Winter is honestly my least favorite time of year. It's cold, it's dark, and it leaves me trapped inside most days. As a stay at home mom, it's so easy to find yourself trapped in the house for days and days at a time. And, while I love my home, sometimes I just have to get away from the same surroundings.
There is nowhere that I feel more free than when I am outdoors. The weather has finally gotten warm enough for us to be able to take a day trip up to the mountains. There are quite a few parks and trails much closer to us, but the crisp mountain air, and the cool running water have captured the hearts of my family.
Little A is such a curious little boy. He loves engaging all of his senses, and nature really allows him to learn. We often encourage touch by giving him fun little objects to play with. His current favorite is sticks, but he loves playing with rocks, leaves, and even dirt! This is a great opportunity for you to talk with your baby. Expose them to descriptive words, and talk with them about the different things you see.
Honestly, my absolute favorite part about getting out into the woods is the complete lack of interruptions. With little to no cell signal, we have only each other to focus on. Most American families spend so much time on their electronic devices, or drowning in paperwork. Getting outside gets rid of all of that. Even if it's just once a week, we are able to connect as a family and ground ourselves for the next week.
We haven't been able to hike since December, so this was a much needed getaway for us. Little A's eyes were filled with nothing but wonder the entire time. He's had a fascination with the sky and clouds lately, so I was really glad it was such a sunny day. He spent most of the hike, head back, looking up in amazement. Seeing the awe in his eyes helped me see the world for the first time. It really was something beautiful.
We even had an up close experience with a snake. We made sure to stay far away, and explain to little A what it was. Our discussion even continued at home when we looked online to see what type it was!
I think the introduction of animals to children is such an important one. And, while we have dogs and a bearded dragon at home, children need to understand that wild animals are different. By instilling these values and understandings early, it becomes much more normalized.
I look forward to a long summer of exploring, and sharing it with you guys! Little A will be walking soon, and I can't wait for him to eagerly learn about the world.
Until next time,
Labels: ERGObaby, hiking, nature, parenting