenster! Have so much fun on those bike rides together... :D
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:16
Oh my gosh, Elaine. I seriously could not recognize myself in that post. I was crazy!
 
 
# Sarah 2012-03-20 08:02
I thought the same thing when seeing the pictures in this post... I LOVE that she doesn't have a princess/barbie/sparkly girl bike. The hand me down with added basket flair is so awesome :)
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:19
Ha! Thanks so much.

She saw Jay's old bike and was all like "Is that a dragon? AWEEEESOME. Can I ride it?"
 
 
# Kim from 3 peanuts 2012-03-20 08:10
Oh I think it is always SO exciting when the learn to ride sans training wheels. Kate learned last summer but just really got he hang of it to where we could go on family rides recently. I did a post just like this one too. And Dave wanted reassurance that it was the last time teaching too;)

Happy b-day to beautiful Lola too:)
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:24
My husband made me laugh out loud when he asked if it was the last kid. Poor guys was so tired!

Thanks for the bday wishes to Lola!
 
 
# kasia 2012-03-20 09:39
What a cute post. Its all true! Now we can also take vacations like a bike tour in Southern France~!
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:26
That sounds so lovely! I can picture it in my head right now.
 
 
# naomi 2012-03-20 11:35
Classic ... especially re the middle child syndrome. Our poor middle littles!!

Congrats to her for accomplishing the bike though! Rockstar!
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:26
Poor middle children!
 
 
# Sarah L. 2012-03-20 11:48
Awesome! She will soon become Speedy Feenie! I also love the black bike with the big flower basket on the front! :)

I also can't help but notice your beautiful neighborhood! We just moved to CA this summer and houses here are on top of one another! Love all your space and yards!!
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:28
Thanks Sarah. Now that it's finally spring, we can enjoy the weather! We live out in Amish country and there are days that traffic builds up because no one will pass up a buggy!
 
 
# PolPrairieMama 2012-03-20 12:36
How sweet! Congrats, Feenie, on learning to ride a bike! We haven't hit this milestone yet with our oldest because my husband isn't ready to chase her yet, like yours did. Go figure.
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:29
Mine is glad we don't have another child to run after. It is a lot of running around!
 
 
# PolPrairieMama 2012-03-21 11:46
I can't blame him. It looks exhausting!
 
 
# kakaty 2012-03-20 14:55
Congrats Feenie! I need Feenie and her cheering section to come teach Matilda the tricks of riding. I worked with Matilda until I couldn't run anymore this weekend. While she got it for stretches of 50-100 feet she freaked out and jumped off her bike (or steered into the grass) EVERY TIME.
 
 
# Pauline 2012-03-20 15:31
Come on over to our hood for a bike ride. The cheering section is free of charge!

Just between you and I, Feenie picked up on bike riding MUCH quicker than the other two because she had more people cheering her on.
 
 
# Maricris @ SittingAr 2012-03-22 19:56
I love the fact that everyone, including her siblings, are excited for her. You have a great family, Pauline :-)
 

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Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

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