The Accountant's Garden

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

It's been a rough day. I think the baby is hitting a growth spurt, as she was a bottomless pit yesterday when it came to food. This morning, she slept in and took a very long morning nap. But she's been up and awake ever since, trying out new head lifts, complaining about the food here, and making messes on the changing table.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

You may have noticed a slight delay in posting, which, of course, means we have news to report. It all started Monday afternoon, at about 5:30 PM. I was working on a crossword puzzle and noticed some strong pains in my back and abdomen. I had had so many false alarms, however, that I decided to see if they lasted into the night and kept me awake. So, we went about our business, visiting the golf course for a snack and making dinner that evening.

The contractions continued. We went to bed, trying to see whether I could sleep through them. I couldn't, and called the labor and deliver advice line at about 11 PM. They make a couple suggestions, so we followed those, and at 12:30 AM, departed for the hospital. Labor wasn't too bad, although I really wanted to sleep (since it was the middle of the night) and Rudy was determined to sleep in between the contractions.

Around 2:30 AM, the doctor decided to break the bag of waters, which would get labor moving along a little faster. Before I knew it, they were telling me to wait to push and then they were waiting for the baby's arrival. It was a good team of doctors, and EKW arrived at 4:45 AM on April 19, 2005. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

We stayed at the hospital overnight, but were anxious to get home to our house and things. So far, little Elizabeth has been quite social.

On Thursday, she met her grandparents and Auntie at the golf course for lunch.

On Friday, she went to visit with family gathered for her great grandmother's 90th birthday.

On Sunday, she celebrated great grandmother's 90th birthday at the Carnelian Room (and decided to spit up during the very fancy meal). And that was enough.

We've been home bound ever since, with the exception of short trips to the store and doctor.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Since we are still expectant parents, and the baby is a week late, I had to go in for fetal monitoring this morning. Baby is doing just fine, and she definitely is a "she." There's plenty of amniotic fluid, she has a strong heartbeat, and is still really active, which is what they like to see. I'm scheduled for labor to be induced Friday AM - I'm to call the labor & delivery unit at 6 AM if the baby hasn't arrived on her own by then.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

I am now officially and without question past due. We were really hoping that something was happening on Friday (I did have contractions and a back ache), but those symptoms did not materialize into anything eventful. The baby continues to be pretty active, and is, of course, getting bigger by the day. I do have to say, though, that when the baby does come, I should be fairly relaxed and really well-rested. I can't remember the last time I had so much time off, since we are now pushing three weeks outside of work.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

We are now officially past the due date for Baby W's arrival. As many of you know, I have been anticipating her arrival for about 2 weeks now. I've stopped working, and the amount of questions, correspondence and at-home projects has diminished into nothingness. So, what does a overdue pregnant woman with no job do all day? Here's a summary:

Early AM hours - usually spend some time awake, thinking of different baby/labor things and trying to get comfortable. This usually lasts 1-2 hours.

6:30 AM - get up and feed cats & have breakfast with Rudy. Tidy up kitchen, make beds, and start any laundry.

8:30 AM - take a shower, get dressed, and fix hair & makeup. I have no idea why I go through this ritual (no one sees me) except that it keeps me from feeling like a total bum.

9:00 AM - eat second breakfast, usually whole grain cereal or oatmeal. Pregnant women need to keep up on their fiber intake, you know.

10:00 AM - read and take morning nap with the cats, if no one has sent me projects or email.

12:00 PM - eat lunch & either read financial/accounting periodicals for investment ideas or start on various household chores. Organize things (i.e. today I will reorganize my hospital bag, which has been packed for a week and a half now).

2:00 PM - go for a walk. Walking sometimes induces labor.

3:00 PM - read and maybe take another nap with the cats.

This goes on until Rudy gets home, and then I usually start cooking and/or baking. I also spend time within those listed above doing crosswords, writing letters & emails, & researching new parenting skills. Pretty exciting, eh?

Hopefully, I'll have something wonderful, new, and miraculous to post soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I've managed to entertain myself this week by losing my cell phone, which, of course, had all of my telephone numbers stored in it. I've narrowed down the time in which it was lost - somewhere between 4 PM and 6:30 PM on Thursday. It's a little old and beat up, so the ringer doesn't always work, which makes finding it a bit more tricky.

We did get the Oak tree removed from the back yard, at last. It makes a huge difference (reference last two pics of back yard)! I haven't had the energy to do much more gardening, other than manage a few potted plants on the patio. Mysteriously, my tomato plant has been snapped in half and has died, so I will need to start over on the tomatoes.

It was a beautiful weekend here, so instead of moping around the house, we have returned to the golf course. I only played one hole, but was surprise to find that I could still hit the ball and put it in the hole. I scored 2.5 on the par 3 hole - baby and I get to half the score :)

As much as we want it to happen, we still are waiting for baby W to make her appearance. She's quite large now, still very active, and I almost feel that sometimes she is going to push herself out. I thought I might be having early labor on Saturday, however, those contractions became more irregular as the day wore on and eventually disappeared. When you stop seeing golf pictures, you'll know that we've had the baby.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Well, we made it to another prenatal appointment. Last week, I was sure that "I" would become "we" by now. Luckily, there is no bad news to report - both baby and I are healthy. My doctor is anticipating that the baby will weigh about 8 pounds now, and her arrival is just around the corner. Although not in labor, I have progressed to 3-4 cm and am experiencing all the pre-labor signs and symptoms.

More soon...

Monday, April 04, 2005

Still waiting...

I am starting to feel a bit silly, as I thought our little bundle of joy would arrive by now. Many of you are probably asking, "Why? The due date is April 12th, right?" Yes, that's correct. However, at my last prenatal appointment, my doctor declared that I was 2.5 cm dialated and could deliver any time.

So, being the over-prepared person I am, I told the people at work that I was ready to go, found a replacement, and wrapped up all my work ventures. I've never been done with quarter-end reporting the day after quarter-end. But now I have little to do besides read about babies and wonder, "Is that a real contraction?" while people from work continue to call me with strange little worries.

Usually, I would be capable of entertaining myself at home, except that my activities here are limited to projects that do not involve lifting, bending, or the use of harsh chemicals. That leaves laundry, cooking, and light cleaning...I guess I'll be cleaning the bathroom again.

Friday, April 01, 2005

We're just waiting for our new arrival...