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Get Out! Four Ways for New Parents to Spend Time Outside 

click to enlarge Sarah with baby Elise. - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Sarah with baby Elise.
A new baby doesn’t necessarily mean your outdoor adventures are over. This is the first post in a new series about getting fresh air and exercise after the arrival of your little one.

I was delusional while I was pregnant. First, I thought that putting our baby to sleep would entail laying her in her crib, kissing her goodnight and going back to making dinner or watching movies or doing whatever it is that perfectly rested new parents do.

My second delusion was that I would be right back on skis, not missing a beat since last winter. I even stood in our kitchen at eight months pregnant and told my partner, “While we’re on leave, all that’s going to be on our agenda is eating good food and skiing.” It was going to be awesome, like an epic ski vacation, just with a new little baby around. I don’t know where I thought the baby was going to fit into this picture.

You’re probably rolling your eyes at this point. Hopefully you’re still reading. I assure you that I’m sane, and I have learned a lot since those naive days.

Our beautiful baby girl, Elise, is now 3 months old. We’re skiing, but it takes way more effort than I ever imagined. I'm mostly doing flat-terrain cross-country ski tours, with Elise in a carrier. Or my partner and I are taking turns heading to the resort or into the backcountry on our own. In all of those scenarios, there's been a steep learning curve.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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