Giving Thanks on Baby’s 1-Month Birthday

Thanksgiving falls on the 24th this year, and since Lillian was born on the 24th of October, I guess that officially makes this her 1-month birthday. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long already!

We spent today having our traditional turkey dinner with the family. My sister Laura flew in from New York and got to meet her new niece for the first time, which was awesome. I ate way too much pie — will have to get back to that whole “lose the baby weight” thing some other time — and we lingered around watching BBC America’s Star Trek marathon after dinner because we’re all a bunch of nerds sci-fi fans that way. But more than anything it was just really great having everyone together under one roof.

Just for fun, here’s a gratuitous baby picture showing what Lillian was doing while we were feasting on stuffing and sweet potatoes:

Smiling in her sleep?

Anyway, moving on to the “giving thanks” portion of this post… In no particular order, here’s a list of everything I’m feeling thankful for on this Thanksgiving day:

  • For my beautiful and healthy baby daughter, my wonderful loving husband, and my warm caring family and friends. I’m so grateful for everyone in my life, and I can’t even imagine what life would be like without them.
  • That Lily is an easy baby who sleeps in her crib at night and generally only cries to communicate some easy-to-guess thing that she wants. (Usually food.) I really feel like I have no business getting this much sleep as a new parent.
  • That we have a roof over our heads — and not just any roof, but a home of our own in a wonderful neighborhood that should provide a stable and wholesome environment to raise our daughter.
  • That we have some degree of financial security at a time when millions are unemployed and the economy is in the pits. (And that we aren’t going to be forced into bankruptcy by our obscenely over-inflated medical bills.)

Not to mention all the other things I tend to take for granted — heat, electricity, clean running water, plenty of food to eat. The modern medicine that helped deliver our daughter healthy, safely, and virtually pain-free thanks to whoever invented epidurals. The internet access that’s allowing me to post this message now, and for it to be potentially read by people all over the world.

In conclusion, I have so many reasons to be feeling thankful today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I believe we all have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for each and every member of the Hart, Panno, Lyle, and Easteal families and am honored to play a small role in everyone’s lives. I’m happy to hear that Lillian had a wonderful first Thanksgiving and that she is doing so well. Love to you all!

  2. We can hardly wait for our turn to meet baby Lillian! We had a big crowd here for Thanksgiving Dinner, but no little kids this time around! Seemed strange without them underfoot!

    Lily looks so sweet in her bassinet! And I’m sure she’s dreaming of many more holidays to come!

  3. Aww, pity that there were no little kids running around this year. Although I guess we know the feeling, up here the next youngest after Lily is almost 20 years old! Definitely looking forward to bringing her down to meet the rest of the family soon. :)

  4. No offense to Joe, Rachel or Geoffrey, but that is absolutely THE most beautiful baby I have ever seen! I am SO hopeful you can come visit for Christmas so I can hold her . . . oh yeah, and hug you and Joe too, LOL!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. We’re looking forward to seeing you all, too, and hold that beautiful little girl. However, we understand if you can’t this year. We all know that it can be difficult with a little one and and all the stuff that comes with her. :) So if you can’t, it’s okay. Just come when you can. We love you all! Kiss Lily for us!

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