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February Motivating MOM of the Month

“I still remember when I first met Victoria and her girls almost two years ago at our Mother’s Day class. I knew immediately we would get along! As a fellow mom of two girls, she’s making parenting look easy, and she might be the coolest mom we know with her amazing hair skillz and margarita know-how. It’s not an awesome class without Victoria!” – Jenny Bezos, Burke Playgroup Captain

“Smart, beautiful, funny, strong, kind…these are just a few words to describe Victoria! I nominated Victoria for Mom of the Month because she is truly so inspiring to me and our village. When women support each other, incredible things happen and she is so uplifting and someone you love to be around. I absolutely love working out with you and the friendship we’ve made! Keep being you, girl! Go Tall Latte, go!” – Candice Agustin, Burke Stroller Strides Instructor

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

My family consists of my husband JJ, two daughters, Spencer (3) and Dylan (2), two crazy dogs and myself. We’re soon to add ANOTHER baby girl named Taylor (due June 1). I am a native of this area, born in Fairfax, but I grew up in Springfield.

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

My first Fit4Mom class was the Mother’s day class in May of 2017. I had met Shannon shortly after my first daughter was born and was very interested in the classes, but being a typical first-time mom was too afraid to stray from the strict nap schedule I had set up (something I laugh at now, of course). I was finally convinced to try it out by Monica Lennon. I think it was a perfect class because it was such a beautiful day and because it was a huge class you could feel all the positive energy. You really got a sense of being part of a community.

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

I regularly attend Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays at the Burke location, although I’ve been adding Springfield Mall on Wednesdays recently, as well. I only have done the Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes thus far. I think I would like to try Body Back once I stop having all these babies (ha!)

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

I currently stay home full time with my girls. Prior to having kids I was a hair stylist.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

Coffee, cooking (kid free), and spending time with my family.

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

I would most definitely be at the spa getting a massage, facial, nails done…basically, whatever I could squeeze in I would get done.

What has being a mom taught you?

Being a mom has taught me that I’m a control freak by nature. That has been my biggest struggle, constantly trying to control tiny humans that don’t care about my agenda. I’ve made a lot of progress but letting go of things I can’t control and having patience are still things I’m constantly trying to work on. Being a mom, particularly to multiple kids, has also taught me how to multitask. I’m amazed when I think about some of the situations, especially emergency type situations, that I’ve been able to handle on my own and live to tell about it.

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

I’ve had so many funny and embarrassing mommy moments, in fact, most stuff doesn’t even phase me anymore. The one that sticks out the most in my mind as being the most embarrassing/funny might be a little TMI. I’m sure most of us have experienced the dreaded first postpartum period. I got pregnant with my second daughter before ever getting one the first time around, so it had been A WHILE since Aunt Flo had been to town. A few months after my second, Dylan, was born, we took a family trip to Target. We were shopping around when all of a sudden I had that familiar feeling. It was totally unexpected and I couldn’t have been more unprepared. I was having flashbacks of 7th grade all over again. Lucky for me we were at Target, the holy grail for everything you could ever need. I got my supplies, including new underwear and after quickly checking out, tried to discreetly head to the bathroom. My firstborn daughter, however, was about to have a meltdown because she wanted to go with me. I just wanted to get in the bathroom as soon as possible so I brought her along. While we were in the bathroom (full of people) Spencer proceeded to give a full narrative about what was happening in our stall. “Mommy, is that blood??!! Why are you bleeding from your butt??! Why are you throwing your underwear away??!” All said at that nice elevated toddler volume, of course. It was so bad.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

I’m definitely still learning as I go along. Something I would say to other moms though would be to not hesitate to reach out and ask for help at any point if you’re feeling overwhelmed. I found myself at a point after having my second daughter where I was struggling daily emotionally. Aside from obvious postpartum hormones that were playing a factor, my two kids are only 19 months apart and my second was up every 1-3 hours until 15 months. I was totally overwhelmed with a baby who wanted to nurse constantly and a super active toddler running around. I wanted to handle everything myself and had a hard time asking people for help. It is so hard to differentiate the daily stress of having kids and being sleep deprived with having more serious emotional issues going on. I was obviously struggling and constantly on edge at home and after reaching a breaking point, I finally confided in my husband. Looking back I wish I would’ve been much easier on myself and asked for HELP. I also wish I would’ve been more honest about how I was feeling and not ashamed to admit the rage I felt at times towards my kids whom I love more than anything. Being a mom is so hard and I’ve just learned to take it day by day.

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

My favorite part about Fit4Mom is that I can work out with my kids. Exercising is a huge stress reliever for me and it makes it so easy to just throw them in the car and go get a great hour workout in. A very close second thing that I love that its such a supportive community for my girls and me. At the Burke location, most of the moms stay after each class and socialize while the kids play together. Being able to regularly talk to women who can relate to the joys and struggles of being a mom is invaluable. I would tell someone thinking about joining to just try one class and I’m sure they will be hooked!

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