We have an Australian Shepherd named Yuba in our family. Boy, has his life changed since we had a baby. He has had to learn to share our attention with BabyC. Still, there is one thing he knows he can always count on every day: A walk to the park to play frisbee.
Of course, Yuba has to share even this park outing with BabyC. This isn’t so bad once we get out there, but what frustrates Yuba is that it takes so darn long to get a baby mobilized, especially now that the cool weather necessitates socks, shoes, jacket, and hat. This frustrates me, too, but I try to be patient as I get BabyC ready to go. Read more
We took BabyC camping for the first time a few days ago. We hadn’t been camping since I was 20 weeks pregnant, at which point I was already too uncomfortable to be sleeping on the hard ground. Before my pregnancy though, Husband and I did a lot of outdoor exploration together – hiking, camping, climbing, backpacking. Being outdoors together grew our relationship in the early days and strengthened it as the years went by. There is nothing like being out together on a multi-pitch climb up a rock face, just the two of you, to erase any doubt that you trust the other person wholly and completely. And nothing quite like tackling all the tasks of setting up a camp and getting a one-pot dinner cooked after a long day of backpacking to make you glad you are on the same team. These experiences have shaped who we are as friends and as husband and wife.
But now we have a baby in the mix. There are no more multi-pitch climbing expeditions or long backpacking trips in our near future. That’s the way it is, we thought. We’ll make do with car-camping. I was excited about the trip. Read more