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Marlo Iris Armstrong
7lbs. 15oz.
21 inches long
born at 1:53 AM, 06/14/2009, her official due date

Her middle name was chosen to honor Jon’s aunt Iris who passed away last summer, a generous, gentle woman whose life was filled with all sorts of music. Her first name? Well, it just kicks a lot of ass.

Marlo looks remarkably more like a Hamilton than an Armstrong and probably resembles my father more than anyone else. Although, she has an incredibly deep dimple on the left side of her face, something she inherited from two of Jon’s sisters.

Leta looked very much like a frog when she was a newborn. Marlo looks like a glowworm.

Labor was an absolute thrill ride that I will write about in detail later this week, but first I need to get some sleep, not easy when this baby takes to picketing and lobbying congress when removed from my boob.

You may call her Marlo, Lo, Lil Donette, or Butternut Boo.

Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and prayers. It’s been a blast having you all along for the ride.

  • e

    She is absolutely precious and I LOVE her name – congratulations to you and your whole family!

  • Carrie

    I’ve been checking and checking. Sooooo happy everyone is doing well. Love the name too. Love you guys!!

  • Ashley

    So sweet!!! Congratulations, Heather, Jon, and Leta!!!

  • Sarah

    PS. I keep seeing Leta in her little face!

  • Kellie

    She is delicious and her name is fantastic. Well done.

    Enjoy the newness. 🙂

  • Amy

    Congratulations Heather! What a beautiful little bundle!

  • Stacey

    Mazel Tov!
    What a beautiful name for such a beautiful baby!
    (is it coincidence that the “input format” test word below is “sterilization”???!!!)

  • Erin

    So happy to see this post! I was keeping up with the updates on Twitter, but it’s a thrill to find out her name and see all the pictures.

    Congratulations to the entire Armstrong clan. Marlo Iris is an absolutely beautiful, powerful, sweet, awesome name.

  • Mary

    She is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to you, Jon and Leta. Glad it all went perfectly!

  • lisa bajillion

    What a precious, and may I add GORGEOUS, little peanut!! The names are equally fab. Congratulations!!

  • Linds

    CONGRATS! She’s gorgeous and perfect!

  • Eunice

    Congratulations Heather and Jon! She is adorable and that name is awesome. 🙂

  • Nicola

    Welcome Marlo!

    I like that she was born on her due date by an hour and a half or so. Cause this kid is going to be on time, bitches.

    I’ve been checking the site every hour or so since you twittered. I swear, twitter has turned me into the most ridiculous internet addict ever.

  • Congratulations Heather & Jon! She is BEAUTIFUL!
    I love her name…
    Thanks for having us along on this wild ride 🙂

  • Jeska

    So pretty! Congratulations!

  • Lucy

    She’s fabu!

    That second photo, that expression is completely worthy of Leta sisterhood.

  • She is absolutely gorgeous, with an incredibly strong and feminine name!

    Great job, y’all.

  • Incredible pics of stunning little Marlo. Congrats!

  • Jen

    She is absolutely stunning! And the name is gorgeous too. Congratulations!

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  • Jennifer A.

    Welcome, baby Marlo! Congrats, Heather and Jon!

    I hope Jon understands how thoroughly outnumbered he is. 🙂

  • Michelle

    Congratulations! Glad everyone is healthy and happy (well, when being fed anyway).

    I do think you should have stuck with calling her Donette, if only for the web. Because people who will feel entitled to critique your bedsheets are sure-hell gonna feel entitled to critique your baby’s name.

  • Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations and best wishes for some sleep once in a while. 🙂

  • She is adorable, so beautiful. Congrats to you and your family

  • Jen

    Gorgeous!!!!! I can’t get over those cheeks! Ah new baby freshness. Congratulations!

  • Nat W

    Beautiful name, beautiful baby! Congratulations!

  • Just wonderful! She is gorgeous and I’m so glad you are all doing well. Congrats!

  • Christine

    Congratulations, she’s lovely. Good luck sleeping!

  • Liz

    she’s absolutely adorable! the name rocks hard core! you guys will have your hands full in a few years. enjoy the peace while you can!

  • Congratulations, she is adorable. And what a kickass name!

  • Her name totally rocks…plus she’s gorgeous. Congratulations!

  • congrads on your new bundle of sweet joy! She is precious!!!! and what a great name!!

  • Lisa

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and have been checking since your last written post. I also love the name! You’re in my thoughts!

  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    I also want to say how much those of us who read your blog appreciate you letting us in at a time when you must just want to throw the bedpan across the room.

  • Melissa

    Awww! She’s gorgeous, and Marlo Iris is a fabulous name.

  • Wojak

    She’s beautiful and perfect. Thanks for letting us share.

  • congratulations!!! she’s beautiful!

  • Hooray!

    Marlo Iris…a good name for when she’s in trouble and you need to use the full name 🙂

    She’s just gorgeous and so different from Leta! Can’t wait to see pics and hear stories of the sisters meeting each other…

  • Congratulations, Heather. Very happy for you and your family … and, as a father of two young children, I’m looking forward to your upcoming tales of equal parts joy and chaos.

  • Annie

    OH! She’s so beautiful! I’m so happy for you both! Congrats!!

  • She’s beautiful. Congratulations to you all, most especially big sister Leta.

  • Wonderful, what a lovely name, and what a beautiful wee girl. Thanks for sharing.

  • oh my hell, she is a DOLL! congratulations to the whole family!

    (LOVE THE NAME, kicks massive amounts of ass)

  • Beth

    Eeee! I’ve been waiting for her (and her name) for so long! CONGRATULATIONS! And what a great name!

  • Congratulations! She’s a stunner – well suited to her fabulous name!

  • kathy

    congrats! she is gorgeous & i am very happy for you all!

  • She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to you all!

  • kelcut

    Thanks so much for sharing this part of your life with us. She’s absolutely beautiful – congrats!

    I enjoyed following your tweets as you went into labor.

  • She’s beautiful, and I love the name Marlo.

  • Marlo is a beauty. Congrats!

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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