Emily’s New Bike
Last Christmas Freyja had her first proper bike, and this year it was Emily’s turn to be getting a bike from Santa. On our meetings with Santa, and whenever anyone asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she would always reply with “pink bike!”
Santa was unable to deliver all the girls’ presents to Coombe Mill for Christmas Day, so on returning home after our holiday there were several larger presents awaiting the girls. Emily was delighted to unwrap one of her gifts and find the pink balance bike that she had had her heart set on. We awaited a suitably dry day to take her out for her first ride on it. She excitedly pulled on her helmet, getting impatient with us as we tried to adjust it to the correct size, and then we headed out.
Freyja raced on ahead on her bike. It was amazing to think how much she has come on in the last year. She has such confidence on her bike, and I think soon we will have to start thinking about taking off her stabilisers and see how she gets on. However, today was about Emily’s new bike. Emily was keen to race after Freyja, but slowed down as she tried to balance on the saddle and coordinate her feet on tip toes to catch her sister. Soon she decided the best way to continue was being pushed along by one of us – especially as she could go much faster than she was able to propel herself along.
However, having to bend over and continuously keep up with the demands to go faster soon took its toll on our backs, so Emily had to riding her bike by herself. In the end, she decided that it was all a bit too tiring, and the easiest option was to walk and push it along – very much like the episode in Friends where Ross buys Phoebe a bike. Regardless, she was still very pleased with her new pink bike!