• http://donovanquads.blogspot.com Charity

    I am so happy for you guys!!! It will be awesome to see Leta as a big sister! Imagine my son’s surprise when I had to explain how 4 (yessss…quads!) got in there! THOSE were some REEEEEAALLY magical elves workin’ some hella overtime! lol!

  • Beta

    I was the third child, and with an older brother (6) and sister (3), so they fought over what I “was”. My sister won and we’ve always been really close. Sisters and brothers are both awesome, Leta is a lucky girl :)

  • joana

    Congrats! I can also recommend What to Expect when Mommy is Expecting to help field all those difficult questions. Having a second child is a great experience. You’re not quite a master parent, but you achieve journeyman status.

  • patrice

    my birthday is june 13. as I always tell people when they ask for my date of birth, it’s “the day before flag day”. met by blank stares. (though every once in a while, I find someone who’s totally into flag day and doesn’t find my flippant attitude toward flag day funny.)

  • http://brianandcindy.blogspot.com/ cindy

    I am so very excited for you! :)

  • Anonymous

    The reality of it all is that I respect gangs, drug lords, Hispanic gang king pins, Mafias, crews, Rappers, Politicians, and Police like I respect anything legal in this world. They all fall into a category of choice, regret, stability, environment, and choices. They all say to me life, life brings me a choice, and even though I may regret it later, it will bring me the stability I will need to survive in my own personal environment. http://www.dedproduct.com

  • Karyn


    I’m due in June too – but on the 26th.

  • http://ethan-charles.blogspot.com Hetha

    Can’t wait to “meet” the little one (and see pics of the rad nursery). Congrats to all 3 of you!!

  • http://katiebaskins.blogspot.com Katie

    Congratulations, Heather! This is wonderful news!!

  • http://pinkvanillacupcakes.blogspot.com suzi

    Woo hoo! Sooo darn exciting about this great news! I love how Leta thought it would be acceptable to share her toys with her new sister. Hope it’s a girl. Then again, it may be more fun for us readers if it turns out to be a boy! ;) Just kidding, she’s awesome and I just hope you have a very healthy and happy pregnancy/baby. Best wishes!

  • http://www.petspoons.com Belinda

    I am so happy for all of you. What great news!

  • http://luckythirteenandcounting.com Sandi

    The questions she is going to ask is from here on out are going to be book/blog worthy. I look forward to the Leta entertainment. :)

  • Bonnie

    Congratulations! My daughter will be two on June 13th, just before your due date and Im pregnant now as well and due May 27th.

  • http://pink-tintedspectacles.blogspot.com Heloise

    De-lurking to offer my congratulations! Really very pleased for you.

  • http://www.assistantproductgroup.com Amy

    I have to laugh, because as a mother of three, your story reminded me of when my daughter came home from school and asked what sex was. Being one who prided myself on being a mom who encouraged open discussions with her children, I was shocked into speechlessness (a difficult feat some may add!) – please don’t make me have this conversation, I thought – she’s too young! My husband, without a missing a beat said you are of the female sex and your brother is of the male sex. and she Oh. That was the end of that, but even funnier is when I did sit her down a few years later to read her the book “where do babies come from” she said ewwwwwwww – you’ve done that 3 times! Yes,3 times I said.

  • http://drlaurac.livejournal.com. Laura

    That is so wonderful! I can’t wait to hear about future questions and how you’re going to answer them!

    BTW, you have a new fan of your website. My 2 and a half year old son asks to see “puppies” which means he wants to review recent Daily Chucks. He loves them almost as much as I do! Thank you!

    Thank you also for your links to Momersation. That has also been quite helpful for me!

  • http://fivestoriesfalling.net Hannah

    Congratulations! Leta sounds like she’s going to make an awesome big sister! :)

  • http://www.goldenlassomystery.blogspot.com Bunny Myers

    All my seven year old son wanted for Christmas 5 years ago was a baby brother. We found out the sex of the baby a few days before the holiday and on Christmas told him that Santa had gotten his letter and Mama was going to be having a baby brother in July! He said “Santa is my brother’s Daddy!? We’ll get so many presents!”

    When he asked how the baby would come out, I told him that Mom’s have a special place called a birth canal and how the baby comes into the world. That seemed to satisfy him; he never asked again. I seriously did not want to talk about va-jay with my sweet innocent boy. Saving that for when he’s 12 and I tell him vaginas have the teeth of great white sharks.

    When I asked him (now 11) what he wanted for Christmas this year, he said “No Way. I’m not doing that again.” When I asked him what he meant, he said he’d learned his lesson when he was seven. “You’ve got to be careful what you wish for, Mom. Look at me– I asked for a little brother and I got a nonstop migraine.” He’s a smart one.

    Heather, wishing you the best. The most amazing thing I found in having two is how completely different they are–they are polar opposites and have such individual personalities. I had an angel the first time around and the second–well, it depends how well my meds are working that day. He is a non-stop destruction zone whose brillance only makes him more dangerous. In your case, this may be a good thing…maybe this baby will sleep through the night and use his vocal cords for gooing and gaaing only. Here’s to an easy baby.

  • beck

    I had a moment of wonder when I read the “Small Taste of What’s To Come” post. Thought that title might have a double meaning. Congrats!

  • http://anney.typepad.com Anne

    You know, I remember when my mother got pregnant. They gave me books at kindergarten to try and prepare me. 21 years later and I still haven’t quite forgiven my brothers for being born.

    I love them. But you know, those wounds we encounter at 3 and a half never really leave us . . .

    Congratulations!!! :)

    And to Leta, good luck on your adventure into ‘big sisterhood’. The bright side? You get to pull rank for the front seat of the car – may “eldest in the front!” be your motto, as it remains mine.

  • http://www.gorkyrises.com gorky

    Congratulations! What a surprise. Did you tell us this was in the works before?

    The Internet is always the last to know…

  • Carolyn

    Congratulations Heather, Leta and Jon! I like the ending of this special news (you and Jon squeezing each other’s hands … :) that’s sweet :) ).

    All the best to you all in the coming months!


  • Keelie

    And if you & Jon figure out a way to tactfully explain the “where did the baby come from and how did it get in there and how does it get out” line of theories – PLEASE post about it! Especially if you figure out how to explain it in such a way that will not result in a preschooler spontaneously fact-blurting in front of random strangers. Or is that pie-in-the-sky? I have a way too smart 3 year old, and that day of reckoning is bearning down like a freight train…

  • Vix

    Aw Heather Congratulations on Number 2! (sounds like I’m congratulating you on beating a bout of constipation haha. But, I digress)

    This might be a bit late, I haven’t read the most recent entries yet (I just discovered Dooce.com not all that long ago and am slowly still going through Ze Archives, and I’m only up to the Month Fourteen newsletter, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!)

    I had planned on not commenting until I’d caught up with all the old archives, but I just popped up the page and saw this entry and just had to say a huge congratulations!!

  • Anonymous

    Bunky-wise: as a little girl for a long time I was sure that newborn babies are no bigger than a kitten. And that they somehow “swell” by the time they leave the hospital. By the time I learned the truth about the gory details I was old enough to handle it.

  • miss

    yay for heather and jon and leta!!! i’ve read your blog since just before leta’s birth. our daughters are mere days apart. what a journey we’ve both had.

    so happy for you!

  • sayra

    Longtime reader, first-time commenter…yay for y’all! Congratulations and tons of positive vibes for a safe, healthy pregnancy for everyone! (But especially you, I mean, you ARE the most important person right now – keep reminding everyone of that.)

  • Marcie

    Congratulations! Nice to hear some happy news….

  • http://www.deafmomworld.com Karen Putz

    Congrats! May the rest of your pregnancy be smooth and the boobs stop hurting.

  • http://hometowngirl.typepad.com susan

    This is quite funny! I remember the questions…congratulations on adding to your family. We have three children and they are amazing :)

  • http://phoenixinthecity.blogspot.com/ phoenixc

    That’s awesome news! Congratulations, Heather!

  • http://gogoonapage.blogspot.com/ GoGo

    yay! congradulations. :) .

  • http://hometowngirl.typepad.com susan

    This is quite funny! I remember the questions…congratulations on adding to your family. We have three children and they are amazing :)

  • http://rldnunez.blogspot.com Becky

    Very excited for you and John and Leta. I can’t wait to see what kind of baby quilt you’ll have in the nursery. Its my favorite part… next to the baby.

  • http://thenugenfamily2008.blogspot.com tricia nugen

    congrautlations! Kids say the most honest and wonderful things. sometimes I wish it was a quality we as adults didn’t loose!

  • http://www.thehappypill.typepad.com sara p

    i don’t usually like kids or imagine being the parent of any, but you make me want them so much. your journey with leta and your continual success in bringing her to each new step and how you illustrate those emotions really has changed the way i view motherhood.

    thank you for being brave and sharing the flaws and troubles and mistakes for those of us who need to know they are normal. and expected.

    and thank you for being brave and sharing your pregnancy with your readers. a doctor or a good euphemizing family member can explain what it is like, but i am sure you will be honest and raw.

    good luck with the morning sickness and harvesting another girl for leta’s amusement.

  • Sandy

    I’m so very excited for you! I spent 3 years cultivating my oldest daughter to be a very demanding only child before I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd. She also very matter-of-factly informed me “that’s my baby sister” when I explained there was a baby living in my belly. She was absolutely right – and she does share her toys and teaches her sister the alphabet and how to count to 10 in Spanish along with Dora.

    Leta may fight the initial changes at first, but later she’ll take on what is almost like an ownership role of her younger sibling which is more amazing to watch than her obsession with gum wrappers.

  • jill uk

    As I jiggle a one month old on my knee while she attempts to poo and I type with one hand and hope she doesn’t wake my 19 month old lad, I feel it encumbant upon me to insist you get that in writing from Leta.

    With the huge-est most joyful congrats.


    Oh and I got Yukiko from seabreezestudio.co.uk whom you have previously recommended to make me a fab changing bag (diaper bag to you I think). I look the nuts.

  • http://southernstuf.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    Just found your blog and love it! Congratulations on being a mommie again!

  • http://myspace.com/StephanieH Stephanie

    So, congratulations! Oh, and I’m sure you have nothing to worry about with little Leta. Elves, storks, sperm–it’s all the same to kids.

    I miss the innocence!

  • http://heyyourememberme.blogspot.com that girl

    She’s going to be ridiculously possessive of that little bit. Congratulations! The difference between one and two is mind blowing..a little scary the first few months, but soooo woonderful once they can play together.

    I’m happy for y’all.

  • Melanie

    Congrats again, team Armstrong!

    I have to share the story of when my 5-year-old daughter found out where babies come from…. a friend of mine had sent us a book geared speficially to what she could understand. One evening, my husband was reading it to her, and I could hear the wheels spinning and the lights coming on. She was getting it!

    At the end, though, she comes to me and says “momma! Peter’s going to come out of your bagina? ‘at’s gotta hurt!”

    It was at that moment that she decided she would adopt African and Cambodian orphans and name them after the Jolie-Pitt crew. :)

    The best part of baby number 2 is seeing baby number 1 become a big sister or brother. It’s the best.

  • http://www.backburnerprojects.com Fern

    Heartfelt congratulations!

  • http://phhhst.blogspot.com phhhst

    My daughter (now 19) still thinks there was some big freaking karma mix up and feels a bit jilted about getting a brother and not a sister. His 16 year self is not helping with all the inappropriate sophomoric humor at her expense.

  • Danielle

    The other day, I was over at a friend’s house. Their 4 year old has recently discovered tickling, and was tickling my stomach. I asked him if he was tickling the baby and he stopped and gave me a puzzled look.

    “There’s a baby in there?”

    When I told him there was, his next question had me laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.

    “How did you eat that baby?”

    Kids are awesome.

  • Palesa

    Hurray!! Just read the last two posts. I am delighted for you!! what fabulous news! Enjoy all the excitement of the new baby to come :)

  • http://preteenstoddlersandnewbornsohmy.blogspot.com/ jennielynn

    I adore Leta.

  • http://shoeism.wordpress.com Therese

    I love that she hesitated. Obviously, she realized that it was probably not the right answer, but went with it anyway. Hooray for courage, kid.

    Also, I do believe that was as excellent a time as any to bring up the stickier aspect of the birds and the bees. Her next question will probably be how they are made. Super, eh?

  • Toni

    A very big congratulations!

  • dewi

    Bring home candy for Leta after the baby is born and say the baby brought all this candy as a gift for her.

    That’s the way into a big sisters heart, candy and gifts!