February's MOM - Motivating Mom of the Month

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for February! Each month we will take a moment to honor one of our local FIT4MOM Montgomery County Moms for her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and for her dedication to the program. This month we honor Kristen.

"Kristen comes to class each time ready to work HARD! She engages her daughter Colette throughout class to keep her happy and entertained. I appreciate her great energy when I'm teaching and it certainly pushes me when I'm workingout in class along side her!" ~Instructor Claire

We asked Kristen a few questions so we can all get to know her better, and here is what she had to say:

1. Who are the members of your family?

Myself, my husband Geoff, and our daughter Colette who is 13 months old.

2. What is/was your career?

I’m a social worker. Although now I’m a stay at home mom but previously I spent almost 10 years working in Child Welfare Services as a foster care social worker.

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Montgomery County, and what has it done for you?

I joined in July of 2015. I have really enjoyed being a part of Stroller Strides and Our Village. From the beginning everyone was so welcoming and supportive. It has been great to connect with other moms and have fun in such a healthy way J Colette was only five months old when I joined and wasn’t very happy about being in her stroller but now she enjoys seeing her friends at class and having fun at playgroup.

4. What is your favorite class exercise?

I don’t know that I really have a favorite exercise, mostly I like feeling challenged so I would say even though they are the hardest for me I think the stairs and two footed hops are my favorites.

5. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

Everything! I love being a mom and it has been a true joy. Every day is truly a new adventure, many of you have probably seen how busy and active Colette is, that was a surprise, I was expecting a snuggly baby for a little longer!

6. List 3 of your favorite things:

I am going to skip the obvious favorite things like my family, friends, and of course stroller strides. So I will say three of my favorite things are:

  • Travel
  • Red licorice
  • Puns. Corny joke-like puns are the best. One of my favorites:

    How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

    Ten. Haha – Ten tickles…tentacles :)

7. What your proudest mommy moment so far?

This is a tough one. I think at this age a mom is proud of everything her little one does. So I am proud of all the big and little milestones Colette has hit and her growing amazing personality. I think my proudest mommy moments for what I accomplish are the small things that happen every day like going to stroller strides when I have been up all night with Colette or keeping the house picked up when it seems like Colette is following behind me undoing all my efforts.

8. Any advice for other moms out there?

Be open to support. Having the support of family and friends has made trying times easier and fun times even more enjoyable.

Thank you, Kristen, for being such a valuable part of Our Village here at FIT4MOM Montgomery County! We truly appreciate you!

Check back to see who our MOM will be in March!

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