A very tired New Year’s Eve

Look, Interent: I am smiling. And then one hour later at 10:30 PM I was asleep. (Picture kindly taken by Beth who says she made it all the way to midnight back at her house. Parents, we ROCK.)

  • http://bucky4eyes.blogspot.com Bucky Four-Eyes

    Who’s a pirate’s favorite baseball player?


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

    I drank out of a baby bottle on NYE too. Doesn’t break if you drop it. Easy to drink out of if you’re already drunk. Can’t break your dentata because there’s no glass rim. Perfect tequila delivery device.

  • http://wealhtheow.diaryland.com wealhtheow

    Not that I’m giving out unsolicited advice, but as a general post to the whole wide world, if one has sinus or congestion issues, one has not truly lived until experiencing the irrigating joys of the Neti Pot.

  • sclark

    That is a really cute picture. I also like the bottle in the background. As a fellow parent I know the importance of having a bottle close at hand…for you or the baby, erither work well in a pinch. ;)

  • http://www.kinkamono.com Sarah

    YEAH!! You’re smiling! Finally! What a very nice picture of the both of you. You look like you had a fab New Year’s Eve.

    I hope 2005 is the best year yet for your entire family.

    Best wishes,

  • Somebody

    I must agree that all of the unsolicited advice about Leta is ridiculous and presumptuous. If it were true, my children would both be mentally retarded. As well as their mother. Father, too, come to think of it. But you handle it well. I’d have already posted pictures of myself mooning the camera, flipping them off, or something equally foul.

    Also, and I couldn’t help but to inform you, that because of you I am more in tune with my GI function than ever before. And that’s a good thing. Thank you, Dooce. My 2005 will include a healthier colon.

    Happy 2005, by the way!

  • http://journals.aol.com/fkaren1964/ScatteredThoughts/ Fran

    Gorgeous couple! Even your eyes are smiling Heather. It just makes me feel all warm inside seeing you two together.

  • http://www.symphonicprose.blogspot.com Jenny

    You’re smiling!
    You’re very pretty when you smile.

  • George Lover

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life.

  • http://journals.aol.com/fkaren1964/ScatteredThoughts/ Fran

    I am not a stalker or voyeur, voyeour, voy- a peeping tom. My previous post sounded kind of funky.

  • Pete

    just comment on the pictures people and stop the obnoxious sucking up for God’s sake!

  • http://www.veryzen.blogspot.com Amanda B.

    Beautiful smiling Heather. The 40days and nights of tinkywinky are over. Ahhhh.

    When my friend Chanda’s daughter Dylan was about Leta’s age, and started the screaming for no apparent reason, Chanda would say, “Dylan…cut the shit.”. It was amazing…worked every time. Dylan would give her the “i hate your ass face” look, and all was well again.

    I’m sure my spawn will not be so easy. We’re pretty sure that raising them with the dogs in the back yard is a good plan. That way, any inside time they get will be better appreciated.

  • George Lover

    Amanda B. You are SO funny!!

  • http://doesntmatter Amber

    You two look so perfect together! It’s cute!

    Speaking of pirate jokes..

    A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Dude, you have a ship’s wheel in your crotch.”

    The pirate replies, “Arrr, it’s driving me nuts.”

    Sorry. Jeez, that was so corny I think I am going to crawl into a hole now and act like I never told that joke….

  • http://mariposastales.blogspot.com/ Mariposa

    ok… smiley Dooce and Jon are nice to see.
    But that Boohbah shit is scaring me.
    All I see is WARTS. Warty little uncircumsized peee peee!

  • http://www.electricboogaloo.net tiffany

    From briefly skimming your web site, I hate to tell you that your daughter sounds like she may be almost totally illiterate. You should definitely talk to your doctor about your concerns about her poor reading skills, and the many ways she tries to mask her struggles by pretending that she would rather chew on Go Dog Go than read it. Over 20 million Americans are illiterate, including many young children. Although I haven’t had him tested, I strongly suspect that my child is functionally illiterate as well. I’m a pretty crappy mom though; I keep forgetting to mention it to the pediatrician.

  • Zeb

    good idea amber. that was pretty bad.

  • Unfunny Tiffany

    That was sad, tiffany.

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

    You two are adorably cute. And you have a very pretty smile. :)

  • Ottoman

    I like the pic of Jon that Beth has up better. :)

  • http://www.msmelanie.blogspot.com melanie

    hey look – a smile!!!


  • http://www.pattisunshine.blogspot.com patti

    Yeah, my engagement ring was free, too, from my Nana A. But a marriage is not about the ring….on your finger!(ahem)
    PS love the smile.

  • http://www.sweetney.com sweetney

    dear people posting unsolicited, uninformed, and presumptious parenting “advice” here,

    please shut the fuck up.

    thank you,
    xo trace.

  • http://deann.blogspot.com DeAnn

    Heh. 10:30 p.m. I’m usually still at work at 10:30 p.m., so I was definitely still awake at midnight.

    I don’t have any kids, though. But my new puppy sure does make me get up early. This morning he woke me up at 7:30. And, for someone who works until almost midnight, that is LATE!

  • http://www.electricboogaloo.net tiffany

    My apologies to any of you Dooce readers who are illiterate or who, like me, have babies who cannot even recite the alphabet. I did not mean to make you sad. I was trying to make fun of that curious joe person who, by the way, I can tell from his sentence structure may have adult onset diabetes and needs to be tested immediately.

    No offense to anyone who has diabetes or autism or whatever. :)

    ps. Heather, you look terrific. Jon looks happy. And very, very beardy.

  • http://www.eds.org/~gypsyfae Renae

    Happy New Year, you guys! I’m so happy I found this site. :)

  • karen

    great pic, but my guess is Jon wasn’t sucking on a bottle, he was sucking on “jay” … yehaw…happy new year!

  • La Pixiatrix

    Dooce, I feel the same about not being able to wrap my head around the loss that’s happened in other parts of the world. And that it makes me feel more deeply connected to the people that are most precious in my life.

  • http://randomandodd.blogspot.com Kristine

    The pirate joke, -driving me nuts-
    I FINALLY just stop laughing. It was so lame it was funny.
    Thanks, I needed that this morning. or…late morning…

  • Dazed & Confuzed

    What an absolutely wonderful letter, Heather. I can imagine a 35 year old Leta, commanding the troops of the 40,000 employee company she runs, espresso being pumped into her veins via I.V. and then stumbling across your beautiful letters and for a moment, JUST for a moment, smile a bona-fide Leta smile and think of her lovely mamma back home in Utah, boozin’ it up with Pop.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/christykilgorehadley christy

    Another great letter that makes me wish I had been doing the same thing for my babies, but it would just come out so dorky.

    We also do very little for Christmas for the kids because you know the Grandparents will go totally overboard. And that’s what grandparents are for, I suppose.

    Hmm … can I get a nomination for the dumbest comment ever? Thanks.

  • Dazed & Confuzed

    Oh…and Tiffany…I agree. Surely an 11-month-old child is old enough to at LEAST have gone through a couple volumns of Proust.

  • http://www.luckyhazel.com wix

    wonderful picture, and how wise of you to just go to bed early!

    we foolishly kept CX up to ring in the new year, which he did with bleats of protest. (his bedtime is between 10 and 11, so we weren’t keeping him up *that* late.) we also tried some sparklers, but, um, i was a dummy and got the newfangled fancy color-changing kind with the lovely paper wrappers, which also pop, and (worst of all) smoke, and are just too much for daddies and babies and mamas to handle. come july 4, we’ll go back to the old-fashioned metal kind.

  • Lisa

    My wedding ring is from WAL-MART. So is my husbands( and cost under a total of 70$’s). How C.L.A.S.S.Y are we?? Lol.

    Whoever said that Leta was autistic seriously needs to get his head out of his a**. If one of the signs of autism were crying and biting cardboard and paper then we better get every single baby in the counrty tested including my own child because she has actually eaten a half sheet of notebook paper before. I guess that means she’s severly autistic and needs to be in a home.

    I’m being totally sarcastic by the way….

  • Fiona

    I’m amused that people who think they are posting first hardly ever are.

  • zchamu

    Awesome pic!

    Are Uncle Tom and Jon twins? Because I seriously had a triple take on that picture..

  • Lisa

    Sorry for the typos….

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/deerscare leah

    i cry every damn time i read one of those newsletters!

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

    I adore the letters you write each month! What a treasure they will be to her one day! She is so beautiful!

    My youngest is getting her 1 year molars. I think all babies should be born with their teeth – would put a damper on breastfeeding – but ya know somethings are just really too much to deal with!

  • http://jesslin.com/blog/ jesslin

    I’ve been waiting so long for a smiling Heather picture! This is an exciting moment for me.

  • http://www.lindseyandray.com/blog.html Library Girl

    *sob* those freakin’ newsletter’s get me everytime! Damn it! I was fine till I got to the “search the world over…” part, then the tears started. Man, I bet next months will be a doozy.

  • http://holyschmidt.blogspot.com Melanie S

    Reading your monthly newsletters always makes my heart happy.

  • Liz

    Question for y’all – how does one go about finding someone across the nation? I have tried white pages and regular directory assistance. I have even tried this very cool search engine that I am only supposed to use for work but we won’t go there. Does anyone have any bright ideas?

    I am well aware that this does not have anything to do with dooce, but I thought y’all could potentially help me. Thanks a million. :)

  • Liz

    PS Dooce, you about kill me with those newsletters. Geez, might as well just grab the tissues when I see the title.

  • http://trancejen.diaryland.com Trance

    I am so not a sentimental fool, but those letters get me a bit misty, too. Damn. I imagine a teenaged Leta reading them and rolling her eyes but secretly thinking about how much her mom rules.

  • http://utterlydelightful.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    Happy New year!

  • http://karmadgeon.blogs.com muffy

    The more I read your blog and look at your pictures, the more I see bits of you in your beautiful daughter.

    Happy New Year!

  • Lisa

    I talked to GEORGE! It was totally by accident but I got to talk to him through aim…..he probably now thinks he’s being stalked of course but I talked to GEORGE!

  • http://randomandodd.blogspot.com Kristine

    Careful Lisa, Mrs. George #2 might attack!! hee hee.

  • http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/a/aggieparents/ AgMommy

    Lovely monthly newsletter. I hold my little girl a little tighter every time I see the news. Thank you.