Tell us about yourself and your family.
I live in the Seaview neighborhood with my husband, Josh, my 21 month old daughter, Alina, and our Havanese, Pippa. Our second daughter is due October 2nd! We’ve been in West Seattle for 6 years now and love our community. We spend most weekends around the neighborhood with family or friends. We love to cook, play at local parks, and rarely say no to weekend brunch. My husband works for T-Mobile and I am CEO of our household.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
I never thought of myself as a stay-at-home mom, so I was surprised by how much I love staying home with Alina. Turns out I thrive on the routine as much as our toddler!
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
After Alina was born, I felt the isolation that comes with being a stay-at-home parent. At the same time, I struggled to make time for exercise. I began stroller strides as a way to connect with other mothers in our community since it fit with my schedule. I love modeling the benefits and fun of staying active and engaging in a positive, supportive environment for our daughter.
When I became pregnant with our second child, I decided to commit to consistent workouts again. My motivation came from a desire to stay fit for both my unborn child and my toddler. I wanted to do everything I could to avoid some of the pelvic and low back pain I experienced during my first pregnancy. The instructors are all supportive and fantastic, and the other Fit4baby mamas inspire me. We all come as we are and do what we can, and I love that the person motivating me to push a little harder may be 10 weeks further along. I’ve felt so much healthier this pregnancy, which I attribute in large part to consistent workouts. Spending evenings at Jack Block Park is always a highlight of my week.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
In five years, when the girls begin school, I hope to re-enter the workforce and use my law degree to give back to our community. It feels daunting to think about starting my career over, but I trust that I will find my niche and a fulfilling job.
Without obstacles, I would pursue my gazillion hobbies currently on the back burner, most of which have a creative or physical focus. I love to learn and challenge myself. For now, I will daydream about unlimited time for painting, reading, sewing, cooking, yoga, climbing, dancing, and long days in the mountains. Sigh.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?
What did people do before the Wubbanub existed? Best. Invention. Ever.
Any advice for new moms?
Have confidence and trust your instincts. While social media offers some value, it is easy to get bogged down in comparison or crowd-sourcing. Find some experts and resources you trust and then give yourself lots of love and grace while making all the day-to-day decisions.