Bill Roper's Journal
Birth and Taxes 
15th-Apr-2008 10:21 am
Today is tax day in the U.S. We've filed for an extension, as we're still working on the Dodeka taxes, but I've sent a nice check to the government for what I'm going to owe.

It's also exactly two weeks until the due date for Katie's prospective sibling, so we're on alert. Keep your fingers crossed!

(And this means the naming discussion has now moved into high gear, as we'd like to avoid calling the kid "Baby Roper".)
15th-Apr-2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
This may just be my ignorance, but I've never quite understood the whole concept of the extension. I mean I get it... you need more time to file your taxes. Yet you have to send in a check for what you owe anyway. At least in my world... the only way I'd know what I owe is by completing my taxes. What am I missing?
15th-Apr-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
In this case, we've got everything we need to file the taxes except for the K-1 from Dodeka. We are certain to within reasonable doubt that the taxable amount it will show is the amount of interest that the Dodeka savings account earned, but we need to finish all the computations so that we can file the Dodeka taxes and generate that K-1.

So we're pretty sure of what we owe. :)
15th-Apr-2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
I will be eager to check your blog after the honeymoon to find out how things are going! How about you guys just wait until we come back?

15th-Apr-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
We could probably manage with that, but I'm not sure that our gestational carrier would agree. :)
15th-Apr-2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
We have a tradition of having a couple of names ready and just go with whatever seems appropriate at the moment of filling out the certificate.

How can you name a baby you've never met?

My Kate started out as Lauren... right up until I was writing it on the birth certificate and she just didn't look like a Lauren. And Mike got his middle name while I was filling out the birth certificate (7:30 in the morning and I called and woke Andy up and came up with a name we'd never discussed because we couldn't agree on which one we wanted :). Patrick was either Patrick Gabriel or Gabriel Grant...

So... Good luck...
15th-Apr-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
We've had multiple names in mind and always reserve the right to change our mind upon delivery.
15th-Apr-2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Is sibling boy or girl, or don't you know?
15th-Apr-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
The ultrasound check said 70% chance of a girl. The gestational carrier says that this pregnancy feels like the one she had with her son, as opposed to either Katie or her daughter.

We're currently treating it as a coin flip.
15th-Apr-2008 04:28 pm (UTC) - Sibling
"Is sibling boy or a girl"? Of course; what else could it be?

15th-Apr-2008 05:00 pm (UTC) - Re: Sibling
Intersex. But they are rare, and get assigned to one gender or another. Happily, the medical community is being convinced to wait to do "corrective" surgery until the child is old enough to decide if zie wants it, and if so, what form of correction zie wants...but in the meantime, a social gender is still assigned at birth, even in the most ambiguous cases. There being no generally accepted pronoun for someone who is in between, or both, or neither, (to say nothing of other difficulties people have with not being able to assign someone to a gender they are comfortable with) that's inevitable.
15th-Apr-2008 07:08 pm (UTC) - Re: Sibling
:-) There's always "zie."

Though I totally agree with you this is not generally accepted in English yet. And while it would probably be good for society in general for people to start getting used to the concept, somehow nobody's comfortable with that when it's *their* beloved child who has to be the skinny edge of the wedge.

Though really it seems to me that gender is pretty much moot until one is near the courting stage. But I'm a wild-eyed progressive :-)
15th-Apr-2008 04:31 pm (UTC) - A new addition!!!
I am very excited for both of you and will check LJ when we get back. Maybe I will write a polynesian filk song!!!
15th-Apr-2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Best wishes on both birth and taxes! You could call the kid "Ropelet." Or maybe "Ropeling." Yeah, I like Ropeling.
15th-Apr-2008 09:52 pm (UTC) - Ok, someone has to say it
A baby Roper would have to be a Stringer or a Threader.
15th-Apr-2008 11:09 pm (UTC) - Re: Ok, someone has to say it
No, Bill and Gretchen will be the baby ropers...especially since Katie has reached toddler status by now, I believe. :-)
15th-Apr-2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
If twins, "Ropair."
16th-Apr-2008 04:00 am (UTC)
No, no, 'Ropair' is the nanny's name.
16th-Apr-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Hm. I wonder if that's how the main character in Dirty Dancing got her name...
16th-Apr-2008 04:01 am (UTC)
"Didn't Simon and Garfunkel have song called 'Baby Roper'?" he asked disengenuously? I feel inspiration coming on...
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