Yesterday we tried a new tactic in our ongoing mission to get Oscar to ride a bike.
Mark got a gyro wheel, which you use instead of training wheels. After school, I took the kids into Golden Gate Park for a little ‘first try”. It was not a playdate – Oscar requested “no other people”.
I must skeptically note that now the whole bike weighs in at about 200 lbs (it was heavy to begin with).
But the wheel was fun, and interesting! And it’s funner than riding around with training wheels! And it’s fun riding around period (Which he wasn’t doing on his own.) He just needs more time and space. We’ll try this weekend.
Here is Oscar on the bike (sorry for lack of photos – it was hard enough to manage the Lucy situation). You can see the new front wheel:
Oscar’s friend Tamir came home with us after class today. He’s really a cool little guy.
With the babygate, they played in Oscar’s room with no interference by Lucy. Lucy and I played with little puzzles and one-year-old appropriate stuff. We made quite a mess! It was fun. I could hear snippets of the boy’s conversation, and Lucy went on multiple reconnaissance missions for me.
Low moments included overhearing Oscar: “Shoot her in the face!” and later, “It’s my Freaking turn!”
Clearly showing off as best he could. Nice.
Cute moments included overhearing requests for “More love”, and, “You can have my heart” (They were making Valentine books)
Right when I was considering letting them watch a TV show, they discovered the knights and castle toys. Together they built an empire to defend against the ‘Evil Baby Lucy’.
At some point -not kidding- I heard notes of singing together. It was a spontaneous duet of a class song that they are learning. It ends in “I love you!”