It's that time again! This month's Modern Mama is Rachel Kitt, she is incredibly sweet, motivating and has a huge heart for family and her work. I've had the pleasure of getting to know Rachel because she is a fellow Stroller Strides instructor and I can't wait for you to meet her! SO let's get into it.
Rachel: Hello hello! My name is Rachel and I'm a mama to Abigail, 4 years old, and Charlotte, 2 years old. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, a NorCal girl at heart, but I've lived in San Diego for the last 12 years and have raised my family here. I earned my Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona (bear down Wildcats!). Pre-babies, I was the executive assistant to the CEO of a nonprofit. Now that I'm a mama I love being home with my girls, away from a desk and being social with other mamas. So a year ago I became a FIT4MOM Stroller Strides instructor after being a client for 2.5 years and haven't looked back. I work part-time, my loud voice is an asset, and I can bring my girls to work with me when they are out of school. I added Stroller Barre instructor to my resume in April and I'm currently going through Body Back training. You can find me teaching at Lake Murray Community Park every week and SeaWorld Stroller Strides once a month!
TMM: How has becoming a mom changed you?
Rachel: I'm a completely different person and I'm definitely not the kind of mom I thought I'd be. I used to be punctual, well calendared, write thank you notes within 24 hours of receiving a gift, and very good at the details. Since becoming a mom there has been a lot more “survival mode” and a lot less sweating the small stuff. And it turns out I'm not strict or the disciplinarian parent I thought I'd be. I like making my girls happy and that often means extra treats and picking and choosing my battles!
TMM: How do you stay connected to yourself while still being a full time mom?
Rachel: Self care is definitely my weakness. I'm trying hard to take care of me but I'm a work in progress. Manicures, pedicures and hair coloring used to be my go-tos. Now I'll take a stroller-less run, Body Back class, or even just a fro-yo for lunch. I've also never been a drinker but I've been allowing myself a glass of wine to unwind on particularly challenging days.
TMM: Red or White wine?
Rachel:I like red, like Zinfandel or Pinot noir. Although this summer I've been getting into the bubbly rosès!
TMM: What’s something that you are grateful for since becoming a mother?
Rachel: I'm grateful for my own mother! She's been a wealth of information and help. I'm also grateful for silence and hot coffee. Lord knows I don't often get either!
TMM: What’s one trick or tip someone’s given you that you could share with the TMM community.
Rachel: Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. I often remind the mamas in my Strides classes this. Our babies are all different. Our lifestyles are all different. Just because it works for one family doesn't mean it will work for you. And don't feel guilty about it! Do what keeps you and your family safe, healthy and sane. The mama who makes it all look easy? You don't know what struggles she's living with. The mama who is running marathons right after having a baby? Maybe her baby actually sleeps. I would recommend finding bloggers who not only motivate you but that you can relate to. Personally I'm a huge fan of Diary of a Fit Mommy, Baby Rabies and of course the FIT4MOM blog.
TMM: What could you be caught wearing most days?
Rachel: Same thing every day that ends in Y. Leggings, workout top, FIT4MOM hat, Nike running shoes. Since I teach fitness classes 3+ days a week and have invested my money into good workout clothes instead of non-athletic clothes, I'd rather enjoy my workout clothes! Plus I now hate how jeans feel!
TMM: How long were you in labor with your baby(s)?
Rachel: Abigail was a very challenging birth. I got exactly what I wanted though so I had very mixed emotions. She was 12 hours of active labor including 45 minutes of pushing. But I had back contractions the entire time and didn't want any drugs or intervention. Charlotte was much faster and thankfully no back labor! I labored at home a few hours, then after 45 minutes at the hospital birth center Charlotte was born in the bathroom! She was almost our toilet baby as she came out in less than 5 pushes. My husband didn't even realize she was coming until the midwife said, “her heads out!” Sorry if that's TMI but that's her birth story!
TMM: What is one thing you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
Rachel: Attend as many Stroller Strides or Body Back classes as I can. Once my girls are back in preschool I'll start adding other studios and types of workouts into my routine. I love that working-out doubles as a form of self-care AND continuing education!
TMM: What is one thing you did as a teenager that you hope your kid(s) won’t do LOL?
Rachel: I was a really good kid so I hope my girls have more fun than I did! I spent too much time being self-conscious and anti-social. I've come out of my shell quite a lot since high school.
TMM: What’s in your purse?
Rachel: I haven't used a purse in years and I'm so over diaper bags! I usually throw around my wallet, car keys and cell phone into my stroller or the front seat of my car.
TMM: What’s your favorite curse word?
Rachel: Fuck. But I usually say "F-bomb" because I feel guilty using curse words because I really don't want to say it in front of my girls. They pick up EVERYTHING I say!!
TMM: What is one beauty tip or trick you love?
Rachel: Since I'm sweating most days, make up isn't a part of my life most days so I LOVE lipgloss (my sister sells Lipsense and I'm obsessed with their glosses right now) and I love having my eyelashes permed (also called lifted). I should do that more often for self-care!
Hope you enjoyed getting to know this mama!