Friday, September 10, 2010

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Often, this summer, we've gotten home from an outing where Jasper wore himself out, and fell asleep on the way home. These are moments where I am so grateful not to have to tend a baby in a car, or try to sneak the seat out and into the house; instead, I pull the bike into the shade of our fruit-laden fig tree, grab a novel, a glass of water, a snack, and enjoy the end of of the bike-nap in peace. Bliss.

Last week, when Jaz woke up from such a nap, he was squirmy right away-- so I set him down behind the bike to do some investigating. After more than seven months spent inside the baby bike, he's finally mobile enough to inspect it on the outside.

I think he approved.

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

Jasper's Yuba Walk-Around

And if THAT didn't get you your baby fix, there's lots more on Flickr.


Andy in Germany said...

Ah, for chubby inquisitive hands and big questioning eyes. Our youngest is -just- leaving that stage and I miss it some days.

And as a side thought: isn't it great that wee ones can investigate a bike and pull things and have fun safely? We could never let them do that with a car.

Richard said...

Just wait 'til he starts teething. ;)

inkandpen said...

Oh, he's teething. Don't you see those cute little toofies in the third photo down? Hard, won, I tell you, as are the ones coming in right-this-very-minute. But he's cute, so we get through it.

MamaVee said...

oh he is so big and squishy and cute!!!

sara said...

J is one totally squeezable-looking fella.

the_big_smile said...

He is really cute!

I like the picture before the last one most.

Today it's hard for him stand on his legs...
Tomorrow he will want to ride your bike... ;-)

Enjoy the time watching your little boy grow up! You will never see that a second time again!

Philip said...

Dear 'InkAndPen',

I love your work and have been reading your blog for a while. When I read the item on your baby bike a while back, I decided to leave a comment - at some time. First to let you know I share your views on cycling; it is the most civilized form of transport, known to man. Blogs like your own give valuable insights on how cycling can (or: should) be approached, so thanks for that.

A bit of background on myself: I am a Dutchman, I lived in Amsterdam, and I moved to Dublin, Ireland in January this year. My girlfiriend is setting up a small bike business, I write a blog on bikes (like yourself).

I am now writing to ask if you would like to put a link to our blog Dutch in Dublin ( on your website. The blog is a personal account of our cycling lives in Dublin. Our goal is to show readers how romantic a simple thing as an everyday bike ride can be. For instance, we have a recurring item called 'A Classy Commute', in which I interview (colourful) Dubliners on their cycle to work (this item especially conforms with your views on cycling and commuting). The Classy Commute stories are meant to show cycling is not something sporty, and that every day normal people enjoy the smell, hearing, and colour of their route by bike. Recent interviews I did were with:

* Minister Eamon Ryan:
* Actress Kerrie O Sullivan:
* the Dutch Ambassador:
* Minister Ciaran Cuffe:

Apart from the Classy Commute item, our posts focus on (for example) stylish cycling (see our post on sytlish traffic signs), new bike products (read about our test ride on the urban arrow), or the people of Dublin (see the portraits at the Bernard Shaw pub). I think our stories on Dublin might also be of interest to your readers.

Yours truly,