• M

    I’ve never responded to anyone’s blog before. But, your post gave me goosebumps. So happy for you and your family!

  • kristen

    My third brought the joy into our house. We are all in love with her funny, sweet, wild self.

  • Sarah

    I hope you don’t get a lot of crap for *this* post, because I know exactly what you’re talking about! Adding another child to our family has been a delight as well. Maybe there’s something to these ’09, Year of the Ox babies.

  • Dawn

    Thank you. I have no idea if I will have second child, but as someone who is still struggling some with her first it is reassuring to know that it can be different the second time around. Not that I don’t love my daughter with all my might, but the pregnancy and the infant period was hard and I am still struggling.

  • Annie

    aaaw they are so cute them two!

    I still don’t want one of my own though, but you guys should have a third so I wouldn’t have to! ;D

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it cool when you see glimpses of the woman you were always meant to be?

    Let it be!

  • http://marriageconfessions.com Katie

    I just had my first baby 3 months ago. I’m supposed to start my birth control this Sunday. Thanks to your post, I may throw my birth control pills out the window. I need anotha’!

    SO SWEET!!!!

  • Lindsey

    OMG my ovaries hurt, that is so adorable.

  • http://www.brooklynbabymomma.blogspot.com Randi

    This gives me hope that one day we might have another. I’ve had a lot of trouble with PPD, also, and countless times I envied the moms who seemed to be beaming constantly. You have a beautiful family.

  • Samantha

    So painfully sweet. Thank you, again, for letting us glimpse into these moments of your beautiful life. You still got it.

    Number 26, BITCHES! You Rock!

  • http://www.amelianesbit.blogspot.com Amelia

    Heather, your family is just beautiful. Congrats on all your happiness, it was a long road for you to get Here and I’m cheering you on all the way! Drone away, the Haters are the only ones who will mind :)

  • Anonymous

    Woman! You sure can make me weep!

  • http://mbsings.wordpress.com michelle

    Thank you for a beautiful post. I had a lot of problems after my daughter was born and we’re trying for our second. I can only hope for the happiness that you and your familyi have found. Congratulations!

  • http://greatdayinmaine.blogspot.com leesavee

    OMG, I think that video just made me lactate! So sweet!

  • Graceflone

    That was absolutely beautiful. Leta seems to have a fixation with Marlo’s nose.

  • Kailee

    Your girls are lovely. Precious, beautiful little things.

    Also, your hate page? I went back today and read a few more entries. Holy moly. I think a few of your haters need to like go for a hike or massage or something. It’s not healthy to hold that much contempt for a lady you know through the interwebs.

  • Chelsi

    beautiful absolutely beautiful. What is the song in the background?

  • Natasha

    Love this video!!!!

    BTW loved the pic of Marlo with the shades on…very swanky!!!

  • http://therinrins.typepad.com Visty

    It is definitely enlightening to be in the moment. Sometimes the pain of guilt from not taking care of my depression properly in the early days really hurts, but I also can clearly see the good that I am making now. My older kids are 10 and 12, and the baby of the family is 2. They adore her like nothing I could have imagined, even when she is really awful. They will have each other forever, long after we are gone, and memories of happiness, and that makes my soul still.

  • http://www.stinkyfeet.org Siobhan

    That is amazing. And you should gush in a sappy mommyblogger kinda way. You’re allowed.

    And I’m working on that feeling. I love both girls very much and I keep being told that I make it look really easy but there are days that I kinda want to hide. But then again, Cara loves her sister just not in a benevolent, self-less kinda way. :)

    Congrats on beating those demons back. You deserved it.

  • Tracy

    absolutely wonderful.

  • Lisa

    Children give us more than we will ever be able to give them. Children are gifts that just keep on giving. Thanks for sharing, Heather.

  • BPinKC

    I would like to take this opportunity to publicly state that Michelle Rebeiro Yoakum Mcbee is a nut-bag!

  • Megan

    Loved the video… if I wasn’t such a hardass, it would have made me tear up. You have two great girls.

  • Anonymous

    Pregnant for the second time and CRYING!!! Thank you.

  • Megan

    Oh, that made me cry! So adorable. Sorry for asking but I’m clueless w/ music, but what’s the song playing?

  • Meghan

    This was a really beautiful video, Heather! It really paints a picture of just how beautiful making a family can really be. I remember moments like this when my brother was an infant and I was Leta’s age. Wow.

    I have to say that I DO feel kinda bad for Leta, though. When I look at pictures of her with Marlo, I think of myself and my younger brother. I was an excruciating child, an infuriatingly picky eater and extremely talkative. I drove my mother absolutely crazy. My younger brother, on the other hand, was the easy baby who just hung the moon and stars for her, and it hurt my feelings at the time. I know now that my mother loves both my brother and I. But as a kid, I was resentful of him because I felt like she treated him like a little prince. It definitely damaged our relationship with one another and we’re not close now at all. I hope that doesn’t happen to Leta and Marlo.

  • deebook

    I felt that overwhelming emotion with my second child too. Which may explain how we ended up with a 3rd just 16 months later. You know that whole Momversation topic… watch out Heather. The Emotions, with a capital E make you do wild, crazy things.

  • Maryanne

    As someone who’s read since you were pregnant with Leta, let me say it’s really beautiful to see you come full circle. That was a lovely, lovely post.

    (P.s. Was that Jeff Tweedy & the boys from Wilco playing?)

  • gr8lakesgrrl

    Yes, that’s exactly how it felt when we had our second child, like he filled a void we didn’t know was there. Congratulations, Heather! <3

  • Natasha

    Just checked the hate page for today. Those ppl are sick!!!! Just to reiterate what Melissa said – They wish they had what you have – A gorgeous family and a VOICE!

    Keep up the great work #26!!!!!!!!

  • Trish

    Thank you for making me bawl and want another baby stat.

  • http://agrowingviolet.blogspot.com/ kimberly

    i am so happy for you! what a great post and video! this is what being a new mom should feel like.

  • http://www.SquareAppleStudio.com Erin Smith

    That is so beautiful. I have a four month old and I struggled with PPD. I decided to get medicated at my 6 week appointment and it was the best decision I could have made. I really struggled those first few weeks, but every day is getting a little better, a little easier, and I’m starting to understand and enjoy this time.

    Your babies are beautiful. Leta looks so grown up loving on her little sister.

  • Sabine

    Well that’s just lovely. Thanks for posting it.

  • Christina

    dude – why did that video make me cry – how sweet!

  • carey

    i have been reading this amazingly hilarious site for years. i even have the chuck (and that other lunatic dog) calendar hanging in my cube at work. i hate that i just said cube. i have never felt compelled to comment on any of your posts until now. very touching, very sweet and even brought tears to my eyes, even more when i think of the post from the other day dooce.com/hate. how could anyone NOT like you? you’re sincere with a great sense of humor and an amazing mom. being newly married, you inspire me, to remember that my husband is my best friend and how FUN marriage can be. and after this post, you make me want to have a baby tomorrow. you’re awesome. especially b/c you dont have to work in a cube anymore. (oh, and i have SHINGLES! too).

  • marcy

    I’m struggling, realizing I might be pregnant with our first child and its unplanned and unexpected and scary but I just watched this, tears rolling down my cheek as I realize how absolutely, utterly breath-taking a child, a family can be.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • http://hopelds.blogspot.com Hope

    You have one of the many secrets of life – being in and enjoying the “now.”

  • http://www.lauratrevey.etsy.com Laura Trevey

    So adorable!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend ~~
    xo Laura

  • toomuchstrong

    Just like so many others said, “I get it”. My first was a bit nightmarish not just because she is a tough little cookie even today, but because I was so unprepared for how much of myself I was going to have to give up. My second, who is nine months, is the light of my life. He has brought such joy into our lives that has somehow left us when our daughter was born. Not that there wasn’t any joy-on the contrary. However, there was the kind of joy missing that had been there before. He was the missing element in our family chemistry. There was a lot of post traumatic stress after even two years after my girl was born, so much so that I was getting depressed the closer my son’s due date was getting. And then, there he was and nothing’s been the same since. I was just like you. I wondered what those babies were like that people talked about…those cuddly, sweet, non-demanding creatures. But now I know and I’m just so, so happy. It’s wonderful that you have also found such happiness.

  • Anonymous

    Girl, you are living in a dreamworld right now.
    Wait till they start fighting from the minute they get up till the minute they go to bed. Enjoy it now, pretty soon the older one will pinch the younger one just to see what happens. HA!

    BTW, the music is a bit sappy dontcha think? Liittlllee over the top folks.

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

    Love the sisters video, Heather! Speaking of which, I wanted to tell you that your slideshow of Leta’s first 5 years inspired me to do one of the little guy’s first three that we recently celebrated. I posted this on the blog (set to music of course!) and it’s got some awesome “brother moments” with my two boys! I can tell you are very much enjoying your two girls.

  • Lulu

    Beautiful post—lovely video. Thanks for sharing the love! And I’m sure you’ll always be cool and hip.

  • Hanna

    I’m glad you’re able to feel the better side of Mommyhood and to know what it’s like to be enthralled with the joys of a newborn in the house. I suffered from PPD after having my fifth baby. The depths of despair, hopelessness and emptiness. He’s now 4 and we’re expecting another little one come December and I’m praying that I don’t put my family and myself through the same things I did after he was born. Enjoy these moments, they only last for so long, as you already know and when they’re happy moments, they can be savored for many lifetimes. <3

  • Anonymous

    Awwww…now I’m sad that I’ll never have another.

  • http://www.popmommy.com Pam

    THANK YOU. One of my favorite posts ever. It’s time to bring back the happy. I honestly feel blessed everyday to have healthy, happy children. I have to remind myself that I am blessed some days, because, some days it’s HARD. REALLY HARD. But I have never been happier. I’m a Mama.

  • http://www.pleasemomdontsing.blogspot.com/ Bethbb

    How sweet! Please, more Marlo and Leta!
    You’re doing a great job.
    FOLLOW!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing. I’m having a rough day with my 3-month old, and your post reminded me just how wonderful it is to be a mother, and how truly blessed I am to have my daughter in my life. It also made me realize for the first time since giving birth that, one day, I’ll be able to handle adding another little one to our family :)

  • rhea

    Thank you.