• Beth Jarvis

    Dammit. Now I’m crying.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  • valvalerie

    That is beautiful. Happy Birthday Marlo and many more.

  • ladygray

    Happy Birthday, beautiful girl! I remember the day Marlo was born and it seriously feels like freaking yesterday. I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time myself. I can’t believe it has been a year already!

    Congratulations Marlo and family! I hope this first birthday brings you SUN, joyous time with family, and All Things Birthday Cake.


  • kaethend

    I remember the day you went into labor. I remember watching your entire pregnancy. I wasn’t pregnant then. Not yet. And now, a year later, I’ve got an almost three month old asleep on my chest.

    It has meant the world to me to be able to watch your lives unfold, and the bits you’ve shared have made my life easier, enriched, enlightened.

    Thank you, Armstrongs, for doing this little internt blogging thing.

    Happy Birthday, indeed.

  • Schnauzie_Mom

    Happy 1st Birthday Marlo!

    And congratulations to you, Heather, for being such a wonderful mother and for writing these moments of Marlo’s life so eloquently. Years from now, she will appreciate and savor your memories. (You know, after all those teenage years of angst and resentment;-P )

  • KateH

    Wow… Congratulations! You all survived a year together. w00t! Here’s hoping for another 80 or so.

  • The Dalai Mama

    Happy Birthday Marlo. So happy that you are able to see the early months from another state of being.

    Your second child sounds a lot like mine–mine is a cross between pig pen and the tazmanian devil–but so totally cute and awesome.

  • kristanhoffman

    *wipes away tears*

    Dagnabbit, Heather. How do you make runny poop and whiny screeching sound so damn awesome?

  • Squeetthang

    I love it so!!! Long time reader here! I have really enjoyed the adventures of the Armstrong family!! XOXO!

  • sarashous

    Dooce, I am SO happy you have finally found your “place.” Congratulations to you, Jon, Leta, Marlo, Chuck and Coco!

  • A.T.s_mama

    What a beautiful slideshow!
    Happy birthday to Marlo who has no clue what it all means, and Happy Day-of-Birthing Marlo to you!

    Happy for you all :)

  • mariacelina

    What a wonderful slideshow. Happy first birthday, Marlo!

  • Belly Girl

    Ridiculously cute.

  • PunkinP

    My goodness how time flies! It seems like such a short time ago that I was pregnant with my little dude and a nervous wreck and reading your blog was what helped me get through. Marlo is almost exactly one month older than my Philip. To see read about Marlo from the very beginning until now has been a blessing and so much fun for me. Cheers! Happy birthday Princess Butternut!

  • myla

    What a lovely post — this made my whole day.

    It makes me so happy to read you so happy.

    Those dimples are AMAZING.


  • carlyrae2

    I don’t have kids, not even sure I want them…but that made me teary. Happy Birthday, Marlo!

  • sarahdoow

    Seriously, it’s been a year? Well, happy birthday to the Queen of Dimples!

  • Big Gay Sam

    Feliz Cumpleaños Marlo! :)

  • aussome1

    Happy Birthday to Marlo!!

    Thanks for letting us in and for sharing such wonderful memories of your girls with us!! They are beautiful!! Every time I see a new photo of Marlo I can’t get over how BLUE her eyes are like looking inot two pools of aqua water!!

  • dfunkmcgunk

    What a beautiful homage to the most beautiful thing in the world – a child. Happy first year of life, Marlo. May each subsequent year be even better than the last.

  • americanmom8

    How time flies!! I have enjoyed watching Marlo grow up. I want contacts the same color of her eyes. I have blue eyes but NOTHING like hers! John will have to get a shot gun to keep the boys away!!

    By the way… LOVED the picture of Granny Boone. I miss her so much!! (yes, I am family)

  • Lucy_Luck

    This is so beautiful! It’s amazing to see so much love come from and within a great family.

    Really lovely pictures and great music too! I shall look them up…


  • ss622

    wow, i cant believe its been a year! shes gorgeous. enjoy her!

  • josephine

    She’s so beautiful!!! Wonderful letter, Heather. Thank you for allowing us all to watch her grow up.

  • jmerry

    Marlo, congrats on your first journey around the sun! Happy Birthday!

  • mommyoffour

    Happy Birthday, Marlo!
    And congrats, Heather, for making it through your first year with two children! Quite a feat! I love your laid-back approach and sense of humour you have with parenthood. Glad to see you’re right where you want to be. Thank you for sharing your world!

  • Jessica Eiden Smedley

    Just beautiful, Dooce! Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Marlo!

  • Diana

    Happy Birthday Marlo!

  • The818

    Happy Birthday Marlo. As a new Mama currently a little lost in the difficult and confusing parts, I’m so happy (/relieved/hopeful/jealous) to hear you’ve found new meaning in that song.

    She’s beautiful.

  • Lysana

    Beautiful post! :) The slideshow was lovely…Marlo is such a precious little girl!

    I just re-read your “Labor Story Part 1″ and wanted to comment on that, but you must have comments disabled on year-old-posts. Not surprising, really.

    But it stunned me. I’m currently pregnant and due in mid-July, and was all up for my third round of “Elective Induction with some Epidural on the side” when I had an epiphany at right about 30 weeks. No joke. Since then, I’ve decided I didn’t want the induction OR the epidural or anything else, thank you very much, and I’ve changed hospitals, and sadly that meant I had to change providers, too (because I love my OB, but the on-call OB delivers, so chances are pretty good that without an induction, she wouldn’t deliver anyway).

    I’ve been feeling a little bit crazy for making such drastic changes at such a late date, but reading your story made me feel a bit better, knowing I’m not the only one. So thanks. :)

  • randi33

    Happy Birthday Marlo! I can’t believe it’s been a year! Here’s to many more!

  • emmafolds

    Dooce, Marlo is just beautiful. It almost, ALMOST, makes me wish I wanted kids.

  • chickahgogirl

    Marlo, Happy One Year birthday. You survived one year with this crazy family God picked out for you, knowing you would be the icing on the cupcake for them all. Internet loves you. (that sounds so cold, but we do and we are all sending you electronic kisses XXXXXXXXXXX to be placed on that cute dimple by your moma and dada and Leta on our behalf). Blessings to you………….and stop biting Coco’s tail !!!

  • amandalk

    Happy Birthday, Marlo!

    I guess this also means it’s the anniversary since I got sucked into the doocery (as I first heard about it from a friend’s congratulatory tweet). Happy anniversary to me?!

  • agirlandaboy

    Happy Birthday, Marlo! It’s been a pleasure.

  • AshesVonDust

    No. Surely you’ve made a mistake. She can’t be a year old already, can she?


  • Becky Cochrane

    Beautiful. Happy birthday, Marlo.

  • TexasKatie

    Happy Birthday, Mario!

    I mean, Marlo!

  • Vicki in NC

    This video is going to make me cry, isnt it?

  • Blahggy

    Being someone who is currently in the confused and overwhelmed stage of having a 12-day old daughter, reading this letter gives some light, makes me excited for the future. Your lines about the song reminding you about life before you were a mother really hit home. It was only 12 days ago, but it seems so far away. Thank you.

  • signot

    Happy birthday, Marlo!!

  • P

    Lovely! Happy 1st Birthday, Marlo. Has anybody ever told you that you have THE most amazing eyes? A few times, huh?

  • ilovelucy1976

    Time flies! They grow up so fast. She is so adorable. Enjoy this time now because it goes away so fast! Happy Birthday Marlo!

  • little miss headlock

    aw jeez. you got the 24 year-old, never wanna have kids, “ew, kids have sticky hands and runny noses” girl all choked up. well played, armstrongs. well played.

    that granny boone photo is my absolute favorite. (was it granny boone? i should know this by now!) i went to my boyfriends grandmothers memorial yesterday, and there were so many photos and mementos laid out, and it was just so intense with the great-grandchildren running around as we sifted through photos of their great-grandma. it was my boyfriends last time at her house and when we got back into the city, he said it was like a little piece of childhood was gone. maybe i’m wrong, but i said that having the memories was better than having the actual physical place or mementos. you can remember it exactly as it was without time changing it. i’m happy you have such great memories stored away for leta and marlo to look at when they’re older. i’m still young, but i’m so grateful my grandparents and parents kept photos for me to look at, too.

    i don’t mean to sound like a bummer. i just think it’s so important to document all these little moments and hold on to them. i don’t have kids (hoo lordy!) but as i’ve been following this blog and from watching my own younger brother, i see how fast time goes by. i’m happy you guys celebrate all of these milestones and moments. and i’m happy you share them with us, too!

  • Fitz and the Dizzyspells

    *sniff sniff* These posts always bring me to tears because they’re so sweet.

    Good god, pull it together Fitz!

    Happy Birthday Marlo!

  • weebits

    Thank you Heather & Marlo for being such an inspiration to our little family! Reading Marlo’s labour story was a HUGE turning point for me. As someone who always feared birth (because you know, your lady parts get ripped to shreds and all), you allowed me to have an Oprah type “ah-ha” moment! After much research and mental preparation, I too went the natural as a bran muffin way and on April 11th had a perfect, 100% drug free birth!! (I honestly was reading your story over & over while in labour for THREE DAYS!!!) So, I celebrate with you! Happy Birthday Marlo and don’t forget about yourself today Heather as it is a year to the day that you moved mountains and inspired me(and I’m sure others) to do so as well!!

  • HellsBells

    Just gorgeous. That little lady is sooo cute. I know it is fairly mad but I feel very connected to your little family (in a cyber-computer-internet-virtual stylee)as you had Leta when I had my boy. My girl is 3 1/2. I love your sense of humour and the fact you make me feel less bad for not being some kind of saint who never gets cross or frustrated with parenthood. And thanks for the intro to the Doocers via the community bit – they also rock!

  • Mor to the gan

    What I love about your writing in general, but your writing about motherhood specifically, is that it is at once so cheeky and ironic and hilarious and full of personality and so HONEST, but incredibly touching, tender, so sweet and effing gushy about your babies that I feel like I CAN be a mother someday, but still retain a sense of humor and annoyance at living a life that does not always revolve perfectly around me.

    Thanks for that. (I should buy more music on iTunes, also.)


  • CO Momma

    Happy Birthday Marlo! It’s been great watching you grow and hearing about all of your adventures this past year! Can’t wait to watch all the exciting years you have to come!
    Enjoy the day!

  • Enatural7

    Happy Birthday Marlo!