The Fit Skool

by Kelly

5 Months Baby & Postpartum Update


It is crazy to think that 5 months has passed since Ava was born. I can probably say this same thing every month that passes but it is so true that times does fly!



Ava is now about 15lbs and 26 ¾ inches long!


About 2 weeks ago we tried solids. Ava had been staring at the food on my plate and reaching for it, so we knew it was time. Plus she has been taking so much formula and waking up starving in the middle of the night.

First we tried Rice cereal and to no surprise Ava was not a fan! I don’t blame her. I’m not into rice at all but I will eat it. We tried the rice cereal for a few days to see if those taste buds would change and if she would accept the texture but that didn’t happen. So on to  Squash we went, and it was a huge hit. Ava was literally grabbing the spoon out of my hand and sticking it into her mouth. WIN! She’s just like me and enjoys her veggies.  We started oatmeal 2 days ago and she seems more accepting of it. This is great because she needs something that will keep her full for a longer period of time.

This morning she tried green beans, and again she liked them! Do you think it is possible to skip the rice and oatmeal??


I can’t wait to try more veggies & soon fruits. We have sweet potatoes next on the list, I hope she likes them as much as I do :)


Ava is a great sleeper. The other night she slept for 12 straight hours waking up only 1 time to have a bottle. I am SO impressed.  Over the last week or two we have had some sleep disturbances due to Ava coughing. It doesn’t wake her up but Marc and I wake up! We didn’t know what to do so we took her to the Doctor. The Dr said she looks healthy besides the cough but maybe we should see an allergist or a GI doctor to see if she has Reflux or allergies. After analyzing her cough and symptoms, we think it is reflux! I guess we need to schedule an appointment to see what we can do.

Besides us waking up in the middle of the night for an hour straight, she really is easy in the sleep department. Her naps are pretty consistent. She takes 1 long nap (1 ½ – 2hrs) and 2 or 3 mini 30-45 min naps per day.

I do hope we get this cough under control so that Marc and I can sleep better! I don’t know about you but I need my sleep!!



Of course play-time is the best. Who doesn’t want to see Ava laughing and giggling all day long. When we are playing everything else on my agenda and to-do list can wait. I get caught up with her fun personality. Ava uses her walker now. She doesn’t walk in it but plays and likes to be upright. She loves to make new noises now. She screams, chirps, oohs, & mmms, and has been testing out her voice a little bit more. Ava loves stuffed animals, especially her live stuffed animal Cooper. She reaches to pet him and when he licks her she smiles and laughs!

She can sit up on her own for short periods of time, and loves to play with her feet. Pretty soon she will be sticking them in her mouth.


She loves her cousin Natalie and Aunt Melanie


I am happy to say that I feel no pain or tightness in my shoulder and my strength is gradually improving.  I am keeping my fingers crossed it stays this way but I am sure I will run into some soreness here and there.


This past week I was able to lift a little bit heavier, and I am more comfortable doing pushups thanks to my Physical Therapist Melissa. She is the best! I love how she makes the tiniest tweak in my form to improve my shoulder mobility and strength. I learn a lot from her.

My weight is the same, but I am not trying to lose any more weight I am happy with where I am. I do notice that my arms are getting a little more toned thanks to being able to lift more weights! It is so nice not having to modify movements at this point. I don’t need to think about my injury with daily tasks and I am hoping I can put the injury behind me now! For the next month my goal is core strength and improving flexibility all over!!


This pic is a sneak peak at the Mommy & Me workout I am going to post this week that I did with Ava!

Author: Kelly @ The Fit Skool

I’m Kelly, a NASM personal trainer and group instructor, a former athlete, a wife and soon to be mommy. Health and Fitness is my passion and I am excited to share this journey with you!

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