September 21, 2014 01:19 PM

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It’s been five months since Kerry Washington welcomed daughter Isabelle Amarachi — and the actress is still in complete baby bliss.

“[Motherhood is] wonderful. We just continue to feel very blessed,” the Scandal star, 37, told PEOPLE on Saturday at Twitter’s #TGIT premiere event for Shondaland’s ABC shows.

But while Washington says her baby girl is hitting major milestones “all the time … it’s pretty amazing,” the new mom is reaching a few postpartum markers of her own.

Washington, who wore a printed mini dress by Mary Katrantzou, credits her love of Pilates with helping her bounce back after giving birth.

“It’s such a great way to get in shape in a loving way,” she explains. “I feel like I’m both challenging myself and healing my body at the same time.”

But although Washington balances her workouts with healthy habits — including sticking to local, organic foods and working with a nutritionist — she isn’t in a rush to regain her svelte shape.

“I still got some work to do since the baby,” she says.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Matthew Cole Weiss

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