December 11th 2013
I wrote this the night before I was supposed to be induced with Luke:
Feeling terrified, excited, anxious, nervous, scared! Hoping for a smooth labor and easy delivery. All that matters is a healthy baby and mama! Excited for Layla to be a big sister again and excited for Sam to become a big brother. Also worried for Sam, knowing he is so young I don’t want him to feel any less loved or taken care of because mommy has a new baby! Also, worried about leaving him to go to the hospital and not being here in the morning! I know he will be well taken care of but I know he needs his mama! Luke we can’t wait to meet you, hold, hug, kiss and love you and welcome you to our family. You will complete our family! We love you already!!
Officially a week late… induction was scheduled and we tried everything we possibly could to make baby boy come on his own, naturally. He was very comfortable in there and was not ready to come out into the world quite yet! I went to acupuncture a few times and I had my membrane scraped… We had my dad and Donna come over to spend the night so that on Wednesday December 11th I could, very reluctantly, go to the hospital to be induced… we went to bed very late, bags packed and ready, at about 1:45am my water broke on its own! I rolled over to guy and said, “my pants are wet and I don’t think i peed!” He shined the flashligth from his iPhone and sure enough we agreed my water broke! I yelled upstairs to my dad and donna that my water broke and we were going to go to the hospital! My dad was so excited and scared! We arrived at the hospital at 2:15am. I was 2 cm dilated when we arrived and they got me checked in! Dorthea was my Labor and Delivery nurse though the night and she was absolutely amazing! She helped me breathe through every contraction and was super encouraging and positive! After hours of gnarly contractions I agreed I needed to get the epidural! I received an epidural at 7:39 am. Dr. Fenton came in at 9am and I was 3 cm and 70% effaced. Not quite ready… At 10:45am I was 6cm. Dr. Fenton came back in and checked me and I was ready to start pushing! He was finishing a bag of chips and a Pepsi after being in surgery all morning, we were unsure he would even make it to deliver but he did and for that I am so very grateful! I know he wanted to be there for me! He asked if we were ready to do this! I began pushing at 1:15 pm. 4 pushes and Lukas Young Zavodny was born at 1:27 pm weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces. He was 19 inches long and a 9 out of 9 on the APGAR test! Perfect baby boy!
Labor was rough and I tried once again to do it with no epidural but after the epidural I was able to rest and actually enjoy the process of giving birth to my final baby!
I love the incomparable feeling of having my baby laid on my chest for the very first time! I was able to bond skin to skin with Luke while his cord blood was collected for banking!
Feeling pure joy, love, relief and elation! My final baby born safely and healthy!
Nursing my brand new baby boy!
Screaming and peeing at the same time!
Getting weighed and measured and not too stoked about it! He would rather be cuddled up on mama’s chest listening to the familiar sound of my heartbeat!
Our 7-11 baby!
All bundled up and being held for the first time by his daddy!
Again, pride, joy, relief and elation! Look at that smile! That is a very proud and happy dad!
That is one happy Guy and a thrilled Daddy!
Brothers! Sam meeting his baby brother Luke for the first time!
It is love at first sight when Layla meets Luke for the first time!
Nanny is overjoyed as well, meeting her great grandson!
Layla holding her baby brother Luke for the first time!
She is so proud!
Layla giving Luke kisses!
Nanny holding baby Luke for the first time!
Mama and her three babies!
Sam checking out his new brother!
Nonna holding him for the first time. pure love!
Sam ‘holding” his brother for the first time! Luke isn’t so sure!
Papa in love with Lukas holding him for the first time!
A very proud and relieved Papa!
Dr. Fenton! Thank you for being an amazing doctor and for delivering another one of our babies safely into this world and for caring for and guiding us through the entire pregnancy!
Auntie Val meeting and holding Luke for the first time!
Keith meets and holds Luke for the first time!
My absolutely wonderful labor and delivery nurse Dorthea!
Luke meets his Ahta for the first time!
Uncle Joel and Luke meet for the first time! The youngest baby Joel had ever held!
Soaking in every single second of my very last new born baby!
Completely in love!
Our sweet little nugget all swaddled up on the very first day of his life in the outside world! Welcome to the world Lukas Young Zavodny. Thank you for completing our family! We are so lucky and grateful you are ours! We love you more than words can tell!
A very happy and tired Daddy!
In love with Lukas! Soaking in his new born son!
A very happy mama, head over heels in love with Little Lukas!
Ahta loving Lukas!
Val Doughery meets and holds Luke for the first time!
Uncle Joe meets Luke and holds him fort the first time!
Karen Thomas meets Luke!
Nanny loving on her great grandson!
Courtney meets and holds baby Luke for the first time!
Time for a diaper change! Letting the aunties take care of it!
Layla is such an awesome big sister!
Perfectly swaddled little nugget on the day he gets to head home!
Starbucks and a baby in one arm and an almost 2 year old in the other! Let the juggle begin!
Luke getting dressed to come home from the hospital in his “heading home from the hospital” outfit!
Sam is excited for Mommy and Daddy to come home and to bring his baby brother home too!
Leaving Labor and Delivery for the very last time with a new baby!
Luke leaves the hospital!
Getting put into the car for our drive home!
Me and my amazing Irish nurse, Liz seeing us off from the hospital! I also had her as a nurse when I was here to have Sam!
Luke all clicked into the car, safe and sound and ready to roll!
Welcome home Lukas Young!
Daddy and Luke’s first couch snuggle!
Louie meets Luke and gives him some licks and lovin’!
Layla was so excited to get home from school to see her new baby!
Abby meets and holds Luke! She was so stoked!
Luke gets some Nonna time!
Diane and Todd meet and hold baby Luke for the first time!
Swaddled at home for his first night’s sleep in his pack-n-play in his home!
Some playtime for Sam and a snooze for Luke!
Little Luke nugget swaddled in his crib!
Layla is such a proud and stoked big sister! Luke is so lucky!
Tom meeting and holding Luke!
Daren and Margaret Caltigerone meeting and holding Luke!
Big sister-Christmas presents!
Uncle Joel and Little Luke!
Some morning sibling love! Snuggles in Mommy and Daddy’s bed! Lovin’ on Lukas!
Melt my heart! Sam giving his baby brother sweet kisses!
Our first family outing as a family of five! Off to sit on Santa’s lap!
Waiting to get their picture taken with Santa!
Our 2013 Santa picture! I asked Santa if he was willing to hold LUke, unsure if he was able or willing… Santa said, “I have had a lot of practice holding babies!” But had he every held a 4 day old baby before?
Auntie Linda meeting Luke!
Shannon and Jack Bottoms meeting Luke!
Eileen meeting and holding baby Luke!
Uncle Marky meeting and holding Luke!
Auntie Michelle meeting Luke for the first time!
Marcella meeting and holding baby Luke for the first time!
Nanny and I having some good wheat beer! Both of us can only handle about a third of a glass! My first beer since having baby Luke! Wheat beer is good for helping increase milk production too! Bonus!
Papa in awe of is third Grand-baby!
Papa, so happy holding him like a football! He used to hold me exactly the same way, like his football!
Rasa holding baby Luke!
Luke gets to celebrate at the Roerig’s annual December birthdays party now!
Kristy holding Luke!
Diane loving on Luke!
Chase holding baby Luke for the first time!
Little Joey and Makenna holding baby Luke!
Precious baby hands!
Sam showing his baby brother cool stuff on Mommy’s phone!
The cool gingerbread house of 2013
In love with Little Luke! Those tiny hands, those luscious red lips… he is pure perfection!
Look at those luscious lips! He is scrumptious!
I would say the “pretty baby” needle worked!
Alicia meeting and holding baby Luke for the first time!
Layla’s Christmas Lei from the Halau Holiday Party! Mele Kaliki Maka!