I know we are in for trouble, but it’s nice to see Ellie getting around on her own, touching everything she possibly can. Somehow she knows the things we don’t want her into, and those things become her focus. She has a new (to us) Fisher Price musical parade toy. It’s a little 4-wheeler with handlebars. Just about everything has a musical sound. There is a little keyboard on the front and she is getting good at pushing the keys. She has an appreciation for music at this early age so we think she will be a musical kid. Today she had a little play date with a baby that is about a year old and walking. Cami realized we have a long way to go to make our house kid-proof. Looks like we may have to box up all of our nice things and wait until she gets past the stage of pulling everything off of shelves. Ellie has already started this with our DVD collection. And I wouldn’t trade her for anything.
I haven’t been out on the bike for a few days, and tonight seemed like a good night to ride. The weather is super nice – not too hot or cold. Even with the sun getting low, the greenway had quite a few people out walking. My legs were burning something fierce after just a few miles. As a consequence, I should sleep well tonight.
Before Ellie was born I went several months riding 10 miles a day, 5 days a week. I knew from the start that my bike was too small (long story) but I thought by using a longer seat post I could make up for it. The more I rode, the more I started to get lower back pain while riding. Eventually it just stopped being fun. Around the time I first started feeling the pain I went to a local bike shop to find a longer seat post. Talking with one of the sales guys got me thinking strongly about a new bike, even though I didn’t feel I could afford one. I got the longer seat post but my riding faded after that. With a new baby in the house there were plenty of other things to occupy my time.
Gaining weight over the past 6 or 7 months has given me the itch to get another bike, and with our tax return I was finally able to make it happen. The kid at the bike shop showed me the bike and then told me to take it for a test ride. I loved it. After a 5 minute ride I came back and sealed the deal. I rode it three more times today and it still feels wonderful. Cami has been very supportive. She knows it means a lot to me and I am very thankful to have her as my best friend.
Cami will inherit my old bike, which should fit her well. It’s actually a very a good bike. She isn’t that enthusiastic about riding it – bikes aren’t her favorite form of exercise – but I think it’s going to be fun, especially if we can find a way to get Ellie out there too. Woohoo!