Meet supermom Melissa! She's a working, pregnant mama with a toddler who teaches virtual middle school. Get to know this awesome lady!
Where are you originally from?
I lived a few places different places; Oakland, Guam, San Diego, and Spain, but spent most of my growing up years on Mercer Island
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined in January 2019
What classes do you attend?
I started out with Stroller Strides, then did 3 sessions of Body Well, then got pregnant again, so now I'm taking Fit4Baby classes!
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
I have Ruby who is 2.5 and I'm carrying baby girl #2 who is due in April!
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
I love that the classes are accessible to everyone; that beginners can fully participate, but it's still challenging as your strength and endurance grows. I also love all the instructors and the community of friends I've made so much!
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
I teach health and fitness to grades 7-9 in an independent school in Seattle (currently virtual.)
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
It is so helpful when things get tough to ask questions or just vent and know you're not alone. There is no one right way to raise a child and sometimes it's really helpful to bounce ideas off others and get affirmation that what you're doing is amazing as well as get some new ideas for ways to approach it.
What is your favorite beverage?
I'm a huge fan of ice cold water and mostly just drink that, but also love peach flavored iced tea.
What is your favorite dessert?
Ice cream!!!!! Favorites include Tillamook mudslide or Ben & Jerry's Half Baked
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
Realistically, run kid-free errands or get home improvement projects done. Ideally, go to a DIY art studio of some kind and create something fun!
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
I honestly would be sad to vacation without my kids, because I like to share new experiences with them. Plus, I don't like most adult-centered activities anyway...I'm kinda still a kid at heart, so having the kids around gives me an excuse to do those things.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I am a bit more flexible about the ways things happen. I would describe myself as pretty opinionated and stubborn, and like things done a certain way, and while I'm still like that, I'm learning to let things go a bit more and am more willing to accept help from others.
I am happiest when...
My family is happy and I get to see my daughter learning new things and experiencing things for the first time.