It goes almost without saying that December was a crazy month! The holidays and a baby due made this more crazy than any other December! The baby decided to wait but that doesn’t mean we didn’t think he was coming a few times before he decided to come 4 days after his December 29th due date!
We tried to do as much as we could to celebrate the holidays as we normally would even with me being huge and very pregnant! We had lots of fun and added a couple fun things to our list of family holiday traditions! One of those being the play How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theater.
I was wrapped and ready as I like to say for Christmas very early because the baby could have come at any time. I had all presents wrapped, labeled and sorted. Ready in case I was in the hospital for Christmas or had a brand new baby at home for Christmas! All of the getting ready just in case was not quite necessary, because as we all know baby boy decided to wait until 2012 to make his long labor grand entrance!
Oceanside Tree Lighting December 1st
We always go to the super home spun Oceanside Tree Lighting to enjoy a little neighborhood holiday cheer!
Santa arrived as he always does, on a big antique fire engine!
Layla and Daddy with the Oceanside Christmas tree lit up behind them!
Holiday Cocktail Party December 3rd
Some people thought I was crazy but I was not going to skip hosting “the party of the year!” And it did live up to it’s name once again this year! I was 36 weeks pregnant and put on a sequin cocktail dress for a night of delicious food, fun, and very drunk friends!
WOW! That is the belly in a cocktail dress! Yes, sequin too! Well. go big, (literally), or go home! Me and my handsome husband at the Annual Zavodny Cocktail Party!
The delicious spread! Yum!
Three wonderful ladies! Nicole, Val, and Debbie.
Me and Donna, both in sequins!
Guy, Sean, and Darren!
Dave T. and my dad!
Guy and Brian. I had to reprimand Brian for the red keg cup. Dude, this is the only party we require a real glass!
Mark and Angela! I learned that Mark is quite the photographer!
Ali, Gabby, and Nicole, AKA the CSGs!
Mark and Guy.
Shelly, Mario, and my dad.
Dave T. and Nicole.
Donna and Nicole.
Donna, my dad, and Nicole.
A very pregnant me!
A great shot of the party happening!
Diana, Guy and Deb.
Notice the flip flops! No heels for this girl this year!
Lauren and Shawn.
Guy with Kelly and Julia!
Me and My Daddy!
Tom and Diane!
Quintessential cocktail party Guy! A toast and shot before the story!
The booze exchange!
Me reading the story, the only sober one amongst the group!
Another great holiday cocktail party! We had someone fall off a chair and roll across the living room floor, then stuffed into a cab! We had a couple people pin ball their way out of the house, a fall, a broken dish and lots of fun! The poinsettias, which were the cocktail of the year, were common thing with the people who were wasted! I think we have found the annual drink!
Santa December 8th
Awesome!!! Merry Christmas 2011
37 Weeks December 8th
Guy’s Price Smart Holiday Party December 9th
How the Grinch Stole Christmas December10th
We had a wonderful time taking Layla to see The Grinch this year! She was in awe and very well behaved! I think we plan to make it a bi-annual tradition, working in the Nutcracker every other year! She looked like a little Cindy Lou Who in her little red dress with her little piggy buns! And of course we had to bring the Grinch with us for the show!
After the play we all went to The Corvette Diner and had a fun dinner. Layla danced and made her way into the waitress’ and dj’s hearts!
Legoland December 11th
One day Daddy took Layla to Legoland, just the two of them to see the snow and let mommy rest! I feel sad I missed her first sledding and snow ball throwing experience but this pregnant mama was tired!
The poinsettia Christmas Tree.
A ride on the train!
Playing in the snow!
Sledding for the first time!
She loved it Next year, a much needed trip to the mountains to play in the real snow!
A fun day in the snow at Legoland!
Layla’s Preschool Rainbow Party December 15th
Layla’s Preschool decided to let the children pick a theme for an end of the semester party. The school does not do and holiday themed parties or activities so the children brainstormed and came up with the idea of a “Rainbow Party.” At the party the kids made fruit kabobs out of a rainbow of different fruit and rainbow toast with food color dyed sweetened condensed milk! Layla had fun and enjoyed the treats she made.
Making rainbow fruit kabobs
Painting rainbow toast!
Enjoying rainbow toast!
And another one!
Jake’s Holiday Dinner with Guy’s Assistants December 15th
Every year Guy and I take his assistants out to dinner at Jake’s for the holidays. After Layla’s preschool rainbow party her and I ran to the coaster in the rain, got her changed on the train, left my phone in my car in the meantime. Guy didn’t think we were taking the train due to the rain so I had to borrow a cell phone from a stranger on the train! Thank you stranger! Guy was at the coaster station waiting to pick us up and off to Jakes we went!
All dressed up and on the Coaster!
Guy with his girls!
Book Exchange Play Date December 16th
I suggested a holiday play date idea for my play group and it was a huge success. I mentioned our holiday cocktail party and said we should do the same thing for the kids except exchange books! Each child will end up with a new book, what is better than a new book!
Layla enjoying some treats with Alex and Addie.
Ready for the book exchange! We sang a song and passed the books! It didn’t exactly go smoothly but each child ended up with a book that was not the one they came with and they were all so excited! It was very cute!
False Alarm Number 1! December 17th
Our first visit to the hospital for a false alarm! I thought my water may have broken because with Layla I felt a little tiny leak and it had! With that in the back of my mind I was a bit paranoid. So on the morning of Saturday December 17th while I was sitting on the bedroom floor wrapping some last minute Christmas gifts I felt a little “leak!” Then again when I got up from sitting down a bit later. I told Guy and he asked what I wanted to do. I was super unsure and did not want to spend the afternoon at the hospital for a false alarm but because of the way my water broke and I didn’t really know with Layla we both felt it was best to just go to the hospital and get checked. My water was not broken and a couple hours later after a few tests, the ‘strip came back inconclusive, so a more in depth test was run and it came back negative. Dr. Fenton, my OBGYN came in, he was on call that day. He asked if I wanted to have the baby today, he had nothing to do, he could just induce me! There was NO WAY I wanted to be induced! I wanted this little boy to come when he was ready! I also really needed to shave my legs! That is all I kept saying to Guy. “I am not ready for this today, I need to go home and shave my legs.” When we got to the hospital I even asked the nurse, “if this is really happening will you guys let me take a shower and shave my legs?” Of course it depended on the situation! and of course it was the one day I hadn’t showered or shaved! From that day on I shaved my legs EVERY SINGLE DAY until baby was born! Needless to say, we went home and I showered, shaved my legs and went to the Thomas’s for an excellent dinner!
Aunts Visit December 18th
Aunts Donna and Carol came out for a visit and to drop off Layla’s Christmas gifts! Layla was so excited to see them! They got her a princess blanket which was a huge hit of course! And a stuffed animal Meer cat from the Living Desert! Layla loves him! We named him Mortimer Meer Cat and call him Meer Meer!
Holiday of Lights December 20th
Every year we drive through the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Race Track! We get Layla in her jammies and stop for hot chocolate on our way down. It is a super fun Zavodny Family holiday tradition!
Layla striking a pose ready to leave and see the Holiday of Lights!
Since you drive around the race track at 5 mph or less, we let Layla out of her car seat and she “drives” on Daddy’s lap! Guy did really let her steer this year, not the best driver, yet!
Remember I am due any day, nine days to be exact and pregnant ladies have to pee! I couldn’t wait to go into a restaurant or business so we pulled into the neighborhood across the street and I peed in Layla’s portable potty in the car! Classic pregnant moment! Thank goodness for the car potty!
Gifts with Carson December 21st
I love when “my teachers” are off school for holiday vacation! Melissa came down from Temecula, brought lunch and we exchanged Christmas gifts!
Happy kids with presents!
Layla got a super fun new game called S’Match! Soon to be Baby Sam got a little musical panda bear toy!
Carson got a fun car that drives on the walls and a Star Wars Lego carrier/organizer! Avery got a Sophie! Thank you Casady Family!
39 Weeks December 22nd
Christmas Cookies December 23rd
You cant have a holiday season without baking and decorating holiday sugar cookies, even at 39 weeks pregnant!
We had fun making the dough!
Licking the batter off the beater!
and decorating the cookies with Daddy after they were baked!
And Yes, there were sprinkles EVERYWHERE! Happy cookie decorating!
Christmas Eve December 24th
Nonna and Papa’s
Every Christmas eve we join my parents at their house for an awesome dinner that somewhat pays homage to the Italian Catholic tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Nanny, Nicole, Karen, Marty and this year Dennis joined us! I was super pregnant and still just hoping to make it through Christmas! Dinner was awesome, after dinner on our way home we drive through one of the most awesome neighborhoods of San Diego where almost every house has Christmas lights and rad decorations! Layla loves it every year and so do we! This year, Santa was even walking down the street handing out candy canes to the kids in cars riding through Story Book Lane!
My beautiful girl all dressed up and ready for the Christmas Eve celebrations to begin!
Sitting on Daddy’s lap opening a couple early Christmas presents from Nanny, Aunt Karen and Uncle Marty!
An awesome personalized insulated lunch bag decorated with cupcakes from Nanny!
Layla, Daddy and Ahta!
Layla, Daddy, and Mommy! You’ve got to love Layla’s silly face and my HUGE belly! Due in 5 days at this point, so really any second! We were all waiting and hoping to make it through Christmas!
Awe, Layla with her Nanny! Such a sweet picture!
Layla opening a couple early Christmas presents from Nonna and Papa! A glowing ladybug nightlight that reflects stars on the ceiling!
At Home Christmas Eve
When we returned home after a full meal and drive through Storybook Lane Santa had to come and put out all of his presents!
Santa Mommy, sitting on the stairs filling stockings. The two boxes on the floor in front of the coffee table are Santa Nicole’s to unload! Too much as usual!
The living room is starting to get filled up…
Now everything is out! Stocking hung from the stair railing with care and Layla all nestled snug in her bed with visions of Christmas morning dancing in her head! Ho Ho Ho, to all a good Christmas!
We were so excited we went in and woke her up! She did not want to get up and said, I just want to sleep!” We then asked her who she thought came last night and she said so excited and so sweetly, “SAMMY?!?!” It was the sweetest thing, she thought first of her soon to be born baby brother before Santa and presents! The next couple photos are the progression of Layla realizing it was Christmas morning and that Santa came! She is sort of a slow riser, kind of like her Mommy!
Realizing that Santa came and the living room is filled with presents!
Out in the living room, taking it all in! Just look at that crazy hair!
Seeing what Santa left out and unwrapped! A princess arts and crafts set!
Eating some delicious Nutella filled beignets for a early morning present opening snack before brunch! YUM!
On to hours of opening presents, yes, it literally took hours to open all of the gifts!
a stoking filled with Little toys and treats,
and an awesome cash register!
Even Lou gets gifts!
Swollen and happy! Coco Channel! Still hoping to make it through the day without going into labor! So happy though that I had made it to Christmas morning to watch Layla run out of her room, see what Santa left her and open her presents!
A little blue box! Tiffany and Co. is always good!
A huge Louis Vuitton box is always good too!! I was shocked! Guy was so incredibly good to me! Can you say spoiled?
Todd, Diane, and the boys came over for mimosas, beignets, and presents too!
Auntie Val came over!
and Nonna and Papa too!
More play-doh sets! Notice her super cute mermaid slippers, those are from Ahta!
Our little Christmas beauty! All dressed up on Christmas ready to go to Michelle and Joe’s for Christmas dinner with our entire family!
Layla, Daddy, Mommy and the belly (soon to be baby boy)
Merry Christmas from The Zavodnys! The fam with Louis!
Layla and Ahta! Beautiful girls all dressed and ready for our Christmas dinner party!
Opening presents from Auntie Michelle and Uncle Joe!
Oooh La La! So fancy! All dressed up in her Princess Ariel accessory kit!
Our little fam in front of Michelle and Joe’s HUGE Christmas tree!
With Nonna and Papa!
Layla, now dressed in her princess Tiana accessory set waiting to watch Nanny open her Christmas presents!
Nanny opening the door hanger Layla made for her at the at the paint your own ceramics shop!
Guy helping in the kitchen!
Sitting back and relaxing! I am trying at least! I have a huge belly on my lap and guy has a cup of delicious home made Capuozzo egg nog! So not fair! But all worth it in the long run! I was just hoping that someone would be able to drive me to the hospital if my water broke! And with that Capuozzo eggnog around that might be a tough call!
In her new Mulan night gown already and hanging out with Papa!
A cuddle with Nanny!
And a snuggle with Uncle Joe in her new princess sleeping back from Lauren and Shawn!
The best news on Christmas is that Michelle and Joe are expecting a baby in July!! SO SO SO happy for them! Congratulations Michelle and Joe! We can’t wait to meet Baby Ross!
Layla got to spend the night at Michelle and Joe’s on Christmas night, she was super stoked!
The only time my ankles and feet got super swollen was the couple days around Christmas! All of the rich food, stress, and being on y feet a bunch! A couple baths and the swelling went down. Nothing like the end of my pregnancy with Layla!
At some point a couple days after Christmas I got a brutal little cold, we think someone was sick on Christmas because a few of us got sick! Not what I needed to go into labor with!
December 28th 2pm two contractions in a row within 13 minutes! Guy came home from work but they stopped!
December 29th Baby Sam’s Due Date 40 Weeks
HUGE!!! and Due today! Dr. appointment today! Baby still hadn’t dropped, cervix still high and thick. Doctor wanted me to walk! Guy went back to work, so I went to Target on the way home from my appointment. I parked FAR away and walked, walked the entire store and then when I got home took a walk around the two blocks surrounding our house in our neighborhood twice that afternoon!
A Trip to the Hospital or two
December 31st 2011
To the hospital at 7:37am then home again at 9:41
10:12pm on our way back to the hospital, signed in the hospital at 10:25 pm then home again at 12:27am on January 1st…