Meet Our July 2016 - Mom of the Month

Meet our July Mom of the Month- Briana! Briana has been with our group throughout her entire motherhood journey- she started taking Fit4Baby classes when pregnant, moved into Stroller Strideswhen her beautiful daughter was born, and has kicked it into higher gear this year in Body Back! We love her gorgeous smile, her warm heart and her passion for motherhood. Her commitment to being her very best self, the very best mom, and the very best friend to the other moms in Our Village is inspirational. Thank you, Briana, for your awesome example of strength for motherhood and for sharing your loving heart with us!

  • Hometown: Lombard, Illinois
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Ryan, my beautiful little girl Francesca a,k.a. Frankie who just turned 15 months, and our dog Hunter.
  • Current/Previous career: I'm lucky enough to have the best job ever… Stay-at-home Mommy!
  • What was your childhood ambition? Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I taught for almost 5 years before I was promoted to being a Mommy!
  • What does motherhood mean to you? This is such a hard question because I'm not sure I can even begin to describe what being a mommy means to me but it has always been a dream of mine. I've loved every second of being a mom from the moment I found out I was pregnant. There is nothing in the world like feeling your baby kick, or getting to see and hold your baby for the first time. As Frankie continues to grow every new stage is my favorite. I love seeing her grow and change, getting her hugs and kisses, and watching her come into her own. Being a mom is the toughest, most rewarding job there is and definitely something I was destine to do!
  • What is the furthest you have been away from home? My freshman year of college I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for spring break with a girlfriend and her family. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
  • How did you find FIT4MOM? I found F4M on Facebook. I had a couple of friends who would post things about F4M and how great it was so when I got pregnant with Frankie I decided to try Fit4Baby and have been hooked ever since!
  • How has FIT4MOM changed your life? F4M has definitely been a life altering decision. When I first started Fit4Baby classes I was looking to join a community where I could make friends with other women traveling down the road of motherhood. I knew I wanted to find a place where both my baby and I could make friends to grow with. Little did I know that instead I would find a home. Stroller Strides helped me find a way to fit in with women who are sharing in the same joys and struggles of motherhood. Then this past spring I decided to do Body Back and found a whole new meaning to F4M. Body Back helped me rediscover myself while Erica helped teach me to love and take care of my body. F4M has helped show me how to be truly happy with myself so that I can be a better wife, mom, and most importantly the best me!
  • Favorite exercise: Definitely squats because everyone wants a sexy booty and toned legs!
  • Proudest moment: The moment I made my final push and got to hear Frankie cry for the first time!
  • Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I'm 100% Mexican but can't speak spanish … Most people guess Italian!