November's Mama of the Month is Melinda Batton. Melinda has been a regular in Roswell for years! She's always a friendly, positive face who, despite having three kids in tow, makes sure to get a solid workout. And her littles sure are adorable!! We love that she is a part of our Village. We asked Melinda a few fun questions - check out her answers below.
Tell us about your family: My husband, Jason, and I met while both working at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. We have been married almost 8 years and have 3 kids - Liliana (4), Amelia (2), and Owen (7 months). We also have one fur baby, Roxy, who is a lab mix. We moved to Atlanta when our oldest was 7 months old so that my husband could pursue a new career opportunity.
Hometown: Stuart, Florida, which is a small town on the East Coast.
Where do you live currently? East Cobb.
Preferred Class Location: Roswell.
Current/Previous Career: Epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health and before that an academic advisor for the FSU College of Nursing.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us! When I was in college, I spent most of my summers and spring breaks traveling for volunteer/mission trips. My favorite experience was spending a month in India and Pakistan with 4 other women. We backpacked to what felt like literally the end of the Earth to visit different villages where we taught children.
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert, I need my alone time to reenergize.
Favorite Exercise: The kind where I don't realize I'm exercising - yard work, family walks, and Stroller Strides with friends!
Favorite Baby/Kid Product: A good, comfy rocking chair for all those sweet snuggles.
Favorite Food: Nachos.
How did you find FIT4MOM? When I first moved to Atlanta I felt very lost. I was away from all our family, had no close friends, and was suddenly a stay at home mom. I reached out to an old roommate who mentioned Fit4Mom and recommended I give it a try. It took me 2 months to build up enough courage to attend my first class and it has been one of the BEST decisions I have ever made!
What do you love about FIT4MOM? Community! I have made some of my closest and best mom friends through Fit4Mom. I love being able to get a great workout in, chat with other moms, and the opportunity for my kids to play with others.
What does motherhood mean to you? Being able to multitask like it's an Olympic sport.
Thank you for being a part of our Village, Melinda!! If you'd like to nominate a fellow mama for Mama of the Month, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.