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I wondered several times over the past couple of weeks if I was pushing Niko too hard with this bike riding thing. We had a rough 4 mile ride a few days back, when I put it upon us both to ride up to the bike shop to have my bike looked at. We fought for an hour going there there because it's ever so slightly uphill. The ride home was fun, of course, with it being ever so slightly downhill. We both remembered the ride as being "really hard", though, when recounting our days at dinner. I had to be his best cheerleader (yay), coach (you got this!), and employer (if you do not finish these last two blocks you won't be able to ride to the bike shop again until you are faster and on two wheels) the whole way there.

We have a newish family tradition. We talk about the favorite parts of our day during dinner. It's a lovely practice; it makes me think of favorite parts even when remembering the day fondly is difficult. It also teaches Niko a bit more about how days work, because he has been convinced through most of his life that there are two days within one day- he has Day Nap and Night Nap (they often do feel like two days, I guess). Anyhow, in our conversation the dinner night of the big ride, we didn't remember those two slightly uphill miles fondly at all.

He has also been having nightmares a lot at night, with one night having me run into his room at least 4 times. So I knew that something big was happening in his brain. He has nightmares before all his big brain breakthroughs, which is common. I was wondering what kind of craziness he was going to come up with after the bad nights.

He woke up Sunday (yesterday) morning very chipper and asked at breakfast if we could take the training wheels off of his bike. We told him that we were going to raise them more, make them a bit more crooked. He insisted we take them off completely. B and I were doubting and giving giving each other knowing looks, but who were we to tell him he couldn't try? We took them off and Buster took him outside.

Within 15 minutes he's shakily riding on two wheels. By the end of a few hours, he can start pedaling himself from a dead stop. I am seriously amazed. Now we can't get him off the bike. It's so ridiculously adorable, I don't even know what more to say. I am humbled by his awesomeness. I was worried I was riding him too hard, but now I think he's leaping past my best biking expectations.

It's funny to raise this kid while I have foot problems. We spend most of our time together, and most of our recreation time involves bikes. I've stopped walking because of all my foot issues. Berkeley is spread out enough that I would have a mile's walk to the grocery store, and that's just too much for me to handle daily right now (there and back). I was worried that, since Niko isn't really a runner, he wasn't going to be a biker. Turns out, he's just imitating my own habits. I'm not at all a runner, either.

Date: 2013-11-12 01:07 am (UTC)
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I had no idea that nightmares commonly precede breakthroughs for kids. That's kind of crazy, I wonder why?

Date: 2013-11-12 03:45 am (UTC)
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Their little brains are just on overdrive learning things. It's hard to sleep when you're trying to figure stuff out! Aw of the "nightmares" could be him crying out in anxiety and frustration while trying to figure stuff out. Before babies crawl or walk, they often go through huge sleep regressions. It's one of the things that make learning bumps also rewarding for parents. It's payment for shit sleep!

Date: 2013-11-12 03:09 am (UTC)
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Awww, what a big boy! Video soon, please! I'm so happy your family can share fun happy bike times.

Date: 2013-11-15 03:48 am (UTC)
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Here's a longer YouTube video of him on that first day:

Date: 2013-11-12 03:46 am (UTC)
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Thanks. There are a few videos up on vine from both buster and me!

Date: 2013-11-12 02:25 pm (UTC)
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This is so sweet!

Date: 2013-11-12 07:04 pm (UTC)
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This is so wonderful and heartwarming (except for the foot problems part). Go Niko! And it's so great that you guys supported his development by letting him try and giving him room to fail - such a good learning experience for him on so many levels.

Date: 2013-11-13 01:45 am (UTC)
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I saw Buster post about Niko getting out and back in the bath to have two baths. Reminded me of the two days a day thing. He's figuring it out! Learning about things like time that are out of our control and happen completely outside of us is a tricky thing!

Date: 2013-11-13 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I didn't learn how to ride a bike with two wheels until I was, like, in the second grade or something like that. Go Niko! He's advanced!

Date: 2013-11-13 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Dre and I were totally talking about Niko biking over dinner last night, and I think this WAY supports the theories I've heard that balance bikes are a better introduction than tricycles. You learn balance FIRST. Then once you've got that, you add the pedaling -- which is way easier and less scary. I didn't know how to ride without training wheels until first grade!! GO NIKO!!


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