When Bedge and I were expecting with J-man many of our family, friends and even strangers told us our active lifestyle was about to come to a halt. Oh, how they were wrong. I’m not sure if they thought it was too risky to take an infant out hiking or camping or if they just didn’t think it was feasible. Either way, we carried on. We may not continue at the rate we did pre-child but we still get out and do the activities we love WITH J-Man. We have to go slower, take more gear, change things up a bit but we still do it.
As a new or expecting mom the thought of stepping outside with your newborn can sound daunting and even scary. Once you get into the swing of things and are comfortable caring for the little person in your arms you will want to venture out and share the world with them. At least, that’s how I felt with J-Man.
We were holed up in the house for 1 month after J-Man was born. (1 ENTIRE month and I almost went crazy) J-man was preemie, weighing 4lbs 11oz, and Swine Flu (H1N1) was running rampant at the time. Being a new mom I wasn’t taking a chance of my little man getting sick. I will preface that I was a NEW, neurotic, overprotective mom…those being the main reasons I didn’t leave the house with a preemie for a month.
After 4 weeks of being surrounded by walls and artificial light I was eager to take J-Man outside. Let the sun shine on his face, let him feel the breeze in what little hair he had and take in some fresh air.
We started with little walks around the neighborhood and then we hit the trails.
J-Man went hiking at 6 weeks, camping at 3 months and we haven’t slowed down yet.
Your pace will slow down requiring more patience.
You’ll need to be more flexible with scheduling.
You’ll haul more gear with you.
You MUST have a sense of humor.
Most importantly have fun. Having fun and enjoying the activities you love with your new little tyke is whats important.
Here is another fantastic giveaway dedicated to new and expecting moms.
Here’s the sweet giveaway package:
Belle Baby Carrier- Organic Moss front carrier. Love this! We used the exact one with J-Man
Mountain Mama: Expecting Adventure- Orcas Tee. Perfect for maternity and nursing. Made in the USA.
Vapur- Element bottle. Mom’s need to stay hydrated. Great bottle that collapses when empty.
Outdoor Research- Solstice Sun Hat. Start protecting your tyke early from the sun.
How to enter:
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**This giveaway ends Saturday at midnight (MST), May 12th and the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 13th.
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Thank you Belle Baby Carrier, Mountain Mama – Expecting Adventure, ThinkBaby, Vapur and Outdoor Research for providing these items for the giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.