January Mom & Instructor of the Month-Hannah Kunze

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).