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January Mom of the Month - Dani Merriam

From our Instructor Kim ….I remember meeting Dani for the first time at the field house. She was new to class and like the rest of us a little nervous. As soon as we started chatting I knew this was her village. She walks into every class with a smile and positive attitude . Dani is always willing to reach out to a new mom at class, tell her story and share her experience at Stroller Strides. She doesn’t hesitate to welcome that mom with open arms. We have watched her grow as a strong and confident Momma, and as a friend. We will miss her and Ava. Wishing you and your family the best of luck Dani. Always remember we will always be your tribe no matter how many miles between us

From Dani....1) Chris and I have been married a little over 3 years. We were introduced by mutual friends at a BBQ in Monterey California and pretty much started dating that night. He’s hilarious and literally the kindest person I’ve ever met. We have our daughter Ava who is 16 months and we just found out we have another on the way!

We love being together. We love eating, cooking, hiking, going to the aquarium and the zoo and exploring our new areas every couple years. We are military so we move around quite a bit!

2) My favorite part of motherhood is watching Ava grow and do hilarious and awesome things like mimic us and develop her own little personality. My other favorite part of motherhood is meeting other mommas and babies and sharing this crazy beautiful experience of momming.

If I could only share one piece of advice it would be to get out of the house and find your tribe. Find other mommas who want to build a village and share in the experience. The feeling of support and the friendships that develop are priceless.

3) I started SS when Ava was 3 months old. I had found the group online after desperately searching for a something to help me get my little one out of the house. I was terrified to start and had to talk to Denise twice before getting up the courage to go. It was by far the best thing I’ve done for myself and Ava! We usually try to go to all of the classes when the weather is good, and you’ll typically find us at the field house during winter. We love all of the instructors and have a great time meeting new mommas and babies at each location.

We stay for the village!! Thank you SS for being our family, our friends and our support while we’ve enjoyed Virginia!