Just a few hours before our lives changed forever

Happy Birthday, Little Frog

  • http://www.danielleblog.com Danielle

    This must’ve been the calm before the storm! All is revealed, well, maybe, only if I’m right about that earlier photo.

    Happy Birthday, Leta-pita-dorita!

    It has been wonderful getting to see you grow up this year.
    Thank you, dooce, for sharing your darling daughter with us.

    hugs and kisses (smooches on the chubby cheeks)

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

    Amanda B, your happyplace is in a bubble bath too??

  • lisamona

    Happy Birthday

  • http://honeyofthehumansoul.blogspot.com Sue From Ohio

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LETA!!! FROM YOUR FRIENDS IN OHIO (well in my house in Ohio, anyway…)

    *I hope ‘partisan hack’ is kidding…

  • http://www.ipengy.com Chris From Ohio

    Momma: “I wonder if this monitor has a comments section…”

    Happy birthday, Leta.

    The Internet

  • shy

    Happy Birthday to the almost Fawnzelle La Bon Marche!!! Tho I think the name would have made for some interesting introductions in adulthood, I think Leta is perfect fit.

    Have a wonderful first birthday sweet girl and many many more.

  • http://song.september-rain.org/blogger.html song

    wow, it’s like you have a halo. and I claim the prize for having the ‘last’ post on yesterdays entry.


    I always read your work and enjoy your stories about love, life and family.
    This letter to your daughter is the most amazing thing I’ve ever read. It is so beautiful. Leta is so lucky to have such an amazing woman for a mom.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us (the internet).

  • http://beingreal@diaryx.com Helen


  • Partisan Hack

    I´m wondering…:

    What if Leta decides – in retrospect – that she doesn´t like her life to be exposed in this way and to this extent? How about “informed consent”?

  • http://romaryka.lunanina.com romy

    wow. happy birthday leta and the whole family!!

  • http://jesslin.com/blog/ jess

    Happy 1st Birthday Froglin!

    You and your parents are one of my favourite parts of the day! I’m so glad that you had the amazing opportunity to grow up with the wonderful hilarious parents that you have. No matter what nasty things they say about your mommy, know that they’re wrong; your mom is one of the coolest people I’ve had the pleasure of reading their blog. (I’ve even actually dreamt about hanging out with her! haha) I wish you all the best in the upcoming years. And don’t listen to your mom about having to wait 20 more years to buy burbon. Just come visit me when you’re 18 and I’ll take you to Quebec and we’ll get booze there, and then when you’re 19 come visit me again here in Ontario, and we can go boozing again!

    with lots of Internet love,

  • http://www.grashi.net Grace

    Wishing little miss Leta a very happy and joyous birthday. We love you, Armstrongs.

  • http://www.dooce.com Brea

    Happy Birthday Leta!

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

    happyplace happyplace happyplace…

    *scrub scrub scrub*

  • http://sadandbeautiful.typepad.com Sarah

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  • http://www.mycircuslifeblogspot.com Circus Kelli

    Fish, *sigh* I noticed that….

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    sorry circus kelli, your plea came too late.

  • Dee

    Leta is such a lucky little girl to have two great loving parents. Happy Birthday to the whole family!

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    Shiz: This is true. Ah yes, the first poo, much like a particularly sticky pesto …

    they don’t tell you that the “first” poo, which is gross and sticky, is actually the “first 5 poos”

  • http://www.mycircuslifeblogspot.com Circus Kelli

    No, Fish, No… I beg you. Please can we NOT talk about poo today? Please?

  • Iesha

    Hey it looks like a bag of Ringers Lactated, a bag of fluid with Pitocin in it (the one with the red sticker on it) and the small bag must be an antibiotic of some sort. Funny how i notice that junk. haha!

  • http://karaokediva.blogdns.com Karaoke Diva

    Ah, Heather, Leta is so beautiful! You are raising yourself a darling little girl and doing a damn fine job.

    My little guy is 2 months younger than Leta and I really understand your sense of pride at “surviving” the first year of your child’s life. Good job!

  • http://nomad.mindsay.com Nomad

    Dear Leta,

    Without knowing it, you’ve become a part of this internet’s user life. I’ve listened to your Momma speak with truth and humor about depression, pooping, the Mormon church, love, work, and with this last 12+ month, you. I just want you to know that you are a special girl to have such a Momma. She loves you so much. She speaks of you with such reverance, even with stories of screaming and grabbing. It is apparant to those of us reading daily and fully embarking on this shared journey through life.

    I feel that we all must take lessons from that which we come into contact with, and from your mother I’ve learned that flaws are beautiful things and that honesty can be funny.

    Thank you and happy birthday!

  • newmomfromtucson

    Happy B-Day Leta! Congrats Heather and Jon on the first year of parenthood.

  • http://shiz.typepad.com/ Shiz

    Yes, FISH! I was just WANTING to hear poop stories.

    Because hey, it is also the birthday of Leta’s getting to go poo.

  • http://shiz.typepad.com/ Shiz

    Heather, you look so much less like Mr. Bill now that I’m on a computer with a good monitor.

    Hee hee, but that was funny.

  • http://chloeishere.blogspot.com/ Chloe

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LETA! You are the luckiest little girl in the world.
    I can’t believe how old you are, now! Like many people, I didn’t learn about this site until your birth, so It’s sort of my one year dooce-versary!
    Have fun learning to crawl, and just to be safe, you’d better not forget how to scre-eee-am. You never know when that may come in handy!

  • http://www.greenduckies.blogspot.com DM

    You made me cry with the monthly newsletter, Dooce. It was beautiful. Stop making me want to have kids! It is wrong! I would be a horrible mother and would probably leave the kid in the hallway. I’ve already done it twice with the cat.

    God, between you and my extremely adorable nephew, I am weakening. Would you write about the screaming again? Please? Maybe I should get my sister to let me babysit. Josh is in that “Who are you, you strange person? AIEEEEEEE” phase. That should work.

    Happy birthday, Leta! Thank you for being a source of amusement.

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    What do you think, parental-type doocelings, shall we educate Girl.A on the myriad different things our kids’ poop may resemble?

    I can think of no better way than that to celebrate Leta’s first year: a shitload of poop stories.

  • Ali

    Happy birthday, Leta! You’ve grown from an adorable frog-baby to an even cuter frog-one year old. I hope that my future kid(s) will be half as cute as you.

  • http://www.snyderland.com amy

    Happy Feburary 3rd! It’s the best birthday date out there kid!

  • http://www.oipom.com Meggan

    Happy birthday Leta! I’m glad your mama gave us the chance to year about you growing up!

  • Christina

    Happy birthday beautiful Leta. You are one lucky little girl, having the parents you do.

  • http://www.betterdayscrafts.com andrea

    Ick, just remembered today is also my ex-boyfriend’s birthday. Hope you’re miserable, Steve! Mwah!

    Heather, you make my mommy parts ache. And I just realized, maybe we’ll all be lucky enough to be able to watch your little frog grow up! That would be SO COOL! I love Leta, wanna stick her in a pita and eata! :P

  • k syrah

    …and that last pic of Leta on your/her/the monthly newsletter….


    Happy, happy birthday to Leta, her mama and her daddy.

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

    Hi Amanda. Dagnammit that blastit Fish!

    OK, Fish. Dude.
    Seriously, if you’re eating your kid’s poo and it looks like sauerkraut, or tastes like sauerkraut, then there is *definitely something wrong with your kid’s bottom system.*

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

    Diapers with relish? I think you mean hotdogs, baby not bebe.

    Aw, Fishyman beat me to the punch. Darn you wiley Fish!

  • lisey

    Happy Birthday, Leta!

  • Lala

    Marche is feminine so it really should be La Bonne Marche – just incase you decide to use that name next time.

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    Girl.A: re: “I thought you were going to gross everyone out comparing the poo to relish.”

    That’s what the “sauerkraut” reference was for.

  • http://aletterunsent.blogspot.com steph

    Wheeeeen you wake up in the morning,
    and the sun is shining bright!
    You’ll find that you are one year older
    Then you were last night!

    Happy Birthday Leta!!!!

  • -kayde.

    happy birthday princess de la froggie!

    in 30 years when we allow you to date, i got 2 boys for you to choose from. ive raised them to love the wonder that is the Armstrongs.

    we, as an internet whole, trully love you like our own. be well and much love from wisconsin.

  • http://corawilken.com OkieT

    Happy birthday sweet little roo!

  • http://lisa-marie.net Lisa-Marie

    Happy Birthay, Leta!

  • HeatherJS

    Happy birthday, Leta! You are a lucky little girl to have such amazing parents.

    Like always, the monthly letter brought tears to my eyes. I don’t yet have children, but I can only hope that one day I can keep such a heartfelt and funny “journal” for my children. And thank you, Heather, for being so open and honest with your problems. You’re a very strong woman and a wonderful, loving mother!

  • http://tessence.blogspot.com tessence

    Happy Birthday, Leta! My baby Nutmeg loved looking at your pictures and she said, “dai! dai! dai!”
    Well said, Dooce.

  • debbie

    happy birthday leta!!!

    i have to say, she looks positively JUICY in that after-bath photo! that look on her face says, “Tell me where the party is! I’m ready for FUN! whee!!!” heh. go leta go!

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

    That’s right, fishy. Relish.
    I set em up and you knock em down.

    But I thought you were going to gross everyone out comparing the poo to relish.

  • http://mikebradecich.blogspot.com Mike

    Happy Birthday, Leta.