The Fit Skool

by Kelly

8 Month Baby & Postpartum Update


This past week has been quite fun with Miss Ava. Today marks 8 months since she has been born and a lot has changed over the last month.

Ava is weighing in at roughly 18 lbs and is 29.5 inches long.


Ava is now actively crawling ALL over the place. I thought I was fast, but man, she can move!! Sometimes I think to myself as she is crawling “I have plenty of time before I have to chase her” but then she surprises me at how quickly she can get into things… especially when she crawls so fast towards Coopers water bowl where she dumps it all over the place.


She tries to pull herself up on everything…..clearly she will be walking before we know it!

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Oh yeah, and Ava also has 2 bottom teeth.


  • Crawling towards Cooper’s food & water bowl and thinks its funny to bang his bowl on the ground.
  • Pulling herself up on the dishwasher or any cabinet.
  • Her eating from her squeeze pouches and she likes little puff cereal
  • the mirrors and looking at herself
  • Pulling Cooper’s tail and touching his paws or face.
  • Peek-a-boo… it never gets old to her
  • obstacles.. and will crawl over pillows, Cooper, or whatever is in her way.
  • sesame street.. whenever she hears elmo’s voice it excites her
  • music
  • being outside and being in her pool



As long as her teeth are not bothering her she sleeps really well. Generally around 8pm-6:15am. Her naps are usually around the same time each day now. She either takes 2 good naps or 3 small ones. I am fine with either :)


It seems like she’s getting sick of a lot of the toys she has. She prefers to explore the cabinets (the ones that are childproof), she likes to hold spatulas, drop her toys from her high-chair to hear them bang on the floor, and likes to pull herself up and look out the front door to people watch.


This past week has been fun for me as Ava explores her VOICE. Yesterday she was clearly making mmmmmm sounds all day and I swear I am not making this up you can ask Marc, but she said Mom. She definitely doesn’t associate the “mom”  word with me, but she got me fired up when I heard her say it!! Bababa and dadada had been her lingo for the past few weeks, so clearly I was excited for the MMMMMM break through!!


I am pleased with the strength progress I have seen my upper body this month. I have been focusing on my arms, chest, and back a lot lately and I can tell that some exercises are getting easier. I have also been able to increase my weight in Group Power on the triceps, biceps, and back tracks.  My cardio strength is on point. When I did a cardio workout over the weekend, I was surprised at my speed and energy compared to Month 2 postpartum where I was incapable of completing a lot of the exercises.

I look forward to challenging my body in new ways in the next few months and learning new exercises to teach you all!! :)


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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