Madison (my tot) and I have a goal to meet 365 Moms & their tots.

Tot Mom #14

Ashley & Harlow — Speed Demons, or should I say, Angels

Harlow — Water Baby

Can you take a guess where Ashley was born and raised? This city is in Indiana and has become well known, as some say, for hosting the fastest, richest race in the world. That’s right, she is from Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If I was a betting girl, I would bet money that the Indianapolis 500 sparked a passion through Ashley, since her career is in NASCAR. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and majored in Business Marketing and International Studies, with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, she moved to Charlotte in 2006 and landed one of the coolest jobs to date. Ashley does marketing for Red Bull Racing Team, which is home to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne. She used to also do PR for the team, which required her to travel to all 38 races each year. After having Harlow in 2009, she switched to a Marketing job and only travels to 15 races each year, leaving more time to spend with Harlow. She met her husband in 2007 through some mutual friends in the sport. Both having a love for the sport, it was only natural they hit it off and have been married now for over 2 years. During their free time, they enjoy boating on LKN, wakeboarding, attending concerts, and attending The Cove Church in Mooresville. On Tuesday evenings, they go to Charlotte One, in downtown Charlotte, which holds a special, more modern service for young couples to enjoy music. Being married to a preacher’s son myself, I think this is something we may need to try out! Pre mommy days, Ashley used to love running and ran in several mini marathons. Now being a tot mom, she is unable to find the time to get back into running, yet somehow manages to stay in great shape. How do you do it?

Harlow is 19 months old and one of the tallest babies in our Little Gym class. Ashley stated she doesn’t know where Harlow gets her height, neither she nor her husband are tall people. A nickname that stuck with Harlow is “Puff”. Ashley doesn’t have a clue where or how the name started, she just started saying it. It might have something to do with the fact that “Puff” is a great eater. Ashley takes full credit for her baby’s love of fresh fruits and vegetables, since she has made all of her food from scratch. One tip from this tot mom is to always make the food from scratch so the nutrients remain in the food. Ashley purees the fruits and vegetables and stores them in ice cube trays in the freezer. Once the food freezes, she pops out each cube into Ziploc bags, so she knows portion size. I was literally mesmerized with this information and will definitely take Ashley’s advice. For fun, Harlow likes to color, play play-dough, and push her baby stroller at night around the neighborhood with mommy. She has also grown an obsession for water, so Ashley is going to give her swim lessons this summer, since she used to teach swim to babies and toddlers. Besides Discovery Place and Little Gym, one of their favorite places to have a mommy/daughter date is the Tot Lot in Davidson. This large playground is fenced in and consists of a huge sandbox already furnished with toys, as well as many riding toys located around a circle sidewalk. Yet again, another place Madi and I need to visit!

Ashley stated the hardest thing about being a tot mom is working full time and traveling, while having a husband who also works full time and travels. They never feel like they spend enough time with Harlow, so every minute counts. The best thing is everything. You don’t know what love is until you have a child. So True!

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