On Mothering Wild + Free Children

so apparently all the cool kids are now raising their babies 'wild + free'.  search the hashtag wildandfreechildhood on instagram + a whole host of amazing, gorgeous, inspiring, beautiful places pop up, with little ones dressed in cooler clothes than i could ever hope to own.  <-- insert awkward-out-of-place-toothy-grin-emoji here <---
so of course like any good mama, the goal is wild + free children. . . i mean we all know too much screen time just veggies our brains, right?! yes yes + yes. but if i'm honest, it's really hard for me to stop the vortex of my mom/wife/business brain each day + just B.E. with these sweet boys out in nature.  it's hard for me to choose to deal with the messy clothes + muddy shoes + missed naps.

then something happened this fall. i was catching up on a bunch of writings via facebook by the gorgeous, inspiring, humble mother of eight, alyssa welch. she was talking about how everyone looks at her photos of river days + hiking trips + just thinks it comes easy for them. she proceeded to say how despite the poison ivy, the crying babies, the wet clothes, she just decided from the early years that she would make it a point to be outside with her little ones.
that hit home for me so so much. how many areas of our life simply take a choice.

a choice of walking outside instead of one more netflix
a choice of tenderness instead of impatience
a choice of adventure over predictable safely
a choice kind words over anger
a choice serving instead of waiting to be served
a choice of giving when i would rather take

day after day, hour after hour, moment moment we are given these choices + so much more.
so i just decided this fall that i would say yes to more nature. yes to the dirt + the mud + the inconvenience of chasing babies in the great outdoors.

and to be honest, we didn't spend every waking moment at the river. it was really just a handful of afternoons MORE than what i would have done before and for that, i felt grateful.  if you watched my recent vlog from last month, you will remember the lesson i am learning on not allowing perfection to become the enemy of good.  

i will always look back on the fall of 2015 + our special outdoor adventures with fondness. i will remember emmett sinking down with his shoes into mud along the creek. he couldn't have been happier playing trucks in the water.  i will remember gideon crawling crawling crawling towards the water. i will remember all the jumping photos i tried to take with my little sister aubrey + our freaking out at the snake that came slithering onto the rocks just as we were leaving.

this is the good stuff that makes the inconveniences all worthwhile.  so here's to all the amazing mamas,  that are most days stumbling through life, yet striving to raise adventurous wild + free children. you are doing a wonderful job no matter how your days look. xoxoxo
^^ using our little snack cups from nuby were so perfect for our outdoor adventures. all the snacks for grubby little fingers to grab + a spot to keep gideon's baby food. win win win! ^^ 

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This post is one of a small series I am doing in collaboration with Nuby Parent Blogger.  I am excited to be a on a small team of bloggers that get to share fun ways to use their baby and toddler products.  Even though Nuby supplied the baby food containers + stackable bowls, everything I said is my own opinion of course. 

You can get your own set of Garden Fresh Storage Pots from Buy Buy Baby here and the Wash or Toss Stackable Bowls at Meijers grocery stores. 

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1 comment:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I want that for my son too!!! I'm so thankful that he finally doesn't hate nature anymore (Just in time for it to start raining, of course). I have all sorts of plans for next spring and summer!