• Marissa

    So glad to hear everything is going well. Crazy pregnancy dreams are getting the best of me lately too (I’m 25 weeks along). A week or so ago I dreamed I was in a Batman cartoon being attacked by the Joker – wtf?

  • Anonymous

    Leta is so smart and funny and beautiful.
    I work with neglected kids all the time. The difference between them and Leta just shows that you and Jon are such amazing parents. Your two baby girls are so lucky to have you.

    p.s. re: #300 – Does that commenter really hate his/her life THAT MUCH? SERIOUSLY?

  • http://lifespatula.blogspot.com Spatula

    Wow! Leta is so good at talking these days. Seriously, she is really intelligent and articulate, even at five! You people done gone made a Pulitzer prize winner, and now Baby Number 2 already has a huge head with probably a totally jacked up and awesome superbrain!

    Er, sorry about the actual birthing process, but it will be worth it when she graduates high school at age 7.


  • S

    Dear Heather,

    So, As i was looking at your page, i noticed the rather cunningly placed ad by American apparel (the “yo mama!” one). Given the er…1980s exercise video stylishness of that particular outfit, i have to ask…would you actually wear that? Mainly i’m asking because i think your response would be absolutely hilarious, not in any way as an attack. Somehow you just don’t seem the type to walk around in a bright blue onesie to celebrate your pregnancy :p

    Loving your writing as ever,

  • Kelly

    I had the exact same thing happen with my first. Doc was concerned b/c I was measuring really small, and she estimated a 5 pounder, and sent me to get an U/S at 36 weeks. The U/S measured 8+ lbs and so my doc decided we should induce early for fear of having a 10pounder. Turns out he weighed 7lb 10 oz came on his own the day before induction, at 39 weeks… It’s all a guessing game.
    :) Rest up.

  • http://www.operamouth.wordpress.com Amy

    Love your website and have for many years! Will you be doing a post about post-partum depression and dealing with that this time around with the second pregnancy? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. I can’t remember from the archives but were you medicated the first time around or did you start being propertly medicated after the first pregnancy as a result of the post-partum depression?

    Love reading!

  • Nicole

    hasn’t anyone else noticed that your baby appears to come equipped with brass knuckles? This should settle the problem of naming her, without a doubt. Bad Ass Armstrong.

  • rb

    When I was pregnant with my daughter my routine blood test showed low platelets, which indicates HELLP or liver failure and we were definitely both going to die so they put me in the hospital immediately and started treating me. Then they decided it might be good to re-check the blood. Normal platelet count. “OK never mind, you can go home now.” My daughter was and is perfectly normal.

    I understand where the docs are coming from since we are a bit nutty in this country with our medical malpractice lawsuits, but MAN do they freak us out.

    I’m sorry you had to go through that, though. I love that you can see the baby’s face and is that a cross section of her arm bones? (not a toy car) Cool!

  • Kara

    i saw your twitter yesterday (tweet? twit? i dont know what they are called) and got all worried with you! i’m SO glad to hear you are both ok.

    and i just had a dream that we had these 2 teeny little horses (each about 2 inches big) and they died because we forgot to feed them. Or maybe i couldn’t figure out what you feed a 2″ horse? anyway, it was really sad that they died and i had to leave the house so my husband could conduct their funeral in the backyard (i was too distraught to attend). it was one of those dreams where i woke up all out of breath like i had actually been crying. i hate those.

  • Katherine

    OK I’ve never commented before, but I have to share this with you:

    I, too, am tall. At the end of my second pregnancy, my petite doctor looked me over and declared that she didn’t think that the bump was growing as it ought, and that I should have an ultrasound. The ultrasound technician told me (at about 2 weeks before my due date) that the baby was measuring at over 9 lbs — but not to worry, because “I always measure large. The baby won’t really be that big.” The baby was born a month later (15 days overdue – I was not interested in being induced unless the baby or I was in danger) and weighed ………..drum roll please……..11 lbs!

    Now that i’ve scared you to death, I will also say that the labor was infinitely easier than with my 8 lb 11 oz. daughter who arrived after about 21 hours of labor. The 11 pounder popped out about 1/2 hour after we arrived at the hospital. Our car was still sitting at the front door of the hospital with the flashers on….

    I wish you a super easy labor, and a happy, healthy baby who sleeps alot!

  • Anonymous

    My son’s head was a 1/2 inch bigger than his older sister’s. I knew it, waaaaayyyy before the doctor told me.

    You have my sympathies.

  • http://www.ohmybag.blogspot.c diana

    Oeh yes, those pregnancy standards. Dunno where they come from. From the land of topmodels I think.
    During my first pregnancy, the baby was smaller than normal (follows one ultrasound after the other), then I got bitten by a tick – well…apparently I got bitten because I developed Borreliosis (sounds good nah? Antibiotics helped). So I did a full internet research on “Borreliosis during Pregnancy”, and found there was only one registered case, and nobody really knew what it could do to your baby. Turnes out it makes pretty, intelligent and tall girls (or was that me?). Then during the second pregnancy there was practically no amniotic fuid. But that didn’t matter as Miss A popped out within 30 minutes. Without a mess.
    It’s all good. You’re going to have a spectacular delivery and a sweet baby. No doubt ;)

  • http://mutualmenu.blogspot.com Joselle

    So glad to hear everything is okay with the baby.

  • Lizzie Cohen

    Bitch looks like a dogface even in the ultrasound. Too late to abort?

  • Liz

    First time posting though I’ve been reading for awhile, so I have to start by saying that you rock, and congratulations on having an adorable kid and another coming!

    Your post reminded me that TV medical dramas are as dangerous as Google at convincing me that my mini-symptoms are signaling certain death. Even if I can avoid the Google-induced hypochondria, I still usually wind up thinking “oh my god, I saw that on Grey’s and it turned out to be (some obscure but lethal disorder)…”

    Maybe laying off the Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, and ER should be routine procedure for all pregnant women. ;)

  • http://www.diapermonologues.com/ mrs.notouching

    Any day now, any day now, Dooce! I am sending good vibes your way and hope to see pictures of Leta’s sister soon. (((Hugs))) I know that deep deep deep inside you love when strangers hug you.

  • http://lipstickdaily.com Elaine at Lipstickdaily

    I’m so glad all is well. Docs don’t always know nothing . . . I had exactly the same thing happen (measuring small) except the u/s showed low amniotic fluid. Turned out my baby had kidney disease. The internet told me she would die, the doc said she might make it. She did . . . had a kidney transplant . . . I donated one to her . . . and we’re all fine now! I’m glad all is well for YOU now and will continue to be . . . and remember, the docs are our friends!

  • http://www.blondemomblog.com Jamie

    I’m glad everything is OK with the baby! (and you) I have a very bad tendency to consult Dr. Google which is never a good idea if you are a worrier like me. It’s like crack for the worry.

    Leta is too cute. We we have the Tink and Cinderella versions of Leta’s cup for my girls because I just know you are dying to add them to your collection! ;)

  • http://kalisah.blogspot.com kalisa

    Did you add a cigarette to her mouth in that 2nd ultrasound photo?

  • http://www.jennkstep.com JennKstep

    The last dream my five-year-old shared with me: she told me that the Jonas Brothers were making fun of her, sticking their tongues out at her. Kids are awesome, ‘specially the princesses. >^.^<

  • http://www.millatimes.com Milla

    can i request subtitles to all future videos where leta or not-maria talks? kid-speak is impossible to decipher for us non-moms. kthxbye!

  • Lana

    I had the same thing happen to me at the same time in my pregnancy. I am 5’11 and was measuring small and not gaining weight. When my daughter was born, she was 8 pounds 7 oz. and has always measured in the 95th percentile for weight and height. She is now 20 months and weighs 32 pounds. I’m glad everything is going as it should! Can’t wait to ‘meet’ your little girl!

  • http://www.thirdstory-ies.blogspot.com kristin

    Same exact scenario with my first. Glad your fluid level was good – you get to skip those weekly non-stress tests and ultrasounds that we get to enjoy this second time around. It is fun, on the flip side, getting to see the weekly “faces”. It cracks me up to see the baby open its eyes or yawn. What’s to really see in there? Best of luck in the upcoming weeks.

  • http://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/ Amber

    I’m glad everything is okay.

    I once googled broken toe since it was hurting like the dickens and Google told me that I may possibly lose my entire foot which made me panic and I would constantly ask my husband if he’d still love me if I only had one leg. I’m no longer allowed to Google.

    Your daughter is adorable. My son was in the room when I watched the video and he swears that Leta is in his class. I explained that no, I think he’s mistaken and he’s all, “But she is Mommy, that’s Emily and she sits next to Gabriel.” My poor confused son.

  • Richelle

    Glad to hear that everything is okay. Good luck with birthing that head! My daugther came out sunny side up (forhead first), so I know the pain you will likely experience! But it’s all worth it when you see their little face.

  • Erin

    My sister-in-law is due around the same time as you I believe. She is currently 32 weeks pregnant with TWIN girls! They are going to induce her around 37 weeks, as she has been on strict bedrest for 4 weeks now. They measured them this week and both weigh 4 lbs….it has been fun keeping up with your pregnancy through here and then seeing hers also. Best wishes for your pregnancy!

  • http://bilateralhaze.wordpress.com/ Lara

    So this is what you skinny moms worry about.

    My doctors were always concerned that the babies seemed too big for their gestation, obviously a side effect of my already more than ample size.

    Good luck for a smooth few weeks to come, Heather!

  • Kim

    Hoping you have an easy and uneventful next few weeks and glad everything was okay.
    I’ve been a reader for several years and never understood what it was you did to piss off so many people. Do you have an evil twin we don’t know of, who goes around kicking puppies? I…just don’t get it.

  • http://bywayofdetroit.blogspot.com/ Krysta

    It looks like there’s a little toy car in there with her in that first picture.

  • http://www.prettythingsblog.com Lori Anderson

    I’m glad all is well! We had a scare early on, and everything was fine, but we got to have an ultrasound every visit after that, “just in case”, so I was secretly thrilled to see the little nugget more often!

  • http://www.blogobeth.com Beth

    I’ve been following your blog for about three years now and I just wanted to say; WOW, Leta has grown up. Leta and my daughter Lucy are exactly 3 months apart and it is hard to believe that they each have gotten so grown up. Wow, wow – you should be very proud of her. I’m glad to hear things are good in the belly – that kind of news can be scary. You are first going to hate having two and then love having two. Be prepared for nuclear bomb explosion number 2 – it’s coming and it won’t be pretty.

  • http://allergies.ihealthblogs.com/ EclecticBird

    While I was pregnant I had to stop Googling for that very ‘you are going to die’ reason. At first I checked everything the doc said and then I finally imposed a temporary ban just to keep my sanity!

    I’m glad everything is ok and can’t wait to see videos of the newest cutie.

  • Erin

    Your little girl looks so much like Jon and yet has your fun personality! Wonder what daughter #2 will be like!

  • Monique Hester

    It is the soulful eyes of Leta that just KILL me whenever I see a picture of that oldest child of yours. She is so cute I could take a bite! I’m sure the 2nd one will be just as special.

    As a mother of 3 children, 24 yrs, 19 yrs and 5 yrs I can tell you that you WILL have your favorite – for some reason you just connect with 1 child more. Doesn’t mean you love the other children any less but 1 child will touch your soul in a way that no other child does.

    I wish you and your family the best!

  • http://www.happinessontap.com Elizabeth_K

    Yippee! Congrats.

  • Michele

    Baby? I can’t see any Baby face. I suck at these kinds of puzzles.In the first picture I can see a robot stretching out his robot arm,and in the second picture I see a tall dachsund with an ear on its back. Can’t wait for the digital pictures. I’m glad everything is well.

  • Kelly

    Is it me or is your baby smuggling a toy car in your uterus

  • Anonymous

    I too measured small throughout my pregnancy. I am 6 feet tall. Turns out my “small” was a 11 and a half pound baby…..

  • http://mlbornstein.blogspot.com/ Meredith

    The video is awesome but that princess cup cracked me up – mostly because I saw it in the store like two hours ago and sooooooo wanted to buy it for my Anna. But then I figured that Anna’s sister would need one too and I wasn’t spending that much money for two cups to hold liquid that my daughters would refuse to drink.

    And what a face on that little baby!

  • http://hallesophia.blogspot.com Raezin

    Monsters with pink eyes that slowly admit they’ve lost their minds… has Leta been hanging out with too many grown-ups lately? =)

  • http://www.forex-newbie.com Forex trading beginner

    I can’t express in writing how excited am I when I saw my 1st baby in the u/s monitor. Understand the feeling fully.

  • susan

    oh my god! leta is sooooo grown up. i love it. love the story. and glad that the little one is okay.

  • eringremlin

    You should tell your beautiful girl to never worry about pink-eyed monsters, because THEY’RE ALL GONNA DIE anyway.

  • Amanda

    You’re doing a great job! You look amazing for 35 weeks! I was an enormous elephant that looked like it was having twins. You are very lucky! Your ultrasound pics are adorable.

  • http://sullyboo.com Sully

    I’m so glad the ultrasound went well! I have to say that a bad ultrasound was the scariest thing I’ve been though. Grow little peanut, grow!

  • Brianne

    I had to skip reading everyone else’s comments because my computer is malfunctioning and not showing that part, and I don’t want to spoil the ending!

    You made me laugh so hard I had to turn away and it took me about 3 minutes to swallow my drink of water, for fear that it would shoot out my nose – I’m so glad your baby has a face! :) You are funny!

  • Brianne

    “That part” being Leta’s dream.

  • laurel

    I am glad everything worked out – that is always scary. When I was 36 weeks pregnat with my first baby the doctor could not find the heartbeat no matter how many times she tried; then she finally did, and it was 190 bpm’s.

    I was PANICKED – but she calmly reasured me that she was just going to send me over to the hospital for a non-stress test and possibly and emergency c-section, no big deal, right? It all turned out fine, he even managed to stay in for an extra two weeks past my dd for good measure.

    Btw, Jon really cleans up nice, love the suit.

  • Christy

    How cute is that. Oh my goodness! Glad to hear everything is as it should be!

  • http://www.allconsuming.blogspot.com kim at allconsuming

    I love it when baby doctors say something along the lines of, ‘hmmm, I’m a little bit worried about that, but don’t you worry’.

    It’s like Henny Penny letting everyone know the sky is falling but not to worry because WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE.