Winter walks are inevitable in our household - {one} because we live in Calgary and most months show some signs of winter and {two} because we have a dog that requires a lot of exercise!

We knew getting a lab that she would require a morning and afternoon walk and that couldn't change just because we had a baby or it was cold out. When buying our stroller I looked for one that would be good on all terrains - mainly our ravine in the snow and ice. I love our stroller.

One of my main concerns when I found out I was having to have a c-section was Cruz and our walks! Thankfully I was able to get out walking quite early. We went for our first family walk on Day 5 and by 10 days post c-section when Justin went back to work I was back doing ravine walks alone {slowly} with my girls. 

So right from the get-go Delainey was thrown into twice a day walks even on cold winter days. I can count on 1 hand how many times Cruz has missed a walk due to weather. Otherwise we were out there. Cruz could care less how cold it was. I just made sure Delainey and I were dressed appropriately and walks were often cut shorter if needed. Now when we say it's time to take Cruz for a walk Delainey runs to the back door yelling hat or boots.

I've had some people ask how we get out so much in the winter so I thought I would so a post on some of our favorite things that make winter walks more enjoyable.

For years now EACH year I buy a pair of fake uggs. They are comfy and cozy but crap for our winters. This year I finally caved and used my birthday money to buy a pair of Hunter boots and I couldn't be happier. They are the best. They have great traction on ice and snow and keep my feet totally dry.

I also bought cozy Hunter boot socks - I bought mine (black and purple cable knit) both on ebay as they are much cheaper. On the cold days they keep my feet really warm - never had a cold toes day yet!

{I do have a pair of yaktrax for when it's icy but I don't love them at all. They never stay on and are more a pain in the butt.}

Gran bought us these Polar Stroller Skis and as I have said before they are amazing. A total game changer for snowy walks. I wish Kelly had invented these sooner!! Last winter we would bump through the packed in snow and walks would often be frustrating for me and I always felt bad for Delainey with all the bumping (she totally didn't care and would always fall asleep)!

These just glide over any ice and snow perfectly. They come with a handy bag so I can put them on as soon as we get to the snow covered ravine and they are so simple to put on and take off. I don't dread the snowy ravine any longer.

JJ Cole Polar Bundle Me bags - these are like a sleeping bag for the stroller (or car seat when they are little). They also have a little hood you can pull over their head but Delainey hates it so Gramma's hats for her! I still sometimes would cover the bag in a blanket or put an extra blanket inside depending on the weather.
I lucked out and found this one on kijiji for $10!

This is so handy when it's raining, windy or sleeting. Cruz doesn't care what the weather is. We walk!

Sled - Jeff and Jolie bought Delainey this for Christmas last year and it's so fun this winter! It changes it up for walks too so in the morning we stroller ski - afternoon we sled!

We also have the cover or bubble as we call it which is handy when it's windy or chilly. The bubble has vents and we pack it with blankets and have an old sheep skin for her to sit on.

A good comfy carrier is a MUST! We have an older version of the snugli that was handed down to us by my cousin and we love it. When I was on mat leave and Delainey was really small I would almost always carry her for all our walks when it was cold out. That way she also had my body heat to keep her warm and I could throw a blanket over her head to keep the wind and chill out. 

We have always had warm snowsuits for her from teeny tiny when she was in the carrier up until now when she often wants to walk. Ones that have hand covers are my favorite because she hates mitts.

We also have a Warm Buddy from Grampa & Chris. This is a teddy with a pouch you take out that heats up in the microwave so he gives off heat. I have used this a few times when it's chilly out too and then I stick him in with Delainey to cuddle.

Gramma's hats are a must too! I like baby balaclavas but she always tries to rip them off.

A plus to our walks is that they are an extra workout for me! The hills in our community are no joke. I told Justin after one walk with the sled that it felt like the cross-fit games as the snow was so sticky and just pilled up at the front of the sled - Delainey looked like the Grinch who stole Christmas the sled was facing straight up. I almost left her in the ravine I was so tired!

All and all we do love our walks MOST days. Yes Cruz drives me bananas with her pulling. I HATE ice and when people don't shovel their walks. Coyotes should be banned from the ravine. And sometimes I just REALLY hate the cold and wish Cruz was a chihuahua.
BUT the fresh air is so important for all of us, it's good exercise for us all - especially when Delainey can walk with us now too. Plus even as a wee babe it was good to get Delainey out of the house and good for me too! And now Delainey never complains about going out and Cruz is a happy girl.
{making} Delainey's First Year photo book. I know. Only 6 months late. 
I am going to finish it on Thursday. I am going to finish it on Thursday. I am going to finish it on Thursday.

{cooking} I guess I need to do that tonight. We had Chinese food leftovers last night. :) But let's be honest with this nice weather - Justin will want to BBQ. That man BBQs in a blizzard or rain storm.

{wanting} This month to be over. I hate wishing time away but I am done with this month.

{looking} Forward to Jeff & Jolie's wedding and our trip to NY. Getting SO close!!

{planning} Jolie's shower/stagette combo! Finished one shower - onto the next!

{giggling} At Delainey. Always. She is so funny these days.

{wishing} Teething wasn't so hard on kids. Delainey has a new tooth which hopefully is the reason why she has been getting up in the middle of the night lately. Plus WE are tired.

{knowing} We have a long way to go with her - she only has 5 teeth now. womp.

{enjoying} This weather. I walked in a t-shirt yesterday and the sun was warm! Today it's already PLUS 10C.

{waiting} Is never fun.

{liking} That Gramma Debbie can send photos via text now. Getting a cell phone for her for Christmas was a great idea. :)
How cute are her and Delainey watching some TV together?!

{loving} This new Etsy shop crew + co that my friend Courtney opened up just recently. She is so talented with her calligraphy and lettering! We have her You Are My Sunshine raglan headed our way but I also love this one:

{hoping} Delainey continues to love batman. It makes her Daddy very proud. She kisses him and hugs him all the time now.

{needing} Everything to get sorted out with Justin's work. So proud of that man though.

{wearing} Purple tights. Justin made sure I knew they were purple this morning. :)

{digging} This entire outfit.

{feeling} Excited that my parents get home from Belize tonight! So excited to see them tomorrow.

{thinking} I am not surprised they have already booked a sleepover and day with Delainey & Cruz!

Thanks for the post idea Abby.
 Happy Monday! This weekend flew by as usual but it was a great one even though I can't remember a thing we did Saturday!? Friday night Jeff and Jolie came over as they offered to watch Delainey so we could go out for dinner!
Clearly Delainey wasn't having any fun at dinner time...ha!

Delainey was in a great mood for them and they even put her to bed - what a treat. Thank you guys! Delainey sure loves her time with Uncle Jeff and Auntie Jolie and they are great sitter we pay them in pizza and wine/drinks!
 Just and I headed to The Keg as Jeff and Jolie gave us a gift certificate there for my birthday but silly us didn't make a reso and the rest of Calgary also decided to go to The Keg so we changed our plans and headed back to the trusty watering hole!

After dinner we hung out with Jeff and Jolie for a while as well as a few Jeff's buddies - Webber, Courtney & Lim who came over as well.

Saturday morning this one helped me make cupcakes for the shower. She thought she would test them out also. Approved.

 Sunday afternoon we hosted a shower for Amelia & Leigh. It was so nice to shower them with some love and Amelia got spoiled with books and gifts. I'll let the photos do the talking.

 {Thank you Nicole & Rachel for bringing the pinwheels and pudding cups - both were delicious!}

It was really nice to catch up with all the blog ladies who came - thank you for coming. Delainey had fun running around with Avery [even though Miss D was being a bit of a clingy grouch] and reading with Tilly.

While we had the shower Cruz went Mountain biking with Justin and Brian - the mountains clearly have more snow than we do in Calgary! She had a blast and came home one very tired puppy!

Delainey and Amelia deep in conversation post shower.

Justin and I were both too tired to make dinner so we ordered Chinese food and called it a night. It may have been 8:20pm when I kissed Justin good night. :)