Meet our next Spotlight Mama , former Strider and current Run Cluber, Jessica Roseman!
Tell us about yourself and your family.
I am a 30-something Washington native who loves soccer, hoppy beer, lattes, ocean vistas, young adult novels, and board games.
My husband, Toby, and I met seven years ago using a computer algorithm. Our first date was at Big Time Brewing, and we have since enjoyed many beer-related adventures.
Gavin joined our family 10 months ago. While we are still getting to know him, we already delight in his congenialty and how agreeable he is to try new things.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
Being a mom embues new meaning and purpose to tasks that were previoulsy strictly tedious.
I have always loved the feeling of being “productive” in the sense of working towards a goal or to better myself.
Now nearly every action I take helps to further my goal of raising a happy and healthy human. Scrubbing bottles is not just a menial chore, but a crucial step to feeding my baby and protecting him from food-borne illness!
Also, I have a lot more patience and stamina when it comes to coping with my baby’s demands and meeting his needs than I anticiapated.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
I started going to Stroller Strides during my maternity leave as a way to add structure to my day and connect with other adults. At first I was intimidated - as a new mom leaving the house was an ordeal and my postpartum body was sore and unfamiliar. I decided to tag along for a free class with a buddy from PEPs and was so impressed by the supportive, non-judgemental environment that I kept coming back! FIT4MOM instructors help you to tailor your work-out to your level, which helps you to keep progressing while avoiding injury. There are no dirty looks if you are late, and if your baby starts to wail, there is a mama at the ready to help you distract and soothe him.
I joined Run Club in January because I have aspirations to run a half marathon now that I am a mama. I love the comraderie of running with a group of like-minded-women, and the ability to see tangible incremental progress. It feels so amazing to put effort in and see the positve results come out - like shaving 01:30 from your 5K time in 1 month! I am looking forward to running my first relay with four others Run Clubers in June. We’ll be running 50 miles together from Mount Rainier to Point Ruston in Tacoma.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
Over the next five years I hope to take Spanish and guitar lessons with Gavin and would like to continue to work part-time as a RN in primary care. I’ll get this whole work-life-balance thing figured-out and will be sleeping 8 consecutive hours every night. I can see myself driving a minivan, coaching youth soccer, and training for a half marathon. I would love to see my family grow from three to four.
I hope to help Gavin grow to love running as much as I do and see myself running a 5K with my 5 year-old five years from now.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?
My husband and I are both huge fans of our Ergo 360 carrier. We discovered that the sunshade doubles as a bib for protecting baby’s heads from crumbs when mom and dad need to eat but can’t put baby down.
Any advice for new moms?
Invite people to come help you on day one! Our culture values independence and the nuclear family - consequently many new parents feel compelled to request time alone with baby to promote bonding. Time to bond is wonderful but can backfire and cause social isoloation and the loss of potential help from friends and family. I made a concious effort to invite people in from day one, and it was amazing! My best friend stayed with us the night we brought Gavin home from the hospital. She held Gavin while Toby and I napped and showered, then she cooked us a hot breakfast. After that, my mom came for a week and got up with me through the night, bringing me food and water when Gavin was cluster feeding at 3 in the morning. In those first few days of motherhood, I didn’t need space to bond with Gavin and figure things out on my own, I needed very practical help.
Also, breastfeeding is really freaking hard. Even when everything is going right - perfect latch, good supply, no reflux - it is really freaking hard. Even women living in cultures that are really good at breastfeeding, like the Himba in Namibia, think it’s really freaking hard. If things don’t go smoothly on your breastfeeding journey, please know that you are in the majority and there are a lot of great local resources to help you, including La Leche League of West Seattle and Nurturing Expressions in the Junction.