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November Mom of the Month-Katie Barlow

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!