We began the day with a wee bit of bike maintenance. We had worked on the bikes a bit when my in-laws were here last week, but that day, my rear tire needed some more air. I brought Daniel and the tire pump outside while Jaymz brought the bikes out front.
|D is playing with the tire pump...and tasting the mulch.|
We got the new seat attached to my bike, and I rode it around the block a little without Daniel in it to see if it was comfortable enough. Then, we had to convince Daniel that we were going to do something really fun, and he would just have to endure the helmet and the strapping-in process before we could get to the fun part.
Daniel actually doesn't mind his helmet at all. I was somewhat concerned about him tolerating the helmet at first, as I'd heard that can be a big hurdle, but he didn't even seem to care about it. Being strapped in to the seat, however...was not his favorite thing ever. To his credit though, he didn't know what great fun he was in for after all that buckling, so maybe next time it'll be a bit easier.
|Not enjoying the seat so much at first, |
Daniel required his pacifier to get through this photo op.
We rode off in the direction of the park, Daniel and me in front, and Jaymz bringing up the rear. Within 30 seconds of leaving our house, I could see Daniel was having a grand time. He was clapping his tiny hands and looking around excitedly. I will always remember that moment: seeing his hands clapping out of sheer joy.
We got to the park and rode around on the bike/walking path a bit, and then Jaymz and I needed to stop to have some water and rest a bit. I was really surprised at how much more work it was to ride my bike with Daniel on it than without. He only weighs about 18lbs, but that little bit of weight along with all the extra micro-movements required in balancing was really quite tiring!
As soon as I got off my bike for our water break, I noticed that Daniel's eyes were watering from keeping them open in the wind of the ride. He must've been too excited to close his eyes, in case he might miss something. Daniel loves water bottles, so he wouldn't let us get away with not giving him some water, too.
But he was still actually very thirsty, so I went ahead and nursed him right there on the path.
|A few people walked by, and there was one runner |
who passed also, but no one even looked twice.
After Daniel had his snack, we got back on the bikes and decided to ride to the grocery store to have a little lunch. On the way there, Jaymz was leading, and at one point he made a sharp turn that I wasn't expecting. I tried to turn quickly, but the extra weight on my handlebar threw me off a bit and I had to brake suddenly. The thing was, though I was squeezing it as hard as I could, my brake didn't work quickly, and I almost hit a car.
So, that was pretty scary, but we all recovered and made it the rest of the way to the grocery store.
We had a nice lunch, bought some asparagus to take home, and got back on our bikes.
|Daniel got lots of smiles from passers-by |
as we prepared to load ourselves back on the bikes.
Almost all the way home, something happened to my gear shifter and the pedals were locked up, but we were going slowly enough this time that I could just put my feet down. Shortly after, Jaymz's chain came off. Our bikes have been neglected in our storage unit since we moved (back when I was about five months pregnant), and they are obviously in great need of a Spring tune-up.
I'm hoping we can get the bikes to the shop this week to get them all fixed up and safe again, so then I can ride around with Daniel whenever I want. Can't wait!
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