I am a part of my local Fit4Mom group, and I will be forever thankful that I found this amazing group of women who literally accept every different type of mama-hood and embrace each wonderful lady like the badass they are. I have had periods of inconsistency but at the end of the day I cherish the friendships I have made in this group and the person I have become just by participating in this group.
I came to Fit4Mom and was so insecure and out of shape and my confidence as a mom was kind of low. I knew I was a good mom and a good person, but sometimes it was hard to not second guess choices I made with my little first-born baby. There is so much out there about how to be doing the “right thing” and parenting the “right way,” its hard not to second guess yourself at the beginning.
The cool thing about our local Fit4Mom is that coming in, NOBODY seemed like they were judging me. I instantly felt like I was a part of the group, and I relished on the wealth of knowledge and different ways to parent I was seeing and introduced to. It was nice to have multiple other moms with kids similar in age to bounce strategies and techniques off of and know that if I was out of ideas that someone else might have one. Or just to know that if my testy one year old was doing something that I was worried about that it was normal and my child wasn’t revolting against me. None of the info was pushed on me, but it was such a comfortable atmosphere that you feel comfortable seeking the information.
Anyway, today I am a more confident, strong, and relaxed mom because of this awesome group of ladies who just took me and my family in and made us feel welcome and like we were a part of something.
They are just what I needed before I even knew I needed them. I joined to lose some baby weight and not feel winded after walking the neighborhood, and have come leaps and bounds since then.
Thank you Fit4Mom Puyallup, I am proud to be a part of your tribe this #monthofmama ❤
As a little P.S. from the post above asking about your birth story, I figured I would share mine. 1. Because I am super sentimental and 2. I am feeling extra excited about what this next baby’s birth story will look like. I recently told a friend…. “Every persons birth story is their own, and beautiful, and amazing; It is truly like a fingerprint and not one is the same, perfectly unique and life-changing.”
So here it goes. Charlotte Lin’s sweet birth story.
Charlotte was born a full week +1 day overdue. At my last doctors appointment before we had her (on a Friday) I sat crying in the exam room because I was in so much miserable back pain that I wanted to rip my spine out, and I was so ready for my girl to be in my arms and not on my bladder or wedged into my ribs. My doctor tried all the tricks with me, and finally told me that because my baby was perfectly healthy and showed no signs of needing to come out early (based on a stress test, ultrasound, BP checks, bloodwork, etc.) that she couldn’t induce me until Monday because I would only then be at 41 weeks. I left the Doctors office thrilled that my baby was super healthy and that I had an end date in sight.
My husband and I spent the weekend getting last minute things done, and enjoying our time just the two of us with our dogs. I also spent a lot of time thinking I was going to go into labor and then being sad I hadn’t yet. I was a hot mess express and was counting down the hours. We got the call on Sunday from the hospital telling us to come in at 8AM on Monday and we would get started. I dont think I slept a wink out of pure excitement. I showered, shaved, did my makeup, cried leaving my dogs, and we made our trek to the breakfast and then the hospital.
I got kindly hooked up to pitocin at 8AM, was assigned the most AMAZING nurse, and labor began. Our nurse told us to rest as much as we could, and that we did. Around noon they had to break my water and help me progress a bit more. Once that happened I feel like we were on our way. I got my epidural around 1 and spent most of the rest of the day resting, visiting with my family that was visiting and full of excitement, and thinking about how in just awhile I would be holding my sweet girl. At about 8 I was fully dilated but they wanted to let Charlotte descend a bit more on her own without me wearing myself out by pushing too early. So we watch Disney Night of Dancing with the Stars, and at 10:00 they came in and told me it was time to push.
Sheer panic set in because I was SURE I was having a c-section. I had told myself my whole pregnancy that I was going to have a huge baby (my whole family has giant kids) and to just get ready for a c-section. So when they told me I would be pushing I was like, um no… I am having a c-section. After the nurse talked me off the ledge and my support people (my Husband, Sister, and Mom) all ensured me everything would be fine, I accepted it and the game began.
All I remember is laughing, and crying, and pushing, and doing it all over. Somehow in my head I remember thinking it was like a cartoon. At 12:31AM my 9lb 9oz beautiful baby with a head full of dark hair was born. She was perfect in every way, and still is.
Charlotte Lin stole our hearts that day, a beautiful fingerprint of a birth story.
Tell me more about your birth story, tag a mama and let her know she’s amazing, do all the things. YOU DESERVE IT.
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