The Accountant's Garden

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

Monday, July 31, 2006

Well, I'll be...you can fit two car seats in the back of a compact car!
Here's E, peeking out from her car seat, alongside the infant seat, both of which fit in the back of my Mazda 3. See, people do not need a minivan or SUV just because they have kids.

Oh yeah, and I have room in the trunk for all the baby gear - stroller, port-a-crib, emergency kit, plus room for groceries.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Place Your Bets...

The official due date is August 9, 2006, which makes me 38 weeks and 2 days as of this post. Here are the predictions from those around me as to when HCW will arrive.

The sonogram technician: August 12
My obstetrician: 40 weeks +
Myself: Between 39 and 40 weeks
MW: 38 weeks
HSW: Before 40 weeks
MF: Before 40 weeks

Add your prediction to the comments, or send it to me via email, and I will add it to this post. We can all review and see who was closest when the blessed event actually occurs!

Notes on due dates: A standard pregnancy is 40 weeks; however delivery any time between 37 weeks and 42 weeks is considered "full term." The 40 weeks is calculated from the 1st day of the woman's last normal cycle, which means that the pregnancy - conception to delivery is really 2 weeks less, depending on the cycle length.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In addition to my last post, I wanted to mention that I had to finally break down and hire a gardening serivce. Of course, right now, this is a really good thing, since the yard was pretty much going to pot with the overgrown lawn, broken sprinkler, and weed invasion. But I think part of me is jealous - as if it were that much less my yard, when I'm not the one pushing the lawn mower, wielding the weed whacker, and pulling the weeds.

Yes, I'm definitely jealous of the little Vietnamese girl, in her straw hat, pulling my weeds and being careful of my iris and vegetables. I remain inside, reviewing my old magazine pile and clipping out recipes and articles of gardening that I hope I will be able to use in the future, trying not to look out the window too many times while they are here.

I have a confession to make. I've been pretending - pretending to be confident about managing two babies (under 2 years old), pretending that I'm not afraid of labor & delivery, pretending that I'm content with staying home. I find myself questioning whether I will be able to handle taking care of two children, when I am sometimes boggled by just one child (i.e. are you sleepy or just hungry; two naps or one; etc.). Then I find myself daydreaming about the time when it was just E and me, and I was able to garden, and cook, and clean - without anything to hinder me.

Now, I'm tired all the time. I've been awake for two hours and I already want to go back to sleep. And E wants to sleep less! Then I think about how little sleep I'll be getting in a couple weeks, and the consequential idiocy that will probably accompany it, and I just want to cry. Am I really going to be able to handle this, or will I just collapse into a big ball of insanity?

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Despite the deer insurgency, my vegetable garden is trying to produce. I picked some more zucchini today, along with a cucumber, and noticed that my tomato plants have little tomatoes on them! And my yellow squash plant keeps spreading and has about 6 or 7 little fruits hanging from it's tendril-covered limbs. Also, the Japanese pumpkin survived and is creating little balls. Of course, it may be well into fall before any of these ripen, so I won't hold my breath.

For Michelle, who also loves Dahlias:

I am nearly full-term in my pregnancy. That means that Wednesday marks week 37 and the baby could arrive any time between then and 42 weeks. Of course, since little E made her appearance at 41 weeks, my doctor is fairly certain this next baby will hold out until close to 40 weeks. However, friends are starting to place their bets on the date, which is always mildly entertaining.