If there was a phrase to describe you it would be: Determturous (Determined and Adventurous!)
But if there was one word to describe you right now, it might be: Overwhelmed.
Whether you’ve never camped, or did and it was a whine fest, I’m here to help motivate (or cry) with you!
Since you’re here, something tells me you’re determined to not let the ages-old excuse of “it’s too much trouble” prevent you from adventuring.
But maybe you…
- Have no idea how to safely camp with kids, or what to bring without bringing the whole house
- Don’t know how to juggle naps, snacks, breastfeeding, and hiking all at once
- Feel alone, like all your friends don’t seem to care as much as you do about still getting out after kids
- See instagram outdoor families always happy and smiling, and wonder if because your toddler had an epic hour meltdown over not wanting to go in the hiking backpack today, if this is still for you
- Need to feel like “you” again, and get back on the trail to clear your mind after being grabbed on and whined to all day
You’re seriously ready to dive in, buy whatever gear you need, and get outside!
But it’s also seriously overwhelming. After all, you did just get your baby on a somewhat reasonable nap schedule. And you don’t want to destroy everyone’s hiking experience if your baby just cries the whole time in the backpack.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
I have three young children. I’ve had the stares, the frustration, the crying that just makes me want to go back home and screw the whole plan for the day.
BUT, I have some simple beliefs
- You have to take care of you first. You know how you are always instructed int he airplanes to put your oxygen mask on first, then help others? If you hiked and got out before, you have got to do it after baby to maintain your sanity.
- You need a village to raise a kid – whether it’s virtual or real life. Even if the village is not physical, you need to be able to see someone else like you and say “Me too!”
- You need to set aside your expectations and go with the flow. This is the hardest, but most rewarding thing to learn. I am still working on it. Used to 10 mile hikes? When you’re done learning this, the half mile ones where your toddler walked the whole way himself will make you almost as happy as completing a big day.
Hi! My name is Stacy, AKA the “Crazy Outdoor Mama.”. I don’t call myself crazy because I do super cool extreme stuff outdoors, but rather I’m sort of crazy because that’s what raising little people does to you sometimes.
How did this website come about?
In the summer of 2018, our twin girls came home on oxygen after being discharged from the NICU.
I had a pretty limiting pregnancy, combined with the ridiculous stress and worry that comes with babies born prematurely and need hospitalization. That meant living away from our home so that we could be near the hospital, putting everything on hold, and all of a sudden having no time to do anything but the basics.
After settling back in our home, I wanted to reconnect with what made our family (and me) “us”, and I wanted to bring my kids with me so they too could experience the grounding that is being outdoors.
But with the girls on oxygen and so tiny, as well as the sheer logistics of two people hiking with three kids under three, I was overwhelmed with even bothering to try until they were all much older (and healthier).
I struggled at first, but my husband is a trooper and we pushed through the ridiculous amount of packing, prep, and patience it takes to get outside with three littles.
Now it’s become the norm, and I want to help other families get to that point too.
- Without judgment (I can send you PLENTY of crying kid pics and I’m chilling in the front seat drinking coffee and am like.. “Ya’ll crazy back there”)
- Without expectations – you’re front yard counts! Your neighborhood counts!
- Without feeling alone – If there’s no one in the area, be the change you want to see! Post in mom groups about your hike, find a HikeitBaby branch… I bet there are more people like you! Or message me and let me know how it went!
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Also, thanks for coming here! I really appreciate it.. and you for reaching out!