• anne arkham

    My family is ruthless, too.

    My younger sister was diagnosed with brain cancer a few years back, and rushed into surgery. Before wheeling her off, the surgeon explained the operation and the possible repercussions of having one’s brain cut apart. He told us that from the location of the tumor, there was a good risk that her ability to speak would be compromised, and also her ability to reason. We were all silent for a moment. Then my Dad turned to my sister and said, “Well, if you’re going to be stupid, you might as well be quiet.”

  • Amanda

    that made baby jesus cry.
    what a pumpkin!

  • mmoxxie

    dammit heather, stop giving me baby fever! because the only cure is MORE COWBELL!

  • jeffeners

    Whoa, what is with all the aching uteri/popping ovaries? That’s just scary, people.

  • http://ameridutchmama.blogspot.com ameridutchmama

    All those pop-tarts and chocolate candy are paying off, that kid is SWEET!

  • http://www.beautifulcandy.blogspot.com Kissyface

    do you ever have the feeling she’s singing that to you, since you’re the renegade of the family?

  • http://flubberwinkle.blogspot.com/ Flubberwinkle

    I love how generous you and your husband are with us, the “Internet”, to share these sweet moments of Leta. She’s growing up so fast and becoming cuter and cuter. Go Team Armstrong!

  • http://cushingonline.com M@

    You really need to take all of these movies and put them somewhere so you can see them all:) In chronological order so we can see her cuteness grow :)


  • http://clairephipps.co.uk Claire Phipps

    Her hair is getting so long! It’s so sweet, she’s starting to look more and more like a little mini-person and less and less like a squishy baby :)

    I’ve watched the clip on a loop twice, I *would* stay for a third rendition, but I’m frightened that my internal reproductive system may just combust in its entirety from the sheer strength of her cuteness.

    Can I just put in a request? Next time you do a flash movie of Leta singing, can you put the toddler-speak lyrics at the bottom, like on Kareoke, so we can all have a go?

    Cheers x

  • http://www.chocklate.blogspot.com/ Meepers

    That sound you heard just now? That was the sound of thousands of ovaries going, “POPP! POP! POPP-PPOPP!”. Expect to recieve thank-you cards or possibly copies of delivery room charges in the next ten months or so.

    Also: I’ve noticed that the daily photos seem to be getting better and better lately – the hose drinking one could easily be on a calender/card/ad for (hoses, dogs, etc). Keep up the wonderful work, Armstrong Media, LLC!

  • http://wilburandrolf.blogspot.com wilburandrolf.blogspot.com

    blimey, I been trying for the longest while to find a way of leaving a comment on the Chuck collar palaver and I just can’t. Anyhow, I wanted to say that my dog had the same problem and has finally ripped his collar to shreds to show me exactly what he thinks AND since then has been escaping on a regular basis – I get a mountain of little notes through my letter box. ‘Just found Wilbur chasing an old man’ just found wilbur going up the escalators in the local supermarket – be warned

  • http://www.snickrsnack.com Snickrsnack Katie

    Okay, I was having cramps before, and now my uterus is totally singing for joy! Thanks Leta! She is SO the best way of getting rid of cramps! :-)

    Wow, she has really started talking well! The last time I heard her sing a song I couldn’t make out much of what she was saying. What a little lady! So smart!!!

  • Shana Banana

    tooooo cute!!

  • http://uppoppedafox.blogspot.com Vikki

    It’s this kind of thing that makes people have more children. When I was watching the video of my 19 month old son singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider, I said to myself, “Wow, I have to go through this just one more time”. Now, I have a 14 month old daughter and I know it won’t be long before I get myself some very cute Itsy Bitsy Spider singing.

  • Duke

    I wish I could say that I was cute as a child. Alas, I looked like a grown man.

    Cute child though!

  • http://www.randomandodd.com Kristine

    Oh yeah, I can see Leta 6 years from now doing the ‘Wayne’s World’ rendition that my children did in the backseat:


  • http://rhythmicinterchange.blogspot.com sravana

    Heather, your story brought tears to my eyes. Yay for Leta! (way cute video, btw).

  • http://www.randomandodd.com Kristine

    and just let it be known, they only removed the top part of the seatbelt part to do the headbanging. They put the seatbelt right back afterward. I promise.

  • http://www.jenjennyjennifer.typepad.com Jennifer Johnston

    That video displaying her cuteness should definitely put a check mark in the “have more kids” column. If that doesn’t make you want to procreate, nothing will.

  • http://www.wateringplace.blogspot.com MomVee

    My four-year-old said it better than I can: “I _love_ that baby.”

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

    Oooof. That was a lot of cuteness.

    Please hug Aunt Lola for us. Sounds like she is handling things with humor and grace. (and gas)

  • http://www.one5seven.com uno cinco siete™

    lol, she’s so cute.

  • http://rancidraves.blogspot.com cagey

    That was GREAT! I can report that my own Precious Progeny stopped playing to stare at the computer and then he flashed one of his “Hey, I KNOW that!” smiles. It’s one of his favorite songs and apparently, he was impressed with Leta’s rendition.

  • ColleenS

    Completely adorable. Thanks for sharing this.

  • http://www.mymixedcompany.com Lynnlaw

    What a sweetheart. You are so lucky to have all this footage of her life.

  • TigerLambGirl

    My sides hurt. Genuine cuteness abounds…..ahh. Thanks – it’s been really shitty (nothing to do with sewers luckily!) for us lately and this made my day. Watching her sing made me wanna wake my little one up and smoosh my face up against his so I could smell him and nibble on his ear at the same time. Might just do that before I hit the sack anyway.

    I hope your Aunt Lola makes a full recovery — she sounds like a fabulous Aunt. Bless her heart.

  • http://www.bellonientes.com Tabitha

    Cutest. Kid. Ever.

    HUbby might when the fight to reproduce after all ;-)

  • Catherine

    I feel like I should not bother having children because what ever I spawn will not be able to compare to that. Thanks, Heather. :)

  • http://Akgmcgirl Akgmcgirl

    The sweetest thing on earth is childern singing!!! my son loves to make up his own songs, and I heard him sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for the first time last week CUTE!!! when he gets home from preschool today, I will let him hear Leta’s Baa Baa song, he’ll LOVE it! he has a bit of a crush on her I think!! I hope your Aunt is doing good, and best wishes to all of your family!!

  • the poet

    Oh dear me…..that was cute and hillarious at the same time. Heather, you have an amazing daughter.

  • http://soulgardening.typepad.com/ Tammie Booth

    I hope your aunt is recovering well. Double mastectomy is no joke. Here’s hoping they got every bit of it this time.

  • Talon

    My ovaries just exploded from the cute.

    Thanks ever so much.

    Aside from that, I hope your aunt is doing well!!

  • http://waterwatereverywhere.blogspot.com Mainline Mom

    OMG my uterus aches now. Aren’t these creatures amazing who drive us mad with frustration one minute and make us swoon with overwhelming adoration the next?

  • http://kimba-bremen.com kim from germany

    this is SO MUCH BETTER than ibuprofen. she’s unbelieveably cute. wow.

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    Oh that made my day! She is so sweet!

  • http://theboldsoul.com The Bold Soul

    Children are THE best medicine in the world. Dogs come in a close second. Good for Leta! And I sure hope Lola will be well.

  • http://www.gjsentinel.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/haute/ rivetergirl

    Forget the power of prayer, give in to the power of the innocent.

    Nothing pops the tension cork like a child showing the world what it means to be a child.

  • http://katesknitting.typepad.com Katie Giali

    Leta is so adorable! I hope your aunt is okay. Love your blog!

  • http://www.lostinthought.net/blog Vicky

    Haha, I love her ending there, and then the ‘So my version is a little shorter, what are you going to do about it?’ face. The Leta remix rocks.

  • http://notjustahatstand.blogspot.com/ Teeny225

    Man, now I’M singing Baa Baa Black Sheep in Leta’s voice! Hope Aunt Lola recovering well xx

  • http://Rori Rori

    her hair seems to be taking growth hormones.

  • http://vitaminsea.typepad.com Laura S

    My 13 year old and her friends came running into the room to see who I was listening to when I turned on the speakers.
    They’re all offering to babysit!
    btw, loved the pict of Chuck and Leta drinking water from the hose. They are so close!

  • http://windytwilley.blogspot.com Windy

    My husband’s great-grandmother is dying, and we took Tyler, our 2.75-year-old, to see her. I think the small ones just know when we need their cuteness. He blew the woman a kiss, and held her hand (“Her hand so cold, Mama,” he said, concerned). When it was time to go, I put him on the bed and he let her kiss him – even though she didn’t have her teeth in.

    I haven’t been so proud of him in all his life. He blew all the tension out of the room with that kiss.

  • http://timothyjlambert.livejournal.com timothyjlambert

    The cuteness of Leta compells you!
    The cuteness of Leta compells you!
    The cuteness of Leta compells you!

  • http://katehopeeden.blogspot.com katehopeeden

    Ok, I will be the fifty first person to say it:
    Heather, she is absolutely adorable! It’s these little videos that you will treasure so much when she comes home at sixteen and shows you her newest piercing. ;)

  • http://www.rockthecasbah.org Skywalker

    I’m thinking if your kid’s ever going to be famous (beyond the WWW, that is), people will remember this in 20 years and put it on the “Leta’s Life” DVD. I’m so gonna get the special edition.

  • http://artistschmartist.typepad.com/secondhandtryptophan/ Karl Erikson

    Holy schnikies, she’s so adorable it has to be illegal!

  • CJ

    Oh that song! My 7 year old, then 2, came home going ‘Ooh ohh aah aah’ and expecting me to sing something. Blank stares from me were met with much irritation on his part, until I heard his pre-school teacher singing that very song (minus the darling head bobbing Leta does).

    As for Leta’s cute new blocks, and stuff. Have you introduced the stuff fairy to your house? She comes at night to clean out stuff and place it into bags hidden in the garage that can later disappear. The stuff is referred to as crap depending on the stuff fairy’s mood.

  • shannwa

    I’m a long time reader, but this is my first time commenting. Leta is so freakiing adorable I don’t even know what to do with myself. My two year old is just learning the alphabet and songs like that and I just showed him the video of Leta. All he said was “pretty baby”

  • lyndsey_elise

    Very cute! My two year old daughter loves to sing. She likes to combine songs to see if we catch on. She’ll start singing “Rain rain go away” but then finish off with “Mary had a Little Lamb.”

    By the way I loved the picture of Leta and Chuck drinking from the hose. I envy your perfect picture taking ability.