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September 2019: Madeline Edelman

September is the perfect month to introduce you to our cool, Stroller Striding Mom of the Month, Madeline Edelman. She is a great friend to so many of our members because she regularly attends classes at 3 of our locations. She is also a teacher, which is one more reason to love her fiercely! We let some of our instructors weight in this month with why they love Madeline.

Marissa: She is a hard working momma, who attends class 4-5x a week. Annd she is an OG mom on her 2nd tour of Strides and Barre duty with baby #2. Plus she is awesome and friendly and she always has a witty answer for the question of the day.

Amy Iglow: Madeline comes from the East Side all the way to Sherman Oaks for Saturday classes a LOT. She came back to class really soon after having her second baby and she came with the best attitude and some great words of advice for mamas who were scared to have a second baby. She’s real and inclusive and makes being a mom look bizarrely manageable in the most humble way. She’s awesome.

Denise: I love having Madeline in class and miss teaching Saturdays in Sherman Oaks because of clients like her. She drives across town to make the weekend class and she's amazing! Being a momma of two looks effortless and she is so warm with a bright, contagious smile!

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in San Pedro which is in the Southernmost part of Los Angeles. It’s where the port of LA is.

Tell us about your little workout buddies!

Lucy my daughter is 2. She’s been going to Stroller Strides since she was 6 weeks old. She now knows how use a big band and a mini band.

Thomas my son is 3 months and also started going to Stroller Strides at 6 weeks.

How did you meet your husband?

It’s kind of a nice story. We both went to UC Santa Cruz and knew each other through friends of friends but never really hung out. He said he had a crush on me from afar. Then a few years after we graduated, I was out with some friends in LA, and he saw me and we got to talking. 10 years later here we are.

What's your favorite family activity?

We love to go to Trader Joe’s together. It’s super fun. Lucy always finds the monkey.

Tell us a little about your career.

I’ve been a teacher for 12 years. Right now I teach 11th grade English and AP Composition. I also taught middle school English for a few years. With each baby I’ve gotten 6 months of leave which means Stroller Strides! But I also go on Saturdays and over the summer.

How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?

One of my oldest friends from San Pedro was a FIT4MOM instructor and told me what an amazing experience it was when her son was born. I looked online and found SF Valley and Northeast LA but I was scared to go. I think it took 3 or 4 days for me to drum up the courage to finally attend, but I’m so glad I did. It was literally life changing.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

To be honest, and this may seem over the top, but everything. When I joined, I was in that new mom funk and felt isolated and exhausted. When I met the ladies at Stroller Strides, I knew I had found my tribe. I learned so much about wake times and feeding my child. I had people to laugh and cry with when I got no sleep or just needed a break. I got into the best shape of my entire life. I felt secure in motherhood, and I owe it all to the amazing moms I met through FIT4MOM.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

I love to spend time with my family. That mostly means hanging out in our backyard or going to the market together but that’s so fun to me.

What is your proudest moment as a mom?

That time when I was breastfeeding the baby in the carrier, pushing the toddler in the stroller, and walking the dog. I felt like superwoman.

Have you ever thought, gosh I can’t do this, and why?

All the time. 4 am thoughts. 2 pm thoughts. Those last 15 mins before bedtime. I was not only exhausted, but also emotionally depleted and my hair was in a crazy bun and my clothes were baggy and were probably originally my husband’s and it all felt so unmanageable. But we get through them because we have to and come out stronger on the other side.

How has becoming a mother changed you?

I’m still irreverent and like a glass of wine or three, but I’m more grounded and feel more like myself than I’ve ever been. It’s like I’ve just become the best version of myself even though I’m more tired and can’t hang as long. I’ve honestly never been happier.

What advice would you give a new mom?

You may feel really alone and paradoxically depressed sometimes. That doesn’t mean you’re not a good mom. So many new moms feel that way. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and reach out to other moms. You will feel such a sense of connection and it will make the experience so much better. And join troller strides. Trust you’ll thank me later.