I shared some our Monkey’s new first’s from our visit to Coombe Mill recently, well the surprises didn’t end when we returned to Oxfordshire. Monkey was saving something quite wonderful for our return. We were about to witness him pedalling his bike.
You may remember that we bought Monkey’s bike over a year ago now. Well, he soon got frustrated with not being able to pedal and said bike has been gathering dust in the garage for a long time. Any mention of trying again would be met with refusal. I sighed and decided that we’d just have to hope the bike would still be the right size when he decided to try pedalling his bike again.
Of course in this last year, we’ve seen friend after friend mastering their bikes and removing their stabilisers, but still Monkey was adamant he would not be riding his.
So fast forward over a year, and it’s Easter Sunday, I’m preparing a roast dinner and Monkey and Daddy P are out in the garden doing some jobs. Then comes a knock on the front door – you’d better come quickly!
This is what was waiting for me, Monkey pedalling his bike!
There was determination written all over his face.
It was magical, I was totally amazed. How? Apparently Monkey spotted his bike in the garage and said to Daddy P that he wanted to try riding it. That was that. He was off, straight away, got it, look at me Mummy.
Off they went to the end of our road, to join the cycle path and start the beginning of a new and exciting journey. It was very emotional. I know we’ve got the whole stabiliser thing to deal with at some point, but finally he is pedalling his bike. It’s happening, that moment we have waited so long to see.
But that wasn’t the end. The next day, when we got back from Blenheim Palace, Mummy can we all go out with my bike? Of course! Let’s see where the cycle path leads shall we.
We are really lucky to live in an area with loads of cycle paths, now Monkey is pedalling his bike we can explore. We chatted away as he pedalled, he was so chuffed with himself and it was just wonderful to watch.
I’m so excited for where this chapter will lead Monkey. Boys on bikes, to me it’s like break and butter, just made to go together. I love that finally things have clicked into place and that it’s the right time for Monkey, he feels confident and happy to be pedalling his bike.
Of course this now means that I’ve got to buy a bike and then try not to fall off it myself. That will be a challenge in itself, but like swimming I’ll do it, I’ll do it for him, I want to be able to explore with him and share this new journey together.