Our Mom of the Month for August is Tasha! She is mama to Bella and is due in November with another little girl!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I was born in Ashland, KY but have lived in Lexington pretty much my whole life. I'm married to a ginger, Marty Vaughan, for 9 years in December. We have a strong willed, smart, and beautiful little girl named Isabella Grace (many of you know her as Bella Boo!) who's 3.5 years old. Bella's baby sister is due to arrive 11/3 :-). Her name is Lily, but we are still struggling with a middle name for her. I work full-time for a non-profit called The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in the Fundraising office which is located in Lexington. I have worked for CAP for 9 years and have been in my current position of Database Analyst for about 2 years. My husband is an English teacher at The STEAM Academy going on 4 years now.
What do you like most about being a mom?
One of the many things I like most about being a mom is getting kisses from my Bella Boo when I don't ask for them. She's a little bit of a daddy's girl (SHOCKER!) and when I get kisses out of the blue, it makes my day.
Why do you love FIT4MOM Lexington as your workout program?
I stay with the fit4mom program as my workout regime because I love that I can bring Bella with me to class and do not have to be away from her another hour of the day. I work long days sometimes and being away from her makes me feel guilty. I used to be a member of a box type of gym for about 12 years and after I had her, I wanted something that involved her in my workout!
What advice would you give a first time mom?
I'd encourage a first time mom to take time for herself by taking those hot bubble baths when she gets the chance and get a babysitter on occasion and have that time away with your spouse or friends or even alone. Time is needed to decompress whether you work or stay at home. It is needed to stay sane.
Any funny mom stories?
It’s funny to me but Bella was born on New Year’s Eve of 2013. She was a week late and I had to be induced. All through Christmas I had family in town patiently waiting for her arrival. Well she didn’t want to come out! All the family had to go back home before she came. All in a matter of two days between Christmas and New Year’s I had a massage, a pedicure, and did all the things they say to do, to induce yourself into labor. I went in for my induction at 9:30pm on December 30th. We wanted to have Bella before midnight on New Year’s Eve. 19 hours later, I had her at 7:02 pm on December 31st. I had my epidural about 5pm, my nurse insisted to go ahead and get it to get some sleep. I was planning on one anyway, but didn’t know at what point I’d get it. After delivery, they rolled me to my room which was nearing midnight. I still couldn’t walk on my own to the bathroom and this was about the time the ball was dropping. Talk about a New Year’s party! Needless to say, my epidural lasted quite a while.