Well even though I only had to go back to teaching for 3 days at the end of the school year, I'm still so excited to have 9 more weeks to spend with Zoya until I go back to work full time in the fall. Shawn rearranged his work schedule so he could be home with Zoya for the three days I went back. I missed her so much while I had to be at work, but knew it was only 3 days! In the fall, however, it will be a lot harder I'm sure.
We decided that our best option for child care when we will both be working full time will be to have somoene come to our house and take care of Zoya. We don't want to throw too much change at her, so this way her caretaker will change but her familiar environment will remain the same. Shawn is on a four week rotating schedule so some weeks we will only need somoene for 15 hours, and the most we will ever need is 30 hours. Zoya has been napping for about 2 hours and 45 minutes every day, so that takes a little guilt away too (knowing she will be sleeping for almost 3 hours of the time I am gone....hopefully!). So I registered on sittercity.com to try and find a caregiver, after asking a million people and coming up empty. I got pretty terrified when I saw some of the profiles. Here are some samples,
"I am really good with dogs, I have also watched kids before." Seriously?
"I had my first child at 15 and I now have 9 children." Ummm that doesn't qualify you
"I have 3 dogs and 'some' cats." Cat lady???
So on Zoya's birthday we were on our way to go shopping and I said a quick prayer in the car asking God to lead me in the right direction or to send a great caregiver our way since I was pretty freaked out about the caregivers that I found on the sitter site. While shopping, I literally ran my cart into Zoya's new caretaker! This woman is amazing and I don't know why I never thought to ask her. She has a daughter with DS who is starting kindergarten in the fall (at the school I teach at) and so she will not have any children at home during the school day and actually said she wants to take care of Zoya and feels blessed to be able to do so! God is good!
Soooooo school's out for summer and we have tons of "things" to do, but not any huge plans. Zoya has OT/PT/Speech each for one hour a week. We also volunteer for an adaptive sailing program which is every Friday all day long during the summer, and Mondays we are hoping to have some play dates and visits with a play group of moms and kids from the school I teach at. We have a list of summer things we can't wait to do. Swimming, long walks, going to the beach, learning to love ice cream, blowing bubbles, helping Daddy cut the lawn with the new toy lawnmower, picnics with lots of juicy watermelon, cookouts, strolling in the red wagon, bird watching, catching fireflies, meeting new friends, writing our names in sidewalk chalk, and so much more!
Swimming. Check! (Although we still have to try out a big pool!)