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November 13, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

Bradley’s 4 Month Baby Update

Hi Everyone! It’s been yet another month since my last post of Bradley’s 3 month update, and while I wish I had more time to post on a regular basis, the reality is that I don’t right now! I sure do miss it and I’ve filled my head with tons of new blog topics that I will hopefully get to post soon.

Today I’m sharing a 4 month update on my big boy Bradley!

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I apologize in advance for the terrible iPhone photos but I haven’t received my new phone… long story (and you don’t want to hear about it) so I’m stuck with some terrible blurry photos. I just want you to see through the blur and realize that we have a happy baby that warms our hearts day in and day out.

Bradley at 4 months

Current weight: 18 lbs 8 oz and 27 inches long

This was the exact weight that Ava was at 9 months.  I can’t imagine how big he will be 5 months from now.


Bradley is a big boy. He’s an arm full and my biceps get tired carrying him around. I’m pretty sure he’s getting used to playing on the floor on his play mat because mama just gets tired holding him (especially after I workout myself!!)

Bradley is currently in 9 months clothing and I’m sure at christmas time he will be in 12 month clothing.


As I said in my last post Bradley is truly an easy going happy baby. He makes EVERY day so much brighter and brings a smile to everyone’s face he meets. He’s a big boy with a BIG personality and I’m blessed he joined our family. We all can’t get enough of him.



Bradley is a hungryyyyy baby. I am jealous of all the moms who’s babies eat strictly every 3 1/2 hours but that’s not the case here. He usually eats every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It could be worse but I still feel like he’s eating all the time.  I am praying his doctor approves him for some cereal soon or maybe even a hamburger?



I won’t complain about my sleep but I do hope things get better soon! I am usually up every 3 hours with Bradley but lately he gives one good stretch of 5 hours in the beginning and then goes another 3 hours until the morning. He goes to bed around 7:30/8pm feeds at 10pm, 3pm and 6am. He’s usually up for the day around 7:30am unless he goes to the bathroom ;)




Playtime is awesome. The smiles from Bradley are endless. He absolutely loves toys, his sister Ava’s crazy faces and noises, he loves TV (which we don’t let him watch but his eyes always seem to find it). he also loves his doggie and gets super excited when he’s around.

He’s not too interested in books but it’s still early. For now we will keep the bright colored toys and stuffed animals around.


  • rolling over back to belly (it’s his favorite trick)
  • holds his bottle but only for a few seconds
  • belly laughs at Ava
  • slept through the night!!
  • can stand for long periods with support

How’s mama doing?

At 4 months postpartum I feel like my fitness journey has just begun. My body can handle a little more. During month 3 I pushed hard and I was crampy and had some stomach pains here and there so I backed off a bit. It was quite odd but I listened to my body and didn’t do any high intensity exercises.


I am feeling great overall and of course I feel amazing on the days I actually get a good nights sleep. 2 kids is no joke. It’s fun, challenging, rewarding and draining all at once!!

Cooper loves being a big brother again. He’s used to all the baby chaos and has been a saint with Bradley. Minus a few pacifier steels ;)


Over the last month Ava’s love for Bradley grew significantly. She’s much more kind & gentle with her baby brother. She actually loves sharing her toys with him and loves hearing him laugh at her.


I wouldn’t have this crazy life any other way and love the little family we have.

October 9, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool
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Bradley’s 3 Month Baby Update

I am super excited to post today and share with you a little about our lives this past month and how much things have changed in such a short period of time. I last posted with Bradley’s 2 month update and I promised myself I would keep the updates going.


I also promised myself I would post his birth story and I finished PART 1 so that will be posted next week!


Bradley at 3 months


Current weight: 17 lbs.. my boy is BIG!!!

Bradley is currently in 6 months clothing and I’m not even sure how long he will stay in those he is growing so fast!

Bradley is truly an easy going happy baby. I feel lucky to have him in my life and he makes every day so much brighter with his BIG smile, he is so happy that he makes me happy. His grin lights up the room and no matter what mood I’m in he will always make it a good one.



Bradley’s eating has gotten a lot better this month. He’s probably not as good as Ava was but he’s starting to get more of a schedule going and he’s quick & efficient which makes my life a lot easier. None of his feedings take longer then 10 minutes. He probably feeds about 5-6 times a day sometimes 7 but his stretches are about 3-3 1/2 hours.

I can’t complain at all and I won’t!



Another thing I won’t complain about it sleep. This past month we made leaps and bounds. He started off giving me a 6 hour stretch, we regressed a little and went back to 4 hours but then we hit 6 1/2. We also were fortunate to get two 8 hour stretches and when mama gets 7 hours of sleep I feel like a new woman. No joke.

When I wake up and the clock says any number passed 5am I’m like… What the… AWESOME!

I didn’t want to get my hopes up after those good nights but I take that good nights sleep and run with it. I also secretly pray that this is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Ava started to sleep for 8-9 hours around this time so I was hoping my little boy would do the same!



Playtime is the best time. Probably because smiles, laughs, flailing arms and legs and happy noises make my day. Bradley adores Ava’s craziness, her toys that she shows him, he loves staring at Cooper’s sweet face, he can’t get enough of looking in the mirror at himself, he loves his playmats, his colorful stuffed animals and anyone that will talk to him. I think he knows he’s cute and that’s why he always smiles.

It’s so fun to watch him as he observes his surroundings and I would pay to know what is going through that little brain of his as he reaches for toys and giggles at the light on the ceiling.


Lets talk about some of Bradley’s Firsts.


  • reaching for toys
  • holding onto toys
  • diaper blowout thank god dad was home for this one
  • projectile vomit all over mama and the rocking chair.. again thank god dad was home for this one
  • smiling & giggling (2 months)
  • rolling over from Belly to Back (2 months)
  • holding his head up on his own
  • sleeping through the night (I wish there were endless amounts of these)

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I can’t wait for more firsts and to see how much Bradley grows this month. I know that time flies so I’m really trying to soak in all of the baby moments that I can while he’s this little. I know that in the blink of an eye he’s going to be as big as Ava and while that’s great I just can’t let him grow up that fast!!


How’s mama doing?

I am officially 3 months postpartum and I’m feeling great. Last month I was feeling good, but not THIS good. I’m sleeping better and I swear when I get my sleep I am an all around better person. I can tackle more of my to-do list, I can workout harder, I’m a better mom, a better wife, a better everything I think? Don’t you feel better when you sleep good?!

I am starting to see more physical changes now that fitness is part of my normal routine. It really does feel good to be back to exercising consistently. Boot camp kicked my butt this past month and I was sore after every workout that I completed. Is it weird that I like kicking my own butt? My arms and legs are a lot stronger and my mushy belly is FINALLY starting to give a little. For a second I thought I was stuck with the dough boy but it’s slowly getting tighter thanks to all the boot camp planking. Lets not forget my boy is big, Bradley’s an armful and I gotta admit that my arms are a lot stronger this time around thanks to my 17 pounder.

As for exercise, I have been getting in at least 4 days of workouts per week. I have listened to my body more and if I miss a day of exercise I don’t sweat it because you know what, I don’t have the time to worry about that. My day is filled with kids activities and family stuff that I literally don’t have time to think about anything except for what’s going on in that moment. While sometimes it’s great, other times I miss my super organized planner self that has coffee and lunches packed the night before. I’m getting there and each day I’m getting better at everything!!!

Enough of my rambles…. I’ll be back soon with a non baby post for you I Swear!!

September 15, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool
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Bradley’s 2 Month Baby Update

Well hello there.

I hope you aren’t giving up on me and The Fit Skool just yet. I’m taking time to adjust to being a mom of two, easing back into work and making time for myself.

I do miss blogging on a regular basis, but I guess my priorities have changed and I have to cut back a bit for now.

So in good old baby number 2 fashion, this 2 month update is coming about a week late. I also apologize for lack of pictures but my iPhone broke and I am currently without my photos :( I will definitely post some separately once my phone is fixed.


is officially 9 weeks old and past 2 months. His current weight at his 2 month check up was 15 lbs. He was 24 inches long.


Basically he’s huge. Ava wasn’t 15lbs until she was 5 months old so he’s a big baby to me.

He is such an easy going baby that loves to smile tons and give silly faces. He brightens each morning for sure!! I would have to say he’s like a cup of coffee and to be honest I haven’t been drinking much because he literally increases my energy with his big old grin on a daily basis. So does Ava ;)


Eating has been totally different compared to my experience with Ava. This boy has no set schedule and to be honest I’m okay with that. Sometimes he eats every 2 hours sometimes it’s 3 or 3 1/2. I just go with the flow and feed him when he’s hungry.

Speaking of hungry. Bradley knows how to cry when he’s hungry. He screams so loud you could probably hear him down the street, and I basically try to avoid him getting to that point and feeding him before he gets SUPER hungry.


Just like his eating, daytime sleep is ALL over the place. Partially because our schedules are crazy and he’s in and out of the car a decent amount, plus Ava makes it a little difficult to nap when he’s home.

He naps a few times a day, probably 3-4 naps. Some are 20 minutes, an hour, and his longest one is the afternoon nap which is usually around 2-2 1/2 hours.

At night he’s been sleeping around 8pm until 6:30am with 2 feedings in between. I get one long stretch of 5-6 hours which is pretty good for a 2 month old. Don’t let me fool you though, I can’t wait until this guy gives me an 8 hour stretch ;)


Playtime is an all time favorite with Bradley in our house. Marc, Ava and I love putting him on his play mat or on the ground and talking to him, tickling him and making noises with him. He’s such a happy smiley baby and we enjoy all those moments.

He rolled over from his tummy to his back several times already which is super impressive. My boy is STRONG like his sister.

I can’t wait for more playtime fun and all the new things he’s going to learn these next 2 months!

How’s mama?


Fitness & Health….

I am currently at my pre birth weight which is great, I’m not looking to lose more then a couple pounds but things with my body have definitely changed. I still have a mushy belly, my arms aren’t as strong, and I have some fitness goals to lean out a bit.

As for being a mom of two…

Motherhood has taken a whole new turn with 2 kids and although I have had numerous challenging days, I have amazing days that make those bad days disappear. I have 2 happy healthy kids that give life a whole new meaning. They are so much fun to be around, they keep me on my toes, and they make me work 110% to be the best mom possible.

I found myself struggling a bit the first 3 weeks after having Bradley. I had my old mindset of being superwoman and wanted to get everything done between bills, cleaning, feeding kids, entertaining 2 kids, taking care of myself, walking the dog and all the stuff that comes in between that. Realistically I couldn’t do it all, I needed Marc to help, my family and whoever else lent a hand.

Once I let go of the unimportant things in my life everything got so much easier. I was able to enjoy more of the time with my family and worry less about a messy house, a sink full of dishes, 3 large piles of laundry and Cooper only getting 1 walk instead of 2. I knew we would all live and get through the chaos once I was fully recovered.

Now that I’m recovered things are back to normal and I feel like I can be superwoman again. JUST KIDDING… being superwoman is nearly impossible but it’s worth a shot and I will continue to strive to be that woman.

I hope that you will continue to support my blog and I promise I will be getting in more posts :)

September 5, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

Do you fear the scale??… Beets Blu Scale Review

Do you fear the scale?

Some people don’t own a scale and I understand their reasoning. Scales can be your enemy but I really don’t look at it that way. I look at the scale as a tool to help me live a healthy life.

Growing up we had a scale in our house and I never feared it. I’d get on and except the number. The scale doesn’t lie. For most of my life I never had to worry about that number either and I’m thankful for that, but there did come a time that I got on the scale and I wasn’t happy with the result.

From that point on, I worked until I got where I wanted to be and proved to myself that hard work pays off and you really can do anything you put your mind to. The scale proved to be a useful tool in helping me achieve my goal and the results that I wanted.

I was asked to review the Beets Blu Scale and I didn’t hesitate to say yes.


I already had a great scale at home but I do use one and I use them with my clients so why not test out a new one?! This scale intrigued me for the pure fact that it registers your body fat. To me the body fat percentage is the most important number. Yes your weight is important too but that number doesn’t show you how much muscle or how much fat you have.

When I saw this on the product information I was anxious to try it.

Here is some of my feedback:

Beets Blu Scale Review 


Why do I need Scale?

Beets BLU Bluetooth Scale is a simple device with an elegant design dedicated for monitoring your
weight, fat percentage, body water and muscle mass. The scale is helpful in forming a habit of measuring your body in the simplest way ever.

  • It performs the most accurate weight and BMI measurements.
  • It uploads the data wirelessly via Bluetooth to the native application or to many other fitness and health applications.
  • It helps you to analyze the data and choose the most apt way to track your weight loss.


  • I love the sleek look of the scale
  • it’s lightweight
  • easy to use
  • there is an audio feature from the app that tells you your stats


  • it logs your numbers and compares your weekly and monthly scale results
  • the app is easy to set up and you can store multiple users


  • The only bad thing I have to say about this scale is that my body fat percentage was off a couple times. One reading said 20% and another said 5.4%. I knew my body wasn’t at 5.4%. I just had a baby and I had some extra fat hanging around if you know what I mean!!


Besides that, I love the features and the product!! This will definitely be a tool that my family will use on a regular basis. I think Marc may like it the most, he’s used it way more then I have ;)

To find out more details or to purchase the Beets Blu Scale for your family the Beets Blue Scale is available through for $59.95.


August 7, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

1 Month Update: Adjusting to being a mom of 2!

Well hello there! It’s been quite a while since my last blog post and I guess you could say I have been enjoying my time at home with Bradley & Ava and it has also taken Marc and I some time to adjust to being a family of 5.

The title of this post really should have been ADJUSTING TO BEING A MOM OF 3. Cooper is absolutely one of my children and requires almost as much attention as Bradley & Ava do. I have to feed, walk, play and give Cooper cuddles just like the other two, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.


These past few weeks have been crazy busy and I can’t believe how fast the time is going!!! I have had my hands full with Bradley’s baby duties, keeping Ava entertained 24/7, getting Cooper his exercise, taking care of myself during my recovery, making meals for my family, and finding time to sleep in between. Moms have the toughest job right?? Well dad’s do too and Marc has been a tremendous help with EVERYTHING from jumping in to do a late night feeding so I can rest, taking Ava to the store or park so I can get a break, to walking Cooper daily so that he is tired!


Right now I have both Ava and Bradley home with me until Ava starts preschool on September 1st, so I haven’t really had a chance to do anything for myself besides shower and eat. I miss blogging but to be honest any 30-60 minutes of free time that I’ve had, I pretty much spend resting. Ava hasn’t been napping consistently during the day anymore which doesn’t give me much of a break!!


My first 2 weeks of recovery went pretty smoothly. I had some really good days where I felt like I could tackle everything and then usually the good days followed with a bad one and I would feel crampy, tired and pretty much useless. That’s how I know I overdid it!!

Week 3 I was sleeping a little better and moving around easier. I went for several walks with Marc, Cooper, Ava & Bradley. They weren’t long or strenuous walks but enough to get some fresh air and get Cooper his exercise.

Week 4 had been my best energy and my most active since having Bradley. I didn’t want to sit still, but come night time I was ready to sleep whenever Ava & Bradley fell asleep!  I haven’t been crampy at all in a while and I would say that by week 5 I’ll be itching for a workout ;)


My recovery with Ava was slow and I started feeling good around 4 weeks postpartum but this time with Bradley I felt like I could do things around 10-14 days after. My body definitely isn’t ready but I guess when you have a toddler you have no choice but to be playing outside in a kiddy pool, squirting the hose, making trips to the library while lugging a car seat, playing at the beach in the water even when you probably shouldn’t be, and doing whatever I can to entertain my 2 1/2 year old with boat loads of energy. I swear she could probably do 10 boot camp classes and still not be tired!


Now… A quick update on Bradley. He is just the sweetest little boy with the largest set of lungs! He can scream when he wants something but I like knowing he’s strong and healthy and only trying to tell me something. Ava was pretty quiet as a newborn so it’s funny to see how different they are already!

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He’s a good sleeper once he’s asleep. Getting him to sleep is sometimes challenging when Ava is singing, making noise, banging on things, or touching him and telling him not to sleep! Lets just say we are working on her whispering and quiet time. She’s improved drastically this last week and I’ve noticed an improvement in Bradley’s naps and he’s crying less. Clearly he needed more sleep and Ava wasn’t letting him

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My sleep hasn’t been terrible, it could always be worse right? I think this time around I knew what to expect so I’m not expecting to sleep in long chunks and it’s been fine so far. I have had some mornings where I wake up ready to start the day with a smile on my face and I have had a few rough ones where I’m like seriously… can’t I sleep just another hour please!!!

I know that it’s just a phase and I will be sleeping longer in a few weeks so that’s how I’m getting through the late nights.


Speaking of late nights, I really do enjoy my alone time with Bradley. It’s special bonding time since during the day I try to split my time between Bradley and Ava. Ava has been handling my shared time pretty well considering it’s only been a month with our new little guy. It’s a learning curve for all of us and I think we are doing the best job we can right now!!!


(Isn’t this picture just the sweetest thing?!)

I miss blogging and I promise my next post will be Bradley’s Birth Story. It was pretty EPIC so stay tuned ;)

July 16, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool
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Welcome My Sweet Baby Boy!!!!!

I am beyond excited to share with you the great news that our little baby boy Bradley Steven Garofalo arrived on July 8th, 2016 at 11:19pm.


He weighed in at 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.


He is the sweetest little boy and has melted my heart from the second I laid eyes on him.

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I feel blessed that he is healthy and super strong! To be honest I can’t even put to words how happy I am.

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My heart is full and my family is complete….

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Stay tuned for Bradley’s Birth story and some more mom & baby updates. Lets just say this last week has gone by SUPER fast and my days have been filled with diaper changes, making sure my kids are fed, and enjoying all the baby snuggles and smiles from Ava & Bradley. I plan to soak up my maternity leave as much as possible!! 

July 8, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool
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Baby #2: Pregnancy Update 39 weeks

I’m 5 days away from my due date. It’s pretty surreal that within the next week we will be meeting our little boy. I’m super pumped.

My patience has been tested with this waiting game and I’m trying to keep my mind of the fact that I’m pregnant and waiting for his arrival. That’s easier said then done when I’m tired, hot, my belly is the size of a bowling ball and my appetite is getting more picky.

Anyways, being pregnant and a mom are the two hardest jobs and I’m super happy that I have this healthy boy growing inside of me. Pretty soon we will all get to meet him :)

Here is a 39 Week Update for you:

THE BABY IS about 19-21 inches long Weighing about 7-8lbs and the size of a watermelon!

Weight gained

I’m up 26 lbs


It’s a BOY!!!


my workouts have been good. I’m still teaching classes just not doing nearly as much as I was before! moving keeps me sane and it also feels good. I am not sure whether I will be teaching next week but we will see how I feel :)


This picture was taken before teaching my Group Power Class!


I’m pretty symptom free for the most part. My small symptoms are that I’m tired, I’ve had some braxton hicks contractions, mild cramping and muscle spasms. None of these have been serious and I feel like labor is NEVER going to happen although it has to! :)

Food Aversions: 

I’m not eating that many veggies this week, my body seems to be staying away and I’m eating more carbs and fats.

Food Cravings: 

  • Nuts, seeds, trail mix
  • Toast or potatoes
  • My moms potato salad yummmm
  • Sandwiches
  • cold foods like salads, raw veggies and fruit
  • I still need protein at every meal and have been eating lots of chicken and fish


Sleep has been okay. I wake up 2x to pee and go right back to sleep. I’m like a zombie!!! I have had a few times this past week I woke up with cramping but it was nothing!

Maternity clothes: 

I have a select few workout outfits that I’m rocking. I wash them on the regular because right now I have to wear whats comfy and what fits! I still love my maternity shorts and tanks though too.

Stretch marks: 

None yet!

Do I Miss anything: 

I miss laying on my belly, I miss being able to bend over like a normal person, I miss exercising at a normal pace without needed to take a breather every so often.

I miss coffee & wine. Those both sound energizing and relaxing right now!!


My little boy moves a ton but at certain times of the day. Some of his belly rolls make me feel sick to my stomach and I need to change positions. He still hiccups daily and throws me some kicks to the rib every once in a while.

Baby Items Purchased: 

I bought some little boy shorts, pants and a onesie with a firetruck on it. Ava loves firetrucks so I assume so will our little boy!


Wedding rings ON or OFF: 

I finally took them off. I have no swelling but part of me was scared that something would happen if I kept them on!

Belly Button IN or OUT? 


I’m Looking Forward To: 

Um… his arrival? It’s all I can think about and consumes my every waking thought. While I know these will be my final days as a pregnant lady, I think I have experienced enough and I’m ready to meet him. I am also ready for Ava to be a big sister. I know she is going to be the best helper!! I CAN’T WAIT.


I had a couple real contractions this week but only one at a time. Is it bad to say I loved the pain?? I couldn’t help but get excited for a hot second and then my hopes were taken away.

This baby boy is in it for the long haul and is cozy.


Random Things:

I wish jumping jacks would make this guy come out, but walking, exercise, pineapple, cleaning the kitchen floor, spicy food, it’s ALL A myth. He will come when he’s ready and that’s truly what I believe.

But really what’s he waiting for?? The heat wave to be over???

I had a doctor apt this week and all is well and I had no progress I’m stuck at 2cm 50% effaced!

That’s all I have for you today but I hope that we can all see this little boy soon ;)

For more pregnancy updates head over to my Baby #2 pregnancy page

July 6, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

WIAW: 7 more days (plus or minus)?!

Well hello Wednesday, you snuck up rather fast this week and I’m loving it!

I have officially 1 week until my due date. To say my level of excitement and anxiousness is low would be an understatement. I’m currently impatient and trying to do whatever I can to keep my mind side-tracked and my body busy so that I don’t think about it. The waiting game is one of the hardest parts of pregnancy and I didn’t have much of it when I was pregnant with Ava because she arrived early.


SOO rather then ramble on about that stuff lets talk about some food. I decided to share my food journal from Tuesday (yesterday).

I woke up at 6am from my internal alarm clock. I came downstairs drank some water and poured myself a little iced coffee. While I started to make my eggs, I snacked on a couple bites of this chocolate chip muffin. I find that a little sugar in the morning helps settle my stomach . (or at least lets pretend that’s why I ate it)

BREAKFAST: I had 2 eggs, sauteed spinach and potatoes. Plus a piece of toast which is not pictured.


After breakfast I did some computer/blog work while Marc was still home and then got myself ready for the YMCA.

I ate a banana on the way to the Y.


We weren’t there too long but I did a quick 30 minute cardio workout on the elliptical and some stretching.

SNACK: After we left the YMCA I ate a Cookie Dough Larabar.


Ava and I then took a trip to the library. I promised her we could return some books and get new ones. We usually go there every 2 weeks and she loves it.

LUNCH I decided to eat some leftovers from my mom’s cooking on the 4th. I had a BBQ pulled chicken sandwich with coleslaw and some potato salad. UMM yum. This meal totally hit the spot and I loved that I didn’t need to think about what to eat. It was right in front of me when I opened the fridge.


A peach somehow made it into my lunch too. My little baby boy LOVES peaches. Can you blame him??


Ava was quite tired from all the weekend fun but she wouldn’t nap. It seemed like something was the matter because she had no appetite. Rather then force her to try to sleep I let her lay on the floor and watch some TV.

SNACK: around 2pm I was hungry. I had a doctors appointment as well so I quickly snacked on a string cheese while I was in the waiting room.


When I got home I had a bowl of cheerios with milk.


It hit the spot.

Pretty soon it was time to make dinner. I wasn’t feeling anything as usual but we needed something so I opened up the freezer to see what we had.

DINNER: I made a simple meal of fish filets, french fries and cucumber slices. This meal was simple but exactly what my body needed.


I left for Boot Camp around 6pm. I left feeling great but a sweaty mess. I just love my class and the energy everyone brings. I participated in some of the workout, I figured it would only help speed up this labor process right?!

POST WORKOUT SNACK: I refueled with a Quest bar.


I haven’t had one of these in a very long time but I figured an extra protein boost was what I needed. After my shower I snacked on some Cherries with Ava. I was also craving salt and Cheeze its looked amazing!


that was pretty much my night besides chatting with Marc for a little bit before bed. It wasn’t a bad day of food but not my favorite for sure!

For some more food inspiration check out the What I ate Wednesday Crew over on Arman’s Blog today!

What was something delicious you ate or snacked on this week?

Did you have any leftovers from 4th of July?

July 5, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

4th Of July Beach Fun

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Ours was perfect and relaxing. I always cherish an extra long weekend with the family and having Marc home makes the world of differences. We spent practically the whole weekend at the beach which was awesome, because once the baby arrives it’s probably going to be a bit hard to get there in the beginning.

I figured I would do a quick recap of our weekend for you:

Friday night Marc and I had a little date night at Harvest on Greenwich Avenue. We have been there plenty of times, but we love the food and atmosphere. My mom was kind enough to watch Ava for us so we could get out for a bit.


We split a bunch of small plates rather then ordering entrees. We had my favorite brussel sprout salad, lamb meatballs which I wasn’t a fan of, grilled calamari, mussels, and a chopped salad which was delicious.


Marc and I enjoyed our alone time, it was much needed :)

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These are some post dinner pics when my belly was at its fullest :)


Saturday we spent the morning at the beach and in the afternoon headed to a friends pool.

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It was a beautiful day and I’m glad we didn’t really spend a second inside!

Sunday was pretty much a repeat of Saturday and we headed to the beach again just for the morning.


I have so much fun watching and playing with Ava. It’s amazing how happy kids are when they play with sand toys.

Sunday afternoon we BBQ’d with my family and kept it low key!

On the 4th of July we took Cooper & Ava to the field first thing in the morning before it got hot to run around and play before we headed to Byram Shore Beach to hang out.


My parents joined us at the beach which was lovely. It’s always nice to have extra people looking out for Ava and playing with her. I was actually able to sit in a beach chair and relax for a bit!! AWESOME.


Around 330pm my family came over for a BBQ.

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It was a great evening and we enjoyed their company.


everyone loves grandma!


My mom did all the cooking which was pretty special and made the day so much easier for Marc and myself.

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We even had a little ice cream cake for dessert.


Think my dad is excited for this baby boy to arrive?? He picked out the cake.

Ava didn’t nap on the 4th so she was out cold by 7pm.


Those are tired eyes!

Marc and I spent the night on the couch relaxing and watching TV. It seems like we watch TV once a week so it was nice to kick our feet up and chill.

Now it’s back to the work week and I’m looking forward to it. This weekend was amazing and I loved being outside but I can’t wait to have a schedule to follow to pass the time until our baby boy arrives!

What did you do for the 4th of July?

Did you spend the weekend outside?

July 1, 2016
by Kelly @ The Fit Skool

Baby #2: Pregnancy update Week 38

I’m currently 38 weeks + 2 days pregnant and there are 12 days until my due date. UMMMM… I’m psyched.

I’m a very punctual person and I always arrive early, so I hope he follows my lead!!! Each day he stays put I know he’s getting healthier and stronger so that’s always a plus. I’ve learned before with Ava that the baby will come when he’s ready but the question is will he come early, on time or late?? Your guess is as good as mine and to be honest I would rather not think about it.

Every day people are asking me how I’m feeling, if I have any symptoms, or they tell me when they think the baby will be coming. The truth is NO one has an answer and that’s the hardest part of this waiting game.

I’m feeling pretty good these days and still functioning as I normally would. I am moving a bit slower, I feel a bit heavier and I have had some cranky moments but that’s expected when you are this pregnant right?! As much as I’m ready to meet our little guy, each of these days with just Ava has been super special. She’s said some amazing things to make me smile this week, for instance yesterday out of no where she said Mommy… I said Yes Ava, and she said I love you!! I could’ve cried on the spot. Of course I said I love you back and I told her how sweet that was. She sure knows how to make me happy and she’s been so much fun these past 2 weeks. It’s crazy to know things are about to drastically change for both of us :)

I’m looking forward to the long weekend ahead with my family and can’t wait to spend the days outside!

Here’s a 38 Week update for you:

THE BABY IS about 19-21 inches long Weighting about 6 lbs 14oz- 7 lbs according to my doctor appointment yesterday!

Weight gained

I’m up 25 lbs


It’s a BOY!!!


I’m back to teaching and it feels great. It’s so funny when you are told not to do something it makes you want to do it even more right? Well that’s how I felt from week 36-37 but now that I’m back to my normal routine I’m SOO happy. Exercise is both mentally and physically important to me. I love my job and helping others, but it keeps my mood stable and it is sort of my therapy on days I need it to be.


So far this week I have taught 4 classes and I haven’t had any issues besides some serious sweat dripping. This heat is crazy and I feel like I can’t drink enough water! I get short of breathe here and there but it’s not any different then before.

I plan to keep teaching until the baby comes and the doctor is supportive of it!


I’ve had some braxton hicks contractions, mild cramping and muscle spasms. These all come randomly and I don’t really think much about it because it’s been happening for weeks now!! I want some real symptoms, bring it on ;)

Food Aversions: 

I’m leaning more towards carbs lately and I think my body is telling me to stay away from veggies. My stomach is a little sensitive this past week so I’m trying to listen to it.

Food Cravings: 

  • I LOVE PEACHES. They are necessary every day.
  • Protein is important for me at every meal and when I don’t have it, things go haywire
  • CARBS are making a huge appearance. bread, pretzels, and potatoes are daily staples.
  • I really like all fruit and have been eating about 3 servings a day


Sleep has been okay. I wake up 2x at most to pee per night. The last 2 nights Cooper has barked to go out at 3am and that really messed me up because Ava wakes up and we have to get her back to bed. Besides that though I know my sleep would be good! I have taken a few occasional naps on days that I need it and those have helped.

Maternity clothes: 

I’m living in maternity clothes and loose tops that I feel comfortable in. With the warmer weather I’m pretty much in shorts and tanks every day!

Stretch marks: 

None yet!

Do I Miss anything: 

I miss comfortable sleep. I feel like my belly is weighing me down and it’s hard to stay put but I somehow manage.

Of course I miss the usual exercise, bending over, putting my shoes on like a normal 31 year old and not bumping into things with my belly ;)


My little boy moves a ton but at certain times of the day. I felt his leg and foot the other night for a while and he didn’t move it which was weird to me. I immediately had Marc feel it and he thought it was crazy too!! I get little kicks to the rib cage and hiccups DAILY!

Baby Items Purchased: 

We haven’t bought anything new this week, but we did move Ava to a big girl bed this week so that freed up the crib!! We are going to wait to set it up in the baby’s room until she’s fully adjusted to her new room/bed which she LOVES. Miracle!!!!


38 Weeks Pregnant and I love that big belly!

Wedding rings ON or OFF: 

ON but I’m debating whether to take them off. Everyone says I should to be safe.

Belly Button IN or OUT? 


I’m Looking Forward To: 

I’m counting down the days until we can meet this little boy of ours. I’m trying to soak up the alone time with Ava and I have been cherishing all her cuddles, hugs, playtime and stories. I’m trying not to get upset with her if she doesn’t listen or does something bad. I know she has a huge adjustment ahead of her and I want to help make it an easy transition by being there for her as much as possible.

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Cooper loves to be in pictures (38 Weeks 3 days)


I’ve had cramping and pressure plus some braxton hicks contractions but nothing that makes me feel like I’m anywhere close to labor.

I can’t believe I’m going to say it but I want to feel those REAL contractions :)

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my belly looks HUGE in this picture!! (38 Weeks 3 days)

Random Things:

I had a doctor apt yesterday morning and I’m 2 cm 50% effaced still. The doctor can feel the baby’s head so I guess everything is progressing the way it should. There’s no way of telling time so I’m trying my best not to think about it and just take each day as it comes!!

It’s easier to say that….. 14 days until we can hold this little baby boy and I can’t wait!!!


One more picture.. This one cracks me up because Cooper literally was in ALL the photos we tried to take, but at least he sat there like a good boy! Marc is laughing because he’s pretty much staring at my big belly and doesn’t know what to do in this awkward picture ;)

For more pregnancy updates head over to my Baby #2 pregnancy page