Heater, Mother of Lance


We have always thought that Leta is the brightest kid to ever walk the Earth — she can already differentiate between the sounds of an airplane and a helicopter, although she does often point to an empty sky and say, “BIRD!” but we aren’t going to mention that to anyone who works in any sort of admissions office — but now we have proof to silence all the skeptics: video that shows she is a mathematical genius. All that is missing is a clip of her running in circles with a bucket on her head.

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  • Mellissa

    2006/06/02 at 6:18 am

    Oh man that is too cute. My daughter heard the video clip and ran over to see what I was watching. She watched Leta hold up one finger and say “Two” and shook her head and said “That’s not two, this is!” and held up two fingers. Believe me when I say she JUST learned that in the last few months while preparing to turn 4. I guess my 4 year old is a prodigy too, LOL! ; )

  • VeddyVeddyBadAng

    2006/06/02 at 6:23 am

    OMG, what a freakin’ MORON! And butt-ugly to boot! Geesh, can you stop with the videos already!

    Just kidding. After reading 100 posts full of “cute” and “adorable”, I was getting a little glurge overload there.

  • Tracy aka Fuzzball

    2006/06/02 at 6:35 am


    Seriously, I love that kid.

  • elise

    2006/06/02 at 6:45 am

    chuck is a balancing genius!

  • i.e.

    2006/06/02 at 7:03 am

    Your daughter is adorable – but what I really wanted to do was comment on the new masthead…I.LOVE.IT…very cool!

  • karmajunkie

    2006/06/02 at 7:43 am

    Ahh, you see, your daughter IS a genius… She’s making a conceptual leap from chopsticks (represented by her fingers’ chopsticky action, of course) of which there are TWO, to her age! It is merely the adults of the world who are unable to see the true nature of her creative mind, bound as we are to the strictures of this “counting” propaganda perpetuated by the existing bourgeouis order.

    Rest assured, young Leta is destined for greatness…

  • Antigone

    2006/06/02 at 8:03 am

    Every once in a while I go someplace, or sit and think by myself for a bit, and when I do, I am often bombarded by mental images of Leta.

    Now, I am not sure if this means that I have a photographic memory and she just happens to be the highest on my favourites list, or is she possibly has telepathic powers, causing me to think of her every time I’m in a toy store; sending me mental images of Elmo and Boobah so that those precious, precious friends can be bought for her.

    So far I have been able to resist the temptation. But with every new video you post, I can feel my resolve weaken.

    In another few weeks you may have another Elmo.

  • brandy

    2006/06/02 at 8:07 am

    Dear Heather,

    Please stop with the video clips.
    Everytime you post one I get baby fever and start talking about talking folic acid and going off the pill.
    This of course is putting a strain on my man, who because he is a man does not feel the baby fever but sometimes thinks he should club animals.

    I just want you to know that if I should become pregnant I’m holding you responsible and will seek legal action.


    The cuteness is just too great for me to ward off!


  • Karen Mashek

    2006/06/02 at 8:48 am

    I think the waggling finger was just a fascination with her waggling, wiggling, bendy, double-jointed finger and NOT directly linked to the number she was telling you! LOL!

    She is beautiful!! Awww!

    P.S. I’m pretty thrilled to be able to comment here!

  • Heather

    2006/06/02 at 9:24 am

    Well she’s close mom!! She did put down her finger and pick it back up, maybe her thinking is just of a higher sort and she was counting off, one, two. 🙂

  • Kelly Greenawalt

    2006/06/02 at 9:28 am

    Atleast she’s cute! 😉

  • tmkirsten

    2006/06/02 at 9:36 am

    Hi Heather,

    I’ve never commented before but I do agree that Leta is GORGEOUS!

    I also HAD to say something about Chuck’s pic today. Being that I live, breath and of course, drink in Wisconsin, I thought you should know we usually only balance Leinenkugel on our heads. It’s made here 🙂

  • Tracey

    2006/06/02 at 9:58 am

    She’s just trying to leave them guessing…is she two? Is she one? WE DON’T KNOW!

    My daughter (just turned two last week) sticks out all her fingers when she says she’s two, so Leta’s doing quite well, I think.

  • Dang Cold..

    2006/06/02 at 10:32 am

    What a little darlin’. I agree she does seem older than two.

  • Ana Calabresi

    2006/06/02 at 10:46 am

    What a cutie!

    Laura does the same. She turned 2 in April. She counts to 12 maybe, in Portuguese. And to 6 in English. ;o)

  • dancingnancy

    2006/06/02 at 11:20 am

    maybe she’s hit that magical era in life when you start to forget your own age. my friends say that’s anytime after 25, but hey. the kid’s a genius right?

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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