Sunday, February 12, 2012

A hiking we will go

Aaron and I love to hunt and hike together. We really enjoy being outside, getting our vitamin D, and recharging our batteries. We knew when Miles came along that we would want to bring him with us when we were out on adventures no matter what the season.
Jan. 28 outing to Pipestem Res to hike the trails. Of course babies need sunglasses.

We have an Ergo baby carrier so we can just put him on and go. It was a spendy purchase, but worth it in our opinion. It is a pretty versatile carrier, you can wear the baby in several positions (front, back, hip) and it has a cover you can put over baby's head to protect him from the sun. The only way you can't wear the baby is on your front facing out like you can with the Baby Bejorn, which we would have liked but we are enjoying the carrier none the less. When Miles was a newborn we had to use this bulky insert with the carrier which was a little cumbersome and pretty warm. But we made it work.
Hiking with Mom

Miles in the infant insert, just under a month old. He got pretty hot in the insert this day.
Dad showing Miles how to mow the lawn. This will be one of his chores when he grows up because Mom certainly won't be doing it.

This winter has been great! It has been unseasonably warm. In January we had several days that got into the low to mid 40s (Fahrenheit) and we have been trying to take advantage of the minimal snow cover. Before pheasant season ended we also took Miles out with us to hunt birds. I would wear him while Aaron carried the gun and handled Willow (which is a major task in itself).
After a pheasant hunt with Willow, right around Halloween.
The family after a pheasant hunt.
Aaron does get a chance to wear Miles every once in a while so he can get the feel of what it is like to carry that extra weight on his front and be off balance. Not the same as being pregnant but just close enough.
On a neighborhood dog walk to our local park.
Recent trip to Pipestem. Is that a belly that Dad has grown? No it's just Miles hiding in there. The wind is crazy in ND sometimes and we need to wear a wind breaker over the baby.
Miles has now out grown the infant insert. So that is one less thing we have to worry about when we go out. We are having so much fun being outside with him, even if he does fall asleep most of time.
Summer time hike, Miles is about 3 months old here.

This weekend it dipped down into the negative temperatures and single digits so no outdoor adventures with baby. But we are hoping we still get some pretty nice days so we can keep going on our hikes. We would normally be using our snow shoes for these hikes at this time of year, but not this year. We have had minimal snow and the snow that we did get has mostly melted off with the warm temps. We hope everyone else is enjoying their winter and can get out into the crisp fresh air. Maybe this spring will be just as pleasant.

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