Stepping Into Motherhood: Introducing Mistaya Joy!

After many long months of anticipation I am so excited to introduce you all to our little adventurer, Mistaya Joy Zizka! Mistaya or “Maya”, as we call her, was born at 2:03 am on March 22, 2013, weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. Her name, Mistaya, means…

The Power of Not Doing: Thoughts on Climbing and Birth

I remember the odd alpine start on a climb where I was geared up and ready to go, but faced a delay. Whether a partner needed some extra time or the weather was suddenly looking questionable, unexpected delays such as these have often sucked the energy right out of me. This morning my husband remarked that this is how he feels as we wait for our baby to initiate his or her entrance into the world, and I certainly agree.