• Jamie

    Don’t be fooled by the easy going 2nd child into having the 3rd. It IS a ruse. The third child will come out and be even more high maintenance than you thought was possible. (Then again, I’m pregnant with my fourth so I guess it can’t be THAT bad…lol.)

  • http://www.fashionjewelryforeveryone.com Gurinder Kohli

    Wow what eyes. Photo is perfect. Love the kid.

  • http://thebiggremodel.com Rachel

    Yeah – the newsletters are back! I love the sisters. Raising Leta to be a reader – that will be the best gift you ever give her. Plus, she will read to Marlo and then Marlo will be reading chapter books at age four.

  • http://howtoaskartists.blogspot.com Catherine Blair Pfander

    Ugh, I have to start reading your site with a tissue box at the ready. I’m always so teary-eyed and sniffly afterward. What a pussy.

    Enjoy your familial bliss!–I have to blow my nose.


  • http://www.mommysblend.com Mommy’s Blend

    Simply beautiful. This gave me baby fever. But then I remember I have a 3 year old who screams bloody murder and does the whole lets slam my body onto the ground in a fit of rage because mom wont let me have one more m&m shes evil and mean and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…. that’s when I think, oh my god I spawned satans child.

    Then he smiles.

    But then I remember the fits and the head butting and the freak outs.

    I’m not falling for your cute babyness, either.

  • Angela

    Your children are beautiful. Keep up the good work! I love reading your blog.

  • Anonymous

    i read blogs. i don’t comment. i found yours through jezebel. i am the not-so-ultimate voyeur, just lazy and nosy. I don’t like kids or married people, not because i am bitter and single, just because i am me. i don’t identify with liberals or conservatives but am from Nevada-as if that can and should explain everything. BUT, i now comment (understanding it may mean nothing in the milieu of shit you find yourself surrounded in daily) to you…part of me hopes YOU read it, part of me hopes all those shitty people who take time out to call you out (when clearly that time could be well spent cleaning their own glass houses) read it, part of me doesn’t care. This is all a way to say: keep doing what you do. i hope you make money at it and lots of it. hell, I hope I see pics (amazing photo quality btw) of leta in college. you are amazing for letting anyone in your life and the fact that you have made your life a living means you should be applauded. this is the truth from a single, cynical (loves her bf) girl, who only found your blog b/c whirlpool has a lot to make up for, girl who says: thank you.

  • Magatha

    Jessica at 158 – thanks. Excellent comment. Vivid and touching. Um, thanks. I can’t think of what else to say.

  • cee

    I was an advanced reader at Leta’s age too. Just keep encouraging her. The library was my favourite place. And one day, she will sit in an advanced literature class in college, and she will be bored because she already read the books the professor is talking about.

  • Joanna

    Marlo looks so much like Leta in the picture where she’s looking at the red toy!

  • Tanya

    That last picture is adorable!

  • Barbara E.

    But is it legal to type “buffalo vagina” in utah? Beautif(u)l girls, beautif(u)l newsletter. Glad to see it again.

  • Lilliah

    @21. Melissa N.

    HILARIOUS story!

    As for YOU Heather, now I know that your haters are totally onto you. Or is it “on to you”? Never mind- the point is, you just typed Marlo’s name four times, and Leta’s? Only THREE. And then some other time you just referred to her as “the kid”.


    Hee ;)

  • Jessica

    So gorgeous. And glad to see you’re back with the newsletters–I missed them too. I love, love, love the picture with Jon and Marlo. I hope someday I have a similar shot of my future husband and baby.

    On a tech note:
    I haven’t noticed a Marlo tag yet in your posts/archives.

    Related faux-snark note: I guess we really know which daughter is your favorite (rhymes with pita)

    Good job! I’m also totally amused by the Monetizing the Hate site, and think it’s rad that you’re donating the proceeds to charity. FOLLOW!


    Captcha: Nons Blockage

  • Anonymous

    Who is the boy in that picture with Leta?

  • Bubbles

    Good Job Mama! Loved reading this one.

  • Kat

    beautifl girls, beautifl post

  • Jan

    omgod(ess). inarticulate me. you so deserve this joy.
    hey, suggest Bryn Mawr College to Leta…

  • Betnface

    That was really sweet. I should be writing about my son like that. Your such a good mom!!!

  • http://hopelds.blogspot.com Hope

    Thanks once again for keeping us up on your life – we love it.

  • Rebecca, Idaho

    oh so so sweet. your girls will love those one day.

  • http://www.hydrangeasarepretty.wordpress.com shelli

    Um. You KNOW I totally had to go and google buffalo vagina.. OH my. Shouldn’t have done that.

    Thank goodness you shared that Leta can NOW pump her legs – I’ve been begging Malka to pump her damn legs at the swing for the entire summer, and unless I’m sitting there, showing her how, she just keeps her legs in one spot, and asks me to push. But she’s not quite 4. She knows that other kids are or are not pumping their legs, but she doesn’t always remember to do it. Glad I have two more summers of pushing her.

  • SW

    Umm, so, I’ve never commented on anything like this before, but there is a reason you have made a (pretty good) living off your writing. You are freaking great! And not just because you’re a mom/I’m a mom … Though that’s how I found you.

    I write professionally, kinda’, but these are full on word pictures. I had the demon spawn firstborn (love ‘em, wouldn’t trade ‘em, have no idea how I lived through his first scream-filled year) and this column even made me want to procreate again. And I don’t think I have to tell you, non-sleeping, non-happy, constantly nursing child=AWESOME birth control. Unleash a couple of those on a high school and teen pregnancy would be vanquished in days. Truly. If we had five baby-free minutes, sex was not what we had in mind. Those women who get pregnant again, “accidentally,” when their kid is like eight weeks old? I’m all, how did you find the time? My husband would have had to literally trip and fall on me while our son nursed–cause he was ALWAYS nursing–to even achieve physical contact at that point, let alone anything more interesting.

    Where was I again? Oh yeah. YOU ROCK!

  • Shannon

    Love these! I love how you cherish the everyday moments. Everyone should take time to write these letters to their children!

  • Lisa

    hmmm. When you started writing these letters, bet you didn’t think Leta would be able to read them by herself by the time she was in kingergarten. Very awesome, that.

  • Cate

    Totally googled ‘buffalo vagina’. Totally disappointed with results.

  • Natalie

    LOVE the newsletters, glad they are making a comeback :)
    Your daughters are so lovely, and I can’t believe how much Leta (aka Lotta, hehe) has grown! She is spelling! and reading! It makes me so happy to see a young child enjoying these things, as Im constantly encouraging my boyfriend to get his nephew OFF the video games and into a book. Yet, reading, to him, is a “chore”. (he just turned 6) ugh. Depressing!

    Also, since being unemployed now for the first time in who-knows-how long, all I have been watching is HGTV and Food Network and I feel as though I can stage a home and cook you dinner all in about an hour! ha.

    Great entry, thanks so much for sharing, as usual!

  • Erica

    Your girls are so beautiful- Leta’s hair is so long and so pretty, too! Loved this post- I think the newsletters are always my favorite posts! Thanks for sharing, again.

  • Rollie

    You brought tears to my eyes yet again.

  • Karen

    This entry is absolutely lovely. What you say is fantastic, but the pictures put it over the top. I am beyond jealous of Leta’s mile-long eyelashes and Marlo’s big blue eyes..

    And just for the record I actually really LOVE when people use capitals to express things. That whole shouting things is like something they teach you in school about the Internet which is totally lame and untrue in actual practice.

    Keep us posted on Leta’s reading.. gotta love how the nerd-child doing so well already (I was one too)! I missed the newsletters, so I’m glad to see one again.

    Thanks Heather for making my day a little brighter!

  • Susan

    Have six more and Leta and Marlo and I will have the same number of sibling. Cool. Can you stand one more comment on Leta’s eyelashes? And I vote we permanently change the spelling of beautifl. Thanks for sharing the photos of your wonderful family.

  • Josey

    I’ve already commented once earlier today, but I find myself endlessly checking your site for updates…and I just wanted to say that I really love that you are who you are and I love reading about your life…and my husband and I are “working” on our first child right now – and reading your site make me (terrified) excited about the whole deal. :) Thank you!!

  • Anonymous

    thank you for sharing them with all of us.

  • http://www.CookingSchoolConfidential.com CookingSchoolConfidential.com

    Sure, you write beautifully, but it is the pictures that get me. I just want to whip up a batch of my mayonnaise and dip those cheeks in it – such sweeties!

    Remember this moment. And be happy.


  • http://prettylittlepenny.blogspot.com Be Like the Squirrel, Girl

    This is so sweet. This post is what we lovingly call “Bad Birth Control” because it makes me want to have another baby!

  • http://spotlightonbeauty.blogspot.com Sunnie G Baker

    Thanks for making me cry for the FIFTIETH time today Heather! I just found out today my husband and I are expecting our first baby, and I CANNOT WAIT to write letters to him/her!

  • Anonymous

    U are so lame and UGLY!!!

  • Melany

    aw, this was so sweet! i’ve read your blog for only a few months now and i’m a first time mom of a one year old girl…and this post is kinda making me baby hungry! (don’t tell my husband). i think the baby’s # 1 weapon to sucker you into reproducing again is their wonderful heavenly baby smell (when they’re clean and not covered in their own poop, that is).

  • Anonymous

    Why do u always brag about yourself (number 26 and how much power your tweets have = WTF???) and your kids??? Do u really think you’re all that? Have you looked in a mirror? I feel sorry for you because clearly, u live in a fantasy world! All those people who follow you are just as pathetic as you!!!

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    Great entry, thanks so much for sharing, as usual! What you say is fantastic, but the pictures put it over the top. I am beyond jealous of Leta’s mile-long eyelashes and Marlo’s big blue eyes..

    And just for the record I actually really LOVE when people use capitals to express things. That wholefree adult videos shouting things is like something they teach you in school about the Internet which is totally lame and untrue in actual practice.

  • Anonymous

    so. happy. for. you.


    That was soooooo sweet it made me tear up at the memory of being a child running to mom…. I don’t tear up ever!!! So cute. Remember this time…

  • http://www.thecraftyangel.etsy.com HeadacheSlayer

    Between becoming an aunt for the first time, and seeing pictures of your lovely girls, my ovaries are having their own vitriolic screed. It’s a conspiracy.

    I am so happy for your family :)

  • Jane

    Beautifl post!

  • Beth

    Love the newsletters. Keep on keeping on!

  • Crystal

    I missed these too!! I was wondering if you were going to just stop and not tell us. I didn’t want to be a crazy who emailed you to tell you to write them again just because I enjoy them that much. You make me more excited about my baby due next month! I hope I get a ruse baby, but if I get a crazy cry baby I at least hope they turn out half as smart as Leta so I can brag too. Thanks for the posts.

  • http://journalbyella.blogspot.com/ Ella

    I read your blog every day, this is the first time I comment. I whish you and your family all the best!

  • http://www.conceitedgirl.com Alexa

    I am so very happy for all of you.

    You do make my uterus hurt, though (this is with longing), with every tale you tell of Leta or Marlo, easy or hard. Because I don’t think I am ever going to be that lucky to have one, let alone two beautiful children (biologically or otherwise). But that does not make me feel any less when I read about your girls, so thank you.

    And yes, the ridiculously precocious reading does have serious side effects, as my mother will tell you in great detail if you ask her.

  • http://eternally-distracted.blogspot.com/ Eternally Distracted

    When I read your posts I soooo want to have children … but after hearing my partner explain that children are easy because when they get to five they can look after themselves I am not sure we (partner) is ready just yet!! I will happily revel in your adventures instead for the time being!!

  • Kelly

    You have a beautiful family. Reading these reminds me how beautiful my own is. I wish I could write about it as well as you do. Thanks for sharing.