Maria Menounos Celebrates 1st Thanksgiving with 4-Month-Old Daughter Athena: 'My Greatest Blessing'

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The new mom also said she was "forever grateful" to thier "beautiful Surrogate family who helped us bring Athena into this world"

<p>Maria Menounos/ Instagram</p> Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos/ Instagram

Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos is celebrating a very special Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, the Heal Squad podcast host expressed her gratitude in a photo post featuring 4-month-old daughter Athena and husband Keven Undergaro.

"Happy Thanksgiving friends! I always have so much to be grateful for but today I get to be grateful for my greatest blessing Athena. Forever grateful to our beautiful Surrogate family who helped us bring Athena into this world. We love you guys so much," Menounos, 45, began her caption.

"This is a series of photos I took this morning as Athena is just now starting to pull my hair! I told her don’t pull daddy’s. He doesn’t have enough 😂🤣❤️," she joked in the caption. "Hope you all have a blessed day and if you find yourself in the midst of life’s challenges, or storms believe me I know what that feels like. I’m sending you extra love. God bless you all."

The new mom also posted an adorable video of her playing with her baby girl and giving her kisses, telling her, "My biggest blessing right here. You are Mommy’s greatest blessing. I love you so much. Mommy loves you with her life."

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<p>Maria Menounos/ Instagram</p> Maria Menounos, Keven Undergaro and their baby Athena

Maria Menounos/ Instagram

Maria Menounos, Keven Undergaro and their baby Athena

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In October, Menounos celebrated her daughter's first Halloween, posting a photo of the festivities on her Instagram Story.

In the sweet videos, she showed her infant daughter getting used to her costume — Pottery Barn Kids' Baby Sesame Street Cookie Monster Costume — wiggling around in the furry onesie on her changing table before getting situated in her stroller to trick or treat for the first time.

The TV personality's father and husband admired Athena's costume from afar, as both were recovering from COVID-19.

In September, the new mom celebrated Athena turning 3 months old in an Instagram post, showing the little one's face for the first time.

"3 months old today! Kev and I really want to keep her little face off social BUT no one ever saw her smile because she was too little when we shot the magazine cover," she wrote. "Anyway, while she’s still little I figure I get this one post out as she LIGHTS up our day everyday and I hope she can light yours up to! We love her soooooo much we may explode!!!"

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On a September episode of Heal Squad, the new mom talked about her decision to share the sweet photo on social media.

"I posted for the first time so that everyone can see her face," Menounos said, noting that she and her husband had previously discussed not sharing her photo.

"That picture that I posted of the three of us happened. I'm like, 'Oh my God, she's owning us.' She's in the middle, with her one hand on your chin and the other one on mine. It just happened and it was perfect," she raved.

"In that picture, she's 2½ months. That she's smiling with us, looking up at the camera, it all added up," Undergaro added.

Still, Menounos said she doesn't plan to share Athena unless a "life-changing situation" presents itself: "I'm really going to try not to, for her sake."

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