Meet Kerriann, our Mom of the Month! Kerriann is mama to Austin (1) and wife to Greg. She is an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and it shows! We were lucky enough to have Kerriann host a few virtual play dates for the Village. Her creative teacher skills kept ALL the kids entertained. Kerriann is a dedicated member who has the ability to make anyone feel comfortable and welcome because of her warm and friendly spirit.
Kerriann, thank you for being part of Our Village. We are so glad that you found us after moving to Louisville and absolutely adore you and Austin!
Hometown: I grew up in Pearl River, NY, which is a small town about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan. My parents still live in the house they bought 43 years ago. There’s something about small towns that just give a different hometown feel.
Tell us about your family. Greg and I were married by my best friend’s husband a year and a half ago, 11 months after we first met in person. We have one son, Austin, who is 14 months old and the light of both of our worlds. Although Greg’s family is all here in Louisville, my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all back in NY and NJ, and I miss them tremendously!
Current/Previous Career: Before I took a break to stay home with Austin, I taught in the same elementary school for 19 years. I’ve taught fourth grade, third grade, and kindergarten. I never thought I would like teaching kindergarten after spending 13 years in the upper elementary grades, but I loved it (and miss it) the most!
What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be a teacher and a mom. Being able to reach both of those dreams has filled my heart.
What does motherhood mean to you? Everything. Every, single thing that I now do, Austin is first in my mind. From waking up, to eating, to deciding on what clothes to wear (depending on what I’ll be doing with him) - even the tiniest of decisions - all revolve around him. It means putting his needs, his happiness first, and figuring out mine around it. It means keeping him safe, keeping him happy. It means wearing my heart outside of my body and protecting it at all costs. It has been the best, hardest, most amazing journey.
What is the furthest you have been away from home? After college, I backpacked through Europe with friends. The furthest east we traveled was to Greece. The coolest place I’ve ever been, though, was Iceland.
How did you find FIT4MOM? When I first moved here, I reached out to the neighborhood FB page asking about moms groups nearby. A woman in my neighborhood invited me to join a bunch of different groups on FB, and Fit4Mom was one of them. I kept seeing posts about the workouts and Stroller Strides and eventually pushed myself to go to a class.
How has FIT4MOM changed your life? I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was in severe postpartum after I had Austin. Moving so far away from my family and friends, with a newborn, was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was afraid to go anywhere or do anything by myself, and felt so alone. I kept signing up for a free class and then wouldn’t be able to get myself to go when it was time. The instructors, though, kept following through every time I bailed. Several of them, over and over, kept reaching out introducing themselves, and suggesting new classes or times to meet. They were honestly relentless! :)
When I finally got up the nerve to go (mostly because I felt guilty for constantly bailing), I was so proud of myself for getting out of the house, with Austin, doing something in this strange city by myself, that going a second time was a little easier. And the third was even easier. The more I went, the easier it got to go, the easier it was to talk to the other moms, until it became our “thing”. It was a special time with Austin and I, that I could say I was doing separate from Greg. And slowly, we started lingering after class a bit, trying new locations, attending play dates, making connections. FIT4MOM has given us friends here in Louisville. It has given us things to look forward to and helped us both physically and emotionally. More importantly, it’s given us (me) a place to be comfortable at in Louisville, a group to feel a part of, and I’ll forever be grateful to it and the women who make up this group for that.
Favorite Exercise: Running, without the stroller. Being able to challenge myself for distance has been something that I’ve loved since I started running in college. I’m not fast, and I’m ok with that, because running makes me feel so much lighter mentally afterwards. It’s a great way to clear your mind.
Proudest Moment: Austin’s first birthday. Since it happened during the quarantine, the day was just celebrated with Austin, Greg, and I, (and a lot of others virtually), so it was bittersweet. However, it was also very special because it marked a year of us being a family, almost a year of being away from my family, and almost a year of us being here together. We made this wonderful happy little guy and his birthday just meant so much to me that we survived such an incredibly amazing, incredibly hard, incredibly rewarding year.
What is something that would surprise us? Greg and I met online, and the long version of that story is for a whole separate interview. Long story short, after months of messaging, texting, talking, and FaceTiming, I figured meeting him would either be the plot for a Lifetime murder movie or a Hallmark romance. (Luckily, I think its the later!) I swore to Greg for months before I agreed to meet, and then for months while we dated flying back and forth across the country, that I was NOT moving to Kentucky. Never, ever, ever, was I moving to KY. Over a year later, I still wake up every morning kind of in disbelief that I am here! But I wouldn’t change my family and our life for anything in the world.
“Notice and cherish life’s surprises. Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it's not everything you’ve been waiting for.”
Favorite Virtual Class: 360 and ONE (when I remember to sign in for it!)