In 7+ years of blogging, one lesson I’ve learned is to go easy on the highly-personal stuff. But sometimes one does need to make an exception. Lily Rebecca Aaronson was born today (Jan. 20), at 6:55am, to me and Dana, weighing 3.3kg. (After seeing her placenta, the blog category “Adventures in Meatspace” never seemed more appropriate.) I’m blogging from the postpartum ward, which has free wifi and excellent food—we’ll probably stay here as long as they’ll let us.
Given that her parents are both complexity theorists, one question people will have is whether Lily demonstrates any early aptitude in that field. All I can say is that, so far, she’s never once confused quantum computing with classical exponential parallelism, treated relativization as acting on a complexity class rather than on its definition, or made any other mathematical mistake that I can see. (She has, on the other hand, repeatedly mistaken her hand for food.)