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Familiar territory

Yesterday morning after a bit of a blurry night, one that resembled the many blurry nights before it where the newest member of the family periodically yelled orders and shot butterscotch poo four feet up and out the back of her diaper — wait, have I mentioned yet that Marlo doesn’t cry? I’m serious. She [...]

You had to know this was coming

Because he sure did.


… The Dimple. I have already conducted several experiments to see what sorts of things she can store in there, like grains of rice and maybe beans. Later in life it should come in handy when she needs a place to hold a quarter and suddenly she needs money for a parking meter.

4/4 time

I think the best way to describe what it’s been like to bring a second child into the family is to imagine having a jazz band blasting an improvisational set in your left ear while listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing Christmas carols in your right ear, and there you are, a drummer in [...]


Surprisingly the dogs have not been fazed by the introduction of Marlo into our pack. Chuck sort of gave us a look like, hmm… this again? I think he was just relieved it wasn’t another miniature Australian Shepherd. Coco has no idea what Marlo is, and so her reaction is to lick her every time [...]

After a midnight snack

We’ve got a major burper in this kid which means she fits right in with my side of the family. We’ve got it worked out where I do all the feeding, and Jon does all the burping and diaper changing. I like this arrangement, especially in the middle of the night because it means I [...]

Family of four

Saturday afternoon Leta returned home from a week spent with grandparents and cousins, a much anticipated “vacation” that had been planned for months. In the weeks leading up to Marlo’s birth we’d ask Leta if she was excited about becoming a big sister, and she’d say, “I’m excited that I get to go stay with [...]

Taking her nickname very seriously

Our little glowworm. Turns out her bilirubin count is high (meaning she’s a tad bit jaundiced), and now she has to spend countless hours on the tanning bed. That’s not the medical term for it (it’s technically a Biliblanket), but that’s what it looks like. Light therapy is supposed to cure this, and today will [...]

At least he doesn’t call her Coco


Marlo Iris Armstrong 7lbs. 15oz. 21 inches long born at 1:53 AM, 06/14/2009, her official due date Her middle name was chosen to honor Jon’s aunt Iris who passed away last summer, a generous, gentle woman whose life was filled with all sorts of music. Her first name? Well, it just kicks a lot of [...]