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She Ain’t Heavy…She’s My Baby

April 25, 2013

Just to get your Thursday off to a smooth start… Winking smile 

On Tuesday night, the Amazon fairies delivered a much-anticipated package to our doorstep:

Photo: Our new Kelty came today! Can't wait to take Lila hiking in this bad boy! Of course, Baxter had to test it out first.

A Kelty backpack!

Baxter is always happy to do a little quality control testing.  Smile  You know—I actually think he kind of liked it!

We’ve been talking about wanting to get a heavy-duty baby hiking backpack for quite some time now. 

The weather is getting nicer and nicer, and the trails and mountains around us are just begging to be hiked on—so I finally ordered us a pack!

The Kelty backpack came highly recommended from a few other mamas that I’d talked to— it also had great reviews on Amazon.  We ordered the Kelty Journey 2.0, which is their middle-of-the-road pack.  It has a detachable daypack, a place to store water bottles, a sunshade for Lila—all sorts of bells and whistles!  On Wednesday morning, we headed out to a trail about five minutes from our new house. 



None of the bells and whistles would have mattered if she hadn’t liked it.  So I got a little nervous when we put her in the backpack and she began to scream bloody murder.  Luckily, after we got moving, she settled right down—soon she was sporting a big smile.  I think being on my back must have freaked her out a little—usually, she’s strapped into the Ergo, which I always wear facing towards me. 

As for the backpack?  Two thumbs up from me!  It was a bit heavier than I expected, but I got used to the weight pretty quickly.  Lila seemed comfortable in it, and my shoulders and back didn’t really start to hurt at all until the very end of the hike.  Hey, she ain’t heavy—she’s my baby! Winking smile 



This summer, we’re taking a trip to Michigan, and I’m really looking forward to doing a lot of hiking while we’re there.  This pack is going to be perfect for hiking as a family!   It wasn’t cheap, but it should last us…well, hopefully through this kid and any others that come along!  We like to get outside as much as possible, so I really think this investment will pay off.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2013 12:45 pm

    Oh yay – that’s awesome that it worked out!! Might not be cheap, but sounds like it’s absolutely worth it.

  2. April 25, 2013 12:58 pm

    SO fun! A family hike sounds just awesome right now. Shes just the cutest

  3. April 25, 2013 5:46 pm

    I love hiking! Sooo cute with Baxter in it 🙂

  4. April 25, 2013 7:03 pm

    How fun!!!! We will definitely look into something like that if we are lucky enough to have babies! 🙂 Cute pictures too!

  5. Kristi permalink
    April 26, 2013 5:37 am

    Does Lila tolerate riding on Ryan’s back?

  6. April 26, 2013 11:45 am

    Awesome!! Now you have no excuses not to get out and hike. Not that you would ever use excuses anyway, but that almost looks like FUN! I can remember hating the first time my mom put me in the bike seat (they used to ride bikes a lot when I was young) then after a while I would BEG to get in it!

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