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December Motivating MOM of the Month

"Caitlin is a laid back mom that is really easy to talk to. She is relatable and encouraging to other moms and compassionate towards the littles." – Karlee Goeres, Stroller Strides & Body Ignite Instructor

"Caitlin is a wonderful part of our Fit4Mom community! She is down to earth, has great mom “hacks”, and is always willing to jump in when babies are fussy during class. It’s been fun watching Lyle and Laurel grow during these past few years too!" – Katie Taves, Stroller Strides/Barre Instructor

"Caitlin is a great mom to chat with. I feel like she always has helpful advice and mom hacks to share with newer moms (like me)! Quinn and I love striding next to her and Laurel and occasionally Lyle at class." – Kylie Powell, Stroller Strides Mama

"Caitlin is one of my favorite people and the ultimate mom-fluencer. I pretty much want to be her when I grow up."– Sam Matthews, Stroller Strides Mama

"I love seeing Caitlin at classes! She always has great advice for pretty much every scenario, which I appreciate. This past fall when I felt guilty for having such bad pregnancy sickness and not entertaining my two year old like I used to, she reminded me that he is too little to remember it anyways. It was exactly the perspective I needed. She is such a calm presence and seems to have a never ending supply of patience - mom goals for sure! So glad she’s part of our village!" – Jessica Carillo, Springfield Playgroup Captain

"I love being in class with Caitlin! She works hard and takes time for herself each week even with 2 kids at home. Caitlin's laid back and positive attitude often leave me in awe of how calm, cool, and collected she looks as a mom. She keeps it real!!" – Jenna Parkhurst, Stroller Strides Instructor

Who are the members of your family and where are you originally from?

Our family includes myself, my husband Brooks, our son Lyle (5) and our daughter Laurel (2.5)

When was your first Fit4Mom class and what do you remember about it?

My first Fit4Mom class was a pop up at Luvell-Dupell, I had just moved here and was 36 weeks pregnant with Laurel. I signed up for the unlimited pass and gave birth after class three weeks later!

Where can we find you? What is your Fit4Mom routine these days?

I typically go to the Springfield Mall, but when the weather is right I’ll venture out to Kingstowne or even Burke if I’m feeling adventurous.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

My current job is to keep my kids alive, but before becoming a mom I was a Special Education teacher working with preschoolers.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

Besides my husband and two kids? Naps, sugar (I don’t discriminate), and Target.

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

A couples massage and eucalyptus steam room with my husband, and then a dinner date.

What has being a mom taught you?

Being a mom has taught me to judge others less, to be a kinder person and better example of who I want my kids to be. And patience. All the patience.

What is your funniest or most embarrassing mommy moment so far?

I have a whole list of mom fails, not a whole lot are particularly hilarious or embarrassing. But when Lyle licked the arm rest of the airplane that was a real highlight of parenthood. Later on Laurel licked the seatbelt buckle so they’re even on the gross scale.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Find your people and hold onto them. Don’t ever say you won’t be THAT mom because your kids can hear you and they will make you eat your words. Cut yourself some slack, and enjoy yourself, because they change so quickly.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM? What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

I love that it benefits me AND the kids. It’s something we can do together that makes us all happy and we all enjoy going. There’s such a wonderful group of moms and kids that it’s always a good time. If you’re on the fence about joining give it a try, and I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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