Being a Lither takes commitment. But being a mom and a Lither calls for serious dedication. Between early wakeup calls (5AM? Again?) and rushing to pick the kids up at preschool, it's not always so easy to squeeze in a class. In our Mama Says column, we shine a little light on the mothers that make it happen.What's your day job? (If you have one...)
Who: Ovgu Kaynak Mulroy
Children: Simon, 18 months.
What's your day job? I used to be a full-time public health researcher, part-time professor. For now, I'm staying home and teaching on the side.
How do you manage to schedule time for Lithe? I am lucky to have a husband with a two block commute and a keen understanding of how much I need to Lithe! That gives me a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to scheduling. I'd love to eventually get back to my rightful place (6AMer for life!), but until then I'm all over the place schedule-wise.
How has your Lithe practice changed since you became a mother? I went from Lithe bride to Lithe mama in less than a year, so it changed quickly! It took me a little while to get back into it once I had Simon (a bottle refuser doesn't make scheduling anything easy). Now I'm back with a vengeance and happy to be in class 4+ times a week. I count Lithe as one of the biggest confidence boosters. My friends Lauren and Dani have been my personal cheerleaders over the past two years. They were the first people I told when I zipped up my pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.
Do you use Lithe's babysitting service? Yes! In fact, the babysitting service made the decision for me to transition Simon from two naps to one a lot easier. And I treat it like a playgroup for him.
Does Simon eat healthy or does he turn his nose up at your nutritious dinner attempts? Simon will pretty much eat anything right now, so we are bombarding him with as many healthy tastes as we can. His favorite foods are peas, pasta fagiole, and black bean burgers. I've learned not to eat in front of him if I'm really hungry because he turns into a baby seagull begging for bites. Once he ate the majority of my Lithe Carrot Cake Oatmeal. It was kind of a bummer ... for me.
Which one of his foods can you not resist munching on? Bunny graham crackers.