Heater, Mother of Lance

Introducing…

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.

3,248 Comments
  • e

    2009/06/15 at 8:35 pm

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

  • Carrie

    2009/06/15 at 8:35 pm

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

  • Ashley

    2009/06/15 at 8:35 pm

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

  • Sarah

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

    PS. I keep seeing Leta in her little face!

  • Kellie

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

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

    Enjoy the newness. 🙂

  • Amy

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

    Congratulations Heather! What a beautiful little bundle!

  • Stacey

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

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

  • Erin

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

    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

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

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

  • lisa bajillion

    2009/06/15 at 8:36 pm

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

  • Linds

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    CONGRATS! She’s gorgeous and perfect!

  • Eunice

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Nicola

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    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.

  • Melissa

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Jeska

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    So pretty! Congratulations!

  • Lucy

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    She’s fabu!

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

  • Andrea's Sweet Life

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

    Great job, y’all.

  • Michelle

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    Incredible pics of stunning little Marlo. Congrats!

  • Jen

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Margaret

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    Huzzah!

  • Jennifer A.

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    Welcome, baby Marlo! Congrats, Heather and Jon!

    I hope Jon understands how thoroughly outnumbered he is. 🙂

  • Michelle

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    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.

  • Beth

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Erica

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Jen

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Nat W

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful name, beautiful baby! Congratulations!

  • Kelli

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Christine

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations, she’s lovely. Good luck sleeping!

  • Liz

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    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!

  • Janna

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Missy

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Ellen Crimi-Trent

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Lisa

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    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!

  • Gina

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

    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

    2009/06/15 at 8:37 pm

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

  • Wojak

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

  • steph anne

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

    congratulations!!! she’s beautiful!

  • Leslie Ruth

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

    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…

  • Daddy Scratches

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

    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

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

  • Julie

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

  • Martha

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

  • laura

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

    (LOVE THE NAME, kicks massive amounts of ass)

  • Beth

    2009/06/15 at 8:38 pm

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

  • Francesca

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

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

  • kathy

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

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

  • Tara

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to you all!

  • kelcut

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

    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.

  • Tanya

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

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

  • Suze

    2009/06/15 at 8:39 pm

    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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