• Daddy Scratches

    You’re taking pictures of her while she’s practically choking to death?

    Plus, don’t lie: You don’t get up with her in the morning; the MAID does.

    (Ahem. Sorry. Just wanted to know what it felt like to be one of those readers.)

  • Tragic Sandwich

    Baguette has made the switch to sippy cups, except for her Morning Bottle. She’s pretty much asleep when she drinks it, so bottle is still the way to go on that one. Meanwhile, I have no idea how to get her to learn to use a straw.

  • lilywhites05

    Holy cow- when I first saw that picture I was like “wait, is this about marlo or leta”. I can’t believe how grown up she is! I don’t even know you all personally and I’m all blubbering and all “oh my goodness, you look just like your sister and what would leta have said about eating A GLUTEN FREE BAR”?!?!


  • Essembee

    Woohoo, the SMIZE!

  • ScooterMarie

    Nice! I’m so glad to hear Marlo still took a morning bottle until recently. Now I’m not worried at all that our 14 month old still takes one. And that second picture?? I’ve never seen her look more like Leta!

  • mommica

    My second daughter is only four months old and I already want/don’t want another one. This says a lot about how different my labor/delivery was with her, because after the first? I swore off babies forever. Until, you know, I changed my mind.

  • dianemaggipintovoiceover

    after lio turned 2 last march, we put his bottles in a clear ziploc and threw them in the garbage can on trash day, just before the truck arrived. then we watched the kind, gentle driver work the controls so those bottles went up, in, and CRUSH!
    he talked about it for a few days but there was no trauma. WE were so much more dependent on the bottle than he was (yes, still talking about baby bottles …)

  • yelling near you

    That is a look of proud guiltiness. She’ll want to plead this one out – avoid the jury trial as those pictures will finish her.

  • kristanhoffman

    No seriously, Jon really might get asked if he’s their grandfather. My dad was 45 when my parents had me, and he started getting that question when I was in middle school. (Although he looks like Santa Claus, and Jon doesn’t, so that will help.)

  • HowToBeADad

    Dear Party-Parents,

    Please stop jumping and humping each other a mom saying “My daughter still drinks out of a bottle.” Are you the parenting police? Negative, ghostrider.

    I love reading about morning routines. Ours are so dramatic and frantic. And we only have one child. Booyah.

    Marlo is obviously taking a page out of my playbook. I would like it back.


  • Aunt_Lala

    Haha, people think my uncle is my grandpa all.the.time. It’s hysterical.

    Marlo looks so much like Leta in that second picture, holy cow!

  • Vihra

    I still used to drink out of a bottle when I was 4. My brother was 6 months old at the time and my parents let me join him in the evening drinking my evening portion of cocoa from my favorite bottle. I turned out ok. Or maybe not, cause I’m fighting for other people’s rights all the time. Beware – if you don’t want to raise a socialist activist, wean your baby off the bottle in time! Regards from Slovenia; somewhere in the liver of Europe. :) )

  • Chabbydubbe

    She’s so gorgeous! She looks so much more like Leta as she gets older. My 12 month old munches on a Larabar every morning too while I cook breakfast and get my almost-3 year old set up–I’m trying to wean her off nursing and this has been a great way to cut out the morning session. I do Paleo also, and have found these bars to be perfect. They have boxes of 12 Larabars that are smaller sizes (i think they’re supposed to be under 100 calories each) and those are a great size for little people. I’ve found recipes from Sarah Fragoso and Wellness Mama for a homemade version of these, but I haven’t reached that level of Domestic Goddess-hood yet, and will surely be spurned from the Celestial Kingdom for this.

  • jenwilson

    My oldest had a bottle until she was 3.5. She also woke in the middle of the night for that bottle. AND THE WORLD DIDN’T END.

    I have the opposite problem as Jon – since she was born, people keep asking if my now-10-year-old is my sister. (Followed by “you look too young to have kids” and “you must have been REALLY young when you had her!”)

  • poopinginpeace

    Oh Heather! I also recently went through having a hard time letting go of my baby when this happened http://poopinginpeace.blogspot.com/2011/09/then-there-were-none.html preschool. :( I didn’t think I would want another one, but there is a big part of me that does. Alas, we won’t because having 3 is expensive enough! As far as the milk is concerned, you don’t have to stop giving it to her, just give it to her in a sippy cup. That’s what we did when mine got to old for bottles, although none of them would really take a bottle to begin with, so there was that. I say as long as you’re not putting diet coke in the bottle, you’re doing okay.

  • Anja6819

    As soon as mine started to develop a will of her own I realized that I was a much better parent before I had my own child. Mine’s 3 and a half, still uses a pacifier and drinks a sippy cup of chocolate milk in bed every night. Oh, and I took her to pre-school today without a jacket and it was only 62 degrees out and she told me herself that she was cold and I should’ve brought her jacket.

    See, there are much worse parents than you.

  • Anu

    So cute!! And those eyes…love her.

  • dykewife

    gluten free doesn’t mean carb free if that’s what your going for with the paleo diet. then again, i still eat hellman’s mayo because the one i made with olive and avocado oils tastes odd. not bad odd, but odd enough that i don’t want much of it at a go.

    i’ve been doing the carb free diet for a few weeks now and have dumped 7 pounds of me somewhere. i keep looking behind me to see if there’s a pile of blubber attached to my heel dragging along behind me.

  • dykewife

    oh, the bottle. i must be a TERRIBLE parent because we let boy have his nighttime bottle until he was 3. he liked having warm milk and it helped him sleep. who am i to interfere with a child who slept for 12 hours at a go from about 5 months old on. he grew up into a fine 19 year old man.

    hey, he plays lots of video games on line. maybe kids who are allowed the bottle until they’re 3 years old become gamers. maybe that’s marlo’s fate…playing whatever version of world of warcraft is out when he’s 19 years old.

  • LifeUnordinary

    how lovely is she. I love the October masthead by the way.

  • ahollinger

    My almost 3 year-old still has a bottle. We don’t offer it anymore, but when he begs for it, we let him have it. I asked our pediatrician about it, and he just shrugged and said, “he won’t have one when he goes to college.” I figure there are worse hang-ups in the world, although I’ll be glad when he stops insisting – and a little nostalgic since he is the one and only baby we are having. Yay for Marlo, though, on her transition to big-girl-hood.

  • MsMegan

    My son refused to drink from the sippy cup, so he stayed on the bottle until about three, then just started drinking from a regular cup. All in their own time, I say.

    And my pediatrician said the same thing as ahollinger’s.

  • ceeleelew81

    I’m not sure if I am late to the game, or if this has been mentioned before, but it’s very interesting (funny) the parallels between Leta and Chuck, and Marlo and Coco.

  • kidsmom

    Name the brand of the bar and they will send you free boxes, and boxes and boxes!

  • irl_lizlemon

    Here’s a confession: I drank a nightly bottle until I was five. And I only stopped because the other kindergartners said bottles were for babies. And I was on the tit (not exclusively) till i was three. My sister also insisted on a nightly bottle till she was six. We had braces but our teeth were no worse than other kids. And I’m getting my doctorate (all that boob juice?!) and stubbornly independent. In fact, my only major issue is I’m in therapy due to attachment/abandonment issues with my mother. I can’t imagine how awful my attachment issues would be if we didn’t hold my parents hostage as a kid.