MOM of the Month

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June 2018-Jessica

Our June mom of the month , Jessica is the picture of strength in motherhood. Jessica participates in our BodyBack Program and in our RunClub. She never complains and always shows up with a smile on her face. Jessica is a mom to two sweet boys, Eli and Easton. She moved here a little over a year ago from Georgia, and has quickly found her village here in the Lake Norman area. Read more below about what Jessica says life is like as a mom and what is next for Team Easton!

1. What is the best part of being a mom?

I always knew that I wanted to be a mom one day, but I never imagined I would be a mom of twins! Being a mom has been the greatest gift I have ever been given. I love that I can love two people more than I ever thought possible. Watching my boys grow and become as strong as they have as three year olds makes every day worth it for me! Because of them I want to be my best possible self so that I can be a kick ass mom for them and show them that they can do and accomplish anything they dream of!

2. Do you have any mom hacks?

I never leave the house without a bag full of snacks and small toys, even if we are just going somewhere quickly. You never know when you will need it. I also always have our fold up training potty in the car and also take it in the stroller with me!

3. Best thing about having mom friends?

After a very tough first year of living in Charlotte for our family, joining the Fit4Mom program has been the best thing that has happened for me. With most of our first year spent in and out of the doctors offices, this program allowed me to make friends for the first time since being here. I firmly believe that having mom friends can save a mom from going crazy! Having someone to talk to (other than your husband...) that understands your day to day life is almost as good as having that glass of wine at the end of the day. Mom friends can help you confirm to yourself that you indeed are not going crazy and that there are others there that understand or are willing to help you out.

4. You recently completed a session of Body Back and RunClub what did you enjoy about the program?

After now completing two sessions of Body Back I would definitely encourage others to participate. With my kids being a little older, Stroller Strides is hard for me to get to every day, so this was the perfect way for me to get in my workouts while meeting great friends and other moms. Body Back has helped push me to be my best version of myself. The workouts are tough, but with the right instructors and momma friends you know that you can do it and you push yourself each and every time!

This first session of RunClub was amazing. I am and never have been a runner. Running was just never an interest of mine and I never felt like I could get into it. With RunClub being started to run a 5K that helped raise awareness for a good cause I knew it was the perfect time to give it a shot. Not only was I able to run the 5K, but I have surprised myself beyond measure and have continued running daily and running further distances.

**Whats Next for Team Easton :

https://pages.lightthenight.org/nc/Charlnc18/TeamEaston

After completing the Keep Pounding 5K with the help of Fit4Mom and raising over two thousand dollars, Team Easton will now be raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation through the Light The Night Fundraiser that takes place in November. While we encourage people to donate now, we will also be holding an auction/raffle in August to raise money also. We already have lots of good items lined up, so stay tuned for a date!

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May 2018- Sarah

Our May Mom of the month goes out to non other than our vey own sweet Sarah who has attended over 300 Stroller Strides Classes! Sarah is not only a mom to sweet Nora, she is a Physicians Assistant , we are pretty sure when you look up hard working in the dictionary you will find a picture of this Super Mom!

  • What made you join Stroller Strides?

I joined when Nora was 4 months old to get some routine in our day. I was feeling out of shape and isolated, and SS helped me get out of the house and meet other moms.

  • What is your best momhack?

I don’t know if I have any good hacks. Maybe just advice to always have snacks and don’t feel guilty about using them to “motivate” your child.

  • If you had to give advice to a new mom what would it be?

Come check out a stroller strides class, you won’t regret it!! More importantly, don’t isolate yourself, if you are stressed or need a break, ask for help. Remember to take care of yourself too, because you can’t pour from an empty cup.

  • Favorite aspect of Fit4mom

My fav is the sense of community. I love getting to know other moms and being able to encourage them/ commiserate with them about Mom life. I look forward to spending time after class just talking and letting the kids play.

  • Last but not least Sarah, tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I recently completed my 300th Stroller Strides class.

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April 2018-Jamie

We are so excited to have Jamie as our April 2018, mom of the month. Why? Because Jamie and her sweet girl are full of smiles. Jamie is possibly the sweetest mom you will ever meet! We are so happy to have her as part of our village!

  • Best part of being a mom?

I love being a mom! I love creating new family traditions and seeing Olivia experience new things. She’s teaching me to find excitement in the little things.

  • Why did you join Fit4Mom?

I found Fit4Mom while googling “gym with childcare”. I was really worrying about leaving her at a gym daycare, but I was not having any luck staying motivated to work out at home. I was really nervous to start coming, but I’m so glad I did!

  • What is your favorite aspect of Fit4mom?

I love being in a community of strong women. Being a mom is really hard and can be really overwhelming. Every time I go to class I’m inspired by all the hardworking moms who are juggling way more than me. The Fit4Mom BodyBack class taught me the importance of taking care of myself. I’m a better wife and mom when I take time for myself. I have so much more patience now! I

  • What is your favorite weekend activity to do with your family?

We moved to North Carolina from Indiana so we love to explore and find things that are unique to this area.

  • Fun fact about yourself?

April is special to me because April 22-28th js National Infertility Awareness Week. I am able to be a mom because of IVF. It was a very difficult process, and I try to be a resource and support to everyone I meet who is also going through it. I am so thankful to be a success story!

For more information on #NIAW

https://infertilityawareness.org/

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