Back again!!!

Wow! It has been a long time since I have found time to write on my blog. Actually, it has been a long time since I found time to do much of anything since baby Harrison came home from the hospital over a month ago. I must say that he sure is a handful, but my little bundle of joy is so worth it. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I had some difficulties. I had pre-eclampsia which caused my blood pressure to spike. I was on bed rest for about a month in the hospital because it was too early to have baby Harrison. My body waited as long as it could, but no matter how much blood pressure medicine they gave me, my blood pressure continued to rise. It got so high that I went blind for around 4 to 5 hours. Talk about scary! When that happened, the doctors knew I had to deliver my baby soon. Well, if that wasn't bad enough... I had gotten an epidural because there was no way I could handle a natural birth. As soon as the anesthesiologist gave me the epidural, my blood pressure went from sky high to rock bottom in a matter of seconds and the baby wasn't getting any oxygen. At that point, I had to get an emergency c-section. My husband said as soon as he had his scrubs on, they had our baby out. Harrison was born 2 months premature and had to stay 3 months in the NICU. It was an emotional time for all of us but I have to say our baby is healthy and is doing well now. He was only 2 lbs and 14 ounces when he was born and now he is 9 lbs and 7 ounces. He does still have some feeding issues we are dealing with right now. Unfornunately, he can not eat from the bottle right now. He already had problems with taking the bottle in the NICU because he started to form an aversion due to his reflux, but then we found out he was aspirating when he did drink from the bottle. We found that the only option we had was to get a g tube (so that Harrison can eat without aspirating) and a nissen (because he has severe reflux). So.... now poor Harrison must see various doctors and go to a feeding clinic to get help with his feeding issues. I hope Harrison doesn't have to keep his feeding tube in for long but only time will tell. Now you guys are updated on what has been going on in our lives and why I have been absent for so long.

Here is Harrison when he was born back in April. He had jaundice which is why he was under the blue lights. He had tubes to help him breathe as well.
He has since come a long way. Now look at him!
We are truly blessed!
I am now ready to lose all the weight I gained from the pregnancy. I hate to say it, but I have gained all the weight I had lost from Medifast. I have been wanting to start Medifast again for awhile now, but preferred not to because I was nursing Harrison. I know that Medifast has a nursing program but I was only interested in doing the 5 and 1 plan. For some reason,  I am no longer producing enough milk for him and figured it was about time I start Medifast again. I am now 180 lbs and I hope to lose about 55 lbs.
I am so excited to start this weight loss journey again with you guys! It is time to recommit myself to getting healthier. Not only for myself but for my son as well!
Before photo: August 27, 2012 at 180 lbs


  1. Welcome back!! And big congrats on your beautiful little Harrison!! I'm sure you will tackle your new goals as you are one amazing woman!!


  2. Your son is adorable! I am so glad things are getting better and that he is home! I am starting Medifast myself this week and was checking your site for recipe ideas. Good luck to you with your weight loss journey and with your son!

  3. Congratulations to you and your husband on the birth of your son. He is adorable. I am starting Medifast tomorrow and am so thankful for all of the great recipes.

  4. You are such an inspiration! I've been on Medifast since March 19th. I wanted to do it sooner, but I was nursing. My little one was born a month early and we had to do an emergency c-section, too. I can partially understand what you are going through.
    I started at 190 and am currently at 144. I want to get to 130. I'm getting tired of the L&G recipes that I have, so I'm super excited to try a lot of yours!
    Best of luck to you and your family! I'll be coming back here often!

  5. I am about to start transition. Your recipes got me through the program. Thank you so much! Congrats on your beautiful son. I am glad to see you are back.

  6. Thanks so much for the nice comments :)I am so glad the recipes have helped!

  7. Congratulations on your baby! And how nerve racking the whole NICU ordeal must have been. But praise the Lord, he's beautiful! My health coach suggested your blog to me for recipes, but I was blessed to see your recent addition to your family! I am just started TSFL myself after recently having my own baby. Thank you for what you do!

  8. The last time I was on Medifast, I really enjoyed a bunch of your that I'm getting restarted, I just checked back to find them again. But I can't believe all the amazing recipes you've added since the last time I looked, especially with a new baby keeping you busy! I especially can't wait to try the Mock Cajun Dirty "Rice" and Thai Green Curry Shrimp, but thanks for *so many* great ideas--you are truly an inspiration!


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