We had to bike home really slowly so that things didn't start falling out. Maybelle was a good sport about it.
In other biking news, Maybelle has (as you can see from the picture above) outgrown the excellent bike seat she's had since she was two. For her birthday, my parents bought her a bike seat that looks like this:
It has a back rest and a seatbelt, so she won't be able to slide off. How will it work for her? I don't know. It's supposed to help her get the feel for being an independent bike rider, and I definitely want that to be a skill she has. It doesn't require that she pedal, but she can try, and she'll also continue to have the bodily experience of how a bike works--how it turns, the kinds of balance she needs, etc. But it's a little terrifying for me to think of riding through the streets of Charleston with her hanging out in the back.
Of course there's always this option:
I've seen a couple of these around Charleston, and fairly big kids can fit into the cargo hold. And hey, it's only $3400! (That's sarcasm.)
I'll keep you posted.