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Pre-children, my adventurous activities consisted of the following:
- 3 Peak challenge (which I smashed in 22 hours btw)
- Rock climbing most weekends
- Long weekends mountaineering & fell running in Scotland & Wales
- Mountain biking
Post-children, adventurous activities look a little different, however.
- Getting dressed in the morning
- Having a shower whilst keeping a 2-year-old amused
- Going to Sainsbury’s
- Drinking a coffee in the morning
It’s true the extra adrenaline flowing through your body when you’re trying to do these things isn’t entirely dissimilar to my previous life’s activities.
Ok, perhaps these activities are probably more of a challenge than an adventure as such, but my point is that once you have children life looks very different and it is completely true that every day is an adventure in its own right.
Since Ted was born, along with his Grandpa, Ted and I head out for a walk most weekends. To start with he was in the baby carrier, but has since learnt to walk, run about and explore all on his own. Although this is just a walk to the local woods, each time it feels like a mini adventure. We always discover something new; recently it was toad stools!
Now he is that little bit bigger, we also always carry a small backpack, which I like to refer to as our own little survival pack. It contains some essentials; a train, his comforter, a leaf from yesterday, a wooly hat, some snacks and a drink. We’ve recently teamed up with The Super Yummies & LittleLife and we now have this cool (and very practical) backpack that we’re currently using as our survival pack and it came with snacks containing real ingredients and real tastes.
The Super Yummies snack range contain only naturally occurring sugars and salt and have been developed by nutritionists, so they’re specifically tailored to toddlers. I love that The Super Yummies are so natural because giving him something from their range for a snack leaves me without guilt! And he asks for food a lot! (Like his dad!)
What’s also great about The Super Yummies range is that the packaging is ideal for on the go. Not only does it keep the food fresh, but they’re also excellent for keeping for later.
Once we’re stocked up and ready to go again, we continue our journey into adventure. Usually followed by a sleep in the car on the way home.
The beauty of having children is that adventure comes in all different shapes and sizes. By definition adventure is all about exploration and excitement and having children is continuous exploring and continuous excitement. Ted and I built a camp in the living room and that was filled with learning and non-stop fun.
Whether it’s out and about in the woods or in your own home building a den, colouring, reading fab books, making a cake or painting a picture, life with toddlers is filled with adventure.
And it’s utterly exhausting! But I wouldn’t want it any other way.