Camping With A 3 Month Old

Jeffrey,  and I finally decided to share our love of camping with our little angel! It was very last minute and all of a sudden and with only a day to prepare I was a little hesitant. I definitely needed a little getaway, but camping with a baby sounded more stressful than relaxing. I googled and pinned all night for tips and tricks to make our overnight stay at Krause Springs a little easier. To my surprise, 3 months wasn’t the youngest people have taken their bundles of joy into the great outdoors. There was one big difference, though, they all camped in the cold, and we camped in the Texas heat.

My mother in law
One of my goals was to keep Camila cool so that she wouldn’t be so fussy, and I wouldn’t get so frustrated. I ventured off to Walmart the morning we were scheduled to leave and bought a $7 kiddie pool, and a $15 battery operated camping fan hoping and praying that this would be enough to get us through the weekend. My in-laws were also going on this trip to Austin with us, along with some aunts, uncles, and cousins so I felt better that I would have extra and experienced sets of arms with me! We also decided to take our portable swing because Camila is obsessed with her swing at home and I couldn’t imagine me trying to stand up to rock her in our cramped tent all night ~shudders~

Father in law

With the car all packed with a million diapers, baby wipes, and formula (I swear it was enough to last like 2 weeks!)  We were ready to go around 3:30 in the afternoon so we set out for Austin. The Lord was in agreeance that I needed some rest, so my little angel drank a full 6 oz. bottle and slept the whole 4-hour trip while I enjoyed the quiet humming of the car and the company of my sister in law.
By the time we got to the campsite the sun was about to set and we rushed to put our campsite together. With Camila awake, fussy, and sweating I wasn’t much help. We set up the little fan and she was happy as a clam!
Naked baby & my shy Sister in law

Keeping baby cool!

Later that night when Camila was fast asleep, my mother in law offered to watch her while we went out on a midnight hike with Jeffrey’s cousins and siblings. If you’ve never been to Krause Springs in Spicewood then you don’t know how hilly, and rocky it is below the man-made spring fed pool. I had only been running once since I had Camila, and hadn’t been hiking since my army days in Arizona {Que flashbacks to heavy body equipment on a 12-mile ruck up hills and mountains} So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from my body. I actually had fun, as we sat on a flat rock in the middle of nowhere I looked up and admired the stars trying to wrap my head around the fact that my life was completely different now. That I had created a family, and we had created this perfect little human being and I had managed to keep her alive for this long. I didn’t know I could do it, I didn’t know how much love a person could hold in their heart. I found it almost comical and cliché that the first moment of silence I had away from my little angel, I thought about her.

Krause Springs, Spicewood TX

We got back from our hike refreshed after dipping into the frigid cold water of the spring, changed and settled into our tent to get some rest and mentally prepare for a full day of Texas heat.
Camila ended up sleeping on my chest on the little air mattress with me after refusing to sleep in her swing and ended up sleeping through the night only waking up at 6 in the morning to eat, and falling back to sleep to my relief. We started the day officially at 9 AM with a cup of coffee and egg and bean tacos prepared by our designated chefs (my Mother in law & her aunt) Camila happily sat in her swing staring in wonder at the trees and the sky.
Our little battery fan hung up by a shoe lace
It was absolutely amazing to see the wonder in her eyes trying to process all the colors and figure out where we were. I was blessed with a baby that doesn’t cry to the top of her lungs when she’s in a new place, that loves to laugh, and is relatively calm.

Around twelve Krause Springs was overcrowded with people, more than I had remembered. Too many to take Camila to the pool, and the little lake at the bottom was too slippery and crawling with drinking college kids for me to feel comfortable. I silently thanked God that I bought the little kiddie pool. I tasked Jeffrey with finding a way to fill it with water. His mom sent him with a large pan, after 2 trips his dad decided to take a large trash bag down to the spring and in one trip. Jeffrey ended up getting in the little pool with her and she had the time of her life. The rest of the day was spent eating delicious barbeque and keeping my baby cool.

Jeffrey in the kiddie pool!

Camila not sure how to feel about the cold water

Overall it wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be. An overnight trip to test the waters and see what she was comfortable with was perfect. Yes, I got a couple of stares because she spent most of it in just a diaper but I really didn’t pay them any mind, we had so much fun. We had a very relaxing weekend and it was definitely something we needed as a family. I honestly can’t wait to do it again.

Some tips for mommas taking their little ones out into the great outdoors:
-Don’t stress yourself out, remember it’s a little get-away!
-Having more is better than running out!
-If your baby is frustrated, remember some babies don’t do well in new environments
-It’s easier to go with people that are willing to give you a helping hand