Hi! My name is Kristin and I am a DeWitt Mom. I am so excited to be joining the Lansing Mom community. I can’t wait to share my life with you, while also learning from your unique experiences. Born in Flint, we moved to the Lansing area shortly before my first birthday. I graduated from Grand Ledge High School, then went on to receive a business and art degree from Alma College. There is not much free time these days, while being a new mom, but when I have the opportunity I enjoy golfing, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Feel The Love
Speaking of loved ones! I am fortunate enough to have spent the last decade with my best friend and now baby daddy, Michael. We spent our twenties together and finally made it official in 2017. I have never met someone who can binge watch Law and Order on my level, I knew he was meant for me. We have an energetic and adventurous dog named Mali who just turned 7. Michael and I rescued her at 8 weeks old from CAHS and can’t imagine life without her! We’ve since settled our life together in DeWitt.
Otto Joseph was born on November 1, 2019. I know it sounds cliché, but I have never loved anything more. I am obsessed with him and all of his personality! At 10 months old he loves climbing on everything and finding all of the things mom and dad have yet to baby-proof! He is cutting teeth like a champ and has a smile on his face every morning! We love raising our family in DeWitt and can’t wait to share more of our story with you.
“I Need Help”
From an early age I struggled with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As I became an adult, depression began to rear it’s very ugly head. Mental illness has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. That lump in your throat, or pit in your stomach. That feeling first thing in the morning when you wonder how you are going to get through another day. I have been there.
Post-partum was the most difficult hurdle yet. The first two weeks were dark and full of tears. Then I talked to my doctor. We upped my medication, I talked to my therapist and started to feel better. I realized that I had to be my biggest advocate. It was important to express to everyone in my life how bad I was feeling. Now when I start to feel anxious or depressed, I say “I need help”. They are three short and easily pronounced words but they hold a lot of power. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression there are so many resources out there, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The Mother of all Hoods
I never saw myself as a mom. My 29th birthday consisted of massive breakdowns and contemplating where my life was going. I realized, for me, I wanted family, I wanted support and most of all I wanted to have a positive contribution to the world. I was eager to add to the next generation who would be accepting, kind and brilliant future leaders. And now I’m so excited to be able to share my journey with you as a DeWitt Mom. If you want to get to know me more come hang out with me on Instagram @MIHippieJ.