Five Fundamental Guidelines You Can't Afford to Ignore when Winter Hiking with a Baby

The wind cut across the field, blowing loose snowflakes and crumpled leaves in its wake.  It is a postcard worthy view, and I want to stop to admire, but the chill in the breeze discourages me from lingering too long.  The current temperature is only tolerable as long as I am moving.  Although it is only a little over twenty degrees, I am exhilarated to make my way out of the confines of my home for a brisk morning walk.

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The "New" Normal

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

August 28th, 2016 - Apple picking with my favorite people at Thompson's Apple Orchard in New Gloucester. 

“I just want to feel like myself again,” I told my husband tearfully at night when he returned from work. After having my daughter and entering the foreign land of motherhood, I struggled to adjust to my new responsibilities, schedule, and life.

As a high school English teacher, I was used to spending my days with children. I naively thought that managing with a single, prepubescent child, who lacked the cognitive processing and oral expression skills required to disagree with me, would be challenging but easier than my primary occupation.  I could not have been more wrong.

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Goodbye, Blue Devils - Hello, Motherhood!

Today Lennon smiled at me. It wasn’t a “that fart felt nice smile” - I’ve witnessed lots of those in the last two months. It was a full faced grin of love and appreciation.

It was toothless and a bit drooly, but honestly, I have never seen anything more beautiful in my life.  To say I was thrilled was the understatement of the century.

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