How one workout changed my life: My journey with Fit4Mom

oneworkoutchangedmylifeIt wouldn’t be right to be blogging about motherhood without sharing about my journey with Fit4Mom here in Lexington, Ky! Before having Savannah, my life consisted of working out and eating healthy. (Well, until pregnancy!) Once I gave birth, something happened. Between hormones, no sleep, and pain, you are not the same person you once were. I suffered with a mild form of depression, or baby blues. I remember crying for no reason and put me and Savannah together, and my poor husband! Although he did so great with us! Focusing on your marriage is another subject for further discussion.

Around the 5 month mark in October, my husband stumbled upon Stroller Strides online (one of Fit4Moms exercise programs). The class met at Veterans Park which is super close to our house, and you bring your babies to work out! I had seen a group of moms pushing strollers so many times when driving by, but didn’t know what this group was! I signed up and went to my first class on a Saturday and Tina was teaching. And to this day, she is one of my friends. These moms are not just instructors. They have many similar stories to mine. They are here for you! No more guilt over not having time to workout in the day. No more guilt about putting her in the crib to nap (or cry) while I try to get a workout and shower in! 16602888_700215693493298_8531602755831921329_nEach workout is different and fun! We sing to the babies, do squats, jumping jacks, run, and much more. After class all the kids get out of the strollers to run around and play. Not only is mama making friends, but so are the kiddos!

But the part where I gained the most was this community. A group of mamas who tell me I’m doing a good job, tell me it’s ok she fell into the dresser this morning since I’m still upset about it, and a group that motivates me on days when I barely made it and have slept a total of 4 hours. Some of the mamas are pregnant, others have two kids, and some are just getting by with their one (ME!) But the one thing we all have in common is we love our kids and we are trying to be the best version of ourselves. I never expected to gain so much; friendships that will last a lifetime. IMG_1032IMG_0956DSC06466Going to class has also been great for Savannah’s schedule. We wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, then come home and have nap time/shower for mama! And somewhere we fit in lots of COFFEE!IMG_2443DSC07419DSC07388Classes are offered 6 days a week (mornings and evenings) and we do fun mom’s night outs, have playdates for the kids, and family days. I really can’t say enough about how this group has changed my life. I guess my husband can get brownie points here! Not sure where this lonely stay at home mom would be without my village. So I tell every mom I know! Ha, hope you come join us!! Visit their website to see if there is one in your area! COFFEE, STROLLER STRIDES, REPEAT!16835715_705232732991594_8958558124395901390_o(photo courtesy of Fit4Mom)

Savannah is ONE: A derby party!

I really can’t believe my baby girl is already one! I mean, didn’t we just bring her home from the hospital? You can read my birth story here. About two months ago I started planning her derby-themed birthday party. What is more fitting than celebrating her actual birthday on derby day?!

The feeling is pretty unreal to have a child, but then even more so to be celebrating her first birthday already. We couldn’t be happier to share this special day with all of Savannah’s closest friends and family. (We are missing baby Lydia in this picture, darn naps!)savyparty6DSC06985DSC06801
So many people came with handmade hats and bows! It made the party so much fun! I sewed and hot glued mine and Savannah’s. We even had matching flowers and feathers. DSC06797
And ‘my person’ Kat came from Louisville with her sweet family. This friend traveled the day before to help me with party planning. I love you so much! It is rare to find such great friends like you!DSC06842DSC06839What better way to celebrate upcoming Mother’s Day with your own mama who is staying all week after the party! DSC06830DSC06828A derby party wouldn’t be complete without betting, right? Well, I bet on Blue and he won our hearts with this adorable little jockey harness. And if Dan and I would have actually stuck with our original horse picks, (his #5, mine #1 for Savannah’s first birthday) we could have been rich! hahaDSC06827I painted this wooden jockey silk to go with the party and to use each year after when derby rolls around! Savyparty2These hot brown bites were a hit, and approved by my smallest judge! They were super easy to make and a great addition to any Kentucky party! Served with mint julep lemonade, Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, and mint topped fruit salad.

DSC06819If you are here in Lexington, Ky I would recommend using Ashley with One Smart Cookie! We were so impressed with these adorable custom derby cookies. They were almost too cute to eat, and so delicious! I ended up making the cupcakes and they also turned out great. (Basic yellow cake mix, and this amazing buttercream frosting recipe with added cream cheese) I added a bit of food coloring to achieve the pinkish color and added little blue gemmies.DSC06786DSC06784DSC06785DSC06867And this big one year old ate the entire cupcake!! Savannah was blessed with lots of fun birthday presents. Some dolls, musical toys, swimsuits, a beach bag for Gamma’s house, jewelry, books, and much more!DSC06906savyparty4savyparty3I was lucky enough to get some snuggles from this little guy! And we were so glad to see some little boys around 🙂savyparty1Thank you again to all of our family and friends who drove from out of town and spent their day with us. And from those of you celebrating from afar! We love you all so much!

I would love to hear about your derby day! Please share below in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Kim & Savannah