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January 2023 Mom of The Month

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone had an awesome holiday season! My name is Jessica Smith and I’m excited to be this month’s Fit4Mom Mama of the Month!

I am married to David (we met on match.com and were married at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in the wildflower garden in June 2018) and we have one son named Maxwell. Max is 3 and will (very) soon become a big brother as I am due with our second baby on 1/29/23. We have not found out the gender so are super excited to meet baby #2!

Outside of my wife and mama roles, I am a Physician Assistant and love my career. After undergrad at The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida I went right into PA school in Mobile, Alabama. After PA school I was active duty in the Navy for 3 years working as a PA in the clinic on Little Creek Base in Virginia Beach (which included a deployment to Afghanistan!). I moved from doing Family medicine in the Navy to Emergency medicine in the local Sentara hospitals for a few years followed by working at an OBGYN clinic in Chesapeake for a couple years. After having Max, I took an extended maternity leave before returning to part time work in the ER at the VA Hospital in Hampton.

During this extended maternity leave I knew I needed some sort of routine that included getting Max and me out of the house and when I stumbled across Fit4Mom on Facebook I thought it sounded perfect for us! I am a fairly introverted person so it took me a few weeks to actually sign up for a free trial class but once I met Caitlin for a stroller strides class at MacArthur mall in January of 2019, I was so glad I came! I became hooked and was going to stroller strides almost daily. Being around and talking with moms going through the same life stage as you with the same struggles and same blessings is extremely therapeutic. I have now done all of the offered classes except for Run Club I think! I am very thankful for finding Fit4Mom!