hiking with a baby

Family Hike

Here in Portland we were all giddy to check the 10 day forecast and see SUNSHINE! NO RAIN! NICE TEMPERATURES!! YAY! So Saturday we went for a family hike!

When it was just Michael and me, hiking was no big thing. Throw some stuff in a backpack and head out. Then we got a dog. It started taking a little bit longer. Pack her stuff…get snacks and water for Bella. Load her in the car. Then listen to her whine and whimper in the backseat for the last 5 miles of the drive to the hike (it’s like she knows we’re getting close to the hike and she’s so impatient!).

Then we had a baby. It takes like an hour to get ready to go, pack everything, pack the dog, pack the baby…! Good lord. Our neighbor saw us as we were heading out and commented that it used to take them 2 hours to get out of the house when they had kids. šŸ˜‰

Since it takes so much longer to get going and we have to coordinate around Logan’s nap schedule, we chose a closer hike–Milo McIver Park. We’ve done it a few times and it’s a nice one.

We got there just at noon and started the hike. We did a trail that we’ve done in the past. It kind of starts out a little steep but for the most part it’s not too strenuous.

There are a few sets of stairs in the woods. Those got my heart pumping! The plan was to take the trail to this open field we’ve stopped at before and have lunch there and let Logan run around and maybe let Bella off leash if there was no one else around. But for whatever reason we couldn’t find that field!

The trail was SUPER muddy. I should have taken a photo of my boots because they were covered! There were also tons of snails out:

We took a new-to-us trail:

And it was too muddy so we looped around and went back to the Maple Ridge Trail. We thought it would take us to the field but we ended up looping back to the parking lot. So we decided to have our picnic lunch there. (Turkey and chicken and cheese in low carb wraps with cucumbers and hummus.)

Then we back-tracked on the trail where we started and took a different fork in the road, still looking for that field! Spoiler alert: we never found it. I have no idea how we lost it.

Family photo!

The trail was really muddy, overgrown in some spots, but for the most part pretty good. There were a few creeks we crossed over and a few mini waterfalls.

Logan did a GREAT job and did not fuss at all. He also didn’t fall asleep in the backpack like he did last time.

We stopped at a picnic bench by the river for a diaper change, bottle for Logan and to let him run around a little bit.

After a little while we headed back to the car.

Stats:

3.92 miles and I burned 532 calories! I was happy with my number, especially since the hike wasn’t that strenuous.

Logan fell asleep in the car immediately. Bella most definitely got a bath when we got home. And Michael made cauliflower crust pizza again for dinner!

It was a good day!

Unexpected Sunshine

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I’ve never been a fan of Daylight Savings Time…it never made sense to me. And now having a baby, IĀ loathe it. I didn’t know what to expect but I’d heard horror stories of how it effects kids. Logan wasn’t sleeping great this weekend, which means we weren’t either. šŸ™

Sunday morning was kind of brutal. It felt like I’d been up all night, even though he only got up twice. (It didn’t help that we were trying to transition him to his crib this weekend, either). I want more hours that I can SLEEEEEEP PLEASE!

So I got up, had breakfast and coffee (should’ve had two coffees) and then went swimming. It had been like two weeks since I’d been in the pool, because of being sick, and it felt so good to be back at it.

When I got home from the pool it was surprisingly sunny and nice out and Michael said “we’re going for a hike!” Um, ok…I hadn’t expected to work out twice in one day but it felt wrong not to take advantage of the unexpectedly nice day in November.

We packed up the car and Bella and Baby and hit the road for Saltzman Hike. I don’t think we’ve done this hike this year.

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This was Logan’s second hike, ever, and the first time using the baby hiker pack that a friend gave us last year. The ergo just wasn’t great for hiking. It works in a pinch but I don’t think it’s comfortable for any of us at this point.

I’m really glad that Logan fits in the backpack now! It’s a Kelty Carrier– I’m not sure the exact model because it was given to us but it looks like this one.

It works so great! It’s comfortable to wear (per Michael), the weight is on the hips instead of the shoulders or back. Logan loved it too! He was up high and could look around and he wasn’t in weird positions that made him uncomfortable.

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It was 65 degrees and sunny at our house. We got to Saltzman and it was a bit cooler and wetter. The trail was covered in wet leaves, too.

You can see a video on my instagram of Logan in the carrier.

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We should have brought his hat with us because it got a little chilly. Glad I left him in his long sleeves and pants and socks. It made me think about potentially snowshoeing this winter–and what kind of gear we need for Logan to keep him warm. I have no idea!

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Bella was super stoked to be out on the trails again. She sniffed every fern in the forest (her favorite thing to do). We ended up doing 3 miles roundtrip. I was starting to feel pretty fatigued and Logan was getting a little fussy.

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It was a good little hike. I’m glad we took advantage of the sunshine because the forecast isn’t consistently great for the next few weeks. Winter is coming….!

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Home! Bella was covered in mud. She got a bath immediately. And then later it was time for this exhausted mama to relax with a bath, too! And a beer. šŸ˜€

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Michael made a great dinner. He blackened some mahi mahi and topped it with avocado and peach mango salsa. We had brussels sprouts with bacon on the side. I wasn’t sure that it would be enough food after swimming AND hiking, but it was surprisingly filling.

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And then it was an early bedtime for me. My aching body needed the rest!