October Mom of the Month-Lori Kromer

Tell us about yourself and your family

My name is Lori, my husband is Jon and our son is Will. My husband and I are both originally from Michigan. We met in high school, but we aren’t high school sweet hearts! We didn’t start dating until college. Ended up dating for 5 years before getting engaged for 2 more. We made it official August 2013 and we’ve been married for 5 years now! My husband is part of the Naval Submarine program. We were first stationed in South Carolina for his nuclear training and then had a brief relocation to Connecticut where he qualified to become a welder. We then made a cross country trip to Washington in 2016 to his current command. Just as we got here, we found out we were expecting. Our son, Will is a Pacific Northwest baby and proud of it! He loves all things nature, and Seahawks football!

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

I mean, this is something we all want. We want something to get us out of the house after we’ve been cooped up for six months or so with a new baby. My main reason for joining was because my husband was going to be deployed a lot this coming year. We needed something for both Will and I to occupy our time, and make sure that we had some good company while he was away. I had seen a post from the lovely Hannah Kelly on one of the Facebook military spouses pages. The description read that you could work out and spend time with your kiddos at the same time. Sounded like a perfect match! Fun fact: I made my husband come with me and hang out at the mall because I needed moral support on my first day.

I love it because it’s become more than just a workout group for us. Will gets to spend time around other kids (even though he runs off frequently) and gets to participate in some fun group activities. It’s become part of our daily routine, and I’ve met some amazing women along the way.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

What surprised me the most? How resilient my mind and body could be. After everything you’ve already experienced to get your baby here, your body is being pushed to function and process on limited hours of sleep. Your mind is constantly being tested by overexuberant amounts of patience. As time passes, I’ve learned to become more laid-back but adapted this “scheduled chaos“ mantra. But even then, once you think you’ve got it down, it all changes.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Maybe another little Kromer. Probably moving again. Hopefully, settling down into a more permanent housing situation. Going back to school for visual arts/animation. Training for another running race! Maybe a marathon?

If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

There’s so many things to do, I can’t think of them all. We’ll start with becoming a concept artist/animator for Disney or a video game company. I’d love to travel more and be part of panels at conventions, see how excited people are about what I’ve helped to create, sight-see with my family while I’m at locations, and eat lots of delicious food!

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

I’m not a spokesperson, I promise, but I love my B.O.B stroller. My Mom got it for me after hearing from her dentist that we NEEDED one of these. Since I like to run and go on trails, she thought it’d be perfect for us. I always joked that Will had a better ride than we did. Also, our Osprey carrier! Will loves going for hikes and backpacking on my back. We’ve had some pretty great adventures together!

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

I would say, don’t let social media give you this “perfect” perception on how your kids should be raised. Every situation is different. When in doubt, call your Momma or ask your closest women in your village.

BREATHE. Then drink some coffee [or whatever you fancy.]

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!Not sure if many people know this, but even though I hail from Michigan, I was actually adopted from Guatemala.