by Melanie

Getting Back to Healthy-ish!

August 26, 2014 in Nutrition by Melanie

I’m happy to say that things are starting to sorta kinda return to somewhat normal!  Even though I’m still VERY tired and VERY worn out, I think the hormones are starting to stabilize a bit.  YAY!

I’m also happy to say that Carson is a wonderful sleeper!!!  He’s definitely my best newborn sleeper yet.  He had his days and nights figured out from day one, which is a miracle.  He’s been sleeping for about 5 hours in one stretch the past couple nights and it’s been wonderful.  Although, I still seem to wake up a million times every night just to make sure he’s still breathing.

Yes, I’m paranoid.

He’s sure a sweetie and I’m loving every single second with him.  I can’t believe he’s 9 days old already.  He’s growing up too fast.  Sigh.

Sweet Baby Carson

My kidlets have been enjoying him so so much!  My two oldest would hold him all day long if I let them…

Ty and Brooke with Carson

It’s been so helpful.  Whenever they hold him, I run around the house like a crazy lady and try to clean up, change laundry, change the dishwasher, etc. before he needs to be fed again.

So far, it’s working out well.


Well, last week I pretty much allowed myself to eat whatever the heck I wanted.  It was very fun.  I was definitely in “survival mode” and a little sugar/salty/fatty/crappy food helped to lift the spirits a bit.

However, I knew I couldn’t eat that way for too long.  Soooooo, this week I’ve decided to clean the diet up!  I’ve been trying to eat as “real” as possible.  I’ve been avoiding treats/sugary things, chips, fried foods and most processed foods.

It’s been a little tough, but it feels so good to be disciplined!  It’s also nice to know that the scale can actually go DOWN for a change!  We’ll see how it goes.

I’m not being super duper strict, but I’m just trying to eat higher quality things.  Here are some of things I’ve been enjoying;

I had this for breakfast this morning….

Veggie Egg Scramble with English Muffin

1 egg + 3 egg whites scrambled with green onions, peppers, olives, turkey, tomatoes and avocado.  I also had a whole wheat English Muffin on the side topped with a little butter and honey.

I had this for breakfast yesterday…

Yummy Breakfast Burrito

A breakfast burrito (using a La Tortilla Factory tortilla) filled with 1 egg, 3 egg whites, green onions, peppers, olives, turkey, tomatoes and a little cheese.  I actually ended up eating this with a fork because I filled the tortilla too full.  I seem to do that a lot, lol.

I had a really random lunch yesterday….

Broccoli, Salad and Protein Pancake

Leftover broccoli, salad and a Banana Protein Pancake topped with peanut butter.  YUM!

AND, this was dinner last night…

Enchilada with lettuce

A leftover enchilada topped with salsa, sour cream and avocado and a bunch of lettuce on the side.

This tasted so good to me!  My sweet sister and her family brought us dinner on Sunday night.  She made Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish rice, corn and salad.

The Enchilada Dinner Holly made after baby

My parent’s came out too and brought a bunch of yummy treats.  It was a nice night and I even managed to take a selfie with Kev and my sis….

Kev, Me and Holly selfie

I’ve also been enjoying some yummy snacks.  We bought a big ol’ box of green pears just before Carson was born, so this past week they were RIPE and ready to use!

We ended up making a bunch of dried pears.  They are seriously so so good!

Making Dried Pears

Dried Pears

They are a very healthy snack, except I tend to OVERDOSE on them!  I could easily eat 3-4 pears worth in one sitting, lol!  I’ve tried to limit it to a couple of small handfuls per day.

I also made some of my Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins today.

Healthy Banana Muffins

My cute 6 year old was patiently waiting to eat one of these as I took this picture.  That is his cute hand reaching out to grab one.  Too funny.

I’ve also been allowing myself a few small handfuls of chocolate chips for good measure.  I may loosen up a bit on the weekends too.  We’ll see how it goes.

This seems to be a very practical and realistic diet for me right now.  I hope it allows me to lose the baby weight at a decent rate.  We’ll see.  I imagine this type of diet will probably get me within 10 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight.  At that point, I’ll probably have to tighten it up to lose the last bit of weight.

Of course, I’ll take pictures of my progress along the way!  In fact, I took my first official “1 week postpartum” picture on Sunday.  I feel very much like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Me one week postpartum

I realize I probably should have worn “fitness-y clothes” to show the progress a little more.  I’ve just been living in stretchy pants and comfy shirts, so that’s what I took my picture in!  I’m hoping the arms/face/thighs/bum will deflate as I fill my body with real, healthy food!  Fingers Crossed.

Well that’s all for now folks.  I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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by Melanie

Body After Baby

August 23, 2014 in Baby by Melanie

I’ve been meaning to hop on here the past couple days, but as you can imagine I’ve been pretty busy!

Taking care of a newborn is a really tough, albeit rewarding job!

I’ve LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED snuggling with my sweet baby and taking care of his every need, however I’m not a big fan of all of the other “stuff” that goes along with the newborn stage.  I’m not lovin’ the sleep deprivation, hormonal roller coasters, recovery from childbirth, and lack of productivity.  I’m also not a huge fan of the first few weeks of nursing.

BUT, I’m really trying to soak up and enjoy our sweet baby Carson.  He is so beautiful, innocent, perfect and TINY!  I love him so much!  I’m also a huge fan of naked babies…

Sweet Naked Carson

And babies in onesies…

Baby Carson in a onesie

So darn cute.  It just kills me!  Oh, and if you think he looks a little yellow, it’s because he IS.  He’s a little jaundiced.  All of my babies have had jaundice.

Oh, and this has been my “baby headquarters” this past week….

My Baby Headquarters

I have spent A LOT of time in this recliner!  I’ve used this recliner with most of my kids and it’s been the best “baby chair” ever.  I pretty much live in it; nurse the baby, change the baby, rock the baby and even sleep in it a bit.  I also love that my 4 year old and the dog can fit on there too!


My kiddos have adapted so well to the new addition.  Honestly, I think the dog has had a harder time adjusting than any of the kids.  My two oldest kids want to hold him every chance they get.  My daughter LOVES changing his diaper (awesome!) and getting him dressed.  My three younger kids love to hold him too, but I usually have to “supervise.”

The other day my two youngest were holding Carson while I was getting ready for the day.  It absolutely melted my heart when I heard them both singing to him.

Ben and Jake Singing to Baby Carson

It was about the cutest thing ever.

Also, the other day Carson was swinging in his swing and my 4 year old started reading a book to him!!  It was so darling…

Jake reading to Baby Carson

I’ve actually been amazed by how well my 4 year old has adjusted to having a new brother.  I was really worried he would have a hard time, but he LOVES him!  He couldn’t be any sweeter.

I’m sure they will be best buddies when the baby gets a little bigger.


Well, I thought I would talk a bit about “Body after Baby.”  It’s pretty darn amazing what the body goes through during pregnancy, childbirth and after having a baby!  Crazy.

Weight Loss (or lack thereof):

Okay folks, I actually left the hospital feeling chubbier than when I got there!  Yes, it’s depressing.  Because I was induced and had an epidural, they pumped my body full of a bunch of fluids!  I felt (and still feel!) just like a giant marshmallow.

I know it’s temporary, so I’m not trying to worry too much about it.  I’ve also been drinking water by the truckload in hopes of deflating a bit.

When I got home from the hospital, I hopped on the scale just for kicks.  I had lost a whooping 4 POUNDS!

Okay, let’s do the math….baby weighed almost 8 pounds, a placenta weighs 1-2 pounds and amniotic fluid weighs about 2 pounds.

AND, I lost 4.  Awesome.

However, I’ve steadily lost weight since then.  I was down about 8 pounds by day four, 10 pounds on day five and 12 pounds this morning (day six.)

I’m still wearing my maternity clothes (they are comfy!) and some of my regular baggy, cozy clothes.

I’m really not too concerned about the weight loss right now.  I know my body just went through A LOT, and it takes time to get back to “normal”…..whatever normal may be!

Hormonal Swings!

I’m definitely feeling hormonal!!!  I’m usually a pretty happy, optimistic person, but I always get a touch of the “baby blues” after having a baby.  Hormone levels are at an all-time high during pregnancy and then they plummet after having a baby, so it’s no wonder I’m feeling a little “jacked.”

I’m hoping to feel a little more like myself in the next week or two.

The other day I was talking to Kev and I told him I was having a REALLY hard time knowing this little baby would be our last.   I just want to hold Carson all day long and soak up every second of his babyhood.  I also still have a little bit of a pregnant belly and am still feeling some of the after effects of childbirth and it makes me so sad!  I’m sad because I know I’ll never see my body pregnant or experience childbirth ever again.

Ya know, that should make me happy!!!  But, in my crazy postpartum state, it makes me sad.  I warned Kev that I will be a WRECK as this “little caboose” of ours grows up.  It will absolutely kill me.

I also got all weepy the other day as I looked at my baby doing this…

Carson sucking on his hand

He was happily sucking on his little hand.  Well, a couple weeks ago I had an ultrasound done and little Carson was sucking on his little hand in the ultrasound.  It just killed me to think he was just IN MY BODY a week ago doing the same thing.

Ya, I got all teary about it and so darn sad.  Yes, I have issues.  I’m hoping the hormones stabilize soon. ;-)

Recovering From Childbirth:

Ya know, it’s so tough to care for a newborn, deal with hormonal issues AND recover from childbirth all at the same time.  Oh, and throw nursing in there too!

The day after giving birth, I felt like I had been run over by a truck.  Every part of my body from my head to my toes ached.

It’s pretty miraculous what the body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth.  I was reading the other day that a lot of the organs in the body move during pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby.  Sooo after giving birth, all of those organs have to move back into place.  I also learned that when the placenta detaches from the uterus it leaves behind a big wound….so you need to recover from that too!

I also had headaches, every muscle hurt and my back ached from the epidural.  I felt like I had the flu.  Also, I won’t go into details about adjusting to nursing (TMI), but it is a MAJOR adjustment.  Ow. Ow. Ow.

On a brighter note, I can now stretch without having cramps/Charlie Horses and I can lay on my back again.  YAY!  Oh, and the heartburn and nausea are GONE.  I’m so happy ’bout that.


Well, there ya go.  Those are the major bodily changes I’ve been dealing with this past week.  I love having a newborn SO MUCH, but I’m so happy the first week is almost behind me.  It’s always the hardest.

I will leave you guys with one more cute picture of my sweet baby….

Sweet Sleepy Carson

Love him SO MUCH!

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Welcome Sweet Baby Carson!

August 19, 2014 in Baby, Big News, Family Life by Melanie

As I’m sure you all already know, our SWEET baby has arrived!

Carson Spencer Banner was born Sunday August 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM and he is just as sweet as he can be!

New baby Carson

He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

We are all absolutely IN LOVE with him!!  He has been such a joy and blessing to our family already.  The kids LOVE holding him and would hold him all day long if I let them…

Ty and baby Carson

Brooklyn and Jacob with Carson

Derek and Carson

Ben and Baby Carson

Kev’s enjoyed some snuggle time with him too…

Kev and Carson sleeping

And I’ve been busy taking pictures of him every 2 seconds…

Sweet Baby Carson

Jimmer (the dog) has been extremely worried, yet overprotective of the new baby.  I don’t think he knows quite what to think…

Jimmer with Carson

Well, I’m definitely very worn out and sleep deprived, so I won’t be able to blog as often as I like for the next little bit.  When I get some time, I’ll fill you in on a little more of the details of his birth story.

I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments and support.  You are all wonderful!  I love you all.  xoxo

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