Stepping Into Motherhood: Introducing Mistaya Joy!

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Mistaya Joy. Photo by proud father, Paul Zizka.

After many long months of anticipation I am so excited to introduce you all to our little adventurer, Mistaya Joy!

Mistaya or “Maya”, as we call her, was born at 2:03 am on March 22, 2013, weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz.

She has already demonstrated her adventurous spirit (and endurance!) by making labour and delivery as interesting and eventful as possible, and putting mom and dad’s stamina to the test over the course of 28 hours. She is absolutely beautiful and has added so much to our lives with her sweet presence.

Her name, Mistaya, means “grizzly bear” in Stoney Nakoda and is the name given to a few of our favourite features here in the Canadian Rockies, including Mistaya Canyon. Joy is my middle name, as well as my mother’s.

I have much more to write, but a little bear to attend to. Thanks to everyone for their support so far!

Meghan

Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park. Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.
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Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Alberta, and the co-founder/editor at Crowfoot Media. Her work has been published by a variety of magazines throughout North America, including IMPACT Magazine, Where.ca, Kootenay Mountain Culture and Alpinist.com. She specializes in creating marketing materials and web content for the tourism industry and beyond.

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