This year I am thankful for (as ever, in no particular order, well except for the first one):
A healthy baby girl.
Honestly, I feel like I could quit right there this year and it would be more than enough. But I'll keep going.
A handsome husband who is a great partner and amazing dad
Josephine's grandparents who are all completely in love with her (of course) and were a big help to us in the weeks after she came home
A chance to visit friends and family in Texas over Thanksgiving and for Josephine to meet her aunts, uncles, and cousins on my side. Raj will be on nights while we're gone and will be thankful for the extra sleep with no adorable baby tempting him to stay up.
My sister and all of the friends who offered me support and advice before and after Jo was born, especially Amy coming all the way across the country to visit us and Sharon answering my teary phone call when I most needed help
Having found a great house in a nice neighborhood where we can walk to public transportation and stores and restaurants. And having gotten moved in before Jo came along.
A quick and relatively easy labor and delivery
Doctors and nurses who took great care of both of us
Coffee, forever and always amen.
Netflix and Hulu, for getting me through some very long days home alone with a tiny baby who needed to be fed and pumped for pretty much constantly. (Shout out to all of the seasons of Parks and Recreation, Elementary, and Friday Night Lights.)
The microfiber sectional we bought on Craig's List that is super comfortable, big enough for the whole family to nap on, and wipes off nicely in case of spit up or spilled milk
Brunch, the best meal there is
People who are nice about sitting next to babies on planes. This trip I sat next to a man who, when I said she normally doesn't cry on planes, told me he didn't mind if she did. His baby is 21.
That Jo, so far anyway, is an excellent traveler. And quite laid-back in general. And has been mostly sleeping through the night since about 3 1/2 months. I know we're very lucky on all counts.
Being able to get back into reading books not about pregnancy and babies. This is thanks in large part to the Kindle app on my phone so I can easily read one-handed while feeding Jo.
Free e-books from the library
Time to finally finish this post while my mom feeds Josephine.
Those of you who still come here and read this stuff. I realize I'm the worst mommyblogger ever and will endeavor to do better in the next year.
Happy Thanksgiving, internet! I know it's been a rough month for a lot of us, so it may be more important than ever to spend a little bit of time thinking about what we have to be grateful for.