• http://www.liamsgrandma.typepad.com Maggie

    If you think this is outstanding, wait until you are a grandparent. I am blessed to still be quite young and have a beautiful grandson. This time around, finances are better, I don’t have to work as hard and I am able to take more time to notice him, watch him, observe and absorb!

  • Donna

    That is one gorgeous baby!!!

  • Alana

    Rarely have I seen a newborn baby so beautiful so young. Congratulations. :D

  • http://www.beautythebloggingdog.blogspot.com Beauty, the Blogging Dog

    Awesome pictures! I remember those nights 21 months ago when the whole family was trying to get the best workable schedule for everybody as the baby settled in with our routine. It gets better though. And before you know it, she’ll be babbling and running around.

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

    I feel ya Heather! I gave birth just a few days before you to my first. I did it naturally without drugs and my son decided to come breech. By the time we discovered his “breechness” it was too late for any kind of drugs or c-section. By the time I got to the hospital I was at a 9 already! I am healing but not as fast as I would like to. Things take time I suppose and I need to learn to be patient. Unfortunately my little one is pretty little and has trouble latching on so I don’t know about this breast snuggling…yet…hopefully it will happen soon! Hang in there and I can’t wait to hear your birth story!

  • Heather

    Take your time- find your groove. It’ll happen as your family adjust to the new normal. Just keep posting pics because Marlo is beautiful!!! :)

  • Pam

    Congratulations! Marlo is beautiful. Take all the time you need — your readers will surely understand and will be here when you get back.

  • LIsa

    I thought when you were pregnant again, this baby won’t come out as cute as Leta was, but boy, was I wrong! She is such a cutie!

  • lisa c.

    she is sooo cute!

  • Jessica

    So happy for you, Heather! Marlo is just stunningly beautiful.
    Also reading your book right now and love it! Huge kudos to you!

  • http://www.smacksy.com Lisa Rae @ smacksy

    It’s a gorgeous time when a little something that weighs less than 10 pounds can actually have more weight than the whole world.
    She is a beauty.

  • KimW

    It’s amazing, isn’t it?
    It only gets better from here. Sometimes I think my heart will burst with love and happiness as I watch my 2 little ones be siblings.

  • http://elainaavalos.blogspot.com Elaina

    This is such a beautiful post. Really. Marlo is so adorable. You’re a lucky woman to have two beautiful little ones!

  • http://taciturnly.wordpress.com Elle

    I sound like one of your fan girls (which I normally do in private) but I feel like I’ve watched you grow (I’m younger than you but meh). I’ve watched Leta grow, I cannot believe how old she is now, how beautiful she is. And now I get to watch Marlo grow, and yourself & Jon & Leta grow further with her.

    I love that blogs talk personally to one person, one sided but still very personal. You’re in my house, with my family and make me laugh. Thank you for letting me in.

    *fades into the background of 500 comments*

  • Julie

    I’m so glad that it is going more easily this time. Having been through the tough stuff once helps you the second time I think. Congratulations! Little Marlo is perfectly adorable, and it sounds like you are already being the perfect mom for her. I’m praying for extra rich sleep, contentment, and peace for you.

  • http://raininthesky.blogspot.com Cathy

    Your readers appreciate your posting, but really you do deserve some time off, so don’t work too hard. Enjoy that gorgeous baby! I bet she smells amazing!

  • http://www.itsjennytime.blogspot.com Jennifer

    This post put a smile on my face. Not just because baby Marlo is achingly beautiful, but because you’re in a good place. Just love that. And take your time with the posts…I still check every day! :)

  • http://truebeautyinsideandout.blogspot.com R. Wallis @ TrueBeauty

    Marlo is so beautiful! Congrats to you all! I can’t wait for the labor post. I cannot believe you gave birth without drugs! I do not want to even consider that possibility…I’m scared enough as it is!

  • http://grimsaburger.wordpress.com grimsaburger

    So glad to hear you’re doing well! I had my first baby a couple weeks ahead of Marlo, and I would feel totally and completely alone in this world if you hadn’t experienced a couple absolute freakouts so far. At this point, I simply cannot imagine doing the newborn thing a second time. Can’t wait to read your labor story, but take your time and take care of yourself!

  • http://bethmann15.blogspot.com Beth

    #203 Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    Heather, so happy to hear that you are doing well and enjoying your time with Marlo. She is THE SWEETEST THING! I have two boys, so I’ve been living a life with girls vicariously through you.

    I think I speak for a lot of your other readers when I say, TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED, and enjoy this precious time with your sweet family. We’ll be here waiting :)

  • Kimberly

    So happy you’re happy! It is such a special time, savor it.

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful post, and I could not be happier for you.

  • Nat W.

    She’s a CUTIE. Also, no drugs? God bless you, woman.

  • Kim

    Oh my gosh…I can’t get over how adorable Marlo is..thank you for sharing your life with us and congratulations!

  • Molly

    That is the most awesome thing to hear!

  • http://sara-sundries.blogspot.com Sara

    I’m so pleased that you are feeling happy. And Marlo is so darling. And BIG Leta, too. Lovely family, with a long and diverse playlist of great tunes!

  • Sunda

    I just want to say — thanks. I’m expecting #2 in a couple of months here, and it’s really nerve wracking, and I’ve been trepidatious about how it might go, and your post really helped. Thanks! :)

    And, of course, congratulations!

  • http://www.calamityjill.com Calamity Jill

    This post set the mood for my whole day.
    Set it to: AWESOME.
    Congratulations, again and again.

  • http://habitual.wordpress.com CreatureofHabit

    Chubby caterpillar! Lol! She totally is – and an adorable one at that!

  • http://azmommy.blogspot.com/ Vicky

    I think it’s to weird that when babies are photographed by themselves they look so big, but when you put them in the arms of an adult they always look so tiny!!
    I love the Daily Chuck photo. Just wait until Marlo is mobile, Coco will freak and try and heard her.

  • Katie.P

    I am so happy for you.

    It is something that has never happened for me, and I regret not having had children. I file my regret under ‘if I could go back, what would I change?’

    Instead I now take delight in others’ delight. God bless you and your family.

  • Kellie

    Let’s see some Leta already. Yea for Marlo, but I remember the shock of a new sibling coming into the home. It was hard on me at 4. All I’m saying. I am genuinely happy for you guys, though. Don’t get me wrong. :)

  • Anne

    Coming out of long time lurkdom to say your new daughter is just adorable! I am 32 wks pregnant and the cute new baby pics are definitely making me wish time would go just a bit faster. Congrats!

  • Fiona

    Long time reader, first time comment-er! (How am I doing with the punctuation/grammer)?

    I have been reading your blog since around the middle of 2002, when I moved to LA for a year (I stayed 5). It wasn’t the moving that lead me to you, but the surfing the internet during slow periods at work.

    I have several pregnant friends at the moment and have pointed them all in your direction. If I were pregnant you are the person I’d like to hear from, I like to hear from you and I’m nowhere near being pregnant.

    I love to read what you have to say about life, family, the ‘real’ news (which I miss since moving back to the UK, I can’t get Access Hollywood here), and reading your post today made me want to write (quite alot apparently) and say it’s great to hear how happy you are. I am happy for your happiness, and brings me closer to not being completely scared of having children.

    Thanks Heather (I think).

  • Chum

    What a beautiful baby. The eyebrows already!

  • http://blessourhearts.blogspot.com Ms. Moon

    This is what I think is our tiny glimpse into what the true meaning of “love” is. And when I say “love,” I mean that power which is the basis for everything.
    You have love and you have light in your home, in your hands, at your breast, in your heart.
    You are blessed.

  • http://livingwithdavid.wordpress.com Katie Collins

    Finally! I’m up to date and can comment on a current story!

    Marlo is a gorgeous baby. You’re going to be fine. A few ups and downs are to be expected. But it sounds like you’re doing great. I hope Leta is enjoying her new baby sister. Take your time, spend some time with your family. We’ll be here when you’re ready!

  • Karen

    She is one beautiful baby.

  • http://janettelikethings.net Janette

    You have a beautiful family and I am so glad to hear how happy you are!

  • mari

    Take your time. This only works if you are taking care of yourself and your family. I appreciate your writing whenever you have time to do it. P.S. Am enjoying Twitter for quick postings.

  • http://bilateralhaze.wordpress.com Lara

    It’s so true; people are afraid to bring a second (or third, etc.) child into their lives but it’s true that your heart WILL expand exponentially, and the love you had before will seem shallow and pale in comparison.

    Congratulations, Heather, Jon and Leta… your lives just became blessed in ways you never knew possible.

  • Shannon

    So nice.

  • Julia

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl. It has been wonderful to hear about your journey — I myself am due in a week and have enjoyed following you along the way.

  • http://jennadesigns.blogspot.com Jennifer

    You last two sentences are perfect. I just had my second child, a daughter, and my son is 6 years old. I struggled so much with my first one, much like you. I never felt like I enjoyed little moments. With my daughter, it’s totally different. Indescribably different. After she arrived, there are moments, surrounded by my CHILDREN, that I realize that I have never been so happy, felt so complete … so much in love in all my life. It is the most peaceful moment I have ever experienced. It is what life is all about.

  • Deedee

    Marlo is a beautiful female version of Jon, don’t you think? I mean really. I can totally see her daddy in her adorable eyes and mouth in the bottom pic. Gorgeous!

  • http://hairgirldenver.com Shareena

    Tears running down my face as this is how I felt just 9 short months ago when our 2nd arrived. I really didn’t know it was possible that I could love my son more or that another child would make my heart grow bigger, but it sure did. I can’t wait to hear your birth story. I had both my children w/o any pain meds and only someone who has done it really understands how empowering it really is. Congrats your little girl is so beautiful!

  • Amanda Swindell

    I’m glad I’m not Marlo’s parent because I would have nibbled her adorable little ears off already! You deserve the happiness Heather.

  • Michelle

    You are such a lucky lady :) Congrats on such a beautiful family. Not only are you a talented writer, but you’re a talented mama as well.

    Much love and congrats!

  • Katka

    My heart just melted… And the second picture of Marlo must be one of your best pics ever…Good luck with everything

  • http://www.survivethemayhem.com SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem

    That’s such a wonderful feeling…I know it well. A family of four, enjoying your children who bring such happiness into your life. And here you are not even Mormon– who’d have thought?