• WideAwakeWife

    I’m extremely far sighted and have had glasses since I was 5 years old. When the eye doctor told me my oldest daughter is slightly far sighted and could use reading glasses, I nearly fainted. I have struggled with me eyesight for so long and know what a pain it can be. Fortunately, she only needed glasses for reading and close up work (like the computer and her DSi). She was thrilled for the first 6 months. At this point in time, her glasses have been lost for 6 months and our insurance won’t cover a new pair until the end of this year, so I’m glad they’re not 100% necessary!!

  • americanmom8

    Talk about going from cute baby girl to adorable big girl in .8 seconds!! She looks so grown up and SMART!!

  • sonya

    Very grown up! Can you believe your firstborn is a little adult already?!

  • Meetzorp

    I was about the same age when I got my first pair of glasses and that aspect of picking out your very own frames is a biggie!

    My first ones were clear plastic with a candy-red stripe and little decals of Lucy from Charlie Brown on the bows. I thought they were pretty fabulous (the only thing that would have been better is if the stripe could have been green).

    I liked having glasses as a kid, firstly because I could always pick out the ones I wanted, and secondly because they really did make my life easier, what with being able to see and all.

  • dittoditto

    Neeeeerd! ;-) My daughter is only 2.5 months old and I sense she is already doomed to glasses. Probably by the age of 3. She is her father so far in every single way even mimicking his grumpy face EXACTly. And my husband wears glasses so thick he might as well just stick a couple of bottle bottoms to his face. His vision is seriously bad. I tell people how bad his vision is and they shrug and go “yeah, lots of people have bad vision.” And then they check out the thickness of his glasses and they see what I mean. I have perfect vision and perfect teeth so here’s hoping she inherited both of those from me.

  • PattiG

    It seems as though she grew up overnight!

  • meghantown

    She looks just perfect. Love the glasses and the haircut.

  • ninesandquines

    wow…..she looks SO much older with the haircut and glasses!!!!! yes, she is EFFING adorable!!!! and looking like she’s ready for stanford or harvard!!!

  • Nytro21

    OMG!! So grown up! And it looks so incredibly classy and fun and… fine, I’ll admit: I got a little teary-eyed to think that the long hair which is such a Leta trademark is gone!!!

    I gave my 5 month old baby her first hair cut last week cuz it was growing in patches and we had to thin out some of the patches so that the other bald spots on her head weren’t so noticeable!!!

  • kentuckienne

    Oh my God, you handled this the exact way my parents didn’t. I had no choice of haircuts, and now I cringe to look back at the horrible bowl-cut with bangs that my mother imposed on me. And when I had to pick glasses in the second grade, my parents wouldn’t let me get the pretty gold wire-framed ones I wanted. No, I had to get the blue-and-clear plastic framed ones because they were supposedly more durable. (I broke them repeatedly). So I’ve sworn that my own children, should I have any, will have their choice of haircuts and glasses when they need them (which they so will — I’m so nearsighted I can’t find my glasses when they’re a foot from my face). In conclusion: bravo for brilliant parenting!

  • preppypitbull

    YAY Leta! The glasses and the new haircut look great, good for her :)

  • lisafashionista

    Oh MY GOD! When I saw the second pic I was like, “Wait, why is Heather photographing an adorable teenager?” Leta looks so sophisticated! As a glasses-wearer myself, I think she looks fab.

  • melo

    Leta looks adorable! I had to get glasses when I was 7, and it was really hard for me b/c I was the first in my grade to get them. Sounds like you guys did exactly the right thing by telling her all the cool people who also wear glasses.

  • AmazingGreis

    Love the hair, love the glasses…she looks so much older now. And so much like Jon!

  • marjadesign

    OMG, so grown up and totally adorable… first time posting!

    I wore glasses at 2yrs old… kids are just happy to see, i hope she is adjusting well. love your blog!

  • katszeye

    She looks so beautiful and mature. Yeah Leta! My son got glasses when he was 8. I went with him to his eye exam at the optometrist, because I couldn’t believe they were really as bad as the pediatrician thought. His eyes were so bad that I spontaneously exclaimed, “My God, you are blind as a bat!” Not a good parenting moment considering I was the one who must have ignored his nearsightedness up to that point.

  • renata_armindo

    LOVE IT! Love the post, love the glasses and love the hair cut! She looks really amazing!
    Congrats on having such a smart kid!!!

  • Jan

    What everyone’s saying!

    Heather, do you know who Tavi Gavison is? The 13-year-old fashion blogger? (You must…) If not, pay a visit and read her article on need for a Sassy 2.0

    Also, she wears glasses.

  • joyluck76

    My soon-to-be four year old daughter Clara and I enjoy your blog and Clara especially loves anything Leta. She was excited to see Leta’s haircut because Clara just had to “take a haircut” for the first time about 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately, we lost the last of her ringlets, but she doesn’t mind that all the tangles are gone.

    Like you, Heather, I had let her hair grow so that she could have some say in the hairstyle she would have to look back on later. I still ask my mom if she’s got the bowl she used for mine. And, this haircut right here, at the tender age of 7, is want ended my “maneater” days with a resounding thud: http://www.thisjoyslife.com/juxtaposition/

    The impact of that one haircut following me through college. Anyway, when Clara saw the post of Leta, she really wanted to make a video to tell Leta how much she liked it. If your interested, here it is: http://vimeo.com/10900084

  • TexasKatie

    She looks so grown up. Sort of makes me tear up, and she isn’t even my kid! She reminds me so much of ME as a kid – total bookworm, adorable little geek with sparkly pink glasses – seriously, best sort of kid EVER! :-)

  • linuxchik

    LOL, the title of this post reminded me of the tint-lenses that adjust to light.

  • DoulaKaren

    She looks SO grown up!!! Which makes me nuts because my girl is just 6 months younger.

  • wilg1

    I’m dyin’ here. What a cutie!

  • alh071

    Oh,Lord, I didn’t think Leta could get any cuter… then she did! FYI, I’ve been in glasses since I was 7 and now at 28 I would feel nekked without them. Thanks for the Leta update, I’ve been missing her in all the Marlo “Effing Turd” madness.

  • katka

    so cute. and you can see what she will look like when she is 25 in that last picture, amazing.

  • The Bold Soul

    First of all, you can tell Leta that The Internets think she looks GORGEOUS and very grown-up with her new ‘do and glasses. And she does!

    Secondly, my husband’s 8-year-old just got his first pair of glasses about a month ago (myopic like both his parents) and he strutted around here with them like they were the coolest things EVER, and OH! did we play that up. He’s French (like his Papa) so we told him how “beau” he looked, and what a good choice he made in the frames (a French cartoon character called “Titeuf”), and fortunately he is a budding geek like his daddy, so telling him how SMART he looked was also a big hit. That first weekend he was even making a list of all the people in his life who hadn’t seen him in his new glasses, and you could tell he was really looking forward to their reactions.

    We have sure come a long way from when kids used to be mocked and tortured for being a “four eyes”. And thank goodness for that.

  • winecat

    Adorable and in the last picture she reminds me of a Catholic School girl. Don’t know why but that’s the first thing that popped into my head.

  • mrs.notouching

    My god she is adorable! But now I can almost see how she is going to look like as an adult – beautiful and smart. This girl is going to rock the world. So great that the effing turd will have someone like her to look up to.

  • lucecapade

    Okay, I have NEVER commented before and I have been reading you since before you and Jon were married… I know, I know *boo* *hiss* lurkers! Anyway, I am just breaking my silence to tell you what you already know.. Leta is now SO GROW UP! And clearly, also, very beautiful! What an incredible little girl you have on your hands – How fun! I hope you enjoy the shit out of it. :)

  • Marianne

    She’s so CUTE!

  • bari

    As a mom of a 6 1/2 year old that has has glasses since she was 4 – definitely look into the internet sites to purchase kids glasses directly and costco. We have been through so many pair and when you have a girl that is destined for glasses all her life, it good to make it easier with a few stylish pair! Leta looks wonderful – good job mom!

  • raspberryripple


    I love Leta’s haircut and new glasses!

    You have a wonderful family.

    I appreciate coming here every day.

  • redvixen

    Oh she is adorable. Is it not amazing how genes are passed on :) I bet that fact that she can SEE with more clarity makes it easier as well.

    I personally love to see, but will always hate my glasses.

  • hockeybrad

    Oh my God, Jon Armstrong: as a 6-year-old girl!

    She’s adorable. Beauty of a kid you have there.

  • oddFrogg

    She looks marvelous. Absolutely adorable. And everyone knows the cool kids wear glasses. “You Go” Miss Leta!

  • lesliepaige78

    She looks so cute AND I think she aged 5 years! I know you probably dont want to hear that.

    She is perfect with her new glasses and new hair.

  • LoriLS

    I just read “It sucked and then I cried” over the weekend so even though I don’t know you I am getting totally emotional over grown up Leta. Could be something to do with having a 6 month old and still being all out of wack. Anyway, she looks gorgeous and good job making the glasses seem like a fabulous lucky thing! They look great.

  • Meaghan

    Leta looks so beautiful and so grown up! I’ve worn glasses since childhood, and part of me feels like a terrible parent to slightly wish bad eyesight on my own daughter, but I think EVERYONE looks better in glasses. Adorable!

  • dimplecheek

    Watching Leta grow up, I feel a lot of the same emotions as I watch my son grow. Pride, amazement and love. Wow. What a lovely, intelligent little girl you have there. Thanks for sharing her (and all her glory!) with us readers. If you ever need a babysitter in Washington State, let me know.

    I got glasses in the second grade and I loved them because I could actually see so much better that the world looked better. I had Lasik 10 years ago and part of me misses being in the glasses club.

  • Rita

    Heather this is so encouraging! My son (almost 6) has something called Sensory Integration Dysfunction. He’s so darn picky about EVERYTHING. Food. Texture. Everything.

    I finally gave up on getting his hair cut at a salon and learned to just do it myself. VIA YOUTUBE!

  • zoey

    Just be glad that Leta didn’t cheat on her eye exam like I did at her age. I was paranoid about ‘failing’.

  • proudmary

    she looks like a little book editor!

  • kmarrs

    OMG She is so damn cute!

  • MJBUtah

    When my son got his glasses we made them sound SO AWESOME that his little sister went in and pretended she couldn’t see and got glasses too. It was really not funny, and sort of expensive. I mean, how do you tell the optometrist that your kid is definitely faking and doesn’t need the glasses he is prescribing? It makes you sound like the worst mother ever.

    I love the new haircut, too! So much easier to take care of, I bet.

  • blue gnu

    What a wonderful story! Your baby is growing up! Her hair looks fantastic, too.

  • grad.nauseam

    Oh my god, she looks so grown up! I can’t take it!

  • holly8615

    She looks so grown up! Great glasses and cute hair, what a sassy gal.

  • cantgracefullyagree

    Um. How much cuter can she be?! The answer is none! None more cuter.

    It’s exciting to see her grow along with you guys. :) Yay Leta!

  • camillaro

    Leta looks fantastic! Very, very cute, and so grown-up!

  • lemoineau

    holy crap, she looks all grown up! I was her age when I got glasses, too – and of course I went right for the pink ones, as well.

    p.s. beautiful hair!