The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Thursday, June 30, 2005

One minute she's playing, the next minute she's sacked out on the play gym. It must be wonderful being a baby!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

It's Sunday. The baby is asleep, the boys are off at a baseball game, and I have nothing to do! I could call a few friends and catch up with them, but the peacefulness of the house is too overwhelming to distrurb.

Friday, June 24, 2005

I am officially addicted to the baby. She is the most interesting part of my life right now (second only to the rest of my family), and trumps any interest I had before in work, housework or yard care. Not that the house is a mess and I'm negelcting my job, but I just am more intrigued by all the little facial expressions and vocalizations.

Other interesting events to report include Mr. Slinky's run in with a bee (we assume we ate a bee, since half of his face is twice the size of the other side). Pictures coming soon - poor kitty!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

We were looking over baby pictures last night in iPhoto, and noticed how big EKW has gotten in the past month. I took her for her two-month check up, and she was a bit bigger (and by far cuter) than the other babies waiting for their two-month vaccinations. She's starting to sleep through the night, for which I am eternally grateful. Except I keep waking up in the middle of the night! She doesn't really take a nap in the middle of the day yet, just takes 30 minutes cat naps, usually while I'm hauling her around in the car or the carrier.

Other than all the items related to EKW, life is sort of boring right now. People at work are the same - children masquerading as adults. Housework is the same as ever - laundry, vaccuming, dusting, baths. I have many projects at the house, but many of them require long durations of time, are dirty, or both, and that would be difficult to accomplish with a little baby (imagine trying to paint a wall and the baby starts crying suddenly). Maybe those projects can get done when she does start taking regular naps.

I finally checked on my CPA exam results. Once again, I failed both two sections that I need to complete. And, they didn't even extend my credit on the other exam sections that I passed (in what seems like an eternity ago)! I missed passing one section by 1%! The other by 4%! I was pregnant the last two retakes, so perhaps one more try is in order. I'm not sure how exactly I will schedule in studying - one friend suggested reading my study material to EKW - and I don't want to cause any problems for the baby. We'll see.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

At 7 weeks, 5 days old, Elizabeth has outgrown her newborn wardrobe. A few things still fit, but I found (remorsefully) that I had put her into a piece of clothing that was uncomfortable small. So, the tiny newborn things have been moved to another drawer and her 3-to-6-month size clothes have all been laundered and moved up.

We are so lucky to have such a healthy, happy daughter who is growing rapidly. She has started to sleep in longer stretches during the night (9 1/2 hours last night!), but has decided to stop taking naps, with the exception of little 15-30 minute cat naps.

Today, I am grateful for (1) coffee, (2) supportive family & friends, (3) a beautiful house in a safe neighborhood, (4) a husband who knows how to cook a pretty decent meal, and (5) two washing machines.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

How life has changed...

My living room is now a play area, with more and more space dedicated daily to child-safe activities. We have a bouncer chair, a play gym and a comfy chair for reading books.

And everyone gets to sleep...except me!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I had forgotten that I had even finished my last post. I hope it makes sense.

Elizabeth is growing so quickly...she has learned all sorts of new tricks and is starting to get coordinated and be able to focus on objects. We spend time playing on her little play gym, but she still isn't able to grasp any of the hanging toys. She does enjoy looking into the little play mirror and grasping her own hair, though.

We've started reading to her in the evenings before putting her down in her crib. She doesn't really understand the "book" or "story" concept, but does enjoy hearing Pop and Mommy's voices. Plus, the baby experts say that beginning to read to little ones early helps promote a love of books.

She is almost too big for many of her newborn things - most notably clothes. Occasionally, she will stretch completely and pop open the snaps on the footed sleepers. Her other newborn item is a co-sleeper (about the size of a bassinet, but flat and fits in a regular bed or crib), and she either scoots out and over the bottom (or side) or pushes against the top and bottom, so that will soon be unavailable. I'm trying to get her to sleep in the crib without it - so far so good for naps.

It's good to be back to work, but I find that I'm much more interested in little Elizabeth. Every day she does something new, or at least too cute to go without praise. I never knew that I could be so enamored with another little person or so committed to someone's well-being. Raising a child really is a rewarding experience, especially once you get past the first six weeks and get used to committing all your time, energy and love to that child.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, and so many of you want to see how little Elizabeth is changing, we've created her own blog. All the latest on EKW can be found at

I've returned to work, having found suitable baby care two days a week. It was hard to leave EKW with someone else, but it's so fun to go pick her up at the end of the day and realize how much I missed her.