It’s 2 am. After one of my many trips to the washroom, I lie awake in bed thinking about the other times I have spent awake at this time of day. This hour has become very familiar to me throughout this pregnancy. But the wee hours of the morning are also familiar to me on a very different level. Beyond the all-nighters I spent studying and writing through university, I associate these precious early hours with very fond memories of alpine starts in the mountains.
My husband decided that the best way to get ready for the arrival of our little bundle in March was to start combining his household chores with his outdoor adventures. Here he is taking care of the ironing on Mt. Lady Macdonald near Canmore yesterday. There’s nothing stopping him from getting outside even when the chores are calling! 🙂
When I embarked on The Adventures in Parenthood Project, I had a lot of questions. A few of them had to do with wondering what I would be able to do in the outdoors and for exercise while I was pregnant. To begin finding some answers, I included a section in the survey I conducted, wherein I asked women questions about resources they were able to find on what they could do while they were pregnant, which activities they enjoyed, how supported they felt, and more. I won’t divulge into those statistics today (though I bet you’re wondering what I came up with!). But what I will get into briefly are my own thoughts on the topic now having the perspective of being pregnant myself.
This past weekend was beautiful, and my husband suggested we go for a ski. I was definitely game. All we own is alpine touring gear and because I’m not brave like Caroline George, skiing some considerable vertical the day she gave birth, we needed to find suitable terrain that wasn’t going to be too steep for this first ski of the season. We ended up heading down to the Cascade Fire Road and Lake Minnewanka Loop, just a quick drive from Banff.