Take the Poudre River Bike Path west until it ends at a gravel road in Bellevue. Take that gravel road north. Take your first right turn. Just around the bend, notice a wide trail to your right. The trail is wide enough for a bike trailer. There is a neat bridge and the trail follows close to a stream. As you approach the red cliffs, look up for the Golden Eagle nest (bring binoculars). A paved bike path continues around the north portion of the lake, but this is an out-and-back trail.
Want to explore more? Along the way, there are a few cool place to take the kiddos.
Me Oh My! Coffee and Pie Best pecan rolls and pies at Me Oh My. They also have a play area with toys for the kids. Inside, they have a mercantile where you can pick up fresh organic local produce from Native Hill Farm. Just as the Poudre River Trail turns sharply west (just after Cache Le Poudre School), turn east onto 287B instead. Me Oh My is on your left.
Vern’s Place. A restaurant in LaPorte with outdoor seating. Country fare.
The Hatchery. Just before you get to Watson Lake, on your right, you’ll find the Hatchery. When it’s open, there is a little dispenser where you can buy fish food for 25cents. You can walk/ride around the hatchery and see all the trout in different phases of life.
“Isn’t it crazy to think how different your world was a year and a half ago, and yet now you can’t imagine your world without her?“
This was a message a friend sent me via Facebook Messenger.
I didn’t respond to the message right away. Honestly, I wasn’t sure exactly how to answer. She didn’t notice my failure to answer her question. I started talking about diaper rash or baby drool or something else instead.
But, I thought about this question a lot. Somehow, I felt a bit guilty because I don’t feel like having a baby has totally changed who I am or how I have decided to live my life. Birthing a baby didn’t suddenly enlighten me to a deeper purpose or provide some meaning to my life that it didn’t previously have. Am I a bad mom for this?
Life is different because we have a little girl we get to share our lives with now. But, it isn’t really different at all because we still do all the things we would normally do.
We still ride bikes. A lot. After Addy was born we used my maternity leave as a vacation. We drove to California to introduce Addy to some of our family who live in LA and Palm Springs. Along the way, we stopped in Eagle and Grand Junction to ride bikes. Then got to ride some cool trail and jeep roads while we were out visiting family. Then, on the way home, we stopped for some trail riding in Gooseberry Mesa (woot-woot!), Fruita and Breckenridge. Each place we stopped, Tyson and I would take turns trading off watching Addy and riding.
We have also made 3 weekend trips to Pueblo/Canon City this winter to ride dry trail. We bring Addy with us every time. While one of us rides trail, the other can ride bike path with Addy. Or, we can hang with Addy and play with her
We also traveled to Texas to do my first bike race since getting knocked up (got 3rd in Cat 1 19-39 and missed 1st by about 1 minute) and brought Addy with us for that. Grandma Laurel babysat for us that time.
My point is… we still do all the things we always do. The only difference is that now, we do these things with Addy. This means that when we ride up and down the Horsetooth dams, we are pulling Addy along behind us in her Chariot. It’s an extra 50 pounds to drag up those hills, so it takes more time than usual. But we still do it. We have to make several stops feed her, change her diaper or entertain her. But we still do it.
We still ride our bikes and still love every second of it. It is super cool being able to experience this biking that I love so much with this new little person I love so much.
So, I’m still not sure exactly how to respond to my friend’s message. Yeah. Life is different, but not really. But could I ever imagine my life without here. Well, oddly enough, I can imagine my world without her. Without Adalynn, I would ride my bike more, possibly faster, at higher elevations and in remote locations. I would also sleep more. But, the experience of becoming a mom and being a mom has been such a unique and exciting experience. I got to experience amazing changes in my body as I carried Adalynn for 9 months. I had the awesome experience of birthing Adalynn and the excitement of finally seeing her face for the first time. Being here to care for her, and to watch her grow and change every day. Every day, discovering a bit more about the person she is becoming. I enjoy the uncertainty and adventure about what the future will be. She adds so much to my world.
She deepens how I feel about Tyson. He is an amazing person. I knew this before Adalynn was even conceived. But, watching how he interacts with her, how careful and thoughtful he is with her and with his actions around her. I love seeing his enthusiasm and excitement each time she does something new! Its been hard going back to work, but knowing she’s home with him makes it so much easier. Now that I’m working close to home (less than 3 miles by bike path), Tyson and Addy come visit at lunch.
The Bump… is gone.
My belly looks about the same as it did before I got preggers. But it didn’t happen overnight. Took about 6 months. Sorry. No more baby bump pictures :o(.
Today, we are officially 38 weeks. A lot has changed in the 9 weeks since my last blog.
I’ve gained about 24 pounds so far and my poor belly button! It feels like baby Adalynn is going to come exploding right out of my belly button at any moment. I can imagine sharing my birth story with other women, “Oh. I didn’t have a vaginal delivery or a C-section. I sneezed and had an unexpected belly button delivery”.
Surprise Baby Shower
Everyone at work decided to put together a SURPRISE BABY SHOWER!! Got me all misty-eyed and emotional. They heard I had wanted to avoid too much pink, so they went with a honeybee theme! They also knew that I had wanted as many hand-me-downs/recycled items as possible. So, they included a clothesline full of hand-me-down items from their own children.
Also received boxes of gifts from my sister Sarah (and my nieces Taysha and Gabby), Laurel and Bill (grandma and grandpa), and Aunt Katie. My sister Heather and her family came to visit and brought tons of gifts too (with a diaper wreath). And Mattie and her family sent a thoughtful gift too!!! The generosity is overwhelming. I think we have everything we need!!
Woah! Biking still feels really good for my body, but I’m having to change a lot of things about my riding. First of all, I had to get a stem with major rise just so I can ride more upright. When I’m hunched over, it feels like I’m crunching Lil’ Grom. Also, any steep climbing… fairly impossible. So, I’ve had to adjust my riding a bit. Less climbing, more gravel road adventure/exploring. And I have to ride very slow. If I push too hard, I start having Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Didn’t get to Race the 40 in the Fort. Did get to be a Bacon Angel with Georgia Gould.
“Donuts? Bacon? Coke? Whiskey?”
So far this year: 354 hours of riding, 3045 miles, 250 PRs, and 112 total activities.
This time last year: 366 hours of riding, 3097 miles, 498 PRs, and 107 total activities.
I’m at 38 weeks and it seems the bump is growing more than any other time during the pregnancy. …and she dropped at 37 weeks. Getting closer!!!
Today, we are officially 29 weeks. Passed the glucose test (which means I don’t have diabetes…. Yay!!!!). Guess that means the Corndoggies have really helped with my nutrition!!!
Starting to get a little cramped up in my little body. I’ve gained about 15 pounds so far and supposed to gain another 10 more, but I honestly don’t know think there is room for anything more. Maybe I’ll get taller… that would help.
Most Comfortable Place: My Bike
As everything is getting bigger, bigger, BIGGER, I’m starting to feel it affecting my back and pelvis. I’ve been so lucky that I’m still able to keep biking. Being on the bike is the one place where my body feels so relaxed and comfortable… relief!!!! It’s literally more pleasant for me to ride my bike to work than to be crunched up behind the wheel driving to work. I can’t breathe well when I’m sitting at a desk or while driving, but I can breathe quite comfortable still while riding. Wish I could just be on my bike all day!!!
Been able to do a couple trips to Fruita, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. Also got to do an overnight bike ride with Teresa. ..and I even did a 61 mile single speed RACE!!!!! and I finished last place. The sweep van was following right behind me the whole time. I asked the van to please pass me (mostly because I really needed to pee), but the van wouldn’t pass (so I had to pee in front of the van… 5 times…).
Chopa and Michelle’s Wedding in Sedona
Even flew to Sedona for the weekend to celebrate with Chopa and Michelle. Got to do a few cool hikes and take in some beautiful scenery while celebrating Chopa and Michelle with friends!!
So far this year: 249 hours of riding, 2164 miles, 213 PRs, and 83 total activities.
This time last year: 218 hours of riding, 2171 miles, 395 PRs, and 91 total activities.
I’m at 29 weeks and just started showing enough that it’s pretty obvious to most people. People used to be afraid to ask me if I was pregnant because they didn’t want to be rude. But now, people ask pretty openly.