As our due date gets closer each day, preparing for baby of course continues to be top of mind. Hospital bags are packed, diapers are bought, and meals are being prepped. Past that, my husband and I have frequent conversations about what life will look like with the new addition to our family.

Janel's 37-week bump day blog: a new kind of adventure

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

Pre-pregnancy, and in early pregnancy (before I was deemed as “high-risk”) we enjoyed a more active lifestyle.

On the weekends you could usually find us on a hiking trail, somewhere (often lost) in the woods, by a river, or in a conservation area. We would routinely put in 15km of hiking every weekend. Over the years together we have explored numerous conservation areas and provincial parks in Southwestern Ontario (it’s challenging to find one in the area we haven’t been to now!) and we have completed full trail systems. Hiking and exploring nature has become a huge part of our relationship and a hobby that we enjoy together.

Hiking adventures

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

Our outdoor adventures came to a rather abrupt halt after my anatomy scan when I was told my cervix was shortening and I was at risk for pre-term labour. Over the past four months, I have most definitely missed exploring and being outside. We still go for short walks and visit parks, but it’s not quite the same as packing up our backpacks and getting lots in the woods for the day. We have been looking back at all the trails and parks we have visited. Reminiscing about our favourite viewpoints, best waterfalls we’ve seen, and animals we have watched on our adventures. While I am incredibly grateful to have made it to (almost!) full term, there have definitely been challenging days.

Hiking adventures with dog

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Looking back at the places we have explored has recently spurred us to also look forward.

Janel's husband and dog on a hike

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

As we love being outdoors and hiking, we want our sweet girl to experience this as well. There are so many little things to enjoy on a simple hike. From the sound of the birds, the smell of the water, and the beautiful colours in the trees, I want her to have the opportunity from a very young age to slow down and experience the beauty and simplicity of nature around her.

Hiking adventures

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

We have frequent discussions about how we will hike with our new baby, what we will use to carry her, what we will have to pack, where we could go to explore and how to change a diaper on a hiking trail! I hope that our summer is full of new adventures. While it won’t be as simple as planning a hike for just two, it will be so worth it to show her the beauty of the world around us and experience that together.

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