December Mom of the Month - Melissa Noriega

From our Instructor Meghan...Melissa is an absolute joy to have in class. She is always smiling and works very hard. Even when she has to wear her daughter she gives us 100%! She is always willing to lend a helping hand. She has voluntarily taken care of my fussy little one so I can teach with less distractions. She frequently helps soothe fussy babies, even while comforting her own beautiful daughter and she does it with the biggest smile! It's been a pleasure getting to know her over the last few months and we love having her as part of our Stroller Strides tribe!

Melissa, thank you for all you do. You are an amazing mama!

More about Melissa....

1) My husband’s name is Brian we met while he was stationed in Hawaii (Go Navy!) and got married a little over 2 years ago. My daughter is Arya and she just turned 2 in August. My daughter is a little ball of energy from the moment she wakes up til the moment we coax her to go to sleep so we like to be outdoors to let her expend that energy; whether it’s walking around the botanical gardens, going to the beach, hiking, adventuring, exploring or trying something new. 2) My favorite part of motherhood is watching my daughter grow & learn new things everyday. It is just remarkable how much she’s changed in such a short amount of time. One piece of advice I would give to a first time mom would be you are doing a great job! Don’t forget to take time out for yourself to care for YOU. It will work wonders for both you and baby!! 3) I joined Stroller Strides August/September of last year. I love to bounce around to all the locations to keep things interesting but as of lately I’ve been hitting Chesapeake City Park and City View Park locations. We moved from Hawaii in June of last year so we knew no one. After finally getting all settled in, I joined a few military wives pages on facebook and someone had mentioned Stroller Strides. I stay because it motivates me to be active and get out of the house (especially on lazy and cold days) and socialize with other moms who understand the struggle. It also helps me explore and find places to go and things to do with my little that I don’t think I would’ve found without all these helpful mamas.

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