Now that the weather is getting nicer, we the parents are very excited about taking advantage of the dozens of trails near us at DeSoto State Park. That means Baby Jack gets to go hiking with us. Fortunately, he actually enjoys hiking, even if he’s asleep for most of the time.
I should point out these aren’t simply 20 minutes walks I’m referring to. I’m talking 3 and a half mile hikes- not just easy, flat trails. When he is awake during his hikes, he loves to look up at the blue sky, which matches his eyes. Conveniently, we haven’t had to change his diapers during these journeys. But of course, we feed and change him right before we embark into the forest, to make things easier for Jack and for us.
I don’t know if it’s normal for a 3 month old to enjoy hiking. But I guess now it’s normal to him. I help create his reality like that. It’s a classic case of “nature vs. nurture”. I am nurturing him to appreciate nature. And he’s buying it.