Meet our February 'Mom of the Month,' Paige Steen (and not to mention her adorable baby bump) and if you haven't guessed already, one of our fabulous Fit4Baby Mamas!
Tell us about yourself and your family.
My husband Mike and I currently live in the Gatewood neighborhood of West Seattle. We moved here about two years ago. Mike owns and runs his own business while I run our home! I come from a large family of five kids, I've worked in preschools and been a nanny my whole life, becoming a mom has been my dream job, so you could say I'm a little excited for my upcoming job title of Stay-at-home Mom.
What surprised you the most once you became pregnant?
What surprised me most about becoming pregnant was actually becoming pregnant. My husband and I tried for little over a year with a few speed bumps along the way and once we got pregnant I realized how little control you have over this whole process. Now when I look at kids all I see are miracles.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
First reason I joined FIT4MOM West Seattle was because I was very active before becoming pregnant and wanted to continue. My mom was a great example of a healthy and fit mom and I want to do the same for my little one, starting sooner rather than later.
And the second reason I joined FIT4MOM West Seattle was to make some friends.. there's only so much my non-pregnant friends and husband want to talk about pregnancy and all the weird changes going on in my body.
I love my Fit4Baby classes for so many reasons; I sleep better, I feel better, and I don't feel bad when I give into that occasional donut! The motivation from the instructor and all the other strong pregnant mamas in the class makes it so worth it. Not living in Seattle long and being pregnant can become very lonely, with FIT4BABY I feel like I'm beginning to build a community or as they call it A TRIBE!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years I see myself with 2 kids still living in Seattle and possibly working in their schools, seeing them daily and annoying them as all mom are entitled to do.
Without obstacles, I would travel with my kids and teach them all about the world, we would go on African safaris, or we would live on a boat for three months and learn all about the ocean. See different people, experience different cultures and eat yummy food. Of course this will be on a private jet where they can take proper naps and lay down on a bed and have room to walk around.. the question did say without obstacles right?
What is your favorite go to piece of prenatal gear?
Hands-down my favorite prenatal gear is not 'prenatal' it's my husband's wardrobe- his T-shirts specifically-I love them so much I sleep in them.
My next favorite is the BellaBand, I wear these under his shirts. I believe the BellaBand was designed so you could continue to wear your old jeans unbuttoned and it holds it all together, but let's face it I'm not wearing my old jeans just because my bump got bigger but because my rump got bigger too! So I wear the BellaBand as more of a belly support system and I love it. I feel like everything is safe and secure around my mid section. I wear it under everything especially gym clothes when working out, reminds me to use my core correctly.
Any advice for new moms-to-be?
My advice for new moms is to just be patient. Be patient with the timing of everything and be patient with your body. Just because your bump doesn’t look the same as the pretty woman on Instagram doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. We all have different bodies and are growing different people. Pregnancy is physically and mentally exhausting so just let your body do what it's naturally supposed to.