March Mom of the Month - KRISTEN MERRILL

Instructor, Angela Bridgford: "You know when you meet someone and immediately feel connected to that person? That's how I feel about Kristen! She is such a sweet soul, so supportive of our mamas and passionate about Stroller Strides. I adore her and am so honored to recognize her as Mom of the Month. Enjoy reading about this amazing mama!"

This month we recognize KRISTEN MERRILL 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, KRISTEN," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!"

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband Carey, our 17 month old baby girl Avery, and our little pups Mello and Ryder.

2. What is or was your career?

I was a bank supervisor at Schools First Federal Credit Union.

Now I am a stay at home mama with Avery, and love it!

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

I joined FIT4MOM at the end of January 2016. It has been such a blessing in my life. I really struggled right after Avery was born, trying to figure out my new role as a mom. Stroller Strides changed that for me. I am now a healthier, more energetic, and happier mom. It's also allowed me to get to know so many incredible mama's that are so supportive and encouraging through my motherhood journey and whom I now call friends.

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

Cliché as it sounds, the love I have for Avery is more than I could ever imagine. As much hard work as it seems at times, it is the most rewarding feeling. And who knew a person could function on such little sleep.

5. Favorite website(s)?

Pinterest- I am not crafty, can't cook, and don't have an artistic bone in my body, but it's still nice to dream.

Amazon- I get everything I need and in a day or two. Amazing!

6. List three current obsessions.

Probably best described as my guilty pleasures;

Wine, Reality TV, and Starbucks.

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

We definitely have some great dance parties because Avery is a dancing machine. She loves to be tickled too. She just giggles and giggles and then I usually have some goofy grin on my face which makes her giggle more.

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

When you don't finish any or all of the things on your to do list, give yourself the ok to start again tomorrow. Just soak up every moment with your little ones and enjoying this time. It really does fly by!

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