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July 2020 Mom of the Month: Allison Dirham

Tell us about your family: My husband Tom and I have been married for 8 years. It’s hard to believe that our family is now complete with three beautiful children. Lily is 5, Lincoln is 3 and Jacob is 1 year old. They all make my world go around and my life worth living. I can't believe how much I am blessed.

Hometown: Macedonia

Current/previous career: I am a pediatric audiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and have been for 14 years. I went part time after maternity leave and it has been one of the best opportunities for our family!

What does motherhood mean to you? Motherhood means that I get the privilege to not only create but pour life and lessons into these tiny humans and greatly affect who they become. It also means cuddles, kissing boo-boos, teaching and learning from them, celebrating things I didn't even know needed celebrated (how many birthdays a year do the stuffed animals have?!), remembering their everythings, recording our lives through pictures so I can sit and cry effectively when they are older. It will always be my greatest job, challenge and blessing.

How did you find FIT4MOM? I found the group when my oldest was just 7 months old, the second week after the franchise classes started and have stuck around since! I was still figuring out how to go out and about with this little person and found I wasn't the only one! It was an awesome way to connect and vent with other moms. Oh and I worked out!

What classes do you currently attend and why do you love them? I have typically only attended Stroller Strides over the years. However, I recently tried Body Back during the anniversary celebration and would like to try to make it work in the future!

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? It gave me a support system that I didn’t have of people in my stage of life. We all had a common thread and I feel blessed to have met and known so many amazing moms. They were there for me through two more pregnancies, my youngest’s surgery and countless stages and milestones.

Favorite exercise: Squats

What's one thing you would go back and tell yourself as a new mom? There isn’t a right answer to most of the things you are thinking so choose boldly and go with it, they are going to be amazing!

Proudest Moment: When I finished nursing my youngest at 14 months old and realizing that a stage of my life was ending but that my body had done it, carried, birthed and nursed three beautiful children for nearly 6 years straight.

Questions for kiddos:

How old is Mommy?

Lily 5: 28

Lincoln 3: 14

What’s something Mommy always says?

Lily 5: I love you!

Lincoln 3: We’re gonna get a sucker!

What is mom really good at?

Lily 5: Making PB&J

Lincoln 3: Work

What’s mom’s favorite thing to do?

Lily 5: Play with me!

Lincoln 3: Help daddy on stuff

What makes you proud of your mom?

Lily 5: That she always gives me the best hugs.

Lincoln 3: Hikes

We are so happy to have you as a part of our Village and can’t wait to see you continue to crush your goals!