Best way to roast the broomstick. Must try. Five Stars.


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.

  • Congrats to you and your family. I love how her initials spell out Mia.

  • libraryhipster

    She’s so little and shiny! The raccoon part of me wants to wash her in a stream, look at her really closely and then put her in my pocket! Congratulations!

  • She is absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous name! And look at those perfect eyes and lips! I’m so happy for your family. Congratulations to you all!

  • Those eyes! My god!

    Congrats! Today was an agonizing wait, and Marlo Iris was definitely worth it. Beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl.

  • Kymmi

    she’s perfect! can’t wait to see a picture of her and her older sister together. good work, mama.

  • I happen to think that a lot of newborn babies are just really ugly and look kind of gross. But I can honestly say that Marlo is absolutely beautiful–that picture of her sleeping is amazing. Congratulations!

  • Eastland

    She is just GORGEOUS! Love the name — cute cute cute.
    Congrats 🙂

  • Ellisha

    Congratulations! she’s so adorable.

  • Molly Chase

    Oh, she’s gorgeous. Welcome, Lo.

  • I love her name and she’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  • She is a doll! I absolutely love the name, and the picture that Jon posted of Leta meeting Marlo was simply beautiful. Makes me want to get pregnant tonight and have another one, but I think I will wait until my little Ava is older. I hope Marlo isn’t too hard on her parents 🙂

  • Katie

    She has Leta’s lips!! The name is amazing. And she is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations! Amazing!

  • Melissa

    Little Lo. 🙂 I’m partial to Lo, as it’s also one of my nicknames too!

    Congratulations to you, Jon, Leta, and your happy family. Honestly, it feels like I have a new niece!

    Thank you for sharing your life with all of us, Heather.

  • Wow. She’s really something! Congrats and thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Aww! Congrats Heather, Jon, and Leta to adding Marlo! Agreed the name is totally kick ass. She’s adorable, as expected! Glad everything went so well! 🙂


    Okay, I was just checking to see if you were reading. She’s fantastically beautiful. Congrats, and my best to all of you.

  • She is so sweet! I love her name.

  • Congratulations! Killer name for a beautiful kiddo!

  • Congrats, Dooce! (And Blurb! And Leta!) Marlo is beautiful : )

  • Ellisha

    Congratulations! she’s so adorable.

  • Nicole

    Shit. I named my daughter Marlowe when she was born last year thinking that there wouldn’t be 14 of them in her kindergarten class….. now I guess I’m left to sit back and wait for it to pop up as the number one name of 2009.

    But she is cute. And the name DOES rock.

  • Welcome to the world, Marlo!

    Poop normally, or we’ll all hear about it.

    P.S. One of my test words was “swimmers.” Are these things themed?

  • Nicole

    Thank you for sharing this experience with us this weekend. I felt closer to you than most friends and I was so excited as each new tweet arrived. Congratulations to your beautiful family!

  • She’s beautiful… finally. And I think I’ll call her Lo. I’ll be all, “Hey Lo, what’s crackin?”

  • Congratulations! I’m impressed you have time to blog. She is adorable and has a great name

  • Katie

    She has Leta’s lips!! The name is amazing. And she is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Debra

    She is amazing, perfect, gorgeous, and amazingly-perfectly-gorgeous, too!!

    Congratulations to the entire incredible family, and welcome to the world, Marlo! 🙂

  • Lisafashionista

    I’ve been awaiting Marlo’s arrival almost as anxiously as I did the birth of my sister’s two babies. As a reader since the pre-Leta days, I am so happy that baby #2 is a moment that could come true happily for you.

  • Meredith

    Congratulations!! She’s so gorgeous and I really really love the name. Though my name is around much more, when I was young . . I never knew anyone else with my name. I love having a non-run of the mill name, and I know Marlo will too.

  • What a beauty! Congratulations and GREAT name. Marlo Thomas comes to mind.

  • Emily

    Congratulations Heather!! She’s so beautiful!

  • Nicole

    Thank you for sharing this experience with us this weekend. I felt closer to you than most friends and I was so excited as each new tweet arrived. Congratulations to your beautiful family!

  • She’s beautiful! Congratulations!!!

    Iris was my beloved mother-in-law’s name and is my one-year-old granddaughter’s middle name—lot’s of good associations.

    I’m so happy for all of you!

  • Congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful 🙂 The last picture is my favorite.

  • Julia

    Congratulations! This page took a while to load so you know how many people wanted to see her!

  • Oh Heather! She is so beautiful! You and Jon have the “making stunning children” thing down cold!

  • Well done and congrats. She’s beautiful.

    And, by the way, you have send my ovaries into overdrive. I saw pictures of her and the first thing that went through my head was “MUST GO AND GET PREGNANT RIGHT THIS SECOND”.

  • Milo

    Wooow, she’s gorgeous, congrats guys! We’re all expecting your upcoming posts on life with Lo.

    Leta, Chuck and Coco’s reactions must be fully detailed.

  • Addie

    she is phenominally beautiful as is her name!! :). congrats on your sweet little girl 🙂

  • Marlo is an adorable name! She is very cute.

  • She’s just gorgeous! Congrats!!

  • She is beyond adorable!! Congrats on making a non-wormy looking baby! 🙂 Love the name. Hope Leta settles into big sisterhood with ease..

  • congratulations! she’s absolutely adorable!

  • Lo

    all this time i was waiting anxiously for the name, and here it turns out to be (practically) my own! it’s my pleasure to welcome another *Lo* to the world 🙂

  • Jenn

    Congrats to the whole family! Not gonna lie..when I quickly glanced, I swore you said her name was Mario and I just shook my head and chuckled. Then I realized it was Marlo and OMG it’s PERFECT!

  • Noura

    Congratulations Armstrong family! And to Marlo–welcome to the world! You have amazing, loving, hilarious parents…you’re a lucky kid! Lots of internet love and good wishes coming your way!

  • kat

    welcome to the world miss marlo. you are so cute! and congrats to big sis leta! 🙂

  • Congratulations–she’s gorgeous!! May your sleep be as much as possible, your anxiety be low, and your poop be plentiful! 🙂

  • YAY! I haven’t refreshed this often in years!

    Congratulations to the entire Blurbodoocery!

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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