On Friday afternoon I had plans to go to the Italian Centre to grab some odds and ends for dinner with friends that night. I was going to roll it into a few other errands via car, drop Dexter off at school, and then come home and put baby Alice down for a nap.
It's a whole lot of mom stuff on my day off, I know.
Then, I read Omar Mouallem's piece in the Metro (a few days after having read Chris Chan's Open Letter to the Mayor). I looked out the window and didn't see any of the trees bending in the wind. I saw some people walking by without toques on. I decided that one of my faraway errands could be consolidated into the next week, then I told Dexter to get his boots on because we were taking both the baby and the bike to school.
I haven't had both the kids in the trailer since the fall. I started having our babysitter come earlier so that I could ferry Dexter solo, but on my days off the babies and I do everything together.
Baby and Dexter both weight approximately 30 lbs each. I was afraid it would be really heavy, but with winter Kona and switching one gear up and down every so often, it was totally fine. Allow me to remind you that I am no muscle woman. Standing at 5 ft and riding a heavier winter bike, we had a perfectly reasonable bicycle commute to school and even arrived early.
It was the inaugural bike commute for my new Camper boots I got in Hong Kong. They're so ridiculously comfortable, I have been wearing them everywhere. The light winter coat is French Connection (again, crazy HK post-holiday sales) and the pink gloves were a gift from a student, from Simons.
Sometimes I like to think of the blog as part bicycle, part fashion, and part mom. There you are.
Decided to forego the Italian Centre and just hit up the urban grocery across the street from Dexter's school. Funny, there are no "kid" shopping carts here so I just stuck baby Alice into the cart like this.
She got lots of attention from the ladies at the deli.
And there you have it!
Boring, everyday domestic stuff brought to you bike. Wearing normal clothes, normal shoes, and my two kids as cargo. It didn't take any extra time choosing to ride instead of drive, and I managed to fit a little exercise in there too.
Best of all - the baby was sound asleep in the trailer by the time I got home. Nothing like some motion and fresh air to knock an infant out!
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