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September Mom of the Month-Elisabeth Nilsson

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? I joined FIT4MOM because I was looking for a way to get active again and I was looking for a way to get out of the house and interact with adults again. I love it because it is a great group of moms who “get it” and they support each other without judgement.

Tell us about yourself and your family. I’m Elisabeth (Lis), my husband is Hans and our son is Oskar. I am originally from northern California and my husband is from Sweden, and moved to Poulsbo when he was 16. Our son is a dual Swedish/American citizen. My husband and I met in 2006 in Poulsbo at a Poker League, we dated for 2 years and then went our separate ways and I moved overseas for 10 years and we reconnected in 2016. We started dating again long distance while I lived in China and then I moved back to the US to try out a relationship with us on the same continent. I moved back to the US in August, we got engaged in September, found out we were pregnant in March and got married in July and had our son in November. Our son was born November 1st and has and continues to be the biggest blessing of our life. Oskar was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF) type 1, when he was 3 months old. NF is a genetic neurologic disorder that can cause tumors, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities along with other potential medical complications.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom? Oh….just one….?? - How much I could love someone. - How I could function on so little sleep. - How I went from a sound sleeper to waking up at the sound of a wimper.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years I hope to have another kiddo, to have purchased a house and be doing more youth/volunteer work.

If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue? I would take my family and travel the world.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear? Braun No Touch Thermometer as a new mom I was always worried he was getting sick. Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit chair because I can take it with me anywhere. LillieBaby Carrier because we are a travel family and it makes airport life easier.

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms? New moms – Enjoy it and love on them every chance you get. Veteran moms – Don’t worry about getting all the “stuff” done, enjoy your kiddos.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us! I have lived in 10 countries and traveled to 54 countries in the last 12 years.