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October Mom of the Month-Kate Soderlind

Tell us about you and your family.

I'm Kate, he's Patrick, and we're high school sweethearts. Together we have Rylan (4.5) Joslyn (2) and Whitton (4 months). Oh and we have an obnoxious cat called Bowen...We moved to Port Orchard in 2010 from the Seattle area when Patrick started working as a mechanical engineer at the shipyard. He now works at Bangor and I stay home to corral the children. We are both self-professed introverts and love a good movie night or lazy Saturday morning but but we also love getting out to make memories with our little clan.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I was most surprised by how our (my and my husband's) parenting style differs from our parent's. I have had to defend so many things and I've even had to scold my mom for bad Grammy behaviors! "No they cant have lollipops for bedtime snacks! Come on mom!?"....Who knew?

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

I thought about joining a few years ago but my oldest was such a bad traveler that he kept me housebound more often than not. Fast forward another kid and I realized that I desperately needed mom-to-mom contact and some exercise-induced happy endorphins more than I needed peaceful car rides. So I when found out I was pregnant with #3 I got smart and went to my first Fit4Mom class. Instantly hooked!

What are you most looking forward to with becoming a FIT4MOM instructor? What is your WHY?

I'm looking forward to getting to know each of the mom's just a little bit better and being able to meet them wherever they're at in their motherhood and fitness journey. We learn so much from each other.

What is one of your current wellness goals?

My current goal is working on being mindful of "self" and taking the time to check in with my mind and body. I spend so much time taking care of and thinking about others that I often go through the motions when it comes to myself. Now it is time to stop, take a deep breath, listen to my body and let it tell me what comes next.

What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

Just do it. Are least give it a good try. Toss the kids in the car or strap on your belly support band and get yourself to a class already! The hardest part is just getting out of your own head and out the door! Ok the push ups are hard but not THAT hard.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Eat. All. The. Chocolate. Ok ok, Hallmark version. Snuggle your babies, quit the mom guilt, be proud of every day you make it through bedtime, eat ice cream and cry, take the picture, sing the songs, read ALL the books, wipe everything, smile when it feels right, nap whenever you can, be ok with saying no, and then, really, eat all the chocolate!

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

Baby carrier. Hands down. Or up for that matter. Being hands free plus the added bonus of baby snuggles and sleepy dust is a mom win all around.

What are your 3 favorite things?

I'm sure my favorites change all the time but today I'll choose.....stormy nights, that weeping/wheezing laugh that happens when you find something WAY funnier than it should be and a good historical romance novel.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I eat an apple every day annnnnd I have a weird obsession with all things Gaelic. (Irish/Scottish).....Side note. My auto correct changed Gaelic to garlic and I almost had one of those aforementioned laughing fits. Ha! I crack myself up.