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March 16, 2012
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March is a time for birth. Bursting buds, newborn piglets and little chicken bring youth to Dokmai Garden. Ketsanee gave birth to a baby girl yesterday on March 15th. Her name is Mia, sister of Mika.

Mia, 14 hours old, smiles contentedly after her fourth meal in life. Being old-fashioned we asked not to know the gender in advance, saving the surprise for the emotional moment of birth. That apparently very unusual request caused confusion among the hospital staff, as we were asked to fill in the name of the child even before it was born. That was not the only old-fashioned decision. A few weeks ago I was asked when the baby was expected. I said around the 18th. Stares of surprise and disbelief: “Why didn’t you select a date for Caesarean?”. “Why should we?”. “You should pick a good date for birth according to astrology”. If the positioning of the planets really had an influence on a child, I guess the date of conception or even the entire period of development before and after birth would mean more than the date for just cutting out the baby. As new planets are discovered outside the solar system all the time, I guess all previous astrological predictions have been wrong because they did not take all planets into account, or wrong at least before the discovery of planetoid Pluto (1930) or the larger planetoid Eris (2005). If planetoids do not count then I guess all astrological predictions before the discovery of Neptune were wrong (1846). Being old-fashioned I still believe in the 386 years old conclusion by my home university (Uppsala, Sweden) that astrology is pure nonsense. Better focus on care and education to shape a new life.

Pia is already one month old.

March blossom (Pink shower, Cassia bakeriana, Fabaceae).

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave Farrar permalink
    March 16, 2012 2:27 PM

    Congratulations Khun Ketsanee on the birth of your beautiful daughter!
    Thank you, your mother, & Eric for your kind hospitality at Dokmai garden last Saturday. Eric provided an interesting & enjoyable tour of the gardens prior to the Beekeeping demonstration, which was also very informative. Everyone was relieved that the bees were in good humor despite having so many visitors.

  2. Charles Martin permalink
    March 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    congratulations…..i am happy for the both of you…..

  3. tomo permalink
    March 16, 2012 9:54 PM

    how beautiful! congratulations eric and ketsanee. this must be a huge time for mika, preparing himself to be a big brother. lots of love to you beautiful family. oxox

  4. March 18, 2012 7:43 AM

    Congratulations Eric and Ketsanee with this beautiful newborn ! I wish you all the luck. I signed the petition on the burning and enjoy reading your blog every day. In about 2 month I will start laying out my garden in Papai, Sansai. So within a month I would like you to come visite the land. I will contact you soon.

    Harry Nieuwland

  5. March 18, 2012 10:18 PM

    Thanks everyone for kind wishes. Ketsanee is doing fine and we went to hospital today again for additional tests. Yesterday we had 35°C which is quite a challenge for both mother and baby.


  6. March 22, 2012 6:49 AM

    Congratulations Eric and Ketsanee! I will tell the students about the baby, they will be excited!
    Gabriella from Panyaden School

  7. April 7, 2012 11:30 AM

    Mia is lovely. Congratulations. I like the old fashioned ways too. How is the alfalfa doing?

    • April 7, 2012 8:28 PM

      Hi Diana,

      The alfalfa seeds germinated quickly and the seedlings grow slowly in the dry and hot beginning. The onset of the rainy season should boost them.

      Cheers, Eric

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