September Mom of the Month -Kirsten Carlson Hodge

From our instructor Sara….

I met Kirsten shortly after she joined Stroller Strides just as I began instructing classes. I was immediately drawn to her open and friendly personality. Every time I see her in class she is smiling and enjoying herself. But don’t let those smiles fool you, she is a workout machine! Kirsten goes to Stroller Strides to work hard and that determination is paying off. She is a strong woman, a wonderful mother and a fantastic member of Our Village. (We love her husband too – way to go Andy!)

A little about Kirsten…..

How long have you been married?

Andy and I have been married for 2.5 yrs.

How did you meet?

I was on a first (and last) date when my date and I met up with another small group after dinner. Andy was there and the rest is history! Yes, they are still friends. J

How old is your little one?

Sabrina is 9 months old. She is our first, but we’d happily welcome more!

What do you like to do as a family?

We love being outdoors, so lots of walking, running, and of course Stroller Strides on Family Day! We’re also looking forward to traveling more over the next several months.

What is your favorite part of motherhood?

Watching Sabrina as she develops her abilities and individuality. Tied for first place with snuggle time.

What one piece of advice would you give to a first time mom?

Go easy on yourself – this is a major adjustment; the day-to-day can be tedious, but what you’re doing for your baby/family is vital and valuable, as are you.

How long have you been involved in Stroller Strides?

Just about 5 months.

What brought you to us?

On a chilly Friday morning, I pushed Sabrina’s stroller along the oceanfront boardwalk, feeling very much alone and not entirely certain what I was supposed to be doing as a new mom. Overwhelmed, I called my mom and just sobbed. A few moments later, I saw a group of moms running past me looking incredibly determined and strong. I thought to myself, “That’s what I need to be doing and those look like the people to do it with.”

Why do you stay?

Besides great workouts led my fantastic instructors, this is easily one of the most supportive groups of people I’ve encountered. I love that we push ourselves and one another, always in the spirit of encouragement rather than competition. My perspective is far better on days I’ve gone to Stroller Strides; my “to do” list may not get any shorter, but I always feel like I’ve accomplished something on a Stroller Strides day.

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