• Julie

    I hope you start feeling more peace and that your life will be catastrophe-free! I am sorry that you have hit rough times :( thank you for sharing in the midst of your trying times – and for brightening our days even in the midst of your crummy ones. Hang in there Dooce!

  • Linda

    By the way, you’re a saint for living with that noise and not throwing the one who’s producing it out of the window. But then again, she is very cute. I’m thinking that might just really help her case.

  • http://saturdayjane.wordpress.com Jessica

    Congratulations on the pre-pregancy weight! I understand it’s not an easy feat.

    You’ve scared me with your horror stories of butt-biggening, though. As my butt is already the size of the European Union, any increase thereof will kind of breach the idea of proper body proportions.

    I will become one of those ladies whose back is half flabby shoulderblades, half butt, and I will wear tapered khakis and rose-colored glasses, and tunics with sequined pictures of sunsets. Oh, the life I have to look forward to after my first pregnancy.

  • VirgoMommy

    Good for you to be back to your prepregnancy weight. It’s been 2 yrs since my 2nd baby girl and I’m still trying to lose the weight. I joined a spin class 3 months ago and have lost only 5lbs, only 20 more pounds to go!

    I need to get to the gym more often, but with a teenager, toddler and husband, I never seem to find the time. LOL

    I luv to read your blog and tweets, it always makes me smile.

  • Marianne

    I don’t know what happens to a body during pregnancy … somehow, later, weight doesn’t matter. It’s a number. And clothing will never fit the same EVER AGAIN.

    Also? Due for waffle fries. HAHAH … Spit all over my monitor with that one. Thank you.

  • http://dustanandbetsy.blogspot.com Betsy

    Seriously? I feel like you update all the time! Just wanted to throw that out there.

    Also – I’m offended that you closed comments before I had a chance to say How the HECK would you ever make your dogs look like The Giving Tree and the kid who took everything away from The Giving Tree?? Fantastic idea though. I’ll have to stick with Jon and Kate.

  • http://corkscrewcurls.wordpress.com/ kim

    I can only imagine what might have become of your husband if he dared to mention your dignity and your underpants in the same sentence during the last couple of months of your pregnancy. Woah.

  • http://www.wrathofdawn.blogspot.com Dawn


    24 years after giving birth, I have yet to reach my pre-pregnancy weight. Perhaps old age will help with that. Eventually.


  • Christina

    Congrats! You are so freakin funny, I was hoping for a picture of you with your lovely underpants on your head :)

  • Andi

    Congrats on getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight. I have the same issue with parts moving all over too. I used to have a pretty hot “ghetto booty” as it was referred to many times, and a semi-flat stomach. Now their roles have reversed and I have a semi-flat booty and a ghetto-licious tummy. I should have said “their ROLLS…”

  • http://casadekaloi.blogspot.com Stephanie

    I’ve only been coming here for about two years, but I think this just might be my favorite post ever, only because of the copious amounts of exclamation points. Awe!Some!
    (I’m serious and not being a hater, I don’t want to be confused with the hater crowd.)

  • http://firefliesandhummingbirds.blogspot.com Chrissy

    Congrats on the weight loss, even though the path you took to get there wasn’t the best one. :)

  • Kate

    Ha!! I am only 5 months pregnant and quickly growing out of my cute undies. I went to buy new ones yesterday and realized that the size I need is an XL. I put them back on the rack and slowly backed away. I am not ready yet.

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  • http://www.exschutz.blogspot.com Heather

    A small part of me thought you were exaggerating about the goat noise, but you are TOTALLY right!

  • http://jackandjillputupablog.com/ Jill Put Up A Blog

    Eek! 5 months prego here – scared, very scared. always been the same weight since high school (over 10 years ago), have never grown out of a pair of pants until now and here I am wondering – how is this all going to end? Give me another fudge bar please!

  • http://www.primoriginals.blogspot.com Liz

    Good for you Heather!

  • http://curlynel.blogspot.com Chanel

    how you had a second child is beyond me

  • Jamie

    I only made it though 42 seconds of the recording. You are a strong, brave woman. Or you’ve found really great ear plugs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cooterbug nicole

    darnet I can’t hear the noise!!!!!!!!

  • BKU

    Normally, when I play videos or sound clips on my computer, my dogs go nuts. Marlo’s whining, however, held not their interest, but the cat’s, who climbed up onto my laptop and began pawing at the speakers at about 20 seconds in.

  • Sarah

    Thanks for the birth control in that clip, Heather. =)

  • http://meandyouandellie.blogspot.com/2009/10/tao-of-brady.html Jacquie

    I still, to this day more than EIGHT YEARS later, maintain a few pairs of maternity underwear in the dark recesses of my dainty drawer. I think somehow I am trying to trick myself into appreciating my comparatively small arse. But every once in a while when I am really, really lagging on the laundry front, I pull out a pair of those suckers and my kids and I laugh and laugh and laugh at how mommy’s butt once filled those undies to bursting. Maybe it’s time for me to bid the big pants goodbye. Perhaps I’ll make myself a sail and float away….

    Oh, and congrats on dropping the weight, I forgot that we were not talking about ME.

  • http://ashleygillblog.wordpress.com Ashley Gill

    What’s sad is: I can’t hit play on that clip of yours (which I’m sure is hilariously annoying) because it might wake my catnapping 3 month old and cause her to start with the whining herself.
    What else is sad: I know EXACTLY what it sounds like.
    Point is: Your blog helps me so much!

  • http://fusionofme.blogspot.com/ Aisha

    I’m kinda curious what a VS Pink brand Toga would look like. They’d probably add the word in all caps in the general area of the wearers ass. Which means it would be near my… knees? (I’m short.)

    The Marlo noise reminds me of the little girl I used to baby-sit. Her brother and I got on great. She was colic-y and generally very happy until she wasn’t… this makes me sound like a such horrible person, but part of why I quit was because of how difficult it was to baby-sit her and her brother together. She always sounded like her whole world was about to explode through her diaper, and he was used to my undivided attention… It got tiring. It got really hard. I ended up having to basically tell them they needed to find a sitter who their son wasn’t so attached to. It sucked.

    Which is a very round-about way of saying I empathize.

  • Sue

    I can’t hear it either, Nicole. Perhaps it’s like a dog whistle and only audible to moms. Not, dog’s moms like me:-(

    Can’t wait to take a peep at how this post will only prove how big your ego is and how stupid you are as a mother (/sarcasm).

    Heather, you make me a very happy, smiley person and I thank you! Now I’m gonna go click on some Monetize the Hate ads!!!

  • Jill

    Holy cats, woman, I couldn’t last the whole 60 seconds. I bow before mothers everywhere for being able to survive that sound.

  • Tracy

    Yup, with you on the indies but it doesn’t get better post pregnancy for me cause I get so broke and post natal that I can’t get round to buying new ones. Thank goodness for the mother in law – sends me underwear in the post. Anyhoo. .Love your kids hands. Been reading your posts for years. Love it.

  • http://www.xanga.com/Bratfink Brat

    And THAT is EXACTLY why I stopped having kids after ONE.

    I knew my limits.

    Folding thongs…. LOL! BUTT FLOSS. Best name ever for those.

  • Rita T.

    Been there! You think WOW Awesome, I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight! Then, you go and try to put on those jeans that made your ass look great and…they don’t fit??? And you’re like WTF!

  • http://therestlessmama.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Congrats lady. Now I’m even more jealous…sort of.

  • http://maybeinutah.blogspot.com Mari

    Ooh, poor teething baby Marlo!

  • http://megs-musings.blogspot.com Megan

    Isn’t it screwy that even after reaching your pre-pregnancy weight, nothing fits anyway? The SHAPE never goes pre-pregnancy, that’s the kicker. But, hey, now that you’ve cleaned out the closet, you can go shopping, right? Embrace the new shape. BTW, I’m loving the monetizing the hate page. I try to go every day and make sure you get paid for their sentiments. So classy!

  • Becky

    I am there with ya sister on the being at the pre-pregnancy weight and the pants just don’t fit right. The second kid just spreads the hips a little more.

  • Nanci

    So as soon as that clip started playing, one of my dogs came in here EXTREMELY concerned. He kept staring at my laptop and cocking his head from side to side. I think I may have to get him used to that noise before I have kids!

  • http://devinandstephcarroll.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    Reading your blog daily is my birth control.

  • http://www.dreamdust.co.uk sarah doow

    I like that I pressed the space bar to jump down the page and instead the page stayed where it was and Marlo started whining at me again, as if scrolling was just too much to ask of her.

  • http://www.coastingormoving.com Lisa

    I agree with Beth, you ARE very entertaining. Each post is like a cliffhanger; more please!

  • http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com Cheryl Arkison

    Yay for you But seriously, that’s mean. Throwing your underwear in our faces like that. Well, it’s mean to those of us whose ass was big to begin with and is still big.

  • Lauren

    The sound file just made both of my cats look behind the computer monitor for a baby!

  • http://simplyblissful.blogspot.com tracy

    I demand to see photos of you with your arms through your maternity panties. That is all.

  • http://www.caitriona.net caitriona

    agghh – nine months later i’m still 10kg (~22lbs) over my pre-pregnancy weight, but wierdly i *can* fit into my pre-p trousers, so i guess i shouldn’t really complain.

    (long time reader, first time commenter. should probably have waited til i had a ‘meatier’ comment, but so it goes. keep up the good work.)

  • http://www.bellastitch.com Abi

    Congrats on the ass-size increase. My 2nd was born 14 months ago. I’m still not back to my pre-preggers weight. Nothing fits right anymore.

  • Cris

    I… liked the whining… not as in like-like, it broke a piece of my heart as it sounded the poor baby is in some kind of pain. I guess I’d think different if it just went on and on and on for hours and minutes and months, and nothing stopped it, but those 60 seconds just made me want to cuddle whoever was doing that noise :(

    Please come and clean my closet, I can’t throw anything away.

    And, of course, YAY for pre-pregnancy weight! Try out corsets, they reshape the body and move your insides to your throat so the jeans fit! :)

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    Wow, just played that audio clip and it freaked the sh*t out of my poor dog! Lol.

  • Jen

    Am I the only one who’s ovaries went into overdrive at that sound? I even played it over and over again while reading the comments.

    Congratulations on getting back to your pre-pregancy weight!

  • http://belleandnel.blogspot.com/ Belle

    We don’t get a picture of you sporting your underwear like a toga? What the eff? You can’t even claim its inappropriate… because you’ve shown us a picture of your pregnant self smoking. :)

  • http://www.dreamingupmylife.com/ Susan

    My dog found this sound very disturbing. The 2-month-old slept right through it, though. Congrats on the weight loss.

  • http://www.speakbettergrammar.com Vander

    How do Chuck and Coco stand it? One minute of that audio and my dog was looking around the room to find the creature causing the ruckus.

  • http://www.fosterhood.tumblr.com Fosterhood

    oh my god, that audio clip. i had a seizure and then punched my grandma in the face.

    please post that sound along side all of those adorable, we-i’m-going-to-stop-taking-my-birth control-and-not-tell-my-boyfriend, baby photos so that the population of the US doesn’t quadruple in the next 3 years.