• Jen Tullis

    Ah, Dooce, how I envy you. I have two children, in fact my youngest was born on the same day and year as your Leta. Joshua is 8 and we aren’t having anymore. I miss those days where Eric would bring them to me to feed and then we just play in bed until Mommy demanded coffee! Enjoy it!

    Marlo is a very cute baby. I showed my husband the “Pantshat” shirt picture and we both laughed because we used to do the same thing with our babies.

    Thanks for everything you do.


  • Angie

    But isn’t is so really amazing? Well said… my day starts at 4:45 and ends at 10:00 pm but I love every minute – yes even the crazy ones! The madness right before I get the 5 yr old on the bus and the 3 yr old ready for preschool all while keeping the 2 yr old happy! Down to the crazy bedtime routine – and my currently 23 month old son that refuses to go into his crib awake and the 3 yr old that just plain refuses to go to sleep period… Oh the wonders of mommyhood!

  • http://southernstuf.blogspot.com/ A Southern Accent

    Love that crater dimple! What a great perspective on life – wow, we really can change as we get older, right?

  • pflower

    Your PantsHat post pic is so very Grey Gardens.

  • http://www.thegirlwholearnedtokneel.com Rebecca

    It’s good but it’s bad but it’s so good. Ah, the life! And I only have one.

  • Meranath

    My 5 mo old son is now in love LOL.

  • http://bethalea.blogspot.com just beth

    oh, family WIN!! Yay for all of you guys.



  • http://agablack.wordpress.com/ Agi

    I think me and ma’ man need to get ourselves one of those! When we set up an alarm clock for 7am to go for a jog, most of the times we just slam the clock, roll over and snore away for another hour. Who would slam a baby..?

  • http://lunaticinthehouse.blogspot.com/ Lunaticinthehouse

    With #25…all I can think of is that raspberrielicious belly.

  • Caitlin

    When did she get so big?!?!! you can really see her starting resemblance to Leta in this :)

  • http://nowyoureintheworld.blogspot.com/ Megan

    #67 Your comment has me cracking up! Don’t you just love Little Edie?

  • http://beornica.blogspot.com Dani

    hahaha! This is totally one of those subjects that you’ve just got to bitch about. As wonderful as a happy, cuddly little family is, if it’s all happy and cuddly at dawn’s crickety crack like that, YOU’VE GOT FULL BITCHING RIGHTS EVEN AS ENJOYABLE AS IT IS!

    Myself, I went through hell sleep-wise with my first daughter and paid my debts to society. She needed to scream for hours in order to fall asleep, whether for nap or bed, and if she woke for even half a second it would start up all over again. But I got rewarded for not shaking her by having a second baby who is now 2 1/2, who plays with my 5 yr old in their room when they wake up. They seriously just play nicely together for several hours until we get up around 7:30. But I did my time!!! I deserve it! I betcha in another year or two, that is exactly where Leta and Marlo will be. You guys will be able to wake up to the sun shining through the window and birds singing and girls giggling in their room, and you’ll stretch and go I FREAKING EARNED THIS.

  • http://www.theprimamomma.com The Prima Momma

    Isn’t it a wonderful thing to be so blessed?
    Who would have thought you’d actually enjoy getting up at 6 AM one day.

  • Anu

    Oh!!!! I just want to hold her and kiss her so bad. Maybe my hubby will change his mind and agree to have kids after seeing this video.

  • http://blog.sailorscorpio.com/ Meredith

    Thank you so much for those amusing thoughts. I was sitting here wallowing for a bit, and now I’m restraining myself from literally laughing out loud. I feel better — of course, soon I’ll be enjoying the fun of night feedings with a newborn, so I could use all the amusement I can get at this point.

  • Molly

    I seriously will not have children until someone with kids tells me they do not wake up until at least 8am. Does that make me selfish? I JUST CAN’T DO IT.

  • http://engleswan.blogspot.com Dawn in NC

    I love that part where you say that it’s like Marlo is saying “Please turn on the light and amuse me, slaves!”
    It reminds me of the kid in “Wedding Crashers” who says, “Whatever. Make me a BIcycle, CLOWN!”
    I feel like Marlo is looking at you just like that kid looked at Vince Vaughn.

  • Cyn

    As I also now read your “HATE” section (just to give you more clicks, if anything) I just want to say… All those haters just don’t get it. They are jealous (as am I) of your beautiful self, your charming supportive husband, your adorable, precocious kids and your cuddly canine duo. I am insanely jealous of all those things, I wish I had any ONE of them. And I too suffer from depression, and struggle with the daily dullness of spirit that it comes with. I wish I could write like you, had the inner motivation and passion or the balls to do it. But, the fact that I have none of those things, does that make me a hater? NO. Sure I am jealous as all f*** But, I LOVE the fact that you do it. I love the fact that it is possible. I like reading your funny, well written, pithy posts even if they fill me with 40 year old childless, lonely, unsatisfied envy. yes. I envy you. But, I am so happy that a life like yours is possible and that you share your 6 am struggles with us. Oh how I wish I was waking up at 6 am with a house full of happy crazy, instead of just my own solitary sad crazy… Keep going Heather.. I’ll keep reading, and maybe one day I’ll come out the other side too.

  • Pamela

    Its so funny your comments bc until the Dr Phil show with the stay home moms vs working moms I didn’t know of your blog. This comment of no more snooze is our life too. I look forward to the days of sleeping in again. Whats funny is I stay at home and still feel like I need more sleep! We always end up with at least 1 of 2 kids in our bed. I remember after we had our 1st son and everyone had left from the hospital. My husband and I looked at each other and said, “finally we’re alone!” Then we looked at each other and said no were not, both glancing at the crib! Never again! Life as we knew it is no longer.

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

    SO true! When do we get to sleep in again? When??

  • Jess F.

    She needs you awake so she can hypnotize you with her adorable dimple. She knows you’ll gladly do her bidding :)

  • http://www.roeandstuff.com Zahra

    Love the video. Marlo is beyond cute. I have a theory that the baby shirt industry is attempting to train baby girls to star in a Girls Gone Wild video when they are older. Why can’t those things stay down? Then again, there’s not much out there that is cuter than a baby belly. I think I need to go give my baby a zerbert on her belly right now.

  • http://www.websavymom.com WebSavyMom.com

    –>I hate when I wake up before my son now which means about 6 a.m. but I just lay there and wait because like the sun rising, I know it’s coming Soon.

  • Meghan

    Amen, sister-friend. I haven’t had more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep in 10 weeks and I couldn’t be happier. (Although 4 hours would be really nice.)

  • Ghanimatrix

    I have really been enjoying your blog lately. I have been having a really tough time with depression this month, and it is a wonderful feeling to be reminded of the daily wonder that is my child, and my life. Thanks.

    P.S. I think Marlo is a wonderful name.

  • http://www.yogabitch.blogspot.com/ kristin k

    I hate to be a downer….BUT, just think how much WORSE it will be when 6AM is 5AM in about a week. Just saying.

  • Becky

    Dooce, you know that now that you blogged about it, it’s totally going to change. when people ask if my baby is sleeping through the night I always say “she/he sleeps like a baby.” All us mommies know that means they are up at all hours. And I didn’t jinx it if they really are. Why do people ask that anyways? Are they volunteering for night feedings?

  • KMac

    Marlo is looking more and more like a big blue-eyed Leta! She’s adorable!!

  • http://follow-my-bliss.com Jen @ follow my bliss

    She is so adorable. And I’m starting to see a real resemblance to Leta, no? You and Jon make beautiful babies. ;)

  • Sue

    #81-You’ve just said so well why I read about the Armstrongs. To everyone in that black pit thinking you will never be any way but down, here is proof that it can get better-it’s work and a daily struggle but it does get better. Life can be good. And to you, Cyn, I’ll say that after battling depression for years (and still work to keep it controlled), I finally married for the first time at 46. And as I said earlier, now I wake up at 6 am surrounded by dogs, cats and my husband and say “Yes. It can be good.” Never think that the sun will never shine again.

  • http://natballs.blogspot.com Natballs

    BEAUTIFUL. Marlo is fucking beautiful. And I love the chaos in your life.

  • http://quickwittedandwitty.blogspot.com Keri

    Baby tummies are the best! She is such a cutie. Love the yell!

  • http://grandrgrand.com GrandRGrand

    My children are 30, 28 and 27 YEARS old, and I haven’t slept-in for well, 30 years!

    ONE, because I am doing a second tour of duty with a five year old who like Leta, has assorted bad dreams also, and a ten year old who insists on using our master-bath toilet at 3:00 A.M., instead of the one that is right outside her bedroom door – eight feet to the left. And TWO, even if I wasn‘t doing a second tour of duty, the tall guy that I’m married to has an alarm clock that goes off at 5:15 every morning. 5:15 A.M!!

    Marlo and Leta are beautiful and SO worth not sleeping in for. And laughter. . . Keep that, it’s what keeps you strong and healthy.

    #36 – you crack me up, and #79 – YOU will just need a live-in nanny. And ask her to wake you at 8.

  • http://vanityfairest.com Amanda

    OMG, WHOA … did you really just admit that you let not one but TWO children come into bed with you? YOU MUST BE SATAN INCARNATE!!!

  • http://myimaginaryblog.wordpress.com Zina

    Definitely gonna be an early talker, that one is. Or, rather, she already *is* an early talker.

    I’m hoping your life-changing catastrophes are well on their way to being healed/resolved.

  • Jenn

    I LOVE reading about how happy you are now. Sounds like a fabulous life!

  • http://csquaredplus3.typepad.com Chris

    You’re so fortunate that Marlo has a great nighttime routine [you deserve it too!]. I’m glad you’re so happy and enjoying your two pretty noodles. Wonderful!

  • pattypie

    When we had a little one that woke way too early we became garage sale hounds. What else can one do at 6am on a Saturday morning? PS- Twitters follow drewfromTV (it’s drew carey)and he will donate 1 dollar per follower up to 1 million dollars for cancer research!

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

    Was my boyfriend in bed with you!?????!?!? He always makes those hyena noises in the morning. Excuse him.

  • Jeannie

    We had a 6-6 girl too for the better part of a year. Didn’t matter what kind of trick we employed, she would not give up that schedule.
    Daylight savings be damned, she’d be back on the 6-6 within a couple days.
    At least we had those nice long evenings :)

  • http://www.welcometosunnyside.com Caroline

    When I met you at Third Place Books in Seattle this summer I said that my son was exactly Leta’s age but I had since also had a daughter. You asked how two kids was going for me and I said it is wonderful but I can hardly wait for YOU to have yours so you would write about the sheer chaos and intensity of two kids. THIS POST is what I was talking about. Thank you and Congrats!!!

  • Kara

    I like to think Marla was working on a big shit right then. :)

  • Really?

    I think #36 needs to get laid.

  • http://leball.wordpress.com Anna

    Marlo is super cute! She looks like she is telling you what to do in that video!

    Ahh, yes, how I miss sleep too. I do it to myself, I let my son sleep with me most of the time…not good! But soooo precious!

  • http://inventingjulia.blogspot.com Julia

    I have a six-month old, and I curse not being able to sleep. But then I’ll be floating above our bed, watching our little family enjoy a Saturday morning of gold, fuzzy moments of love and pure bliss together, and I’ll think that sleep, although a precious, precious commodity, is not as sweet as this.

  • http://www.mommyandsweetpea.com Rose

    Don’t hate me, but my baby slept until 10 AM today. BUT, she didn’t go to sleep until midnight, and then woke up at 8 to eat. She is 8 months old and I guess we have it pretty easy. So those of you putting off having children because you need your sleep… you never know what you will get!

    She has had early mornings where we’re groaning and wishing she would go back to sleep, but even then it is so worth it. So, I know what you mean, dooce.

  • Anonymous

    Snuggle away, because in 18 years Marlo will be off in college or the Air Force somewhere, and she won’t even have time to email you.

  • http://mynext50.blogspot.com mynext50.blogspot.com

    I don’t miss the early morning wake up call. Ours was 5:30am – for years! I remember trying to keep my son up later so he would sleep in later. Total opposite occurred. He got up at 5:00 instead of 5:30, so bedtime was moved back to it’s original 7:00pm. I think the 7:00 pm bedtime stayed until kindergarten! I loved the all in one bed thing, though. Miss that.

  • superkittn

    It is quite interesting that she has so many of the same mannerisms of and makes the same faces as Leta!

  • http://www.betsyandiya.com/blog betsy and iya

    that last paragraph got me. warm goosebumps for the day: check.