Meet Luciana Bella Bonfiglio!
It’s baby Luci! Carnie Wilson introduces 4 ½-week-old Luciana Bella in the latest issue of Life & Style, on newsstands this week. Overdue by almost two weeks, Carnie underwent a c-section to deliver her second daughter on June 12th.
The arrival of Luci, as Carnie and husband Rob Bonfiglio are calling her, was a welcome conclusion to a pregnancy that had gone downhill in the final 40 days. “The last month was really, really rough,” says Carnie, who developed gestational diabetes in her third trimester. “I couldn’t turn over in bed, and I was in a lot of pain.”
Recovery hasn’t been much easier — Carnie fought off an infection in her womb after the surgery. “The problem is that I want to move too fast too quickly,” she admits. “It takes weeks to heal from a caesarean, and of course after a week I was cooking. I can’t sit around.” Age may be a factor as well. “I think [recovery is harder this time] because I’m 41 versus 36,” the singer notes.
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Once almost 300 pounds, 5’3″ Carnie had gastric bypass surgery in 1999 and then a tummy tuck in 2002 to remove excess skin after the weight-loss procedure.
However, the arrival of Luciana was more than worth the 60 pounds Carnie gained while expecting, she says.
“People gain weight when they have a baby, and someone like me, I gain more weight than I want to,” she told Life & Style during an interview in her Tarzana, Calif., home on July 1st. “I’m not hiding that. I’m not ashamed of that.”
Instead, she’s reveling in family time with Rob, their 4-year-old daughter, Lola Sofia, and the couple’s new 6 lbs., 5 oz bundle of joy.
“She’s just a few weeks old but a very good baby,” reveals Carnie. “Lola used to be up every two to three hours crying with gas. She was a little more colicky — but Luci likes to sleep.”
Big sister Lola has become mommy’s little helper, Carnie reveals. “I knew Lola was going to be like that just because she’s so nurturing with her dolls and school friends. I haven’t seen any jealousy. Lola hasn’t wanted to leave the house in two weeks — she just wants to stay home with her sister!”
Although Carnie’s eager to get back to her Newlywed Game hosting gig by early September, she’s enjoying this bonding period with Luci. “Rob can help change diapers and help with some bottle feedings, but he’s kind of leaving it up to me,” says the singer. “For the first month, it really is ‘mommy time,’ and Rob lies low. After that, the baby’s not as fragile.”
While Carnie herself was fragile after Lola’s birth, suffering from postpartum depression, she’s experiencing less anxiety with her second newborn because she knows what to expect now. “If the baby cries, she’s either hungry or has gas or a wet diaper, and that’s it,” she explains. “It changes every month, and I just know that so far it’s been a lot easier on my mind.”
The only hurdle left for Carnie is fitting back into her size eight jeans.
Breastfeeding every three to four hours and drinking more than two liters of water a day have helped her drop 25 pounds already, but Carnie says she has 35 more to go.
“Now I think I’m reaching a point where it’s slowed down and the hard work is going to come in,” she says. “My goal is to be somewhere between 150 and 160 pounds.”
And if Carnie has her way, this will be the last time her weight fluctuates from having a baby.
“I’d love to have a boy, but I’m not going to do it again. I can’t predict the future, of course, but right now, no,” she reveals. “I see my family as complete now.”
Source: Life & Style