New in the Garden: Asterbaby!

Bad to the phloem!Guess who’s pregnancy ended with a BANG! … not a whimper?

I guess my life needed some weeding before this baby was going to come  because for a few weeks- EVERY DAY something GIANT and/or GIANTLY ANNOYING was happening to me. I’m not going to list it all off so I don’t sound like a whiner but- it was enough to make my blood pressure spike for each and every OB visit I had for the last month… which meant a couple trips to the hospital for monitoring.

When I’d get to the hospital, my blood pressure would dip into normal, zen-y territory after getting into that awesome hospital bed- with my feet up and the remote control in my hand.

It was getting to be a routine annoyance…

Step 1: Go to OB appointment

Step 2: Get sent to hospital for monitoring

Step 3: Watch a movie at the hospital and get sent home


Except when I got sent to the hospital on Tuesday?  There was a Step 4: Have a Braxton Hicks contraction.


These are practice contractions, also known as false labor. Apparently Miss Hazel did not like these practice contractions and HER heart rate dropped, according to the fetal heart monitor strapped to my belly, from hyper baby bunny to a metronome set on “Waltz”.


Everything that happened next happened FAST. They induced me , but it only further freaked out Lil’ Aster,  because with every REAL contraction- her heart rate dropped faster than brand-new Magnolia blooms on a windy day.

They decided at 6pm that I was going to need a  c-section and at 6:50 she was born.


It was pretty rad.


She and I are home now- both healthy as Horseradish.

Just to show that I've kept my sense of humor through all this drama....

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

8 thoughts on “New in the Garden: Asterbaby!

  1. Congratulations Amanda~Mummi x Mend quick, hunny.
    Welcome to the world Hazel Jane x You’re Mummi is one of the best 🙂
    I’m so happy for you all and wish you very many years of happiness ahead.

  2. Dear Aster, you never cease to amaze me! Forget that nonsense I suggested that perhaps you’d not have time for blogging when Li’l Aster (aka Hazel Jane) arrived. Oh, me of little faith!

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