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Last week was pretty momentous in the life of my little girl.

On the tuesday Grandpa took off her bike stabilisers. She tried 6 times to cycle her bike,  she couldn’t do it at all, burst into tears and asked to come home.

On the Wednesday I pushed her up and down the garden about 100 times , no joke. Not easy for me as I have some health issues and not easy for her because it was frustrating. But she (and I) dug deep and we tried again and again and again. Then this happened…..

The next day she decided to go again…this time we headed to a big open space. Seemed like she had forgotten what to do and she fell off a good few times. But again she got back up each time and tried again. And look at what she achieved…..

My baby has her wings.

and I am so very PROUD of her, not simply because she learned a new skill but of what I saw in her as she learned.

She showed huge  determination and persistence. She showed a great sense of humour. She was patient with herself and with me when I needed a break. She showed courage, tenacity and a real strength of spirit. She had boundless enthusiasm and stayed positive even when it all looked a bit hopeless. These are all great qualities to have, a huge asset to her life and those whose lives she will touch.

Well done my lovely!

Proud is definitely my word of the week.



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  2. April 19, 2014 / 7:56 am

    Brilliant! Just shows what a little perseverance (and a very kind and patient Mummy) can do! 🙂 x

  3. April 18, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    That’s wonderful news, I’m so pleased for you both. You must have been stood there grinning like a cheshire cat!
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  4. April 18, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Aw how fantastic!! I love this post. Congratulations to your little girl. What a star! xx
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  5. April 18, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    This is brilliant! My oldest cracked it last year, and I was so proud of him for his perseverance. And, even better, he was proud of himself. Well done to your daughter x #WotW
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  6. April 18, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Wow what a great achievement for your daughter! No wonder you are proud she is clearly a tenacious little spirit! My eldest is four and a half and I haven’t even considered taking the stabilisers off yet!! #WotW
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  7. April 18, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    There is such a buzz as a parent when they reach important milestones!
    My daughter did this last year too, so I feel your excitement in abundance! Well done to you both x

  8. April 18, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    How brilliant, and what a lovely memory you have captured to look back on x
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  9. April 18, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Oh, wonderful! And so lovely to have seen these great qualities in your daughter, too, so can totally understand you being so proud! Well done to both of you x Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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  10. April 18, 2014 / 9:33 am

    Oh that’s amazing. It’s such a wonderful accomplishment and so exciting. I can’t believe you’ve both managed it when you’ve been so poorly. You really are an inspiration.
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  11. Steph (@imcountingufoz)
    April 18, 2014 / 8:30 am

    Amazing! How fabulous that you have that moment on video. I can’t get Roo to even attempt her bike WITH stabilisers, let alone without 🙂
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  12. Jane
    April 18, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Oh fab, well done to both of you x

  13. April 18, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Oh wow we need to celebrate together, L cracked it this week too, it has been a LONG time coming! As annnie said it is so much harder than it looks. Takig the pedals off really helped us. So well done A, and MUM! second vid is marked private B, I wanna watch it too!
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  14. April 18, 2014 / 6:24 am

    Oh Becky this is so lovely! Ozzy has been trying without his stabilisers too, but to no avail so far – it’s harder work than you’d think isn’t it?! x
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      April 18, 2014 / 6:29 am

      It is Annie bless them. She only just felt ready to give it a go

  15. April 18, 2014 / 6:17 am

    Aww this is so amazing. I domnt know how to bike so .. this video is really really inspiring. Now I only get to get my own bike =P congrats to your daughter! #WOTW
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