• Ellen

    It’s the emphatic and wild gesticulation that convinces me!

  • Alexandra R

    Our 3 1/2 month old is in love with that video of Marlo. Her eyes are glued to the screen, and she has this huge smile and got so excited. Too cute! 6am does suck, but I’d give a kidney for my daughter to sleep that well right now.

  • Jessi

    Someone wrote “splitting image”…

  • http://mommyluvletters.blogspot.com/ Melinda Love Taylor

    I know what you mean about missing sleep! Fortunately, my 5 month old doesn’t wake up until 7:15. The dogs however….they start whining at 5:30 am!

  • http://www.iambossy.com/ BOSSY

    That *is* awesome. So is sleeping until 10.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I read or hear parents talking about children who don’t sleep well or wake up insanely early, it makes me shudder. AND realize how lucky I am!

    So, if Marlo wakes up that early, does she go down for a morning nap at 7am or 8am? She is adorable~I can also tell how much you love your kids by the tone of your voice when you talk to them. SO sweet! I can totally relate to the feet in your face, but when you’re that tired, it’s difficult to be awake enough to say no. (& when they get older & are not so snuggly, it’s nice to get some extra snuggle time!)

    I also think that you (& all of the other parents) are great to get up with the kids & find the positive aspect of it. I did not breast feed & I was naughty & gave my baby a bottle in bed when she awoke before 8am to buy an hour or two of sleep, or just time to wake up, shower, throw in a load of laundry, etc. Morning nap was 1-2 hours later, afternoon nap was 2-3 hours & bedtime was 8pm. It was some method that I read about, and I was lucky enough to have a compliant kid!

    Hope you can catch a cat nap!

  • Wendy

    I know it has been said one gazillion times, but marinade in those moments. My two boys are in high school and college now, and are awesome, but I would give a years salary to go back in time and have even five minutes of that ridiculous, sleep-deprived-everybody-squashed-in-bed-together time. Life at its’ very, very best.

  • sarah r.

    Dimple!

  • http://www.aboyforallseasons.com Steph

    I have four boys and with each of them I remember hearing baby crying in the morning and thinking that it’s “my damn alarm clock.” I’d hit the alarm trying to find the snooze button. Then I’d realize, it’s no alarm, it’s my baby. And my baby has no snooze button. Wouldn’t THAT be awesome?!

  • WarsawMichelle

    I long, pine, crave, wish and DREAM of sleeping until 6:00. My 7-month-old is up like clockwork at 5:20, and his 3-year-old brother gets up between 5:40 and 5:50. My husband and I have no idea any more what it is to roll over and see the number ’6′ as the first digit on the clock…the day that happens, I throw a party.

  • http://www.reluctantlyworkingmom.com Melissa Lehman

    Wait until next week when your day starts at *5* AM because we’re rolling the clocks back….
    Used to LOVE that so much. Now with the kiddoes, it’s hellacious.

  • Dawn

    I feel so lucky now that for me it’s 7AM!

    Dreading the time change next week, on my younger daughter’s second birthday, no less.

  • andrea

    i love how you run to Marlo when she wakes up for her feeding….I remember that feeling when my youngest daughter was born. So in love!
    These are the days my dear, they are gone in the blink of an eye, trust that, when you hear it because it’s true! That baby girl of mine is 21 now :-)

    Marlo is just gorgeous! She looks more like Leta every day! Her eyes are amazingly beautiful!

  • http://joannekaminski.typepad.com/livingyourdeepestdreams/ Joanne Kaminski

    I so miss those days. Marlo is absolutely a beautiful baby and it is fun to watch her. She looks very similar to my children when they were babies.

  • Anonymous

    I DONT UNDERSTAND Y U HAV2 LOCK THE DOG UP IN A CRATE. AS A VET, I’VE DONE SEVERAL SURGERIES ON ANIMALS, B/C THEIR OWNERS KEEP THEM LOCKED UP. NOT TO MENTION, IT CAN LEAD TO HYPERACTIVITY, MISCHEVIOUS/UNRULY BEHAVIOR, AND ANXIETY PROBLEMS. NOT ALL DOGS, BUT THERE ARE MANY. BETTER TO KEEP THE CRATE DOOR OPEN, AND ATTACH HIM & HIS LEASH ONTO THE CRATE OR SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO IT. LEAVE A DOG PAD ON 1 SIDE OF THE CRATE IF U NEED TO.

  • Mercy

    6:00 is sleeping in late for me. I’m up at 5 because if I don’t do that, exercise will never happen. I consider 5 to 6 working out my “me time.”

    And I’m not sure why that one sentence starts out with, “Because as bad as it might sound….” It ricochets the tone of the entire essay into the whine zone.

  • http://serenitydays.blogspot.com/ AmberStar

    I can’t imagine why you would want to lay around in the bed past 6am, when Marlo might wake up two or maybe 3 minutes earlier than usual. You have a fine family.

  • Stephanie Hinchliff

    I had to restrain myself watching that video of leaning into the monitor and blowing a giant razzberry on Marlo’s soft exposed belly. She IS so great, and although I too miss those days with my kids, it’s not bad enough to have a third one.

  • http://lumpsonablog.blogspot.com Jackie

    Recently stumbled across your blog & love it. I have a 2 year old & a 4 week old & am a transplant into SLC. (What a culture shock!) As we’re still on the every two hour boob routine with #2, I envy your up once a night routine. Good for you…now wish us luck.

  • http://www.thecoliechronicles.com Colie

    I feel for you…my kids have NEVER – EVER – slept past 6:00 am…until this morning when the two year old and 5 year old actually stayed in bed until 8:00 am!!!?? A Christmas miracle!! I was poking the husband in the head with my elbow demanding to know if he slipped them a little cough medicine or something…8:00 am is unheard of…more often the door is booted open at 5:27 am by the two year old telling me she needs to poop or the 5 year old yelling that he needs to be tucked in because apparently his arms stopped working overnight. So on this glorious morn, did I sleep in? Oh no. I was busy hovering over them every 5 minutes to make sure they were breathing! I need help.
    PS: Love your blog!

  • http://www.wordswrittenincrayon.com Kim Kelley-Wagner

    Babies are so wonderfully wiggly! Makes you just want to kiss that Buddha Belly!

  • Mandy

    I would just like to say that 6am would be the bomb! I have a 16 month old who has woken up every morning at 4;30am. You suck. hugs

  • http://ivfjourneytobaby.blogspot.com/ Blupoetres

    My son had a routine! Then I went back to work, and he had a new routine, and then he started daycare, this routine sucks!! He’s now waking up anywhere from 2:30-4:30, staying up to nurse for about an hour, and then my alarm wakes us up at 5am! EEsh!

  • C

    It’s amazing how much Lita and Marlo look alike. I think it’s the eyes. It’s trippy.So cute

  • http://tablefornine.blogspot.com Michelle

    I am so happy for you that you can enjoy having a new baby this time. The time passes so quickly and once it’s gone you can’t get it back. I try to love every single moment of having my newborn and soak up every mundane minute. Maybe that’s why I have so many dang kids. Now that you can love having new babies, please woman, for the love of God, do not keep having babies until you have seven. Cramming nine people in a king sized bed is torture. Pure, anadulterated joyful torture.

  • ma2one

    Sorry Heather you’ve been in your work-at-home cocoon for too long! I know the feeling.
    Reality check:
    6:00am is a normal time to start the day with babies, and routine time to get your day started when you work outside the house and have to get children ready for school.

  • http://edgymama.com Edgy Mama

    My 11-year-old still wakes up every morning at 6 a.m. on the dot. I think there must be a 6 a.m. party gene. Luckily, she can take care of herself in the mornings now, though she still occasionally feels the need to slam doors and stomp around to make sure we know she’s awake and ready to go.

  • Jenny

    Darling, as always!!

  • http://marriageconfessions.com Chris @ Marriageconfessions

    This is my life too.. Its so great, but i do miss sleep.

  • Betsy

    Sounds like a perfect morning to me!

  • Claire

    Lovely :-)

  • http://simplyblissful.blogspot.com tracy

    I used to be a sleeper-inner, but my daughter…not so much. I thought I would miss sleep (oh, sweet sleep) but as it turns out, I’d much prefer to spend those hours awake with Ellis.

  • Rebkas

    Yep– And guess what….It will never end! I have 13,12, and 8yr old and I am STILL awakened at ungodly hours for – well, NOTHING! My standard response to the 2am “Mom, I can’t sleep” is: “Are you sick? No? Well, then SUCKS TO BE YOU” and I roll over and go back to sleep!

  • IL~Janet

    wow! such cuteness- does Leta think Marlo resembles her?

  • Anonymous

    You have accurately described my life almost perfectly. I have a lovely 1 year old daughter who we just recently got into a good routine, meaning she goes to bed between 6 and 6:30 pm and sleeps through until about 5:57-6:00am (minus the few times she wakes up to turn on her musical aquarium and goes right back to sleep). But man is she ready to be up and moving when 6am hits. Which means she often times wakes our 5 y.o. daughter up around 6:30am which is way too early for her. So we have now had to start putting our 5 y.o. to bed at 7pm so she gets enough sleep, helping to prevent nervous breakdowns and tantrums (on her part) to, oh at least 5pm.

    The plus side to all of this, in our house at least, is that my husband and I sit and look at each other at 7:15pm and can’t believe the silence around us. We then get excited about the fact that we can watch a WHOLE movie or show, UNINTERRUPTED, and still go to bed by 10pm if we want. Because hey, we have to start our day at 6am the next morning:)

    Congrats on finding your own family “groove.”

  • http://www.thelocalsloveit.com Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt

    We could call eachother and talk. I basically live the same schedule. Only mine comes running in at all hours of the night screaming “I’ve got to go potty!!”

  • Donna

    Your girls are beautiful!

  • Abby

    My daughter is about a week younger than Marlo, and her schedule is just about the same. Waking up in the morning is just so much better from her point of view!

  • Janelle

    Same here. My son wakes up and sonars me: mom mom mom mom mom mom (you get the idea) until I go get him. Then he exclaims at the top of his lungs – Vitamins!…Cereal!…I Wake Up!…Sun’s Up! (always in that order – always with more enthusiasm then the day before)

    When I tell him the sun’s not up yet, he says “uh oh”

  • http://fidoandwino.blogspot.com/ Shauna

    It’s fabulous you guys are finding the humour in it! At least there is coffee. THANK GOD FOR COFFEE!!!