How do you know you’re a Hike it Baby mama? I was thinking about this the other day when I caught myself planning my “normal” life schedule around when my next hike was happening. It made me laugh and wonder how many other moms catch themselves doing this. Are you like me? Yup, that’s what I thought! Here’s my list and I am sure you have many things to add to it! This is how I know I am a Hike it Baby mama:
I need to schedule an appointment but I check the HIB calendar first to make sure there is not a hike that day that I really want to do.
My son eats rocks and licks muddy water from puddles at the playground. His sippy cup hitting the floor does not even register a warning in my brain.
Teething? Pick up a somewhat green branch and let him chew away. No green ones? A little tree bark in his digestive system won’t hurt.
After changing a diaper in 20 degree weather on a snow-covered rock the diaper changing station in the bathroom at Target doesn’t look near as scary.
Falling off of the couch onto the carpeted floor is an entertaining event after your child has toddled and fallen into a rock-bottomed ditch.
Stopping everything for a meal time to ensure there is a bib on, proper utensils and cleanup is not even a consideration. I’ve successfully handed my little one a puree pouch to slurp while on my back and he has managed not to drip half of the contents down my neck and back.
Waiting until the baby is down for nap to go out and check the mail and bring out the trash would be sacrilegious since this the perfect time to turn chores into a mini hike.
I buy baby clothes that can layer, stretch and dry quickly instead of the cute, red-indention inducing stiff clothes that look so adorable in staged pictures.
My baby learned to drink from a bladder-bag bite straw before drinking from a regular cup.
I have a tote of extra weather gear to clothe at least 3 extra children in the back of my car.
When I try to walk without wearing my baby I feel incredibly weightless and off-balanced.
I scan the views as I am driving to try and find hiking trails.
I buy Aquaphor (used by most Moms as diaper rash prevention) in bulk to prevent wind-burned baby cheeks. His face cheeks; not his diapered cheeks.
I get excited about new Hiking Boots and Kid-Carrier Backpacks instead of high-heels and purses.
I know I’m not the only one. How do you think being a HIB Mama has changed how you parent? Tell us how you know you are a Hike it Baby Mama!!!
Christel is the Mama to a very mischievous, outdoors-loving toddler named Sebastian. When she isn’t chasing him around the house she is watching him stumble along any trail they can find, be it a sidewalk, park path or dirt trail. She is the branch lead for Hike it Baby Rapid City in South Dakota.