September 2017 Mom of the Month

As a mom you sometimes see those other moms whom you're in awe of. You know them. They keep their cool when things get crazy. They do things like rock a triple stroller with their toddler son and newborn twins. That's Carolyn Drum. I'm in awe of her. So are so many of our moms. She was nominated to be the September, 2017 Mom of the Month. We are also all in awe of her oldest son Teddy. He rides propped up like a boss on that triple stroller. Read more about this awesome mom and her growing brood of boys.

Name: Carolyn Drum

Age: 33

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Family: Husband, Jonathan, married 7 and 1/2 years Teddy, age 3 James, 4 months (older twin by 2 minutes) Benjamin , 4 months

Education: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, BS in Mechanical Engineering

Career: "Now that I'm a mom I work as a part-time Program Manager for John Deere. Before kids I worked as a Design Engineer for John Deere Construction and then Program Manager for John Deere Riding Lawn Equipment."

How did you come to FIT4MOM Midtown Raleigh? "I came to Stroller Strides with a friend for Free Week when she was on maternity leave and I had just gone from full time to part time, Teddy was about 10 months old (Missy was teaching while pregnant with Rosie!). I did 10 class passes for a while and then decided to commit to 2+ classes a week and get the membership."

What is the best part of our FIT4MOM Village? "I am so grateful to have this village - it made my mental state significantly better while pregnant with the twins to know I had all these wonderful women to support me - from the people who I know will hold my babies whenever they get a chance, to the meal train, to the ones who will get me a hands free pump bra while I'm in the hospital and pumping for the babies in the NICU. I love the book club women and the ones who I saw start with me in class and are now instructors, the ones who will be there for play dates with Teddy and the new ones I will meet for play dates with the babies - everyone!"

What would you say to other moms of multiples considering Stroller Strides? "It is hard to meet friends as you get older! So hard, it's like dating! Do you know how to make it easier? Stroller Strides! And jump in and do the moms night out stuff (you know, once you think your husband can survive a night alone with your kids - it's probably sooner than you are thinking!)"

What's something fun we might not know about you? "My family loves to take vacations together and have a tradition of going somewhere while babies are new (3 months or younger). With Teddy we went to the Smokies and got caught in the rain on a hike so I ended up nursing him in an Appalachian Trail shelter! Nothing so awesome with the twins, but we did make the trip to Charlottesville, VA for a week."

Carolyn, we love having you and your sweet babies part of our Village! Come see Carolyn. She has a cute baby (or two) you could hold.

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