KJ was riding her bike, up and down the side walk. "Look at me mom!" —as she would zoom on by. Out of nowhere, she came back and said, "I don't want my training wheels on anymore. I'm ready to ride without them." I thought to myself, "uh-huh, we've tried that one already and it didn't last long... I don't think I want to be here for this.". I went in for a potty break and a refill of water. By the time I came out, KJ was already being pushed by her daddy, without her training wheels!!!
I couldn't believe my eyes —and ears. ha! Last time we tried this with her, it was not her decision, she was screaming every time the bike would start to tip over. She cried and was super frustrated. She gave up after about three attempts. This time, she was so confident and determined. I was so impressed. Chris was letting go right away and she was going all on her own! Yay... and sniffle...
*Now, I should mention how ironic this is: Chris had just told me, a few days ago, that he absolutely wanted KJ to learn to ride her bike without training wheels before the twins arrived. I was super concerned and nervous because I didn't want her to feel pressured into it. So, JUST yesterday, I purchased a "Balance Bike" (on mamabargains.com —at a great price!). I figured it would help get KJ ready to ride without training wheels without being "forced" by her daddy. Go figure! I spent money on a kiddie balance bike and out of nowhere she was ready to use her big girl bike without training wheels?! Seriously! The bike arrives this Thursday and was going to be her Easter gift... I'm now thinking I'm just going to have to save it for the twins —lol.
She still has some practicing to do, but today, day one of riding without training wheels, she did an amazing job!!! The big sniffles really came when she shouted out "Dad, let go! Let go, Dad!!" I smiled. My eyes teared, and I just took it all in (and snapped a few pics).
Chris and KJ shared a very special moment today —a great forever memory. We celebrated and ended the night with a trip to DQ to get her an ice cream treat. She said it was "the best day ever!" :)
When we got home, I shaved Chris's afro off (good-bye beautiful curls). KJ asked him to join her for play time —they played with the Leap Frog Tag Map. And then Chris topped the night off with installing some really cool lights (purchased at IKEA) underneath her loft bed.
|Top left: KJ ready for daddy to let go. Top middle: Chris being his fun, goofy, self, enjoying a ride on KJ's bike. haha. Bottom left: Play time before bed. Right: Crazy man about to get his afro buzzed off.|
I'm not sure how we will top today... although, tomorrow, we should get to see our little twinkies!