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Mama of the Month - Heather O.

Hey mamas! Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! I am so excited to announce our new Mama of the Month that we will be starting! This mama may be totally rocking it during class. She may be a friend to everyone in the group. She may be the helping hand when you always need one. We are so excited to feature a new Mama of the Month every month- let's get to know our Village!

Our FIRST Mama of the Month is Heather Okuda. She attends class mostly over at Avalon and y'all she is just amazing! Here is her story:

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I joined Fit4Mom when my son, Kai, was 7 months old. At the time, I had practically no face-to-face interaction with adults since he had been born, and as a result my social anxiety seemed to be getting worse — so finally deciding to attend a class took a lot. I never felt out of place or uncomfortable during classes, and everyone was very welcoming. I became pregnant again when Kai was 9 months old, and had to take a short hiatus due to bad morning sickness and remote work commitments. It wasn’t until I returned that I realized how amazing Fit4Moms really is.

We returned in April, and have been going strong ever since. Not only have the workouts helped get me in shape despite being almost nine months pregnant, but the endorphins have allowed me to be happier and more energetic. This pregnancy and my pregnancy with Kai are night and day different, and I truly believe that it’s because of the workouts. Not only do I have a lot more stamina, but the baby is in the perfect position for birth (as opposed to the breech position Kai was in). Even more amazing and transforming than the workouts are the moms and kids that Kai and I have met. It makes me so happy to see Kai playing and interacting with the other tots his age, and I can totally see him being friends with these kids for years to come. As for me, I look forward to the conversations so much — whether it’s to vent, ask advice, or just shoot the breeze; these conversations are my only in-person adult interactions other than hanging out with my husband when he gets home from work. It’s tough not having family close by, and when you’re a transplant like we are, it’s hard to make close friends. I’ve been blown away by the number of moms who have offered to help with Kai when I’m in the hospital delivering “baby number two” next month. It’s been stressful and difficult to figure out what we would do with him in an emergency, and these ladies have completely put my mind at ease!

It definitely takes a village to raise children, especially two under two, and I’m so happy that I’ve found my village.

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