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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My name is Hannah, my husband is Benjamin and our daughter is Lillian (2 years old). My husband and I are both originally from Ohio. We met when we were paired as chemistry partners our sophomore year of high school and well, the rest is “history”. We enjoy our life as a military family. We are expecting the newest addition to our family in August.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I’ve spent my entire adult life working with children, I’ve recorded many mental notes within that time. I spent the immediate six years prior to motherhood as a manager for Navy Child and Youth Programs. None of that prepared me for the daily roller coaster of exhaustion and love experienced when parenting.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

We moved to Kitsap in June, after spending many years living in Spain. We had never been to the PNW and knew we’d be experiencing a bit of culture shock in our transition. I joined Fit4Mom right away hoping to find a network of mothers to distract me from the chaos of my reality. I was pleasantly surprised to find much more than I expected. They say it takes a village and this is a village unlike any other I’ve seen.

Why did you decide to become an instructor?

I decided to become an instructor to be part of this movement of motherhood. There was nothing like this offered to me while overseas so I was astonished at how natural Fit4Mom makes the connections feel. I knew that I wanted to have a larger role in our village and help to welcome others.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

While I am currently committed to full time motherhood, I do hope to focus again on my career sometime after our littles have gone to school. I worked long and hard to get where I was and truly enjoyed my work with military youth. I would love to help bring the Fit4Mom community to more overseas military installations as well.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?

Although I don’t use it as much now, I don’t think I could have survived my first year of motherhood without my Tula. It become a part of me, an extra limb. It didn’t look bad on my husband either.

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

Live in the moment. Everyone's parenting journey is their own, while advice is great, don’t lose sleep trying to do things like everyone else. You are your little’s only Mother. Own it, embrace it, enjoy it!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

Although I’ve practically been a military spouse since graduating. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts and majored in 3D animation. I dreamt of working for Pixar someday and am a huge Disney fan (let’s be honest, Disney nerd).

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I am married to Ryan and we have a daughter, Hannah, who is 14-months old. We live in Bremerton in the Illahee neighborhood.

You're a working mom, tell us about your profession, what you love about your job!

I am a nurse on the medical-neurology unit at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. I love the diversity of the day-to-day work as each shift is different depending on my patients. I also appreciate the versatility within nursing because I can work in many roles and follow a non-traditional work schedule. I was a full-time nurse educator but I decided to reduce my hours after having Hannah. I am lucky to have that flexibility.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I am surprised at my "mommy" sixth sense. It is amazing how in-tune you are to your baby's needs. From a neurological perspective, the brain changes so much during pregnancy and postpartum, which I find fascinating!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

l joined Fit4Mom as I really needed an opportunity to connect to other moms and to get a good workout. Exercise is a big stress-release for me so Fit4Mom helps with my sanity as well as gives me a safe place to express my woes/joys/concerns/etc. This mom-community is so open and supporting, whether your child is screaming bloody murder during class or you need any advice on anything related to motherhood.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

This question made me think! I hope to have another child in the next 5 years. It would be such an accomplishment if I could run a marathon in that time-frame. If I didn't have any obstacles, I would hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?

My family loves to hike so we have used our backpack carrier for many miles. I would recommend any sort of baby carrying gear from wraps to more structured carriers.

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

For new moms: Don't feel ashamed to ask for help if you are struggling with changes associated with motherhood. And please listen to the old adage, "Sleep when the baby sleeps."

For veteran moms: Don't compare kids as each child is unique in personality and stages of development.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I have a second degree in Spanish. I really enjoy reading bi-lingual books to Hannah.

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I'm born and raised in Texas. My husband and I met in high school and we dated on and off for 4 years. We got married a year after he joined the Navy. We decided to start trying for kids on our 3 year wedding anniversary and I got pregnant immediately! I love the life we have and I'm really glad the navy brought us out here. It's so cool to experience things so much different than where we grew up.

You're a working mom, tell us about your profession, what you love about your job!

I'm a Vet Tech. I work at an emergency hospital. I primarily work in surgery though with our Primary care doctors. So I see a ton of spays and neuters. I love getting to help animals out. And cuddling the cuties as well. Its stressful but tons of fun!

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I thought I would be more independent from my child because I'm a really independent wife. Turns out I'm kinda needy. I love spending time with him. It took me almost a year after having him to start working out again because I never wanted to leave him. First kid problems right?

Why did you join FIT4MOM'S Body Back program? Why do you love it?

I used to work out all the time before having my son. I was really in shape. I also needed to get away from the house and do something for myself. I love the group workouts and how positive everyone is. It's really motivating and just a great time to focus on me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I want to become a licensed vet tech. I'm working on schooling right now but have fallen behind a little due to us selling our house a few months back. It was a stressful time. I also would like to have another kid and hopefully move closer to the south. If the navy let's us. Having family so far away is very difficult.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?

My diaper bag, which I recently bought a back pack. Why did I ever use a purse? It's so much easier to carry and seems to fit more stuff. I always feel prepared.

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

For new moms, it's to not let the internet or social media ruin parenting for you. There are so many negative people online and anyone can make you feel inferior as a parent.

For just moms in general take more time for yourself.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I love watching those Dr. Pimple popper videos on YouTube. They are so gross but also so satisfying. She recently got a show on TLC I believe. So I'm obviously not the only one who enjoys it!

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Tell us about yourself and your family

My name is Lori, my husband is Jon and our son is Will. My husband and I are both originally from Michigan. We met in high school, but we aren’t high school sweet hearts! We didn’t start dating until college. Ended up dating for 5 years before getting engaged for 2 more. We made it official August 2013 and we’ve been married for 5 years now! My husband is part of the Naval Submarine program. We were first stationed in South Carolina for his nuclear training and then had a brief relocation to Connecticut where he qualified to become a welder. We then made a cross country trip to Washington in 2016 to his current command. Just as we got here, we found out we were expecting. Our son, Will is a Pacific Northwest baby and proud of it! He loves all things nature, and Seahawks football!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I mean, this is something we all want. We want something to get us out of the house after we’ve been cooped up for six months or so with a new baby. My main reason for joining was because my husband was going to be deployed a lot this coming year. We needed something for both Will and I to occupy our time, and make sure that we had some good company while he was away. I had seen a post from the lovely Hannah Kelly on one of the Facebook military spouses pages. The description read that you could work out and spend time with your kiddos at the same time. Sounded like a perfect match! Fun fact: I made my husband come with me and hang out at the mall because I needed moral support on my first day.

I love it because it’s become more than just a workout group for us. Will gets to spend time around other kids (even though he runs off frequently) and gets to participate in some fun group activities. It’s become part of our daily routine, and I’ve met some amazing women along the way.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

What surprised me the most? How resilient my mind and body could be. After everything you’ve already experienced to get your baby here, your body is being pushed to function and process on limited hours of sleep. Your mind is constantly being tested by overexuberant amounts of patience. As time passes, I’ve learned to become more laid-back but adapted this “scheduled chaos“ mantra. But even then, once you think you’ve got it down, it all changes.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Maybe another little Kromer. Probably moving again. Hopefully, settling down into a more permanent housing situation. Going back to school for visual arts/animation. Training for another running race! Maybe a marathon?

If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

There’s so many things to do, I can’t think of them all. We’ll start with becoming a concept artist/animator for Disney or a video game company. I’d love to travel more and be part of panels at conventions, see how excited people are about what I’ve helped to create, sight-see with my family while I’m at locations, and eat lots of delicious food!

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?

I’m not a spokesperson, I promise, but I love my B.O.B stroller. My Mom got it for me after hearing from her dentist that we NEEDED one of these. Since I like to run and go on trails, she thought it’d be perfect for us. I always joked that Will had a better ride than we did. Also, our Osprey carrier! Will loves going for hikes and backpacking on my back. We’ve had some pretty great adventures together!

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

I would say, don’t let social media give you this “perfect” perception on how your kids should be raised. Every situation is different. When in doubt, call your Momma or ask your closest women in your village.

BREATHE. Then drink some coffee [or whatever you fancy.]

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!Not sure if many people know this, but even though I hail from Michigan, I was actually adopted from Guatemala.

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Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? I joined FIT4MOM because I was looking for a way to get active again and I was looking for a way to get out of the house and interact with adults again. I love it because it is a great group of moms who “get it” and they support each other without judgement.

Tell us about yourself and your family. I’m Elisabeth (Lis), my husband is Hans and our son is Oskar. I am originally from northern California and my husband is from Sweden, and moved to Poulsbo when he was 16. Our son is a dual Swedish/American citizen. My husband and I met in 2006 in Poulsbo at a Poker League, we dated for 2 years and then went our separate ways and I moved overseas for 10 years and we reconnected in 2016. We started dating again long distance while I lived in China and then I moved back to the US to try out a relationship with us on the same continent. I moved back to the US in August, we got engaged in September, found out we were pregnant in March and got married in July and had our son in November. Our son was born November 1st and has and continues to be the biggest blessing of our life. Oskar was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF) type 1, when he was 3 months old. NF is a genetic neurologic disorder that can cause tumors, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities along with other potential medical complications.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom? Oh….just one….?? - How much I could love someone. - How I could function on so little sleep. - How I went from a sound sleeper to waking up at the sound of a wimper.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years I hope to have another kiddo, to have purchased a house and be doing more youth/volunteer work.

If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue? I would take my family and travel the world.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear? Braun No Touch Thermometer as a new mom I was always worried he was getting sick. Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit chair because I can take it with me anywhere. LillieBaby Carrier because we are a travel family and it makes airport life easier.

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms? New moms – Enjoy it and love on them every chance you get. Veteran moms – Don’t worry about getting all the “stuff” done, enjoy your kiddos.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us! I have lived in 10 countries and traveled to 54 countries in the last 12 years.