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Levelling up


It feels like just yesterday that we spent a rainy afternoon at the park with Kitty’s godfather, helping her get to grips with her wonderfully pink and new and shiny birthday present scooter.  Three years later that scooter has covered some serious miles, propelled by both girls, but it was only as Kitty flew down the slope in front of Kensington Palace, on a scooter borrowed from the Royal Garden Hotel, tried a little braking, and abandoned the effort in favour of leaping off and running towards me that I realised that perhaps, just perhaps, she’d out grown Minnie and Daisy and it was time to look at the next size up.

Kitty, hanging over my shoulder as I flicked through pictures of all sorts of scooters, was absolutely adamant that she wanted one with only two wheels.  She’s never had one with two wheels before though, her Minnie and Daisy scooter is three (two at the front) and everything I’ve ever seen her on in a shop was the same, but she insisted she could balance on two wheels and that’s what she wanted.  So we slept on it and showed her the pictures again, and again, and by this point she must have been getting really fed up with us because she was consistent across the board.  She wanted a two wheeled scooter, preferably in pink. So we took a leap of faith in her self confidence, and said yes.

Yesterday we drove to the bank to withdraw some of her birthday money and then to John Lewis to make her first big “I saved up for it” purchase.

We made it to the toy department and there on the shelf lay a pile of Sprite scooters, neatly boxed up, and every one of them black.  We asked but apparently colours only come online and I told Kitty that we could order a pink one straightaway and pick it up from the Waitrose in the next town over in a couple of days and it would be here before she knew it.  And she looked at me and with utter seriousness said “I changed my mind, I want the black one.”

What do you do? I was fairly certain that this sudden shift to black was all about coming home with a scooter right then and there, the not wanting to let go of a dream that had frankly been a long time coming. But would she suddenly realise in a few hours or the next day that it was never going to magically become pink, that this was her scooter for ages and ages? And would she always mind that it was black and wish I’d made her wait?

I think there are times in life that can be used as lessons in patience, in learning to be really clear about what it is that you want and having the courage to wait for it, but I also remember being this small, I remember how it feels to have been waiting for what feels like half your lifetime, and how crushed I would have been to go all the way on a special scooter buying expedition, all for nothing. And so I looked into Kitty’s determined face, her expression an exact replica of her father at his most decisive, and took the second leap of faith.

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I did hedge my bets a little bit; we found the pinkest of shiny pink scooter helmets, a pretty pink scooter band with a rainbow on it and a little bag that will eventually attach to the front (when I take it back to John Lewis and swap it for one that actually still has the attachment bracket with it) and I think that in the long run it’s actually going to be the choice with the most longevity.  When she’s twelve and pink is just not cool any more, all it will take is a little redressing of the accessories and she’ll still have a great scooter – at least that’s the theory I’m clinging too!

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We dashed back home to pick up Kitty’s hand-me-down, now Elma’s dearest possession (at least until after her birthday in a couple of weeks) and then set out in the very dregs of the daylight and the pouring rain, because what’s the fun of having a new scooter that can go really really fast if you can only use it the length of the lounge.Space for the Butterflies - Micro Scooter Sprite - The Ordinary Moments - Living Arrows

One circuit of the park (about a mile) was enough to allay all my fears about Kit on two wheels; she’s got much better balance than I have and she loves zooming around – closely followed by her sister who, it turns out, is something of the speed demon herself now that she’s on a scooter that’s a much better fit.  For once I was striding out after both of them and it was lovely to feel the roses come up in my cheeks.

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And in honour of Kicksy II’s arrival into our family, it seemed only right to record a little snippet of our day, and of Kitty’s first scooting on two wheels.

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for The Ordinary Moments and, as tomorrow is a Me and Mine Day , Hayley at Shutterflies for Living Arrows Week 48


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  • Claire 29/11/2015 at 7:44 am

    I’m so glad to read this post. My daughter is about to get the next size up for her 5th birthday. Not so much because she has outgrown the old one but more because her little sister is desperate to claim the little scooter as hers! Like you we went for chrome with purple accessories in the hope it appeases her now and she still thinks it is cool when she is 12! I am worried about it being 2 wheels bit your post has reassured me!

    • Carie 29/11/2015 at 9:48 pm

      I was a bit worried but she hopped on it like she’d had it for years – such a relief! I think the issue with the bigger scooter is that it’s heavier so you need to be big enough to carry it and big enough to work the brake but Kitty’s tall for her age so no problem and it’s going to last her all the way through now – possibly with a few upgrades in accessories!

  • Kim 29/11/2015 at 2:39 pm

    Love the video Carie, so nice to actually hear your voice and see you 🙂

    I had the same thoughts when my little man was wanting to move from the three wheeled scooter to the two wheeled, and like you, as soon as he hopped on all those fears subsided. Like Kitty, he had it, and now, a few years later he is busy learning tricks on his scooter.

    Hope she has a blast on her new scooter.

    • Carie 29/11/2015 at 9:50 pm

      Well so far so good – she proudly showed it off to Grandma and Grandad on FaceTime and took it for a spin in the garden and there’s not been a word of regret that it’s not pink (phew!) – and thank you – it’s a lot of fun putting together little snippet videos!

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 29/11/2015 at 5:28 pm

    Awww Carie!!!! I LOVE this so much!!! LOVE your little film — and love seeing the girls on their scooters too! They look SO grown-up don’t they? I thought the same when my boys first had theirs — they looked far too little — and I was scared witless. Ridiculous now, when I see them whizzing about!! I think our littles are *much* braver than their mamas 😉 xx

    • Carie 29/11/2015 at 9:51 pm

      Oh so much faster than me – I had a go on one at the MADs and Flea was practically lapping me – my grown up risk profile is a lot more cautious!

  • Hannah 29/11/2015 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely loved your film, except now I want to go Christmas decoration shopping at John Lewis! We are just about to get my 2 year old one of the 3 wheeled scooters as she talks about the one she uses at nursery all the time! I love how you still took them out in the rain to enjoy it xx

    • Carie 29/11/2015 at 10:12 pm

      Oh they are nice decorations this year – it’s entirely possible that one of the turquoise ones and one of the purple ones came home with us for the girls! And yes to going out in the rain – you just need the right clothes!!

  • Alexandra / I'm Every Mum 30/11/2015 at 4:33 am

    I LOVED that little video Carie. So fun. I would’ve definitely done the same as you. We know our children’s faces and it looks like she was really happy with her choice. Very cute. Xxx

  • sustainablemum 30/11/2015 at 7:48 am

    We have been a bit slower about two wheels here ;). That same scooter in blue came into our house in November for my eleven year old! My daughter wants one to now…..of course ;). Love the video. Happy Scootering, rain an’ all.

  • Jenna 30/11/2015 at 10:46 pm

    Ah, I think I would’ve been the same when I got to the shop. Going home empty handed doesn’t seem a lot of fun, does it? It sounds like it worked out for the best in the end, though. The black scooter looks great and I love the pink accessories. 🙂



    • Carie 30/11/2015 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you – it’s definitely what the five year old me would have wanted to do – and sometimes it’s just nice to be able to indulge your inner five year old!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/12/2015 at 10:03 am

    Oh bless her heart, she looks so grown up on her big scooter and I bet it felt all the more sweet because she had bought it herself with her saved up money! They are growing up so fast. x

    • Carie 03/12/2015 at 9:17 pm

      I know – it’s crazy that my five year old has a scooter that’s big enough for me – but also rather handy on the way home from the school run!!

  • You Baby Me Mummy 01/12/2015 at 8:10 pm

    Ah what a lovely post Carie, she is such a beauty. It must have been hard to know what to do, you definitely made the right choice, she is beaming x

    • Carie 03/12/2015 at 9:23 pm

      I’m actually really impressed by the fact that she hasn’t had buyers remorse over it – she just loves that scooter so much 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 02/12/2015 at 9:30 pm

    That is a face of pure joy!! Bless her, I remember what it was like to be so desperate for something but the shop not to have it. But you’re right, I think the black one is perfect anyway.

    • Carie 03/12/2015 at 9:27 pm

      Isn’t it just – she was so so happy to have it!

  • Sian 03/12/2015 at 6:35 pm

    Well, she looks very happy with it! Very pleased indeed. What lovely photos to help treasure the special memory.

    • Carie 03/12/2015 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you 🙂