Tell us about yourself and your family.
For now it is just me, my husband Andrew, and our son Chandler. Andrew and I met in high school, though we never dated until we were grown and living away from our high desert hometown in California. We got married after about a year of dating and I still think marrying him was the best decision I've ever made. We are a military family so we've had the privilege of living in California, South Carolina, New York, Washington, and later this year we are heading to Rhode Island for a couple of years. We are a close knit family and we love going on new adventures, especially outdoors.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
So many things surprised me about becoming a mom, but I would have to say the most surprising thing was how humbling it can be, particularly as the mother of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (which honestly makes him even more amazing in my eyes). I have gained so much patience, gratitude and open-mindedness as we've grown together and I've learned to live a life that is so much more than just focusing on my own priorities.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
I joined Fit4Mom because the Navy moved us here when Chandler was just three months old. Being a new mom in an area with no friends and no support very quickly became difficult, so I reached out and found this group. Once I joined our lives really changed; here we found a loving, supportive community as well as a great way to get in shape postpartum!
What advice would you give a first time mama to FIT4MOM Kitsap?
I would say don't be too hard on yourself if your kiddo fusses in class. We all go through struggles, and though each of our trials may be different, in the end we are all moms trying to take on the hardest job in the world: raising our little babies into fantastic human beings. Some days might be hard, especially when our kids decide to scream during class as mine often does, but if we stick with it, our entire family will benefit from our resilience and kindness to ourselves.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
Whew...that's a tough one. In five years I am hoping to be settled down in our very own home and having lots of time to spend as a family. If I could pursue any dream as far as a career, I am hoping to be experiencing some success either in photography or writing; perhaps even both!
What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?
Cardigans. I think dressing my little guy in old man sweaters is just the best.
Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?
For new moms I would say don't sweat the small stuff, and stay off of Google! Google used to freak me out all of the time when Chandler was a baby. For veteran moms, I guess I would just say to be resilient. There are so many phases our kids will go in and out of over the years. I'm very quickly learning that everything is temporary. A baby is different from a toddler, and a toddler is different from a teenager. They are going to grow and change and we are going to go right along with them, and boy it sure does have a way of both humbling us and empowering us. Stay strong and find all the joy there is going along for the ride!