In addition to running Outdoorplay, starting a school for under privileged kids in Peru, rushing to the border, planning an emergency trip to the US for ear surgery, and trying to save Mongo’s life, we’ve also been juggling a new ball in the air.
It’s official. We are extremely proud to announce that Sprinter Life is pregnant!
We’ve been talking about the idea of starting a family for a couple of years now. We finally pulled the trigger, and so it begins…
Wow, so much to say that I don’t even know where to start. I guess I’ll give you a little background history on how we got here.
Let me start by confessing that I was always that guy who never wanted kids. I wanted to travel the world and rock climb and kayak and surf… no strings attached.
Then I met and fell in love with Stevie, my sweet city girl from LA.
She made it clear from day one that she DID want kids. About 2 years into our relationship this issue came to a head and WE ACTUALLY BROKE UP FOR 4 MONTHS over it~
I still remember the last thing we said to each other before the break up…
STEVIE – “I don’t need you. I’ll find someone who wants to have a baby. And if I can’t, I’ll just have a baby on my own!”
TREE – “I don’t need you. I’m going to get in my van and drive to the tip of South America. You’ll regret this! Plus, just for your information, you can’t even HAVE a baby by yourself. It takes two. SO THERE!”
We didn’t make it very long before we had our big realizations and confessed them to each other…
STEVIE - “I don’t even want to have a baby unless it’s with you”
TREE - “I really need a co-pilot for the Pan-Am. I hear there’s no street signs down there. Can you learn spanish?”
Seriously, there was too much powerful energy pulling us together to fight it. We re-grouped and started to plan our life together. A life that included everything that we BOTH wanted.
As soon as I realized that I couldn’t live without Stevie, what she wanted no longer felt like a compromise. Although the idea of having a baby scared the hell out of me, I started to embrace the idea of becoming a father.
We came up with a plan. We would drive the Pan-American highway, allowing ourselves 2 years on the road. Then we’d go back to SoCal and have a kid. Win-win. This photo was shot the night of our departure from LA.
What neither of us could possibly predict was how much our perspectives would change when we let go of doubt and embraced our love instead. Slowly the boundaries put up by a lifetime of ingrained fear dropped away. Everything became possible as long as we were together.
Not to say that we didn’t have amazing mentors along the way. A real paradigm shift came when we picked up two street vendors in Cartagena, Colombia. Paula and Guillermo were from Brazil, and traveled with us through Colombia and Venezuela. This was our highlight of 2011.
I still remember my conversation with Guillermo when I told him our grand plan of traveling through South America and how excited I was to return to the USA to have a baby. He laughed and said (in spanish)…
“Tree, babies are born everywhere, in every country. Why would you leave your life to start a life? Let your baby come wherever you are”
(photo shot on the border of Colombia and Venezuela)
That was a game changer for us. The light went on. We realized that our “life” wasn’t back in the United States. It was right where we were, in that very moment. We were living it. There was no need to return.
Baby, we’re ready when you’re ready. Come and join us.
A word to my baby:
And so, you heard our call. And here you come. We’re waiting for you. I’m waiting for you. I can’t wait to show you this world. Buckle up kid, because your Mom and I ROCK it down here. I promise you it won’t be boring. I promise you will be loved and cherished.
Welcome to the Sprinter Life Pack my child.
xoxoxo – TREE
Footnote: We’ve obviously known about this for several weeks. Please note that this post and several more to come were written at the time of events and held for future posting after we went public with the news.