February Mom of the Month-Arla Bull

Tell us about yourself and your family.

Hi! My name is Arla, and I've been married to my husband Garrett going on four years. We have a gorgeous three month old named Hendrix and we live in a log cabin apartment in Belfair with our Scottish terrier dachshund Sasha. Garrett is a special needs teacher and I'm a writer.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

That the mental adjustment, i.e. thinking of yourself as a mom, would be so hard. Someone told me that she thinks being a new mom in your late 20s and 30s brings with it the challenge of adjusting your identity to all of a sudden fit in a new identity (as opposed to perhaps taking it more in stride as a young mom, though that of course can have its own challenges). I think this is so true. I didn't think I would mourn so much of what I've "lost" since I was so excited and ready for this next chapter.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

I joined because I kept seeing Kendra, who I knew from college, post about fit4baby, and I was pregnant, lol. After having Hendrix, it was appealing to have workout classes I could do without having to find child care, since exercise has long been a priority of mine. I would tell someone thinking about joining that everyone is really nice and you're bound to meet interesting new people.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

I write for the Kitsap Sun primarily. I'm a self employed writer who works from home, so while the bulk of my work is my regular contract with the Sun, covering Mason County and some Kitsap issues (adding real estate and county government to my beat this year because I can't say no), I also do blogging and social media work for the Seattle company Modern-Shed, and occasionally work for other entities as the opportunities arise. But the Sun and Modern-Shed keeps me so busy I usually turn down other work.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Find as much support as possible, and if you feel alone, talk it out with any one at Stroller Strides!

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

Hmm. I honestly love our changing table. I think because it's organized, ha.

What are your 3 favorite things?

Besides my family? Hmm. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reading. The ocean.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I'm a published poet and creative nonfiction writer. Unfortunately, these things will have to fall on the back burner for a minute as I get back in the groove of working while caring for Hendrix.