Just a few hours before our lives changed forever

Happy Birthday, Little Frog

  • http://na Siobhan

    Happy birthday Leta frog!

  • http://dishingitout.blogspot.com Dyanna

    Oh what’s one more? HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTIE PATOOTIE!

    “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” – Nietzsche

  • http://24hrdairybar.blogspot.com Dairybar

    Congradulations on making it to toddlerhood~ Your newsletter brought tears to my eyes. I have 3 “Babies” and have had PPD with all 3, along with many other major issues in giving birth and there after. Would I do it again~ in a heartbeat.Someday I will long for all this craziness that life has blessed me with.
    Happy Birthday Leta!

  • Catalina

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Leta !!

  • http://temporarydisarray.blogspot.com Sara

    Crikey — I’ve been reading Dooce for a year!

    Also…Happy Birthday to Froggy! :-)

  • http://www.kellyim.blogspot.com Kelly

    Happy Birthday, Leta! You are so beautiful and loved.

    Heather, thanks so much for your website and your openness about depression. You have given me so much strength.

  • carolina

    What a wonderful letter!! Happy Birthday Leta!!!!

  • http://www.jessiewoodhead.blogspot.com jessie

    It’s been a year already? Man, that went fast. Happiest first birthday Miss Leta!

  • http://tejanita25.com laurie

    Happy Birthday Leta!

  • http://doctortongue.com absolut doc

    Happy Birthday, Leta! I fully expect you to dance (in whatever way you do that) to Prince’s “Baby I’m A Star” at least 27 times today. Ask your mom about him. He’s a little different, but different is good, and he makes amazing music.

    Oh, and tell that amazing mother of yours that her newsletter was, once again, beautiful and entertaining. You’re a very lucky little girl.

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    Girl.A: diapers with relish? I prefer a little bit of hot sauce myself, or maybe sauerkraut.

  • http://www.saramouth.blogspot.com Cora’s mommy

    Oh Dooce, you write everything I wish I could say about my lovely daughter. She will be 1 on Valentines Day. I never thought I would make it this long. I thought for sure I was going to die from lack of sleep those first few weeks as a Mommy. Thanks for sharing your life with us. You are a wonderful Mommy. Happy Birthday Leta! — Sara

  • http://erratic_prophet.blogspot.com Erratic Prophet

    Happy Birthday, Leta!

    I’m all choked up from the latest newsletter. You’re so ruining my rep as a heartless wench.

  • Katie

    I haven’t ever commented but I read your website everyday, even before I check my own email. I don’t have any kids at this point in my life, but I love reading your take on parenthood–I never leave your website without smiling or laughing. Leta is lucky to have such great parents, and I’d hope to be a mom a lot like you someday.

  • Amy

    happy birthday, Leta! :)

  • Angie

    I love your letters to Leta. She’s really going to appreciate them someday. Honestly, with my three-yr old, with each new stage it’s felt like it can’t possibly get any better, and just then, he does something new and totally charming. Sending a sincere wish for a terrific year two for you guys.

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

    Happy Birthday Leta!
    I bet you’re counting down that last 1200 – 1600 diapers with relish!

  • http://inmyownskin.blogspot.com/ Coralie

    Happy Birthday, Leta!

  • http://wendymay.buzznet.com wendy

    Happy Birthday Leta!
    Happy Birthday Heather of you being a Mommy!

    I love your letters, they will be one Leta’s most treasured possesions when she gets older- it’s so great you are writing them!

  • OregonKim

    Ahh crap Ms. Heather, what a sweet letter. Happy birthday Leta, tell us what you got!!

  • Annejelynn

    I just don’t wany anyone to forget in the midst of all our Leta cheer… that it’s the last day to submit your votes! -Dooce has 4 BLOGGIES nominations! http://2005.bloggies.com/

  • http://www.five3.com erika

    Happy Birthday to all of you! :)

  • http://www.xanga.com/heathabee heathabee


    And congrats, Heather and Jon on getting through the first year so successfully! You’re doing great! She’s beautiful, happy and healthy, and she has the both of you to thank for that! :-)

    Have fun celebrating this milestone!

  • Melissa

    I’ve been reading your site for a few months, and oh, the times I have doubled over in laughter. The comment about the pink taco almost made me actually fall off of my chair. Twice, actually, if you count when I read it outloud to my husband.

    About a year ago I quit grad school to stay home with my 2 kids. My husband is in the military and the past few years he’s been gone a lot, so I spend a good amount of time alone with my babies. Anyway, I have had some of the same dark days, most of the same doubts, and coming here makes me feel like I found a kindred soul. It seems that every time I’m about to pull my hair out in frustration I see something here that reminds me of my love for them. When you wrote today about checking on your daughter and watching her breathe, I was reminded yet again.

    Thanks for writing stuff that’s so hilarious and so human.

  • Nutter & Nutter Butter

    Happy, happy, happy birthday Leta! May you have many, many wonderful years ahead filled with love, laughter and many licorice sticks!

  • http://www.thatgirlcalledsomeday.blogspot.com Natalie

    Heather -

    Many of the sentiments you express are the same as those I feel when I hold my 8 month-old son. Boys are different though… much rowdier and less cuddly – but oh so alive and joyous. I hope someday I have the opportunity to raise my own little angel, and that you get the gift of a boy. It seems that all children though live in constant amazement to the beauty of their world, their innocent eyes seeing only the mysteries, the colors, the art. They do not see the danger and hurt we have known. And living so close to their tiny hearts, we catch a glimpse of eternity in their eyes and we too can believe that harmony, magic, and innocence remain.

    Thank you for the beautiful tribute to your daughter and all she gives you. Your writing is wonderful and much enjoyed.

    - Natalie

  • Carla Beth

    You’ve made it to the one year mark, which means I’ve made it to another-year mark. And that just amazes me.

  • http://shallwechat.blogspot.com Abby

    I’m 25.

    I’m blubbering like a baby at your post and beautiful baby. Happy Birthday, Leta.

    I’m getting married in November.

    And I’m counting down the days until I get pregnant – this post didn’t make it any easier to wait.

    And I sincerely thank you for that. (Now I’m going to make Brad read it so he’s ready to get started, too.)

  • http://alenaswebpage.blogspot.com/ Alena

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Leta! Your mommy and daddy love you so much.

    Heather, I hold you entirely responsible for that amazing letter accompanied by such beautiful pictures, both of which totally made me cry and now I’m feeling all sneefy. All that love makes me so damn happy. Hug Leta and Jon for me. :)

  • shan

    Happy 1st Birthday Sweet Leta! You and your family have reached across the internet and stole my heart! Thank you Heather for opening up your lives to us. Have a spectacular day!!

  • http://redneck-diva.tripod.com/blog Redneck Diva

    I literally have tears streaming down my face as I type this.

    Who knew being a parent could be this kind of wonderful, eh?

  • http://jhegner.blogspot.com Julie H.

    Happy birthday, Leta. Man, I wish I had made the New York Times before I was a year old…I mean, that *must* herald great things ahead, right?

    Congrats, Heather and Jon. Not only do you have a beautiful daughter, it sounds like you’ve got a beautiful marriage as well. Enjoy it all. :)

  • http://lavanotes.diaryland.com Lavanotes

    Happy Birthday you little darling. And Congratulations to you and your husband for surviving the first year- it truly is an accomplishment.

  • http://nylrebma.blogspot.com amberlyn

    i just took a tour through the old newsletters, and now my ovaries are chanting “WE WANT SPERM, GIVE IT TO US NOW!” it’s really creepy, and my coworkers are giving me funny looks.

    SHUT UP, ovaries. all in good time. sheesh.

  • http://blogs.salon.com/0002504 Anita

    Holy Cow, that was an amazing birthday letter.

  • janaya

    Happy Birthday Leta. And gorgeous portaits, Heather B. Armstrong. Thank you for sharing everything. As I approach the birth of my first child in April, I am grateful to have followed your journey over the last year.

  • http://wildrose.rpgraphics.net Lisa

    Happy Birthday, sweet baby! And congrats to you and DJ Blurb for having such a beautiful baby, and thanks for letting us into your lives!!

  • http://www.dooce.com/archives/daily_photo/02_03_2005.html Eva

    Happy Birthday Leta!

    Your mommy brought tears to my eyes with that newsletter today….

  • http://kimba-bremen.com kim

    i didn’t read the post yet because i have an appointment after work and i just can’t mess up my make-up now which would totally happen if i read it now. so i’ll do it tomorrow. but anyway:

    *HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY, LETA* you are going to have another great 20 years to come during which your mom will buy you burbon because she’s cool like that. and we’ll follow your life from the www as long as your mom and dad will let us.

    ps: these birthday wishes come all the way from germany and once you’re old enough to read this and if you care enough to ask, your mom and dad will tell you where that is ;o)

  • http://www.a.com Angela

    Happy 1st Birthday Leta!!!

    Heather, her monthly letter was more beautiful than usual. I type this through tears…

  • leilia

    Your post just brought absolute tears to my eyes. My daughter is 10 months old < april 9th baby> and we read your posts and relate to every word. Thankyou for sharing such wonderfulness < yes its a word!>

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

    Oh, and happy afterbirthday to Leta!

    What, you guys don’t celebrate afterbirthday in your houses?

  • Lou

    Happy Birthday Leta!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve been reading dooce for months now, and I love it, my day wouldnt be complete with you! Congrats on a beautiful baby Heather!!!!!

  • Meg

    Yom Huledet Sameach, Letale. :)

    The newsletter was incredibly moving, Heather – you know, you could teach MFA classes or something in your spare time…you are such a marvelous writer. And a marvelous mommie! =D

    Props to you & Jon (and Chuck, for patiently dealing with the shift in attention!).

    Thank you for dooce.com. It’s my first stop of the day, and usually my last. Best blog I read.

  • MamaPajama

    I have this irresistable urge to trim Leta’s bangs.

  • Rita

    Awwwww. Today’s entry made me cry. CRY. I blame PMS.

    Happy Birthday, lovely Leta and best to all the Armstrong clan. Thanks for sharing all your stories – especially the constipation ones. :D

  • not-that-Andrea

    Happy birthday Leta!

    I have no kids, but my sister made me an aunt one year and 11 days ago. But she and my nephew are far, far away and I don’t get to see them. Leta is my daily surrogate so thank you, Heather & John, for that.

    Matt in London – please go kiss my nephew for me. Thanks.

  • http://shiz.typepad.com/ Shiz

    The way your face i all blurry in the pic, Heather, … I’m sorry, but it reminds me of Mr. Bill!

    I say this knowing you are gorgeous and it’s just the picture and the bad hospital lighting.

  • jennifer

    Bah! ARMstrong.. not Amstrong. oops!

  • Mac

    I thought you would enjoy this Heather: http://www.onechildleftbehind.com/blog.htm