Tell us about yourself and your family.
I grew up in West Seattle. It wasn't so long ago that Alki was mostly lined with little beach houses and there was always street parking in the Junction. My husband, Jeff (also a Seattle-area native), fell in love with West Seattle after we were married and we decided to move here for good. We now have James who is 5 and starting kindergarten soon, and Nina who is 2 and getting psyched for potty-training. I work as a Paralegal and (more recently) HR Manager at a law firm downtown. My husband is a long time Amazonian.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
How intense the worry and anxiety can be. How you want so desperately to keep your children healthy and safe and you realize how much is completely out of your control. Don't get me started!
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
I meant to join Stroller Strides while on maternity leave with my first, but I was too exhausted and shy and just couldn't summon the energy to check it out. I always regretted it, so when my second was an easier baby, I forced myself to go. That first day Emily was so warm and welcoming and made sure to chat with me and say goodbye at the end of class, it melted my anxiety. I started looking forward to the routine of getting out the door in the morning, getting fresh air down on Alki, saying "hi" and laughing with the other moms, and then if I sat in my house the whole rest of the day, at least I had done something!
After being back to work for several months, I wasn't finding any time for exercise. I remember thinking the Body Back ladies were SO hard core and I was a little intimidated, but I know I do best when I have accountability. I was also looking for a way to force my husband to do the bedtime routine (let's be honest!). I think there was a post on FIT4MOM about "if you started when you were first thinking about it, imagine where you'd be now" or something like that, and I took the plunge and signed up. There was something special about that first Body Back session, I really loved all the moms in the class, and I was amazed by how quickly I was improving just by sticking with the workouts. I think it took two full sessions before I could hold a solid plank without a sway-back. I never thought I'd find those muscles again, and it was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be to get there.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
I'd love to be my own boss somehow, not having to answer to anyone, but still being able to be creative and help people. I think I'm meant to be a retired person who can just volunteer all the time.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?
The bouncy chair definitely got the most use out of all our baby gear.
Any advice for new moms?
Some babies really are harder than others. Don't blame yourself, just do what you have to do to get through it. You will sleep again.