• Brookelyn Bridge

    I figure the second ones are here to even up for the first ones. Beautiful photo and I love the little dino shirt!

  • Kasper

    My mother in law had the same thing with her two boys. My husband would sit on the floor playing with the same blocks for hours. When my Brother in law was born all hell broke loose. He ate airplane glue one time.

    Keep your chin up! Your girls are both beautiful! I really want to eat Marlo’s cheeks with some BBQ sauce though. I think Mesquite is the best flavor for her.

    ~K

  • Daddy Scratches

    Count me among the ranks of Parents Who Can’t Handle More Than Two Kids (and, coincidentally, also among the ranks of Bloggers Who Abandoned Any Thought of Keeping Up A Monthly Letter For Two Children.)

    On a related note: Hey, Jon, aren’t vasectomies, like, the best thing ever?

  • CO

    LOVE the fact that you are now blessed with children that seem to mirror the difference in temperment between your dogs! See, I know the second ones are always demons so I am sticking with just the one thank you! (and I have NO IDEA how people do it with even 2 kid so I say bravo to you, Bravo!!)

  • yoheathero

    Well, at least she is a cute little jackal.

  • jon

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    yes.

  • sarahmichelef

    If Marlo is Coco, does that mean Leta is Chuck? I suspect that she would object strongly, in the way that only kindergarten girls can (and by that I mean flinging herself bodily on the ground and howling about how she’s having the WORST DAY EVER*), to that analogy.

    *Oh wait. Is that just my kindergarten girl? Sorry… carry on.

  • ATXGirl

    The last line cracks me up…. Love it… haha good luck :) No one what to say other than I’m not even sure I can handle ONE, much less two… hehe

  • Shelly

    Hey—you are not pathetic. While, we didn’t have quiet first child necessarily, it was the SECOND one that kicked our ASSES. We took #1 everywere withus….just like he was a little mini-adult. Suddenly TWO was like NO WAY, and we became hermits. Unless we were both around and had planned and planned yet again for an outing with both.

    Kid one was easy. Two….together……TERRORS!!

  • kacyd

    she does look a bit rotten in that picture…..adorable but rotten

  • magwilky

    Oh, but that face! Too precious. I had the exact same experience with my 2 girls. I thought we were such kick ass parents because our little girl was so well behaved and then the ‘red headed devil’ was born and I realized it had absolutely nothing to do with us. If it helps, she is 4 now and I still have no control over her. NONE.

  • Dharma

    I loved the sage wisdom that I thought I had before I gave birth to Satan (oops I meant my precious second son). I thought I was in for *twice* the work. I could laugh for a month on that one….

  • smithie1996

    Oh. My. God. That is the cutest picture ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

  • jesuisalouette

    You are hysterical. That’s how I feel about my son. He was so cute! And little! And now I have a 25 pound nine month old who drags his high chair into the kitchen and slams it into my back to let me know he’s hungry.

  • meganithappen

    Oh, hang in there! The thought of having one kid makes me break out in hives when I think about the work involved, so I admire you having TWO!

  • midohiomama

    When our first daughter was born, I did a scrapbook page every month for her. Her last page was done in March of last year. Her sister, who just turned 1, has no pages. I can completely agree with you. I’ll catch up eventually…. maybe.

  • kristanhoffman

    Oh geez, I hope I don’t give birth to my dog. Then I’d have a kid who barks at strangers, hides from storms, and eats used tissues (and other bad things from the trash). o_O

  • manda82panda

    I only have one but he is like that. I vacuum often, we keep stuff away from edges but he just keeps getting bigger and bigger and a farther reach. He can climb. And he still finds the smallest most most hard to see stuff on the floor and puts it in his mouth. And oh yes he bites. This is our first one. If my first one was like Leta I would probably want another one but as it is atm I’m content with just the one. I’m starting to realize he is just full of exploding energy and will never slow down.

  • Sonika

    As a nanny, I’ve seen this time and time again. It’s called the second child. Not only is 2 kids at least five times the work of one kid, but the second is *always* more adventurous than the first – more curious. The second seems to develop gross motor skills faster and use them for evil more often than good.

    I don’t know what evolutionary purpose this serves, but it seems pretty universal. The second child will prove that nothing can EVER be “childproofed.”

  • kbdyar

    Ahhh we are so living this right now. Our first, mobile somewhat by 9 – 10 months, was the rule follower. We said no, and she listened. Still does, as much as a nearly 3 year old can. Barely baby proofed.

    The new 9 month old, the baby sister – a rule breaker since her first week – ohmygosh. And so mobile and into everything from ripping the carbon dioxide sensor out of the wallplug to trying to go to stairs and after anything her sister touches… she’s a fast little sucker.

    We feel your pain. :) Life is not 2x as hard its 100x.

  • corty13

    Oh boy…..but look at that DIMPLE! That is what will keep her alive. Just had #2 but #1 is 11 years older…(CrAzY….I know)…so it’s not as much having two kids that is hectic but doing it all over again. Not sure which is worse…(on a side note, too funny that my captcha is gassiest….that would be the #2 angel.)

  • HeatherTOO

    We should get our 11 month olds together. Mine has a lovely bruise on his head because he tried to “walk” down the two little steps on the gross motor climber at daycare, even though he knows to go down steps backward on his belly, because he thinks he’s a big boy. He also likes to dive face first into the bath tub, and lean over the edge of the changing pad on his dresser backward so he can laugh at himself in the mirror. NO FEAR of anything. Including large animals and strangers. I can’t even contemplate how a second could be be more active/trouble. The little stinker annihilates everything in his path.

  • simpliSAHM

    I get this…as a mom of two boys, with a near 14 year age gap, not only had I forgotten how to deal with a new little one, I was so not prepared for the second one’s personality to be so much harder to deal with than the first’s. And it is always frustrating to me to look at others with boatloads of kids who think there is no reason for me to be complaining about my “just two”. Of course then I look at those folks and think; “Well, at least I’m not insane.”

  • Heather Alexander

    Wow. The image of a semi truck full of angry, bipolar chickens landing on a house is terrifying. And then following that up with the imagery of giving birth to a dog. Best. Post. Ever.

  • bethiecow

    Excuse me, I’m sorry, what did you just say? I couldn’t actually read the rest of your blog post, as I was temporarily blinded by your daughter’s electric blue eyes.

  • girlplease

    wow. almost 1. congrats on having two wonderful children and enjoying the moment

  • anya

    I have a sweet little 20 months old boy. And I’m so ready to start trying for a second child (if somebody is there, listening, I’d like to have a girl next, please. K, thanks!).
    This post is confirming my fears – no matter how *easy* the first one is, two are oh so much harder! Why do we do it?…

    they are cute though.

    And then they hit puberty…

    And then they leave….

    And then they put you in a nursing home……

  • aslapintheface

    Just wait until you have to hand that little jackal the keys to your car and watch her drive off in a cloud of smoke, laughing her best mad scientist laugh muahahahahaha. We are wondering now why we ever taught ours how to talk.

  • Mrs. Q.

    Yeeeaaah. That second child sure is sobering. My first child is a mellow little guy, who sits and plays with toys. The gal that sprang forth two years later thinks toys are for sissies and would rather launch her body off the couch, try to remove the plug covers and put anything and everything into any body opening, hers or anyone else’s.

    I used to tell my husband that I felt like a zookeeper in charge of drunk monkeys. Still do; but the monkeys are just stronger and faster now… and doing shots of tequila.

  • HeatherY

    You MUST get this:

    http://littleplayzone.com/

    I can’t remember where, but we searched the net until we found one for around $69.00 instead of $99.00. GET TWO COMPLETE SETS – it is cheaper and bigger than the expansion sets. This will allow you enough to make it the size you want (just take some panels out for a smaller area). This has SAVED OUR SANITY because we can leave the immediate room for a moment and our son is STILL ALIVE when we return!

    Quick mod tip: Long Zip Ties (you can get them at hardware stores) looped around the bottoms keep the pieces together when she stands and starts to pull them apart (which she will).

    Since my son was mobile, this has been our great room centerpiece (shhhhh, don’t tell HGTV!). He will be two on the 27th and he still doesn’t mind going in when there’s only one of us home and we have to run to the basement or garage. He is a couch climber – but hasn’t yet climbed out of it – or his crib… yet.

    We even saved money on a stair gate by zip tying one of the gates to the bottom of our stairs leading to the 2nd floor (the top landing has a proper gate).

    Oh, yeah – ours is covered in crayon because before he was old enough to sit at his little table, we would have him color in there to prevent colored walls.

  • Grey.and.Vis.Mom

    i know how you feel, i’ve been graced with a jackal as well… i hope this new baby leans more towards the turtle species.

  • ChickWhitt

    As always, it’s a good thing she is so damn cute!

  • JennfromCanada

    Heather and Jon, your daughters are simply lovely.

    I only have one child so I don’t really know what you are going through. Jessie rarely put things in her mouth when she became mobile. I don’t know why that is.

    @CO – When Jess was small my mom told me that she had all the goodness and the next one would be the devil. So we stuck with one too:)

  • JacksBites

    OMG, those dimples! She looks like a perfect little angel, Heather, I’m not sure what you’re talking about. :)

  • AshesVonDust

    NO.
    NO WAY IS SHE ALMOST A YEAR OLD.
    That is impossible. Man, how long have I been reading your blog then?
    Craziness.

    Since my older sister has a child who is just as lovely/horrid as she was (according to my mom!) as a child, I am hoping my kid ends up just like me: quiet, self-sufficient artistic nerd who is eager to please.

    Knowing my luck, I’ll have a coked-up Tazmanian Devil with ADD or something.

  • misheru

    BWAH HA HA HA HA. Heather, my first son could take apart locks and ran into so many things when he started crawling/walking he had permanent bruises on his forehead for about a year. My second child, a girl, I caught climbing a 5-foot fence. She was already over the top when I caught her escaping. SHE WAS 2 YEARS OLD.

    It’s total schadenfreude, but ever since I read your stories about Leta watching tv quietly in bed with you guys, I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m sorry, it’s evil, I know, but your pain makes me feel so gooooood.

    ;)

  • momof8

    LOL! But she is sooooooooooo cute!

  • barbara

    She might be crazy, but she’s so freakin’ adorable!!

  • jennyfromtheshwa

    I have you beat. My son was walking, no wait….. running at 9 months. He could climb stairs, on chairs, over couches and on tables. Standing on his rocking horse while balancing and rocking back and forth was his specialty. I used to tell him (and still do on occasion, being 3 and all) that if he weren’t so cute I would sell him to the circus. Luckily Marlo is damnnnnnnn cute!

  • ordinarygirl

    Is that red hair I see?? Too cute! :)

  • valvalerie

    Oh how I feel your pain. Our first was a piece of cake. Which is why I lost my mind and another one only 14 months later. WTF was I thinking??? Oh right I wasn’t.

    So now I have a boy that is rather like my Jack Russell Terrier…can’t leave him alone for a second as he may eat the couch or my favorite pair of shoes. thankfully he goes to bed really well because he drives me NUTS during his waking hours.

    It’s amazing how the same genetic material can create two totally different creatures.

  • Starr

    As I am reading everyone’s comments, my two boys are climbing over the back of the couch like little monkeys. Even the “quiet” bookworm. Yep, two boys, only 27 months apart. See? It could be worse!

  • Natalie Green

    As someone who also has two children (and from what I can gather, at least one of them is unusually well-behaved) with similar age gaps to yours I just have to say that having two children is ridiculous! If it’s not one thing it’s another (actually that’s my mantra).

    I took my oldest to gymberoo, Magic Yellow Bus, swimming every week, the playground twice a day etc. etc. and my youngest should count herself lucky she gets lunch. She’s two and a half and I’m only just finishing off that goddamn photo frame where you display them at one month two months up til a year. With my son’s I worked out to the day which photos best represented him at those milestones. With my daughter I’m scrounging around trying to find enough photos and just guessing how old she was in each!

    Fun times. (I guess I do love em and would be completely lost without em all the same).

  • cory212

    Yes, but….LOOK AT THAT DIMPLE! Don’t you just want to fill it with whipped cream and then dip strawberries into it? I do!!!

  • Ray1987

    Her eyes are amazing and that dimple is precious. I can’t believe next month she’ll be a-year-old. Time seriously FLIES right on by!!

    Good luck with your LITTLE SPITFIRE! ;D

  • CudaBuda

    Oh my gosh I feel so much better. I thought I was the only one who gave birth to a cracked out monkey. My daughter was a total piece of cake. Slept through the night at 3 months, ate just fine, totally mellow. My son hasn’t slept through the night and he is 3. The child just never stops. If he’s not jumping on his bed, he’s juggling knives. I tell him I’m going to sell him to the gypsies but I don’t think they’ll take him. Then he smiles and “I miss you Momma!” and that makes me get suckered right back in. I thought it was a boy thing but reading all the comments leads me to believe its a second child thing.

    BTW….could Marlo be any more delicious? I just want to eat her up!

  • fahim

    You should start writing a short-comic strip series featuring Chuck and Coco with voices.

  • snarkalicious

    My first child was a Marlo. When the second one was a Leta I was *sure* there was something wrong with her. I kept telling the pediatrician, “But she’s not climbing onto the kitchen counters! And she doesn’t try to dive out of her crib”, and he would say, “um, do you WANT her to do that?” We called her “baby Buddha” because she sat in the same place on the floor for hours observing everything that went on around her. While her brother was hanging from the blades of the ceiling fan or shaving the dog.

    My “Marlo” is 26 and I still shudder when he calls me after 8 pm because I’m sure he’s in an emergency room somewhere missing limbs…

    Shannon

  • freckleface

    As the second child of my family (a family of 4 children, mind you), I have to agree with many of the above who mention the “second child syndrome”… My older sister was a super mellow and hyper obedient baby and child. I was a super happy and energetic baby who was much more curious and devious… still am ;) At least you aren’t having a third child… my brother is just every parent’s nightmare LOL! And then the fourth, my little sister, was an absolutely silent baby who was more like a potato than a baby. Of course, now she’s a little wild child at 15.

    Anyways, now that I’m done ranting OMG MARLO IS YOUR CLONE. I’m so glad that Jon is no longer the only one who has one in your family. That said, I’m sorry she’s a Coco, hopefully you can figure out a way for her NOT to eat her poop….

  • Natalie

    My sister has baby pictures that look very similar to this–precious but totally suspicious. She went on to put my new shoes in the toilet, disappear to only be found in the neighbor’s shed 3 hours later, set the house on fire and blame it on me, and marry the first boy she loved (at 18).

    So, have fun with that.

    :)

    Also, jesus fucking christ is she the cutest thing ever.