Happy March Mamas! It's really starting to feel like spring out there! Are you bummed we haven't had a good snow or are you team #spring? No matter which side you're on, I think we can all agree that the best part of our blog each month is featuring a new mama! Join me this month in getting to know Susan Bond, our March Motivational Mom of the Month!
How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?
I had heard of Stroller Strides before I had my first baby, so when he was a newborn I decided to check and see if there were any classes nearby (there sure were!). That was almost 3 years ago!
What do you love most about being part of this community?
I love being able to meet and connect with moms in the same or similar stages of life that I'm currently in. Once I started having kids, I knew it would be important to make some mom friends to come along on this wild ride with me.
Who are you a mom to?
I am mom to Robbie, newly 3, and Charlotte, newly 1.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Big picture, I just love being able to see someone learn and grow day-to-day. But specifically, one of my favorite things I get to do is see their faces when I come to get them after they wake up. They're (almost) always in a good mood and are so happy to see me-- It's like a mini-reunion every time. I usually bring Charlotte with me to get Robbie, and then they have a blast playing in his crib together. I wish I were so pleased to get up in the morning!
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?
UM I think the horse-sized duck. It probably wouldn't be very fast or agile.
How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?
I take barre and pilates-type classes, and I just started a tennis for beginners class this winter.
How do you practice self-care?
I do everything in my power to get my kids to nap at the same time every day :-) And then I split that time between doing something productive around the house and relaxing, so that I feel accomplished and replenished. I've found that I have a much harder time getting through the day if I don't get at least a little time to myself.
Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?
I grew up in Bethesda, MD and have spent the majority of my life bouncing between MD, VA, and DC. We moved to Richmond from the DC area 6 years ago when we found out how much better our quality of life could be here. It has definitely been everything we hoped it would be!
How did becoming a mother change you?
Hmmm, I have about 1,000 more gray hairs and cry 10,000% more. But also I feel like my priorities and values have become much more clear to me and I appreciate life and time so much more.
What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?
I LOVED Cheer on Netflix. I was on the edge of my seat during the finale!
How did you meet your husband?
We have a mutual friend who grew up with him and went to UVA with me. During our college summers we would all meet up while they were visiting DC and I was home in Bethesda. The first 3 years this happened, we were nothing more than acquaintances. But then the summer after we graduated, we all met up again and this time we started talking. We never stopped and ended up getting engaged 5 months later!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Gosh, I wanted to be so many things. (I actually still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.) But I guess in high school I thought most about being a teacher or a nurse.
If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?
Eat ALL the candy.
Susan, I too would eat ALL the candy! I love how you spend nap time balancing something productive and relaxing. I need to try and implement that if I could get so lucky as to have them napping at the same time! Thank you for sharing a little bit more about yourself! We are so glad you are in Our Village!