Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Beachin' It

Trey and I have had a fantastic week and a half (despite a 24 hr fever/stomach bug on Sun night/Mon).  We've spent a day at the beach with my cousins, a day at the beach with the Waltz boys, went swimming at the Y, to library class, to the zoo and to the Dunedin park and splash park.  No wonder he's been napping like a champ-- all of this fun has been exhausting (in the best way) for both of us. 

I regret not taking more pics of all of the fun things we've done all week, but it's hard to chase around a one and a half year old by yourself while lugging around a camera, diaper bag, and managing to stay dry during all of these water-based activities.  Oh well.  I did manage to get a few (sense the sarcasm?) from our trip to Honeymoon Island today.  Enjoy!


Friday, July 26, 2013

My Life Lately

Our nanny left on Tuesday and is/will be out of town for about 10 days.  Ten GLORIOUS days.    Can I tell you how beyond happy I am for some time off with my little guy this week?!  And, next!! 

Even though I am technically my own boss, and get to pick and choose when I work (for the most part), I have been in super HIGH demand this spring/summer.  It's been Go, Go, Go for the past couple of months-- working 6-7 days a week (with the exception of our 4th of July trip) at up to three facilities/day.  It's been hectic and exhausting and I have been missing Trey so much.

I DO plan on slowing down, but figured I need to work while I can because I'll definitely be taking some time off to adjust to being mom of 2.  

One of the things that I've been craving from work since I quit being full time is some consistency in my schedule.  Being a PRN contractor is a bit of "feast or famine."  Although, clearly, it's been almost all feast for the past 3-4 months.

I was booked a few months ago to cover a full-time 12 week maternity leave at a skilled nursing facility where I've done some work in the past.  It was supposed to start next week.  I was told (fairly last minute) that I was cancelled... for the entire THREE months!  They found it would be cheaper to hire a different contractor...  I understand, but was upset.  After all, I had already budgeted for the extra income for baby prep and outdoor projects.

Anyways, being cancelled turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  Not even two days later, I got an out-of-nowhere offer for a CONSISTENT, part time position at an acute care hospital that is LITERALLY 5 minutes away from my house.  And, they pay well. :)  Sometimes life just works out.  We are still working out the details of my job, but they are totally flexible have been letting me work when and at what times fit into my schedule.

Eventually, I will be co-sharing a full time position with another SLP.  We will have set days and hours (I know she only wants 2 days/week, so I'll probably take 3, 7-8 hour days/week...).  I know the other SLP wants Mondays.  Hopefully I can convince her to take on Fridays as well, so I can take Tues, Wed, Thursday and have long weekends to travel.   I'm very much looking forward to saying goodbye to my crazy, hectic, sporadic, "feast or famine" job at 4 different facilities and just being at ONE.

And, this is my life lately. Thrilling, I know...     

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Baby boy!

It's official--  The Z fam is adding another Y chromosome to the mix.  I'm still in shock  as I was convinced that "he" was a "she."  We had our girl name picked out and everything!   So much for mother's intuition...

The 20 week Ultrasound went perfectly- We scanned all the body parts, heard the heart rate, saw the brain, heart chambers, spine, blood vessels and saw what makes a boy a boy!  

He weighs 12 oz.  and was absolutely handsome.   He even flashed us a thumbs up at the end.  

Looking forward to meeting this guy in a few months! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


As I quickly approach the halfway point in pregnancy #2, I thought I'd give a quick update.   I had a checkup today and everything looked good.   Baby's heartbeat was perfect and dr was pleased with my blood pressure, weight gain and blood work.  

Overall, this pregnancy has been easy, breezy.  With the exception of fatigue, lack of sleep and feeling hungry all the time, I really don't have any complaints (so far)... Knock on wood...

Everything is so different this time around.   Cravings, sickness, weight gain.  With Trey all I wanted to eat was meat.   Now, I'm all about the carbs.   Bring on the bread and pasta.  Oh, and don't forget dessert.  I guess that's why i've already put on 13 pounds!  Oops!

Phil and I are convinced this one is a girl.   We find out for sure next TUESDAY!!  We are super excited to see if Trey will have a little brother or sister! 

Phil and I are in the process of cleaning out the guest room aka Phil's t-shirt storage room.   We've got it mostly cleared out and only had to get rid of a few of Phil's shirts.   :).  We bought a used convertible crib, dresser and changing table set off Craigslist for a steal.   Our plan is to leave the nursery as the nursery and move Trey into his new "toddler room,"hopefully by the beginning of fall so he has some time to adjust before baby.

That's it for now!   Excited to update with the gender reveal next week! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Buffalo Bound: Part Three

Day three was spent hanging around the hotel, park playtime, lunch at Anchor Bar (originator of the chicken wings), shopping at the Buffalo Market place, dinner at Aunt Franny's and some post bath story/playtime at the hotel. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Buffalo Bound: Part Two

Friday morning, we decided to be "tourists" and headed off to Niagra Falls!  It was my and Trey's first trip to the falls.  I know the Canada side is far more impressive (or so I've heard), but I really enjoyed seeing it for the first time from our side.  One of these days, when our kiddos are older, Phil and I want to take that ferry boat ride (seen during Jim and Pam's marriage on "The Office").  How cool would that be?