• Michelle in San Diego

    I, too, had bows taped to my head. I think it was our mothers with a complex. How bad would it have been if random strangers thought we were boys?

  • Danielle

    I looked at the thumbnail and thought “hmmmm… lizard skin”


    Said outloud “Awwwwwwwwww… so cute”

    _scrolled down_

    Then the first Google ad I see is called “Cute Girl”


    too funny

  • Lisa

    What a great picture of Leta! I’m so jealous my 13 month old has barely any hair! People constantly assume she’s a boy. You’ll never have that problem with Leta whether you dress her in pink or not..lol…

  • http://www.perspectacles.blogspot.com sharon

    Very, very cute…

  • http://mamajennwentzell.blogspot.com/ jennifer

    Chuck is the best dog in the world… As for those rat bastards whom are judging you and writing HATE mail.. what teh F*ck do they know.. I hat e it when people don’t just mind their own business, and who try to make a intelligent remark and end up sounding like a complete dumb ass. Since when are you trying to be a model….. and can’t anyone take humour anymore.. geesh……. Happy holidays Dooce to you and yours!!

  • http://finallyawinner.blogspot.com stephanie

    Cutest. Baby. Ever.

  • Jackie

    The last comment made yesterday was that you look like a thinner Kate Winslet, and you totally do!! I just watched Eternal Sunshine last night and you totally look like her. I have always thought you reminded me of someone, but could never think of who.

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I love your site!

  • Liz

    I love that picture. I think it is definitely one of my favorites. I also like to torture my dog, so I can sympathize with Leta’s struggle over trying to warn the dog and then just pouncing on him

  • Dre

    This pic was so cute, that I just HAD to show one of my co-workers.

    And then my co-worker asked, “Who is that?”

    And then I proceded to tell her that it wasn’t anyone I knew, and I tried to expain to her that it was a girl’s online journal that I am obsessed with.

    I am positive that my co-worker now thinks I am a fruitcake with no life.

    P.S. She’s looking like such a little girl now – - not a baby!

  • http://dirtyfloorsandfilthyjokes.blogspot.com/ closet metrosexual

    “Mommy, go get the spaghetti while I hold the puppy nose.”

  • http://angoras.blogspot.com/ TracyDee

    That’s a good dog and a good big “brother.” :)

  • http://www.dooce.com/archives/daily_photo/12_27_2004.html Circus Kelli

    closet metrosexual said at 08:43AM, 12.27.2004:
    “Mommy, go get the spaghetti while I hold the puppy nose.”

    Hee hee… that is funny!

  • susanna

    hi heather, sorry this is in all caps, can’t seem to stop it. but i’m hoping that nasty email creep gets flooded with hate mail himself. Hope his mailbox is jammed. so there. you are gorgeous, leta is delicious and the dog, well, he’s outrageously cute. so there.

  • http://www.thejulietfiles.com JulieT

    Poor Chucky.

  • http://www.august95.blogspot.com August95

    Good thing dogs are so patient. I still do things like this to my dogs and I am 33.

  • http://alleyesonjenny.com Jenny


    I think you are absolutely right.

    Once my hair finally DID start to come in, it was white/blonde. Being cute, my aunt called me a ‘toe-head’ which obviously caused my Mom to bawl for an hour straight thinking her child has a head actually shaped like a toe. Clearly, this resulted in a whole new kind of mom complex and that was the day I was introduced to the bonnet.

  • http://www.totallyrosalie.com Rosalie

    chuckles! what is happening? :)

  • http://shyeyes.org shy

    funny how little ones just love to torture dogs… eventually, the dogs just seem to give in.

    my baby does that with my aunt’s shitzu. which is a good thing because that shitzu had a pretty big ego before chaeli came along.

    now he’s given up and allowed chaeli to be the alpha-dog.

  • http://ebirkhol.diaryland.com e

    toooooooooooo cute!!! :-)

  • http://someadventure.blogspot.com Girl.A

    “Up, Chuck, Up!”

    They’re a fetching pair of cutiepatooties.

  • http://www.dasbecca.com/ becca

    ::gasp:: The baby bedhead! Most of the baby stuff is still only cute to me when it’s my own child, but baby bedhead is one of those Universally Adorable Things that makes me want to hug strangers’ children. So be glad Leta isn’t next to me right now. Hee.

  • Barb

    *Where is Chuck?..There he is!*

  • http://www.ihateclowns.com Kano

    Yikes!…..Looks like someones relative over for Christmas dinner hopped on mommies computer the other day and was posting nastier messages than I ever have. Let that be a lesson to you parents….keep the kids off the computers and keep them from posting hate on the site……They were almost nearing criminal acts…I think they may have crossed the line actually. Too bad Rey ruined Debbies reputation now!

  • http://radiantly.net Calli

    Oh. My. God.

    HOW cute!

  • http://www.netsmarts.net trisha

    That is the cutest photo of a child who is not mine that I have ever seen.

  • http://www.pumpkinjuice.com Jenny Mahler

    I saw those wobbling-head boombah things at Walmart, in full action with the noise-making, and is scared the living shit out of me. I felt like it was a scene from Exorcist.

    But then again, I’ve never seen their TV show, so it was really a bit of a shock.

  • http://www.netsmarts.net trisha

    Djnieme is a not a nice person. My son is autistic-y, and it angers me that Djnieme is implying it is possible that he could have been *made* to be that way.

  • Sheryl

    I think one of the strategies that first-born dogs have to stay part of the family “pack” is to be close to the kids, watch over them and put up with them. Dogs love their humans!

    And hear hear, Kano. I think it was seriously scary here (and some of it was truly unnecessary) yesterday. I went away. Hope it’s over.

  • wedge

    I love Chuck with a passion. More off-topic, I am so happy someone else voiced the truth about the uncircumcised penis-ness of the Boohbahs. I can’t believe the FCC lets them on the air without pixilating their necks.

  • Michelle in San Diego


    My grandma did the bonnet thing too. Now I never wear hats. They dressed me in so much pink as a baby to make sure it was clear I was a girl that I wouldn’t even consider anything pink for, like, 20 years.
    My mother still gets indignant when telling the stories of how people thought I was a boy. But my hair came in dark brown and straight so the towhead thing never happened to me.

    Of course when my super blonde brother was born, it was only a matter of time before I convinced him that my super brunette family had adopted him. Then I told him if he asked about it they’d send him back.
    I guess giving and getting complexes is a particular skill my family has. In fact, having just spent the holidays with them, I know that is all we seem excel at.
    Have a great day everyone.

  • Julie

    Dog and daughter, what a beautiful relationship.

    I love your site Dooce. You make every day a bit brighter for so many people :)

    Dooce for Prez……OF TURKEY!

  • Christi

    About yesterday…. funny that at least on Sept 7, 2004 that wacko loved dooce. Here’s her proboards site http://debisis.proboards29.com/ Check out the info center at the bottom where she says ” I love dooce.com.
    « Thread started on: Sep 7th, 2004, 10:37am »

    her personality, though heavily more crass[ed] than i could ever muster, is so refreshing and lovely. very embulient and funny… which is kind of rare these days…kind of like the sevenites ~ya know.
    and she’s blessed to be a mom AND awesome designer.

    very blessed in deed. kudos to Heather Armstrong and her web blog.”

    Then she complains that she only prints hate mail? Way to generate hits to your site….it’s all about the attention-eh?

  • tickled

    Uh, you DO know that it’s towhead, not toe-head, right?–as Michelle in San Diego pointed out later.

    When my youngest, also a white-blond, was in third grade, his (bald) male teacher called him that so often that the kid finally lost it. One day he got so fed up he called the teacher “NO Head”–to his face! Somehow they both survived the incident….

  • dänika

    Oh, how adorable. Pink again!

    I love Leta’s eyebrows.

  • http://alleyesonjenny.com Jenny

    Ha! I do know that it’s ‘tow’ – but that’s why my mom bawled: she heard “toe-head”! Oh moms…

  • Sue

    What a great dog! I had an Alaskan Malamute like that.

  • http://www.commuterchaos.com Kieran

    Gotta love the kids!

  • http://occupant.org/anna lulu cornichon

    so, wait. Leta *says* “Go, dog, GO!” when she sees Chuck?

    She’s talking?!

    For real? Or am I just being too literal again?

  • the original kp

    i love her bed head!
    you make me want a baby even though i know it will be hard.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    i’m not absolutely sure that she knows what she’s saying, but when she sees the book *Go, Dog, Go!* she repeats that over and over. and she only says that with that book.

    and then she sees Chuck and says it. we’ve got it on tape.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    woo hoo! i was number 69!


  • H

    Woah, words??? Why no first-word story or other speech tales? I’d certainly like to hear.

  • http://dirtyfloorsandfilthyjokes.blogspot.com/ closet metrosexual

    Does sixty-nineing your own blog take some sort of strange contortionist ability?

  • http://oneofakind2727.com nancy

    Please take pictures like this of Leta and Chuck and times them by 1 million :)

  • http://www.dooce.com/archives/daily_photo/12_27_2004.html Circus Kelli

    closet metrosexual said at 10:25AM, 12.27.2004:
    Does sixty-nineing your own blog take some sort of strange contortionist ability?

    Whoa, I’m not sure on that, but I’ll bet sixty-nineing your own blog during business hours could get you fired…

  • http://www.thejulietfiles.com JulieT

    There are some things only a mother can understand. I’d be willing to bet she IS saying “Go, dog, GO.” Maybe she’s trying to give him one last chance at escape… “Chuck, get the hell out of here QUICK before I start squeezing your long snout and pulling on your ears!”

  • http://www.euphoria.nu Kerri

    Boobah’s are scary as hell. lol.

    and that picture is absolutely darling!

  • http://www.gigglinguniverse.blogspot.com Em

    She says “go, dog, go” ???? She may not be crawling – but I’d say that’s very advanced for her age. My kids never talked that early. :-)

    As always – she’s beautiful!

  • http://occupant.org/anna lulu cornichon

    Wooo! That’s great!

    [sorry. forgot this was Dooce.com for a moment]

    Heh. That *totally* counts. Not only first word, but first imperative sentence. It’s always been clear that she’s a genius, now we have proof.

    Way to go, FrogBaby!

  • http://mariposastales.blogspot.com Mariposa

    She is the most adorable little thing. But you already know that.
    Being that she came from a bearded Armstrong and a Model like mother, there is no other way but to be cute!