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AUGUST MOM OF THE MONTH - Carissa Welch

Instructor, Alyson Dunn: "Carissa is a bright light when she strolls into the park with her sweet daughter, Mia. This strong mama has gone from 6 weeks postpartum to leader of the pack! She is always smiling and ready to work. Such a pleasure to workout with her and get to know her these past months! I pray my daughter ends up with a teacher like her!!!"

This month we recognize CARISSA WELCH for her accomplishment and dedication to fitness, motherhood and life! Our Brea, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda FIT4MOM Team would like to say, "THANK YOU, CARISSA," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!"

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband Jonathan and our 5 and a half month old Mia.

2. What is or was your career?

I teach 7th-8th graders with moderate to severe disabilities. I've been a teacher for 5 years now.

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM of North Orange County and what has it done for you?

I started in mid-April when Mia was about 7 weeks old and it has given me routine and gotten me back to feeling like myself faster than I ever imagined. It's so nice to be able to relate to like-minded mamas. Mia and I love going and look forward to when she is older and can participate in playgroup!

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

How protective I am of our daughter. I knew I would be, but the mama bear instincts are real!

5. Favorite app(s) or website(s)?

The Target app-I love the drive-up feature!

6. List three current obsessions.

Homemade cold-brew iced coffee, reading anything breastfeeding or child development related and my making Mia laugh.

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do?

She loves peek-a-boo and loves when I wake her up in the morning and sing to her. She wakes up with a huge smile on her face.

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

I feel way too new to give tips so in general I would just say ask for help when you need it and be quick to forgive yourself when you make a mistake. This parenting thing is a learning curve for the whole family.