• witchuponastar

    If you raise the crotch of her pants above knee level it will be a whole new world for Marlo!

  • kcbelles

    Too adorable! I wanna blow razzleberries on that babybelly!

    Very nicely done, guys – love the background music, soft enough to hear, but still able to hear the bobospeak :)

  • jadoyle

    It’s a wonder they learn to walk at all with that huge wad of diaper between their legs, isn’t it? She’s adorable :)

  • CJDaily

    How come when I walk around with my leggins falling down and my belly hanging out it’s just not THAT CUTE!? Congrats on your little walker. Clear off all the tables!

  • kittyvicious

    The combination of the baby belly and the saggy leggings is just too much. My head done ‘sploded from all the cute.

  • carla

    i like the skinny jeans

  • sarahfromthenorth

    You’re so lucky to have a second child to experience all these firsts with .. must be even cooler the second time around!

    Marlo is awesome, I especially love in this video her need to chatter something that clearly makes total sense to her, and she just cannot stay quiet. It’s really a great keepsake!

    BTW .. did you notice how she is ‘rather’ more bald than Leta was at 1? hee hee .. sorry, couldn’t resist!

    Your remodel is gorgeous and I’m using some of your ideas to enhance my own home office – thanks for the tips!!

  • tdotjen

    The contrast between Leta and Marlo is not unlike that of the sons of someone I know in that the older one plays it safe, and the younger one is basically reckless. When my friend’s younger one started getting himself out of his crib, she asked for advice on how to keep him there, one suggestion was to tie a volleyball net over his crib. Just thought you might want that in your back pocket when Marlo starts doing this!

  • hardtoplease

    Please tell me she is going as Baby Frankenstein for Halloween. Pretty please? I love when they walk like that. SO CUTE! Must. Eat. Brains.

  • kirby

    I totally understand the wild child – my son was the crazy fear no evil type too. At my sister’s wedding (which I was matron of honor) I hired a teenager to spend the weekend at our cottage on the lake were the wedding was taking place, to watch this 3 yr old hell on wheels ring bearer. My sister’s MIL made fun of me at the rehearsal – what the heck do you need someone to watch your boy, family about and such…. mid way through the wedding she approached me, as my boy was running up and down the beach, out to the end of the dock, around the carport, climbing on tractors, up the pear tree… and said “what a good idea it was for you to hire someone to watch him”.

  • akhowell

    Just saying, the “W” sitting Marlo is doing in the beginning of the video is harmful for little developing legs. She should be encouraged to sit cross-legged instead.

  • MissAga

    Oh, my gosh, is she saying: Go, Bobo, to Mommy and Daddy? Heart-melting.

  • sabina

    God, that is precious. That little milk-belly is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Go Marlo go!!!

  • jamesgang9831

    Sooo Sweet!!! Can’t wait to see how fast she is when she pulls her britches up all the way and quits bustin a sag… :)

    Lotta work ahead of you guys, Good Luck!!!

  • Maggles

    I didn’t notice- did anyone ask about the music being played? If not, what’s playing in the video?

  • sarahatlee

    Hey Ms. Dooce! Would you share with us the name of the song & its artist that’s in the video?

  • chasethefirefly

    Your video makes me think of the movie Babies. Awww, Bobo, be happy you’re not the Mongolian baby.

    My household went from 1st baby not walking till after 2. Second baby meeting all milestones on time, in a nice calm manner. THIRD BABY, she never looks before she leaps, and the higher the starting point the better.

  • Daddy Scratches

    This must be some sorta “second kid” thing. My son always seemed to hang back and watch other kids do crazy shit, seemingly studying the strange little earthlings who engaged in this thing called “fun.” My daughter, meanwhile, from the moment she mastered self-propulsion, was perfectly content to launch her body off of whatever was tallest, trusting to fate that someone would be there to catch her.

    Let’s hope she doesn’t take the same approach to risk management during her teen years.

    Oy vey.

  • paminmi

    I love it when babies first start to walk: So Night-of-the-living-dead’ish. What a cutie!

  • Anxious Annie

    The visible tag on that pillow on the sofa in the meeting area is driving me nuts. The room is PURRRRFECT except for that darn tag!

  • JanineGWebb

    I’m here to tell you to count your blessings. My firstborn is a boy, now three-and-a-half. He’s not so much a daredevil, but more like a little Indiana Jones…a very curious, explorer type. Imagine dragging all your gear to the beach, setting up, and NEVER ONCE sitting down as you chase a toddler to every towel, every seagull, and every sea creature in sight. Then imagine Christmastime in Tokyo, as he refuses to sit in his stroller among fifteen million shoppers. So, when I became pregnant again, I prayed for a girl. A nerdy girl like me, who’d sit and read for hours. I was a good, easy kid that way. I DESERVE a placid, calm child. Apparently, my husband did not earn the same karma, because our sweet, sixteen month little girl, makes her brother look like the bookworm. Where my son will think and then run, my daughter climbs right to the highest point she can find in a “do not pass go” sort of pace, and laughs as she teeters on the edge. Heaven help us all…

  • dominiquewynand

    K, I’m seriously NOT trying to be mean, but I’m a little tired, and swore that was you for a split second! =)And that is not a mean sentiment…actually, it’s quite adorable how similar your non-behinds are! =)

  • austin_fan

    Welcome to the normal world! She is so awesome and I can not get over her eyes.

  • Window On The Prairie

    Sounds like all 7 of my nephews at that age. “Hmmmm….I can walk now….what kind of trouble can I get into when the adults aren’t looking?” is their motto. Enjoy!


  • Sheila

    It must be so hard to maneuver around that adorable big belly! (Not that I know this, or anything.) (Ahem.)

  • Olivia Singleton

    But she’s just so cute! That makes up for all of the swan dives. Granted I’m not the one trying to keep up with her.

  • knolting

    I love that she talked herself through the whole process ‘bobogoieeeeeeee’.

    Her little baby tummy is too much cuteness for me to handle.

  • jg2010

    Oooh, you’re in trouble. Don’t blink is right! and whatever you do, don’t go to the bathroom without her. I made the mistake of doing that when my son was 18 months and walked in to see him spraying the garden hose full blast into the kitchen.
    Bon chance as they say in France.

  • Missives From Suburbia

    Really? Did I just get all watery-eyed over someone else’s baby walking? Goodness, I have gone soft in my old age. Either that, or it was just a handful of months when my own daughter was at that very stage, and it goes more quickly than I could imagine. That’s my daughter–the child of mine voted “Most Likely to Visit the ER and Require Stitches”. Good luck with that.

  • Penelope

    You definitely got “your boy.” Just wait until she discovers how well the shower curtain rod helps her prepare for the circus!

  • labradoris

    What a cutie! =)

  • Ralemap

    Oh my! I love the sweet gentle music– made me giggle. All of my kids had a death wish from the ages of 1-2 and it took all of my energy to simply keep them alive… I don’t think parents get enough credit for that!

  • Anu

    Oh god she’s so cute! Just loved her talking all the way…through her stumble and all. Love her

  • Jayceekay

    Do you know who she sounds like to me? Her mom. The adventurous, fearless woman who birthed ‘Dooce’ and ran with it. No challenge too great to be conquered, don’t tell me I can’t do something, no chasm too wide to leap across–even if she falls short and has to wipe herself off and try again–Dooce. That’s who that little girl sounds like to me. Determination and guts are in that kid’s gene pool.

  • Amy J.

    As you know mine are now big…third grade and kindergarten and we’re dealing with a WHOLE NEW kind of “AAAAAAHHHHH” parenting situation over here (think nearly nine year old who thinks she’s 35…SO fun to go talk to a teacher and have them tell you “she’s her own type of person”) Yeah.

    So I’m mourning a certain amount of where Marlo is BIG time. In fact, I shed tears about how Sesame Street is now lame and that Halloween costumes are becoming harder to choose for my oldest.

    But then I read your column and am pulled harshly back to toddler falls down stairs and cat scans of bones and I’m all, “You know, I’m good. Ovaries, shut the hell up.”

    : )

    Hang in there mama…they’re still very flexible and this age. (though my two year old did break her collarbone falling two feet out of her crib)

  • Blahggy

    Wow! Crazy how different they are!

    I was a nerd and my parents were NOT, so when I’d come home from school and say, “Hey, going upstairs to do my homework,” they were all WHERE DID WE GET THIS KID? And I looked the part, too.

  • ChickWhitt

    Marlo should go on that Asian game show where the people are going through these crazy obstacle courses!

  • floridagal73

    So cute. I love the saggy pants look. And there is just nothing cuter than a little one who falls down in the middle of nowhere, like some ghost just pushed ‘em down. Stay alert and enjoy her awesomeness.

  • wonderchris

    Those pants sagging, and the baby belly showing….she is too cute – mixed with just the right amount of hillbilly. Oh, Marlo you are just the best!! Congratulations on your new ability to torture your parents.

  • gewd


    You made a Doctor Who reference and did you even know it? Enjoy the chaos while you can! :)

  • genevieve

    My first kid is also a nerd. And my second kid (who was born one week after Marlo) is a wild thing too. After doing the whole I can walk but I won’t thing, he is now upright about 1/2 the time walking around like a little old drunken man. He and Marlo should hang out and work on chipping more teeth together. Something tells me they’d be one hell of a pair.

  • lolab9442

    I’ve got 2 boys. The first born was building jumps and jumping his bike when he still had training wheels on. The second born had a very calm personality so I figured I had lucked out the second time around, but he was riding a 2 wheeler by the time he was 3. Following his brother! Good luck with Marlo! Don’t blink! because it will only end you up in the emergency room!

  • magwilky

    This is too funny to me because my girls are very similar to yours. My second is totally the daredevil/independent spirit. Broken collarbone at age 2 from walking in front of a swing, crawled into the pool and sunk to the bottom at about 1.5, she has given me many heart attacks, but here we are, she is almost 5 and still going strong. The independent spirit part is becoming more of an issue because now she thinks she can just walk out the door down to the neighbor’s without telling anyone, or eat cookies 20 minutes before dinner or get up from the dinner table any time she pleases, etc. She is very entertaining, I have to give her that and I am sure Marlo keeps you in stitches too (when you’re not pulling your hair out, that is)

  • duffylou

    What a trip down memory lane. I smiled from ear to ear watching your video. Each of my three kids had their own plan when they were going to start the milestones. I just let them be and they handled it just fine. Well, I did freak when son number two wasn’t talking as fast as son number one. But then I found out that was because son #1 was doing all the talking! Love that she calls herself Bobo.

  • confusedkaty

    Is she saying “NO, COCO, DAMMIT COCO!” in BoBo speak? Too cute.

  • Truthful Mommy

    Congratulations on Marlo walking! Shame on anyone who tells you that’s what you get. WOuld they feel that way about any other working parent who missed a milestone? I think not.Don’t let them get you down.It’s not like you knew she was going to walk and said, “Oh she’ll probably walk this week..I’m out!”

    My second one is the same way. She is 3 already but we have definitely had hell on wheels since she could walk!


    My first was so sweet and demure and listens to everything we ever tell her to do. We had the baby gates and such but we never needed them. With the second, this kid pops the safety locks off the closet.You know how? By repeatedly pulling really hard. Yeah, the manufacturers really underestimated my girl. Happy Mothering to your own hell on wheels in taffeta and a pink helmet !

  • TexasKatie

    Yay, Marlo!

  • chop847

    Very cute… but why is it babies walk like little monkeys? And why did we stop, I think it would be interesting to walk around like that. Maybe I could learn to use my cell phone with my feet and save some time during the day!

  • CrisLawson

    She’s going to be on the kitchen counter soon, I can feel it. “what are you DOING, Marlo?” “Coooookieeee!” As you try and catch her on your way across the room and she stumbles backwards and stops your heart. I do not envy you.

  • AprilD

    As the mother of a 13-month old boy who’s been full-on walking since he was 10 MONTHS OLD, I feel your pain!!
    My son also seeks out danger and I’ve learned not to blink for fear in that millisecond he learns how to unlock and open the front door and ends up heading towards the traffic in front of the house.
    By the way, those sagging pants and little bird legs topped by the big belly = too cute for words!