Motorcycling After Having a Baby
My husband has always driven dirt bikes and motorcycles, and when I met him, I quickly fell in love with riding on the back of his motorcycle. It wasn't long before I wanted a bike of my own and wanted to be able to drive myself.
This summer I got my first bike- Ninja 500R. I practiced in parking lots with my husband, and then on back roads. After a couple of months of practicing with my husband (about 500 miles) I took the ABATE course. I passed and now have my endorsement and I ride my bike every chance I get.
Here's the dilemma, though. We are getting ready to have our first baby. We plan on trying to conceive in January/February of 2011 (hoping to have a baby born in fall of 2011). That means I'll be pregnant next summer- so I probably won't be able to ride or drive. But even after I have the baby- what happens then?
Do any of you gals have infants or small children? How do you find the time to still ride your bike? I'm guessing hubby and I will just have to take turns watching our baby and whoever is not baby-sitting can go out for a ride. Either that, or have family/hired babysitter come over and watch our infant for a few hours so we can go on a ride together. I know it also means I probably won't be able to just run over to the gym or bank on my bike during the day, since I'll have the baby with me.
We are so excited to have children, and I know it involves sacrifices in your life... but I'm looking for hope that you don't have to give up on motorcycling just because you have a baby. How have some of you gals made things work?