Motivational Mom of the Month - Samantha Baker

Happy New Year Mamas! 2019 was a good year for us and we had some pretty awesome Motivational Moms! Join me in welcoming our first Motivational Mom of the Month of the new year, Samantha Baker!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I found Fit4Mom through Google! I was looking for a way to exercise with my new baby and Stroller Strides came up! I've been attending SS since Spring of 2017 when my son was about 6 weeks old. First a maternity pass, then the summer teacher passes, and now a SAHM with a regular membership.

What do you love most about being part of this community?

I love being able to chat with moms who have kids the same age. It's always so reassuring to hear when they're going through the same things as you, as well as learning from them.

Who are you a mom to?

Gordon (3 in February) and Greta (6 months)

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Seeing life again through their eyes. You get so bogged down as an adult with all the regular parts of life, it's so fun to just run around and play pretend. Toddlers are also hilarious and constantly make me laugh! And there's nothing better than some baby snuggles.

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?

Horses and ducks. Do we have to fight? Probably one hundred duck-sized horses because that just sounds pretty cute to have mini horses running around!

How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?

I really enjoy running. My BOB and double BOB are some of my best mom purchases.

How do you practice self-care?

I try to make an effort to take a few minutes to myself each day. Most of the time that just means taking a shower at a time where I won't be called upon to open a snack or retrieve a crying baby.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?

I grew up in central Pennsylvania (directly across the street from Penn State). I moved to NOVA when I graduated from PSU, since two of my sisters lived there. My other sister introduced me to a guy, and I moved to Richmond shortly after meeting him. One of my sisters lived down here so it wasn't too risky of a move if things didn't work out. Now we're married and have two kids :).

How did becoming a mother change you?

I have become much more patient and relaxed (although it might not seem that way!). I was a very type A personality and have learned better to let things go and enjoy the moment.

What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?

I JUST got back into reading after a 3 year hiatus. Started up with Where the Crawdad's Sing. Great book, and now I'm back into more murder mysteries!

How did you meet your husband?

Set up by my sister. The first time I met him he bashed Penn State girls, but luckily my sister told me to give him a second chance!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. My mom was a teacher and it was just in my blood. I played school as a kid and used to go in and set up her classroom and volunteer with her.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?

Probably be pretty exited to "play mom." Maybe draw on Greta's head with blue pen like I drew on my cabbage patch doll? Yikes!

Isn’t it crazy that an uninterrupted shower can be the best thing!? I can so relate! And we’ll need to book swap, Sam, because I love murder mysteries! Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself with us! We’re so glad to have you as a part of Our Village!