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November Mom of the Month-Leslie Neuses

Tell us about yourself and your family. My little family consists of myself, my husband Paul, and our little dude Rory (3 in February). We're trying for #2! Send me all that baby dust! We have 3 cats (Tucker, Tank, and Duke), and a sweet dog (Kona).

What surprised you the most once you became a mom? Honestly, the anxiety that everyone seems to have but no one really talks about! I had such morbid worries, and I was SURE I was the only mom ever... turns out I'm not and it's pretty widespread!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? I joined fit4mom because it was a LEGIT work out that I could bring my kid to. No #momguilt for leaving my baby to take care of my needs! That's still why I love it, that and the #tribevibe of being around other women who are JUST where I am, feeling/doing/living the same things I am. Plus the joy of watching Rory grow up with all these other amazing kiddos! He loves it just as much as me!

What would you tell someone thinking about joining? Don't think about it, just do it. You won't regret it!

What is your favorite exercise at class? Lunges. Ha!! That's kinda a joke. I hated lunges when I first started, mostly because I was always off balance and never sure of myself. I appreciate them now because I can see it as a proof of progress!

Any words of wisdom for other moms? You matter. Your needs matter. Just like on the airplane when they tell you to put your oxygen on first, you gotta take care of some of your needs first too. Don't wait until you're at your wits end, take a little bit of time every day, even if it's only 15 minutes to do something that is JUST for you. Stop judging yourself for NEEDING something beyond what your family can give you.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear? I'm sold on Bogs. These boots are nearly indestructible and a definite must have for fall/winter/spring. Worth the investment!

What are your 3 favorite things?

1. Well written, smart romance novels.

2. Being at the Ocean.

3. Dinner and drinks with a girlfriend.

Favorite Thanksgiving food? IT IS SO HARD TO PICK JUST ONE. Today I say turkey dipped in gravy.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us! I toured Europe when I was 16 with a state select choir. I even sang in Notre Dame! It was magical and I've wanted to go back ever since!