December 2013 – Part 5

December 26th

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Day after Christmas bath-time!

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He loved it!  Look at Luke’s little smile!  And Sam loved being a big helpful big brother!

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All clean and wrapped up in Daddy’s arms!

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2 Weeks Old!

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Family holiday get together at Karen and Marty’s!  Diana gets to meet and hold baby Luke for the first time!

December 31st

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Carson, Avery and Melissa meet and hold Little Luke for the first time!

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Big yawns from Luke!

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Big smiles from Avery!

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Presents of course!

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Melissa soaking in the sweetness of a new baby!

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I love these Casadys!  Thank you for coming over to visit and meet Baby Z number 3!

NYE dinner at Nicole and Joel’s

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Connie meets and holds baby Luke at the Nevada Street New Years Eve Party!

 

 

December 2013 – Part 4 Christmas Holidays

December 24th 2013  –  Christmas Eve

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We usually always celebrate Christmas Eve at Nonna and Papa’s house!  A traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner of the feast of the 7 fishes complete with Alio Olio!  My favorite pasta!

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Presents for Layla!

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Dennis holding and meeting baby Luke!

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The drive over to Nonna and Papa’s always puts Sam to sleep!

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Coloring in her new coloring book and opening more presents!

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Sam asleep with his hands in his pants!  Another “tradition”

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My beautiful family!

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Beautiful Nonna and her three grand-babies!

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Nonna and Papa with their pride and joy times 3!

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I am lucky in love and family!  That is for sure!

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His first grand-baby love!  A sweet moment between Layla and her Papa.

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Watching Nonna and Papa’s silly singing instrument playing Holiday Disney character band!

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Papa with his boys!  I love this picture!

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Luke’s boo boo lip in Papa’s arms.

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Layla writing her letter to Santa with Papa’s help!

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Papa helping Layla writing!  I love this moment!

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Luke in his Christmas eve outfit his Nonna bought him!

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My three little loves in their Christmas pajamas, in front of Nonna and Papa’s Christmas tree on Christmas eve!

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We are so very lucky!

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Layla giving Luke some Christmas Eve kisses!

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Papa and his final grand baby!  Nothing but pride, love and pure joy!

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Layla and Sam lovin’ on Nonna!

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Sam lovin’ on his Papa!  Just look at those smiles!

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Home from Nonna and Papa’s tracking Santa with NORAD!

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Santa CAME!

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December 25th 2013 MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry first Christmas Luke!

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Coming out to see what Santa brought!

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Scooters, a Batman ride-on car for Sam, a skateboard for Layla…

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Super stoked on a stuffed Doc Mcstuffins doll!

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Stocking time!

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Layla reading Santa’s note back to her and seeing what cookies he ate and what snacks the reindeer enjoyed!

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Opening her Hello Kitty Vans!

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Hugs for presents on Christmas!

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A bubble blowing lawn mower!

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Testing our his new scooter in the house.

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Christmas dinner…That is a huge piece of meat!

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Sam cruising his new scooter!

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Layla trying out her new skateboard!

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Christmas morning scooter and skateboard fun!

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Mmmm brunch!  Pecan rolls and cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting!

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Happy Half Birthday Layla! 5 1/2 years old today!

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Merry Christmas!

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More presents!  Ahta & Uncle Joel and the Roerigs came over, round 2!

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Sam’s first T-ball set from Ahta and Uncle Joel!

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The famous Rainbow loom from Ahta and Uncle Joel!

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Sam was stoked on his box of balls from the Roerigs!

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Layla was so stoked on her big Lego set!  Thank you Ahta and Uncle Joel!

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Sam hanging out with Dax on Christmas morning!

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Ahta loving on Luke!

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Nanny giving Luke some Christmas morning love!

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Ahta and Little Luke.

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Luke all tired out in Ahta’s arms!  Christmas is exhausting when you are 2 weeks old!

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Uncle Joel getting pretty comfortable holding our new babies!

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Ahta and Uncle Joel with their Team Z niece and nephews!

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Lauren meeting loving on baby Luke!

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Guy and his huge roast!

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Alicia loving on baby Luke!

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Kids table!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

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I LOVE this man and all he has given me!

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My little family!

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Layla is 5 1/2 on Christmas 2013 and Luke is 2 weeks old today too!

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Layla and Abby, girlfriends for life!

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This crazy group of fun, loving and yes, I said it twice, CRAZY people are my family!

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Lauren and Shawn!

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Jocelyn holds baby Luke!

 

December 2013 – Part 3

December 18th

Baby brother love!

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Socking in my little Luke nugget!

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Kelsey meets Luke!

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Sweet Sam in front of his Christmas tree!  A very kid friendly Christmas tree I might add!

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South O sign pic before her Kindergarten Holiday show performance

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This one of a kind girl wanted a black nose on her reindeer hat instead of a red one!

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These little cuties sang their hearts out!

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Layla with her beautiful inside and out kindergarten teachers Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Templeton!

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Me and my Layla love!

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Daddy and his reindeer girl!

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Family Holiday Show picture minus Sam!  He fell asleep and didn’t want to wake up to come!

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Layla’s first South O Elementary School Holiday Performance was a huge success!  She sang her heart out and was as adorable as can be!

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Happy 1 Week Old Luke!

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All three of our babies have gotten little one week old birthday cakes!

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Sam got some green frosting in his hair!  Celebrating baby brother turning a week old deserves frosting everywhere right?

December 19th

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More baby Luke love!

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Sam meets baby Luke for the first time!

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Abby loves holding Luke!

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So do Daddy and Layla!

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December 20th

Pajama Day and Polar Express Party Day at South O!

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Miss Sam babysat the boys for a couple hours (between nursing) so Guy and I could go volunteer in Layla’s kindergarten classroom for the Polar Express Day fun!

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Getting her Polar Express ticket stamped at each station!

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Cool paper strip Christmas tree crafts!

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Santa crafts!

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Kindergarten class picture on Pajama/Polar Express Day!

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Silly Polar Express/Pajama Day pictures!

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We sure do love this little reindeer!  Enjoying her reindeer treats and hot chocolate!

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Arden meets baby Luke!  She had Pajama Day at school too!

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Debbie meets baby Luke!

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Dean meets baby Luke!

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Katie meets baby Luke!

December 22nd

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Sweet sweet Sam loving on his baby brother!  My heart overflows!

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In awe of this final miracle baby of ours!  We love you Luke!

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Mama wrapping presents!  Gotta get it all done!  Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Sam knows what’s up!  The Nutella in the crepe is the best part!  The crepe is just a conduit for the Nutella really!

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Layla watching her baby brother sleep!

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Our Grinch is bigger than our baby!

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Off to see The Grinch with our girl!

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A gingerbread man cookie!  Big smiles for treats at The Grinch!

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December 23rd

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Those lips!  He is precious!

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Making gingerbread with Daddy!  Yet another holiday time tradition!

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She loves to help in the kitchen!  She is becoming such a big girl!

December 2013- Part 2- December 11th 2013 Welcome LUKAS YOUNG ZAVODNY

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!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Feeling pure joy, love, relief and elation!  My final baby born safely and healthy!

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Pure perfection!

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Nursing my brand new baby boy!

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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!

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Our 7-11 baby!

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All bundled up and being held for the first time by his daddy!

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Again, pride, joy, relief and elation!  Look at that smile!  That is a very proud and happy dad!

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That is one happy Guy and a thrilled Daddy!

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Brothers!  Sam meeting his baby brother Luke for the first time!

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It is love at first sight when Layla meets Luke for the first time!

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Nanny is overjoyed as well, meeting her great grandson!

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Layla holding her baby brother Luke for the first time!

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Layla giving Luke kisses!

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Nanny holding baby Luke for the first time!

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Mama and her three babies!

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Sam checking out his new brother!

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Nonna holding him for the first time. pure love!

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Sam ‘holding” his brother for the first time!  Luke isn’t so sure!

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Papa in love with Lukas holding him for the first time!

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A very proud and relieved Papa!

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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!

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Auntie Val meeting and holding Luke for the first time!

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Keith meets and holds Luke for the first time!

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My absolutely wonderful labor and delivery nurse Dorthea!

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Luke meets his Ahta for the first time!

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Uncle Joel and Luke meet for the first time!  The youngest baby Joel had ever held!

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Soaking in every single second of my very last new born baby!

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Completely in love!

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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!

December 12th

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A very happy and tired Daddy!

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In love with Lukas!  Soaking in his new born son!

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A very happy mama, head over heels in love with Little Lukas!

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Ahta loving Lukas!

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Val Doughery meets and holds Luke for the first time!

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Uncle Joe meets Luke and holds him fort the first time!

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Karen Thomas meets Luke!

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Nanny loving on her great grandson!

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Courtney meets and holds baby Luke for the first time!

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Time for a diaper change!  Letting the aunties take care of it!

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Layla is such an awesome big sister!

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December 13th

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Perfectly swaddled little nugget on the day he gets to head home!

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Starbucks and a baby in one arm and an almost 2 year old in the other!  Let the juggle begin!

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Luke getting dressed to come home from the hospital in his “heading home from the hospital” outfit!

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Sam is excited for Mommy and Daddy to come home and to bring his baby brother home too!

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Leaving Labor and Delivery for the very last time with a new baby!

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Luke leaves the hospital!

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Getting put into the car for our drive home!

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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!

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Luke all clicked into the car, safe and sound and ready to roll!

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Welcome home Lukas Young!

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Daddy and Luke’s first couch snuggle!

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Louie meets Luke and gives him some licks and lovin’!

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Layla was so excited to get home from school to see her new baby!

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Abby meets and holds Luke!  She was so stoked!

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Luke gets some Nonna time!

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Cinderella Sam!

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Diane and Todd meet and hold baby Luke for the first time!

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Swaddled at home for his first night’s sleep in his pack-n-play in his home!

December 14th

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Some playtime for Sam and a snooze for Luke!

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Little Luke nugget swaddled in his crib!

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Layla is such a proud and stoked big sister!  Luke is so lucky!

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Tom meeting and holding Luke!

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Daren and Margaret Caltigerone meeting and holding Luke!

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Big sister-Christmas presents!

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Uncle Joel and Little Luke!

December 15th

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Some morning sibling love!  Snuggles in Mommy and Daddy’s bed!  Lovin’ on Lukas!

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Melt my heart!  Sam giving his baby brother sweet kisses!

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Our first family outing as a family of five!  Off to sit on Santa’s lap!

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Waiting to get their picture taken with Santa!

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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?

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Auntie Linda meeting Luke!

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Shannon and Jack Bottoms meeting Luke!

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Eileen meeting and holding baby Luke!

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Uncle Marky meeting and holding Luke!

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Auntie Michelle meeting Luke for the first time!

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Marcella meeting and holding baby Luke for the first time!

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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!

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Papa in awe of is third Grand-baby!

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Papa, so happy holding him like a football!  He used to hold me exactly the same way, like his football!

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Rasa holding baby Luke!

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Luke gets to celebrate at the Roerig’s annual December birthdays party now!

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Kristy holding Luke!

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Diane loving on Luke!

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Chase holding baby Luke for the first time!

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Little Joey and  Makenna holding baby Luke!

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Precious baby hands!

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Sam showing his baby brother cool stuff on Mommy’s phone!

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The cool gingerbread house of 2013

December 17th

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In love with Little Luke!  Those tiny hands, those luscious red lips…  he is pure perfection!

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Look at those luscious lips!  He is scrumptious!

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I would say the “pretty baby” needle worked!

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Alicia meeting and holding baby Luke for the first time!

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Layla’s Christmas Lei from the Halau Holiday Party!  Mele Kaliki Maka!

 

December 2013 -Part 1- Beginning of December

December 1st

A fun first of December filled with Mentos in 2 liter of Coke explosions, stringing popcorn and cranberries for our Christmas tree, Layla’s turn with the Kindergarten esitmation jar, and cutting out snowflakes!

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Our 2 year old “proof” Christmas tree!  No ornaments again this year just popcorn and cranberries!

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December 2nd

23 Months Old!

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Eli made a zip line in the family room!

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Silly Eli the Elf!

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Building Gingerbread houses!  One of Layla’s very favorite Holiday traditions!

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The finished 2013 Gingerbread House!

December 4th

40 Weeks Pregnant!

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Fetal monitoring and kick counts!

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December 5th

Oceanside Christmas Tree Lighting!  Annual Zavodny Family Tradition!

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The tree lighting include cookies and milk for the kids, they are always stoked!

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Our last tree lighing as a family of 4!

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Sam’s 2nd Birthday Party Invitation photo shoot!

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That’s a wrap and the photo we used!

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More fetal monitoring and kick counts with my little buddy!

December 8th

40 Weeks Plus 4 Days Pregnant!

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December 9th

Artsy Nude Maternity photo shoot!

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The last time I will ever be pregnant again!

November 2013 – Part 3- End of November

November 26th

My Birthday!

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Sibling couch snuggles!

On my birthday we also had Layla’s very first Parent Teacher Conference.  She was doing great and excelling in all areas of the curriculum!  Just as we expected!  It was a wonderful birthday gift!

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Thankful Thanksgiving gifts for Layla’s Kindergarten Teachers Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Templeton!  Oatmeal cranberry cookies and notes that Layla wanted to write to them about why she was thankful for each of them!

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November 27th

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Kneading dough with Daddy!

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November 28th                                

39 Weeks Pregnant

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Thanksgiving dinner at Nonna and Papa’s

 

 

 

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I am sad there are no pictures of my dad and Donna on this particular Thanksgiving!  My dad was grumpy and trying to get dinner out and we didn’t end up ever doing any family photos with them:(

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Sam getting after his turkey leg!

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Lay and Sam peeking down on the dining room table from Nonna and Papa’s landing.

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A really cool turkey craft Layla made all on her own!  Her artistic vision and execution!

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Our Elf is back!  We are so excited to have another fun holiday season with Eli!

November 29th

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Going to see Frozen!

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Picking out our Christmas Tree!

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My last pregnancy and the last opportunity to do a belly cast of my pregnant belly!

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November 2013 – Part 2

November 6th

36 Weeks Pregnant

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November 8th

Happy Birthday Guy!

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November 11th

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Yum!  Chocolate cupcakes!

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Cheese!

November 13th

Kindergarten Native American Day!

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In Kindergarten at South O the Kindergarten teachers put together a special day celebrating Native Americans and their traditional ways of life.  Layla loved it and I had a fun time participating and helping too.

She chose the Native American name Spring Flower!

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Making clay pinch pots out of play-doh!   This is the center I ran for most of the day!

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Rubbing sticks together to “start a fire”

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Hanging out in front of the Tee-Pee Center around the “fire”

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Of course there had to be some math mixed into Native American Day!   Counting corn cereal to 100!

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Speer fishing in the “river”

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She caught a big one!

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Decorating an “animal hide”with traditional Native American symbols.

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Planting corn in little cups!

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Enjoying some silly snacks!  Buffalo dogs, beans, yams, corn tortilla chips!  “Very traditional” Native American foods of course!

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Putting the little ones to work massaging this pregnant mama’s tired feet!

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37 Weeks Pregnant

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November 20th

38 Weeks Pregnant!

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Teaching Layla how to make marinara sauce!  Here she is squishing the whole peeled tomatoes into the sauce!  Nesting and trying to get ready for baby number 3!

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It was time for a new picture of 4 sets of toes in the sand!  Soon we will be a party of 5!

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SURPRISE!!

Later that afternoon, I took a nap!  When I woke up Guy said Todd and Diane had something to tell me…  I walked in, half asleep, in my sweatpants and SURPRISE!  Guy threw me a surprise party!  My dad and Donna were there, Todd and Diane, Courtney and Arden, Valerie…  All of my very best and most wonderful family and friends!  A very sweet gesture from Guy!

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Me and my dad!  He is always there, for every celebration!

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Being sung happy birthday!

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Lots of help blowing out my candles!

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Sam hanging out with his Papa!

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Getting silly with the streamers!

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It was a wonderful surprise!

~The life and times of Guy, Sheila Mishel, Layla Grace, Samuel Charles, Lukas Young and our K9 friends