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Astrid Ruth H., 29-Jun-2012

Here's Astrid! She was born on June 29 and is very cute. Perfectly healthy too, with purple feet and a lot of hair. She is a bit of a screamer but not too bad -- Heidi has been doing a great job at feeding her, which is Astrid's main source of entertainment. She is also a very powerful kicker -- legs just like a frog, and she is much stronger than Finn was.

Finn was a little hesitant at first ("FINN NOT SHARE TRAINS BABY!"), but he's come around and is very gentle with her. Piper is awesome too.

When we left the hospital, she was nameless ("Baby Girl H.", according to the birth record). It turns out that even if we wanted to give her a name, they couldn't finalize all the paperwork because it had to be notarized, and the hospital's notary doesn't work on weekends. So after a week of intense discussion, we came back to the hospital still nameless, got some lunch, and finally decided on Astrid. Runners-up were Emmette, Rowan, Harper, and Harlow, but we ended up with an Astrid, which I like very much. Ruth is the name of Heidi's mother and grandmother.

Statistics on Astrids are hard to come by, since it's below the top-1000 names in the US. But not so in Sweden, where it hits #30 . It also hit #80 for births in Puerto Rico during 1995.

As far as other famous Astrids in history, the most well-known is Queen Astrid of Sweden (1905-1935), followed closely by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren. There is a large asteroid 1128 Astrid. As for alternate spellings, singer Astrud Gilberto has a Brazilian variation on the name, and Astride can also refer to a class of French locomotives, so there are many possible career paths in her future.

Note that the name is apparently not otherwise astronomical in origin, as the 'ast' part is a Norse root, not Greek as in 'astronomy.'


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This is Heidi (with Finn) in mid-June.
Here's Heidi the morning of June 29, when we went to the GWU hospital. You can tell how excited she is to be getting an injection in preparation for a C-section.
The doctors let me into the OR, though they put up a screen so I couldn't watch the whole thing. (In Mexico City with Finn, they put up no screen.)
Holy moly! Check out those hands -- there she is!!!
A few seconds after emerging, she is screaming here very quietly, kind of like a kitten.
Getting measured up: looks like 51 cm and 3.185 kg. Glad to see they're all metric -- so useful!
Heidi gets to hang out with her as she gets put back together.
The hard-working anesthesiologist.
Later in the afternoon, Piper comes to visit! A minute later, Piper lost a tooth. She forgot it at the hospital in a plastic cup, but no worries: the tooth fairy actually visited the maternity ward, and left her three dollar coins overnight.
Awww... getting her first sunlight!

This night, we had the most fantastic storm, visible from our 3rd floor window as tree limbs flew by. It took out power to over a million DC-area residents, but we stayed on. 'Storm' (or 'Tempest'? 'Torment'?) could have been worked into her name somehow, I'm sure...

Esther and Finn visited too.

Heidi: Finn, do you want to see the baby?


Henry: Finn, here she is!


She went back to the nursery for a vitamin D shot. They're really skilled at wrapping up kids in those burrito blankets over there.
One of many naps...
And after two short nights at the hospital, time to head home! She's wearing the same outfit that Piper and Finn did when they left their hospitals as well.
Out in front of GWU Hospital (Georgetown, DC).
Hanging out at home at t+4d.
5 days.
8 days old, eyes wide open!

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Henry Throop

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