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July Mom of the Month - Emily Hatfield

From Kim our Instructor…..

I’ve known Emily for a little over a year now. She is always smiling and always ready to put work in. Her positive attitude is contagious and she always willing to lend a hand. Emily has great taste in music and always helps me pump up my playlist. It’s a pleasure to have you and baby Blake as part of our tribe. Thank you for being so awesome.

From Emily…..

1) Tell us about your family -

What do you like to do as a family?

Baby Dance Parties--While cooking dinner for the fam Blake and I like to have "baby dance parties" in the kitchen. I hook up the speaker,and we listen to all music. Blake and I especially enjoy listening/dancing to Pitbull, Fleetwood Mac, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 80's classics etc...pretty much any type of music. Music was instilled in me at a very young age. Growing up, after dinner every night my sister and I would play guitar with my dad while my mom would play the piano. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I have enjoyed passing that love for music on to Blake.

Beach it!--We love to go to the beach. Trust me, like any toddler, Blake has his moments (often) but, when I get him out on the sand with his toys and little chair, hand him some goldfish he turns into the 'chillest' little beach bum.

2) What is your favorite part of motherhood? Getting to look at the world through a child's eyes again. It is so much fun seeing Blake learn and experience new things for the first time. I love that I don't always have to do something "extravagant" to get that excited reaction. It's the small things like: building a fort out of blankets, blowing up a balloon, Jumping around in a puddle etc that are so incredibly fun and exciting for us both!

What one piece of advice would you give to a first time mom? Don't forget about YOU! Pay attention to yourself. Take care of yourself! I tend to forget this often and have to stop and remind myself that one piece of advice. It is so easy to get lost in the day--I work mainly from home 30hrs a week while raising Blake. While trying to juggle a million things at once it is so easy to forget about the one most important thing, YOU!

3) How long have you been involved in SS?

1 1/2 years

What classes do you usually attend? I usually attend Kim's M,W,F Class at Redwing and sometimes Great Neck Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What brought you to us?

Funny story actually. I googled mom fitness groups and found Stroller Strides. I was hesitant at first, I seriously almost did not attend the first class that I had signed up for. I have heard some of the horror "mommy group" stories from my sisters and friends and always thought I would just not be into it. But I wanted to give Stroller Strides a shot. It sounded different and appealing so I went..Can't knock it until you try it right?!

Why do you stay?

When I start my day at stroller strides, I have a better day overall! I feel better about myself and I feel good about getting Blake outside and around other kiddos. Kim is a rockstar instructor and I enjoy the workouts, not to mention her awesome music that she plays during class haha. I also stay because I absolutely love the moms. This group of moms, and I genuinely mean this, KEEP IT REAL and I honestly can't count the amount of times we have been in tears from laughing so hard. Together, we help lift each other up.