Happy birthday, Chicklet!

It’s been four years since I brought my sweet girl into the world—and home on the 4.

Yesterday, I was in a nostalgic mood, so I reread my post from her first birthday. People, my baby has been around.

In her first year of life, my child has ridden the following routes:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 36, 41, 44, 48, 54, 55, 56, 60, 66, 70, 74, 134, 150, 174, 194, 230, 255, 358, 545, 550, 554, 590–not to mention the Monorail, Puyallup Fair shuttle, Elliott Bay Water Taxi, Detroit People Mover, Amtrak, Portland Streetcar, and a few Portland bus routes.

It’s just a reminder of how much ground you can cover with only one. I know for sure that Busling didn’t ride that many routes in his first year. I’m not sure he has yet.

I digress.

Since her last birthday celebration, Chicklet has taken a big step in her journey as a BCiT: She started reading! (Well, not reading reading, but sounding out words. It counts.) Soon, I’ll be spending my bus rides kicking back while my little chip off the big chick does the entertaining. In the meantime, I’m enjoying watching her become who she is: a train chick, for those who were wondering. (See self-selected train engineer costume–minus the hat–above.)

Of course, four years of good livin’ for our baby girl = four years of bus parenting for Bus Nerd and me. We’ve learned a lot, and I’ve done my best to share some of it. In case you’re not up for reading an entire category of posts, here are a few of the highlights.

Why public transportation is good for kids
The sane person’s guide to taking kids on public transit
How riding the bus will make your kid smarter
What I’ve learned in my first year as a bus parent
What I’ve learned in my second year as a bus parent
Busing with two babies, part I
Busing with two babies, part II
Busing with two babies, part III

Happy day, baby girl. Thank you for the amazing ride.

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4 Responses to Happy birthday, Chicklet!

  1. miws says:

    Happy Birthday, Chicklet! :-)

    Mike

  2. jkh1948 says:

    Happy Big Girl 4! Holy-moley, look at the length of those braids! I agree, the only way to deal with fine hair is either to keep it short-short (and who wants to do that with her baby girl?) or braid it.

    • BusChick says:

      Heh. The day before that picture was taken, I had pressed her hair (for the second time ever), so the braids are longer than normal. But yes, I do keep it braided, despite her constant requests to wear it down. (She’s extremely tenderheaded and can’t stand even the slightest tangle.) My own mother went short-short route, and, though I agree with the concept in principle, I’m still scarred.

  3. Laila Barr says:

    Happy belated Birthday Chicklet! You sure have been around!
    Hope to meet you on the bus some day.
    -Leo and Soley’s grandma