Children are born into your established world. They will adapt to whatever lifestyle you have already createdI was worried that the life we had would have to stop. That having a baby meant the end to us as a couple because we were "parents". And yes we adapted, we no longer tent camp instead we now have a pop-up camper. We camp as rustic as possible, with a bed. And we still hiked, not as intense or as long or as often, but we tried at least a couple of times a year to get out there. We don't do the Knife's Edge anymore for example, but easy 5-8 mile ones Allie can handle.
Then Boo happened. And yes, she was born into our established world and then re-wrote the rules!! With Boo, well she can't hike. So I had a great carrier that saw many miles in Maine, in Virginia (love, Shenandoah!) and most of New England state forests.
Our trouble was this year. Boo, while she is totally rocking the jump, does not have have the stamina or the ability to hike. Not yet anyway. Unfortunately she is now too big for the infant carrier that worked three years past when most kids outgrow them. I did some research and found this baby carrier from Kelty, inc. The Pathfinder 3.0 can hold a child from infant to 40 lbs.
|Kelty Pathfinder 3.0|
I will say, hiking with a 30lb child is not as easy as hiking without her on our back. But to not have to give up our love of the mountains and waterfalls...worth a little hip pain.
By the way, I am not getting paid for Kelty for this post. I actually wrote about it because Hubs and I were talking about how there are not a lot of "outdoor" sites for parents who have children with disabilities. Figuring I am not the only parent out there who likes to be active but my Boo is growing, I should let you know about a way you can still do what you love (if you love hiking)!
And if you know of a site for those of us who like to hike and camp with our special kids, please let me know!