Mom of the Month: Gloria Folaron

Tell us about yourself and your family.

My family is a cute little unit of three. My husband, Marcel and our four month old, Amelie. We moved to Seattle from Arizona two years ago and feel so at home here! My husband is in technology development and I've been a nurse for awhile. I'm mostly SAHM right now - Amelie is the cutest full time job I've had yet.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I was a pediatric nurse before Amelie. I taught preschool and nannied before that. I thought I knew kids. Nope. There's something different about knowing your own child. She's already strong willed, determined and not afraid to tell me how it is. I was surprised by how beautiful and challenging it was all at once. It's been a whirlwind four months!

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

I had seen women posting about it in The Facebook group, West Seattle Moms, and followed the group on Facebook but never made the classes when I was pregnant. I had won a free month and knew I needed to take advantage of it. I had been struggling with some PPD (post partum depression) at the time and was really looking for a way to connect and feel better about my body again.

Stroller Strides, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

1. My PPD has improved significantly. Getting out, meeting moms and being active is huge.

2. Amelie is a spirited baby and it has helped keep her stimulated and active. She prefers to be worn most of the time and it's been amazing to workout where I can learn modifications to working out while wearing her.

3. In the last month, with some diet modifications, I've lost 7 lbs and definitely feeling my pants fit better! As my ligaments go back into place, it has also really helped with my achyness as I'm adapting to my 15 lb baby.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

In the last three years, I've met the love of my life, moved to Seattle, bought a house, got married, had a baby, finished my MBA, started a business, pitched in front of over 500 people, and have been changed and challenged in so many ways since baby got here. If you had asked me three years ago, I wouldn't have predicted any of that. Predicting the next five years - I might even ask what else could change - I covered a lot of the highlights already! Maybe another baby... But honestly, wherever I end up - if I have my family, I will still be blessed and know things will only keep staying interesting!

What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?

If you have ever seen me and Amelie at Stroller Strides, you can likely guess that my SSC (soft structured carrier) is my life line!

Any advice for new moms?

It gets easier! The best recommendation that I got was to focus on the three S's. Sleep, self care and support. When you feel like you're losing it, those things can help keep you grounded! Even if you can't get them all at the same time, a little will go a long way.

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