Out of Hibernation and into the Wild

In September I found out that I was pregnant. While this was incredibly exciting news the experience also came with an unfathomable tiredness as my body started building a baby. I have been exhausted and being exhausted while also having a toddler makes the exhaustion exponential...feeling more like a bear's hibernation than the need for an extra nap. I am finally feeling like I have come out of my momma-bear cave and now I am both super hungry (duh...I'm still building a baby) and starving for adventure. Luckily we have so many opportunities in our neck of the woods...for both food and fun :) The recent weeks of snow have made the trails lovely and stoked many people's winter adventures vibes. I finally strapped on my snowshoes for the first time this season, rented some gear from MEC for the rest of the crew, and headed out to our local Provincial Park. 

 The crew for our Saturday afternoon adventure. Thanks to @mec for the snowshoe rentals and Springwater Provincial Park for the beautiful scenery. 

The crew for our Saturday afternoon adventure. Thanks to @mec for the snowshoe rentals and Springwater Provincial Park for the beautiful scenery. 

Gear planning: The weather was prefect. The mild temps made it a toss up between whether it was a snow pants or a winter running tights kinda day, but since my belly made for incredibly ill fitting snow gear I opted for the latter. If I am being completely honest here my snowpants are from a few years back during the tighter pant trend and despite their lovely appearance on the hanger they barely covered my bottom and no active type of movement was possible (at least without the intention of a YouTube video making fun of/with me). I can confidently say that I will be shopping for something more appropriate next year.

Coen hung out in his hiking pack for most of the trip but stopped at every chance he could for a snowboard break. He has the Burton Chopper with the Riglet Reel attached. I think we will be getting him some bindings after this trip though. He loved taking about "bailing" and I loved that it was no big deal to him. 

I have a pair of Tubbs Snowshoes that I got for Christmas last year (Women's Flex VRT). I still absolutely love them and how easy they are to get on and off (warning... regardless of their ease, bending over of any length of time is likely to bring on the pregnancy heart burn). Kyle and our friends rented some MSR snowshoes from MEC (at $12 a day it is very affordable and a super easy rental process).

We also brought along a few extra items: GoPro, Sony a6000, two Insulated Kleen Kanteens filled with hot chocolate, a flask full of something yummy for the non-pregnant adults, and a few snacks.  

 

 Carrying a mini board for my little guy so he can shred during snowshoe stops. 

Carrying a mini board for my little guy so he can shred during snowshoe stops. 

 Arms out - knees bent.  

Arms out - knees bent.  

 The "hike" back up the path (not quite a hill) where we stopped for a shred break. Co insisted on carrying his own board :)  

The "hike" back up the path (not quite a hill) where we stopped for a shred break. Co insisted on carrying his own board :)  

 That smile. Co was so excited to snowboard in the forest. He goofed around about bailing, always got back up and tried again, and had the best attitude about the whole day. I was such a proud momma bear.  

That smile. Co was so excited to snowboard in the forest. He goofed around about bailing, always got back up and tried again, and had the best attitude about the whole day. I was such a proud momma bear.  

 Back in my adventure post-hiberation happy place. That smile sums up my feelings for the day.  

Back in my adventure post-hiberation happy place. That smile sums up my feelings for the day.  

 Only one pee break was required...and it was quite successful (and comical). I'll spare you the details but it involved a tree, a flying superman stance by Co which was assisted by daddy, and some major high fives.  This pic is post pee as Kyle gets Co re-bundled :) 

Only one pee break was required...and it was quite successful (and comical). I'll spare you the details but it involved a tree, a flying superman stance by Co which was assisted by daddy, and some major high fives.

This pic is post pee as Kyle gets Co re-bundled :) 

 Already planning for the next adventure... 

Already planning for the next adventure... 

This has been the best weekend I have had in a while. I have missed this in my life since early fall. Pregnancy is different for everyone and each time it is different for you. I am so thankful that I am healthy and supported to get out there and do these winter activities. Not all soon-to-be moms have that luxury right now. I plan on continuing with my winter and early spring adventures until baby arrives sometime in early May (it's a BOY by the way :).  

Stay tuned later this year for my trials, successes, challenges, and the likely comic relief involved in summer camping with a new born (and a toddler). 

Glad to be back :) 

xo

Momma Bear

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