Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

Dear Delilah,

Today is Thanksgiving, a day that features family, food, and gratitude. As the days have gone by since your birthday, I can't help but to remember what life was like at this time last year. Last Thanksgiving, I was exhausted. I was recovering from your birth, adjusting to motherhood, and operating on very little sleep. Your Thanksgiving feast consisted only of my milk, and since I was not yet confident in nursing you, it was one of the only times you ate not only in a separate room from all of the action, but under a cover. I remember I hemmed and hawed about leaving the house without my little notebook, where I was recording what time you ate, which side you ate from, and how long you ate for.

Your feast this year had much more variety!

You had vegetarian "turk'y" roast, mama's cheesy garlic mashed potatos and green bean casserole, Grandma Laurel's seven-layer salad, Aunt Linda's grape salad, part of a dinner role, and even a little bit of Grandma Bev's birthday cake!

You are remarkably independent. So much so that I didn't think twice about setting you free with your adoring relatives to get busy in Grandma Bev's kitchen with Aunt Janelle and Uncle Jamie, preparing what was not only our Thanksgiving Feast, but Grandma Bev's birthday meal. A far cry from last year when I wouldn't let you out of my sight!

This Thanksgiving, I am just as thankful as I was last year for you, for your father, for your grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I am just as thankful for our health and happiness. I am just as thankful that we can all be together to celebrate the holidays, that we are blessed with bountiful food to nourish ourselves with, and that we have a warm and comfortable home to return to when the celebration comes to an end.

This Thanksgiving, however, I have something new to be thankful for. I am thankful that I have grown into my role as your mother, that I have gained confidence in my ability to keep you in one piece, and that I am secure enough to let you out of my sight to enjoy time to bond with your family members who don't get to spend as much time with you. We are all so blessed to have you in our lives, and are forever grateful for your existence!



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