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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.

  • Fantastic news! I sighed and clapped.

  • Lillyanka

    Congrats!! Oh, Marlo is gorgeous! Is Leta jealous?

  • Mnbibes

    Brought tears to my eyes. She’s absolutely precious! Congrats, I’m so happy for you. Love, Mnbibes

  • congrats congrats congrats. Marlo is an awesome name.

    rock on, dooce #2

    and Leta as well, of course.

  • She is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!

  • I’ve never commented, but I’ve read about a year now. She’s beautiful! Congratulations. I’ve been following Twitter more intently the past few days for this specific purpose. Great name, too. Also, great initials. MIA…yes.

  • Congratulations!

  • Navi

    Congratulations! Shed beautiful. My three year old loved the pictures and for some reason the last photo made her laugh and say “silly baby”

  • Oh my. Congratulations! She’s beautiful. I look forward to hearing about life with her in tow.

  • She’s gorgeous! And I love the name – The nickname Lo is super cute!

    AND – her initials are M.I.A., who is one of the most badass females in music right now! Good call all around.

    Now go get some sleep, woman (and Jon).

  • congrats congrats congrats. Marlo is an awesome name.

    rock on, dooce #2

    and Leta as well, of course.

  • Sarafina

    Infinite congratulations. She’s beautiful, you’re beautiful, I’m so happy for you. I wish you all the best as y’all figure out your new family dynamic. Congratulations!!

  • Precious! She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! (And here’s wishing you some sleep!)

  • JMB

    Congratulations! I’m not a fan of newborns normally, but she’s one of the minority which take your breath away. She’s stunning.

    I have to say, Marlo is an odd name. But I thought the same thing when Leta was born and now I couldn’t imagine her being named anything else. It’s a beautiful name, though quite different (which isn’t a bad thing at all)!

  • congrats, she is beautiful!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • Rhonda

    Let us be one of many that have and will be offering congrats.

    All the best, Rhonda and Kristen (8 years-old)

  • Congratulations 🙂

    Having more than one child is a ride in which you constantly think you’re finally on the decent to the exit when all of a sudden you’re dropped at a 90 degree angle upside down and through a tunnel with bats. Suffice it to say that it’s the best f*cking ride of your life.

    And we all know what to do with Bat poo, no?

  • Beautiful pictures. Congratulations to the both of you.

  • Katie

    Congrats! She’s beautiful!

  • Katie

    Congrats! She’s beautiful!

  • You are so beautiful Heather, even after labor! Congrats to you and Jon, the most awesome couple on the planet.

    I didn’t think it was possible, but right now, I adore you even more.

  • cailin

    Congratulations Heather, Jon and Leta!

    (I can’t help but mention how psychic I’m feeling right now. Yesterday I was looking at some pretty irises and I remarked that Iris is a lovely name for a little girl. On Marlo Iris’ birthday! I’m pleased for you and totally creeped out for myself!)

  • Michael

    She is just gorgeous. Thank you for letting us come along for the ride. Please don’t put her on Chuck’s head.

  • Beautiful. Everything about her is just beautiful. And now the real fun begins… Fingers crossed that everything from this point on is just as easy and fun as everything else has been (at least comparatively!) Love, love…

  • I just gasped out loud! what a beautiful, stunning name! and what a precious, beautiful baby! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!

    congratulations, heather, jon, and leta. what a beautiful new face for this world.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Heather, Jon, Leta, Chuck and Coco on the arrival of Marlo. Shes adorable.

    Also congrats on single handedly crashing the internet with the online announcement of Marlo’s arrival.

  • Jane

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations 🙂

  • Huge congratulations on Marlo! Our first was born his due date, which the nurse said was super rare, like 4%…

  • Congratulations, she looks délicious, à croquer! Her name is really cool. Looking forward to read the birth story. Take care…

  • Cory in NYC

    Seriously beautiful!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing this with all of us. She is one lucky girl!! Hurray!!!!!!!!!

  • massive congrats!

  • Goodness, she’s beautiful! I can’t wait to learn more about her.

  • Congratulations! She is so gorgeous. She looks in the second picture how I feel most days…um…what the heck did you just bring me into?

    I hope that Leta welcomes her new role as a big sister, I hope the dogs don’t eat the baby, and I hope that this one sleeps more regularly than Leta did.

  • ace

    Congrats on the baby! I love the name, although I’d grown used to Not Maria…

    You know you’ve made it in the blogging world when your site is nearly impossible to access because you spent several hours screaming in a hospital. =)

    Congrats again to you all!

  • Marlo, you are such a celebrity that you already crashed your Mommy’s website. Congrats to all of you; she’s adorable.

  • jen

    Oh Congratulations. She is a doll! So happy for you all…

  • Bea

    Congratulations! I’m going to miss your quirky pregnant photos. 😉

  • Marlo Iris is gorgeous! I find it incredible that in the time it took me to read this post you received 133 comments. Heather, the fact that gazillions of people – me included – have been glued to our twitter alerts for days awaiting this information is truly a testament to you. Congratulations again and thanks for taking us all on your journey.

  • I’m swooning. Completely and totally. I have no desire to have kids anytime soon, but she is gorgeous.

    Your family is totally deserving of such an angel, congratulations. And, from a young girl that will hopefully one day be a mother, thank you for being an example to us to what opening the lines of communication can do. Motherhood isn’t easy, but thanks to bloggers like you and others, it’s easier to discuss all parts of being a mom. Seriously, thank you.

    And I just noticed the initials – she could be the next M.I.A. 🙂

  • E Simpson

    Congratulations Heather, Jon and Leta! She is gorgeous. Our daughter was also born on her due date (only 4% are it turns out). I’m sure it’s good luck. I’ve been reading your blog since just before my wee one was born and she’s now 2 1/2. As much as I’d love to read regular updates about Marlo and the Armstrong family, I hope you’ll take care of yourself first and post only when you’d like to for a while.

  • D’awwwwww! She’s adorable. Lil Loey.

  • Awwwwwwwww…she is soo beautiful! Congrats to your family. I think Butternut Boo is so cute it’s insane! Welcome Butternut Boo! I wish you happiness infinity!

  • Congratulations! Little Marlo is absolutely beautiful, and has a beautiful name, too. All the best to your whole family…

  • Yay! Congratulations!! She’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to watch her grow. Leta is going to make an awesome big sister! Good luck!!

  • Congrats! She’s gorgeous.

  • Meshbetty

    OMG! She is beautiful! I love the name. My daughter went to preschool with a girl named Marlowe. Oh so very cool!
    Congrats to the whole Armstrong family! :o)

  • She is beautiful. And usually I think newborns are … scary and alien-like creatures. So, well done Team Armstrong!

  • wendi

    Oh, I love her name!! Yippee for all of you!

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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