A Lesson Learned in the Woods

Yesterday my husband and I decided we would take our son to Turkey Run State Park. It is right up the road from our house. We thought we would cross the suspension bridge and let our son stomp around in the creek a bit and when he got bored turn around and go home. I am not really willing to go get my heart rate up because my doctor told me I have the most PVCs when my heart is stressed. So, I’ve been avoiding hiking trails all summer. But, we would go baby speed, have a nice little walk… Boy were we wrong!

We went across the bridge, walked to the place we intended to turn around and our little 2 year old acted like he was going to climb the little rock wall. My husband was just humoring him, standing behind him so he couldn’t fall, but not helping him up either. Yeah, he shot up that wall like a tiny rocket. I thought they would turn around but in a few minutes with no sign of them, I climbed it too.

3 1/2 hours later, we emerged from the woods. I did fine. I am glad we went and I’m glad things didn’t go as planned. I carried our little one part of the way, whenever he fell down or needed a boost, I would carry him. My husband offered to heft him around, but his back is in very bad condition from an accident when he was deployed to Iraq.I figured it was better for me to carry him than my husband.

I learned something yesterday, I’m still okay. I can still get my heart rate up and get out of breath and I’m still okay. I learned something else… our little two year old is part mountain goat! Seriously, he climbed and ran and jumped and was full of baby go-go juice! We talked about how he would be asleep before we left the park. Or at least he would be racked out by the time we got home. No siree! That little stinker was jumping and bouncing around close to midnight! He was absolutely full of pep way past his usual bedtime. He woke up at 8 am this morning ready to go. :)

Also, I’ve lost another 4 pounds! Yippee! That puts me at a 40 pound loss from when I had my carpal tunnel surgery. (Best thing I ever did. Seriously, I had both hands done at once & it is AMAZING, fantastic & wonderful! If you need it, I would do it. I would do it again in a heartbeat.)

We are supposed to go have a picnic in a bit. I’m very much looking forward to getting out of the house!

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