Calla is 17 days old and today we are officially conferring her adventurer status. Sure, she may have slept through the whole hike, but it’s the follow through that counts on this one.
I’m still feeling a little rough, I’m not gonna lie. It’s almost been 3 weeks since this tiny being entered this world via my body. My body, emotions, and psyche all remain a little raw, but I love it. My doctor asked at follow-up whether I cry a lot. I answered, sure I do, but not because I’m sad, or depressed, but because this absolute miracle is in my life now. As normal as this feels, it’s time to create our new normal, and compared to being pregnant, physically, my body feels ready to run a marathon. For now, a 4-mile round trip hike will have to do.
David and I prepped and packed as we normally do pre-adventure, however packing for Calla added on an extra half hour to prep-time. The wrap, extra diapers, changing pad, wipes, an extra outfit, receiving blanket all adding extra weight to David’s pack that wasn’t necessary before. My pack: a 7 lb. little one all wrapped up in a Moby.
I was in awe all the way up and all the way back as she didn’t wake a single second, perfectly comfortable all squished up against me. I had been waiting for this moment ever since I saw my first woman wrapping and knew that’s how I wanted to raise my child.
We didn’t make it all the way up to Button Rock, but did get a solid 2 miles in before it started to storm. I’m pretty proud of 3 weeks recovered and a 4-mile hike. It’s time to take it slow and ease back in. So begins many new adventures with the three of us + Mick. I’m overwhelmed at the possibilities.