So we could not give SS the one thing she really wanted. Most of SS's peers have bikes, by five to six years old most kids have at least their first bike. JJ received his first bike at three, and was riding without wheels by four years old. Oh well, maybe SS will drive a stick. That is how SS ended up with her Mini Cooper, we felt really awful about her inability to pedal a bike.
When SS opened Aunt C's gift I was horrified, immediately thinking broken bones. What I did not realize at the time was how popular those scooters are. I recall almost every kid on my caseload asking for one for Christmas more than seven years ago. I had no idea they were still so popular, but it turns out they are. SS's friend K, his three year old sister, and his one year old sister received scooters for Christmas. Aunt C unknowingly relieved some of our guilt about the bike. However, SS had to wait for a helmet and elbow/knee pads. The helmet was not a problem, but the pads were a witch to find, The smallest we found are still big, but we knew we could not hold SS back any longer. She was darn ready to try her scooter. At least we have really good medical coverage. This afternoon I took SS to the park, because our house is on an incline, it was not safe for SS to try her bike out front.
Helmet, pads, and cool sunglasses, SS is ready to roll.
That is when I had a DUH moment. Last summer I bought SS a balance bike at Costco. Last time I saw them (in Northern California) they were $90, and I could not justify the expense. Then I found just one left for $20 here, although not the same brand. I did not care, we wanted to help SS with her balance issues. I tried to find SS's helmet while P assembled the bike. By the time I gave up and decided to go and buy one, it was clear that SS was freaked out by the possibility of falling. The bike has been on our backyard, unused, since that first attempt. We just forgot it was there. I asked SS if she wanted to try her balance bike, and she agreed.
It does not have pedals but it is still a bike.
After using the bike for a while, SS decided to give the scooter another try.
There were missteps.
But SS kept trying.
While looking for reassurance.
Thank you Aunt C for giving SS such a cool gift.