Athena’s first walk to the park

Last Friday I threw caution to the wind and decided to walk to park with Athena, instead of pushing her in the buggy or popping her in the mei-tai carrier. I’m not sure why I decided it was the right time, but we had an afternoon to kill so I went for it! The park is about a 5 minute walk from our house at a regular (adult!) walking pace but it took us a lot longer at toddler pace, partly because I kept having to steer her away from the roads closer to the houses than the edge of the pavement! We have a little backpack/harness thing which comes in really useful as you can unclip the strap so it’s just a backpack when you get to a safe space!

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When we got to the grassy bit before the park I  let her roam in the leaves and lead the way to the gate of the park, which was unusually deserted. It was a bit eerie having the place to ourselves for the first time ever, but it didn’t bother Athena!

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After we’d been on the slide about 12 times and played daredevil no-hands on the roundabout it was time to head home, I think Athena did brilliantly, she spent a lot of time waving at people coming towards her (often from a distance so they spent an inordinate amount of time waving back at her, bless them!) and it was only once we were on our way home that she started to get tired, showing her reluctance to go any further by plopping herself down in the middle of the pavement (a bit like a lazy dog would!) I coaxed her up again and she managed the rest of the way home, apart from the busy road which I carried her over!


It’s good to know that the journey to the park is a manageable one at the moment, because i’m sure we’ll be spending a lot of time there when the new baby arrives in the Spring!



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  1. Celesse @ Mummy Logic
    1st December 2014 / 10:38 am

    I love it when they start walking outside. We encouraged our son to do little walks around the estate from almost as soon as he could walk and he’s now a fab walker. #magicmoments

  2. 1st December 2014 / 11:01 am

    What a lovely little post, it’s great that Athena walked to the park. I love her little bumble bee back pack, it looks like a great way to help you keep control of any situations that might occur. It’s great that people waved at her when she waved at them, even if it was for a long time! This post would work really well over on my Country Kids linky as well. Popping in from Magic Moments.

  3. 1st December 2014 / 12:09 pm

    I love going for walks epically this time of year. Abby loves picking up nearly every leaf she comes across so it takes for four times longer! I love Athena’s coat! It’s gorgeous

  4. 1st December 2014 / 1:25 pm

    It’s great when you can start going places sometimes without a buggy- you get a sniff of freedom again and remember what it was like to leave the house without pushing a tank! Lovely photos- often simple trips to the park are the best x #ordinarymoments

  5. 1st December 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Ahhh how wonderful!!! That’s a huge step going out with no pushchair or carrier and it sounds like she did fab!
    I’ve yet to do that with Arthur, I think we are a little way away from this yet but still it will be nice! Xx

  6. 1st December 2014 / 7:19 pm

    This made me miss the time when me and my son can just go out and walk somewhere! Thanks for sharing. Really nice to have walks like this and I am glad it turned out well for you =) #MagicMoments / #TheOrdinaryMoments

  7. 1st December 2014 / 7:39 pm

    Oh how lovely =)
    I love taking Boo to our local park it’s always such fun and it’s free!!

  8. 1st December 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Such fab pictures huni! It is so weird when you go out ‘on foot’ isn’t it! #Ordinarymoments

  9. 1st December 2014 / 9:37 pm

    Awwwww Athena looks adorbs, love that backpack thang.

    Sophie x

  10. 1st December 2014 / 11:16 pm

    Oh how did she get so big?! They look so much bigger when they’re walking all by themselves like that x

  11. Katie @mummydaddyme
    2nd December 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I love her name, it’s beautiful. And these are such cute photos, I love the little backpack reigns, so colourful on a grey day. I always get nervous when I leave the buggy at home too! x

  12. 10th December 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Awwww 🙂 She’s such a poppet! xxx

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