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"THE TEMPTATION TO QUIT WILL BE GREATEST JUST BEFORE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SUCCEED."
If there ever was a quote to sum up our birth story that would be it.
Some of you have followed along my pregnancy from the beginning, so you know that I did not find out the gender of our sweet babe until the delivery. Luka Hot Halverson entered this world on Monday, May 18th 2020 at 4:07 PM weighing 8 lb 3.4 oz and measuring 20.5 inches. Our world has forever changed for the better and despite such a small package, my heart and Andy's is overflowing with love. I believe every birth story is beautiful and unique and I wanted to share my experience with the ULA community.
Okay friends! Hiking with a baby is absolutely doable. It gets me excited just thinking about more of you being empowered to hit the trails and knowing that motherhood doesn’t mean adventures need to take a halt. In fact, I would argue that you have even more of a reason to get outdoors. Because hey, it’s good for the whole family! Kaila has loved the outdoors from the beginning and I am sure most babies are the same way. Yes, it will absolutely look different and there are a few things you should consider before hitting the trails with your littles, so let’s jump right in and talk through 8 tips to consider!
1. Take advantage of hiking while they are younger and smaller.
It's easier to hike and/or do longer hikes the smaller they are. The reason you ask? It may be intuitive, but I bring this up so you take advantage while they are small. They sleep anywhere (including your front pack) and you don’t have to worry about bringing extra food and water if they are nursing. Yes it may feel weird pulling to the side of a trail to nurse your babe, but it's pretty magical. The older they get, the heavier both they and your load become! Now that Kaila can walk, we have to consider what hikes we choose and when we let her down to roam, given we would not want to risk her running off the side of a mountain. I see us picking hikes with a lake at the top over a summit going forward.
If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that I (Christy) recently stopped breastfeeding. During the weaning process, I dealt with some hormonal shifts that caused postpartum anxiety/anger a few days in a row. I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of my findings and tips in case there are other mamas that have gone through something similar.
What hormones are changing?
What I found is that it is not uncommon to feel sad, tearful, or mildly depressed. It's also normal to have mood swings or anxiety. With that said, it isn't necessarily healthy and it's important to understand what your body is going through so you can spend extra time caring for yourself during this process. The good news is that it seems to be short term and should go away in a few weeks or up to a month. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of sound research on this subject, but it's assumed that hormonal changes are a huge factor in mood shifts during and after the weaning process. If you have and/or are breastfeeding then you probably know that when you breastfeed your body creates prolactin to produce milk, this is a hormone that makes you feel calm and relaxed. In addition, oxytocin is needed for milk ejection and this one is known as the love and bonding hormone. This is the same hormone that is released when we fall in love. With these two hormones regularly being released into your body, it makes sense for you to go through a shift when you begin to cut them out during the weaning process.