11.14.2007

Half

Sage turned Half this week.

Today she is Half plus three days.

I think the tough legacy of the second child is that when mom sits down to write you a beautiful Half post, what you get instead is one for Half plus three days. What you get is the remnant writing time, the moments not previously committed to work and family and real people time and once in a while, a few consecutive minutes of sleep.

I hope that in these six months I've made up for the time drain in other ways. I hope I'm learning to let Sage be her own person. I hope I've spent enough time memorizing her smile, absorbing her expressions, tickling her and then laughing at the ensuing patented Sage Alexandra Wiggle Dance.

I hope that I have enough photos of her to make up for the fact that we have no baby book to put them in. I hope that I have enough images of her in my head to make up for the fact that I don't always have enough photos.

I hope I've remembered to give her a turn on the swing too. I hope that we've hid enough of her newborn gifts to make up for a two year-old sister that claims them all as hers.

And I hope that my beautiful Princess Sagebrush continues to be the sweet, smiley, stubborn girl that she is now. At Half.

Half and three days.

The half birthday suit


37 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

Happy Half Birthday Sage! What a cutie you are!

Please tell your Mom not to worry too much - you will not really complain about having second child syndrome till your teen years! By then there will be lots to complain about!

I was just discussing this topic this morning. I also have been loosing steam with each child. The first has tons of photos, the second has a bunch of photos, most with the eldest also in the shot and the third, well, I am too busy with the 2 and 3 year old to snap shots of the 9 month old!!!!

11/14/07, 4:17 PM  
Anonymous mir said...

Happy half, beautiful girl! (Liz, I barely remember my second child's first year of life. He isn't holding it against me. Yet.)

11/14/07, 4:33 PM  
Blogger The Hotfessional said...

Happy Half Sage! You are tooooooo cute. I wish I could reach through the monitor and bite those little toesies.

11/14/07, 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Jill said...

Ahh, but Baby Two gets one thing that Baby One never got. They get a big sibling to watch, to be entertained by, and to be loved by. (Then, when Big Sibling leaves home, they get tired parents who don't really bother enforcing the rules too much anymore.)

11/14/07, 4:47 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

oh my word - what a sweet picture!
happy half birthday, sage!

but..but...what about people (who shall remain nameless) who only have ONE sweet girl and still haven't made time to fill out the baby book?

ugh. the guilt.

11/14/07, 4:58 PM  
Anonymous The Mommy Blogger said...

I don't remember actually sleeping through the night for more than 3 hours at a time. I think I am so conditioned...that I will never be able to...so sleep is a luxury I never see!

11/14/07, 5:06 PM  
Blogger Julie Pippert said...

Happy Half to that beautiful girl.

I hope all the same things as you so beautifully said now that my #2 is 3. It's actually progress.

I was feeling horrid about the photo album especially after a Grandma guilt trip (one way ticket).

But then I realized I have them all sorted by month in an online folder...which is like an album. She is perfectly happy to sit in my lap and scroll photos on the computer. It's the 21st century baby book.

Julie
Using My Words

11/14/07, 5:44 PM  
Blogger Parent said...

Half + 3 days is pretty damn good.

And she looks a bit more like Thalia in that picture.

Like I know anything.

Kristen (You know... Cool Mom Picks)

11/14/07, 5:54 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Happy Half Birthday to the beautiful Sage. I can't believe how much she's grown.

11/14/07, 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Happy Half to lovely Sage. And congrats to Mom for making it six months...

;-)

11/14/07, 7:27 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Happy half Sage! And that is the cutest birthday outfit I've seen in a while.

11/14/07, 7:31 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Happy half-birthday Sage, from a mom who has a "second" whose name is also Sage!

Oh - I've recently discovered your site and have been enjoying your posts!

11/14/07, 7:52 PM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

She's so beautiful. Wow.

Here's hoping she starts celebrating Half by sleeping through. ;)

11/14/07, 8:23 PM  
Blogger PDX Mama said...

Happy half Sage! You are one beautiful little girl.

Believe me, I understand!

11/14/07, 10:15 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Happy half! She's a beauty, and she looks like she's got a lot of spunk, too.

Mira will be half on the 27th. I can't believe it's come so fast.

11/14/07, 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Bitsy Parker said...

At least you even remembered there was such a thing as half. You're ahead of the game already!

11/14/07, 10:50 PM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

Happy Halves, Sager. Halves kick arse. So do seconds. Here's to you!

11/14/07, 11:29 PM  
Anonymous andi said...

Happy half, sweet Sage!

My guy will be half in a few weeks. Do you think I will be able to take about 450 pictures of him before then? Because his picture total is trailing behind that of his sister.

11/15/07, 12:47 AM  
Blogger the new girl said...

That is an amazing picture there.

What a smile.

11/15/07, 2:56 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

But WHOLE gorgeousness. (oooh the chubster arms! ooh the toes!)

11/15/07, 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Emily R said...

She also gets an older sib to adore. She's doing OK.

11/15/07, 8:54 AM  
Blogger Fraulein said...

She is adorable. I think six months is a particularly cute stage -- just emerging from newborn-ness, and starting to engage more eith everyone around them. Fabulous!

11/15/07, 10:08 AM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

That is one good baby!

11/15/07, 11:09 AM  
Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

1/2 is definitely the cutest age. She's just so friggin adorable! (She looks a lot like you too.)

11/15/07, 11:35 AM  
Blogger Marc, Andrea, and now Samantha said...

Awwww she's so cute. My little cutie will be half in less than two months. I'm glad to see she's still in the baby tub (we have the same one), I guess we will get a lot of use out of ours! Yay! Although we stopped using the sling weeks ago.

11/15/07, 11:46 AM  
Blogger Patois said...

Gorgeous. You're doing totally well by her.

11/15/07, 11:53 AM  
Blogger ❉ pixie ❉ said...

She is GORGEOUS!

I'm only on my first and his 6 month post was at least a week late. Don't sweat the three days.

11/15/07, 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Kelcey at the mama bird diaries said...

My 2nd daughter Summer is about to turn one. I'm trying to gear up and summon the energy to order all the pictures from her 1st year and put together an album. One album. Her older sister has about six albums. I wish I was kidding... I hope Summer knows I love her just as much. I'm just a little more tired.

Sage is a cutie! Happy Half!

11/15/07, 4:15 PM  
Blogger Heather, Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Happy Half plus Three!

I'm a second child and always felt a bit of resentment that there were more pictures of my sister.

Then I had my own children and realized that while there may not be as many pictures of me, I got the more relaxed, more confident mom.

As an adult, I think it's a pretty fair trade off...less pictures but also less hovering mom worry!

11/15/07, 4:53 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oh, she gets cuter and cuter!

Yes, #2 is a tough position, especially with an Alpha older sister (which is what we have). But, they also have an older sister to gaze up at, learn from and laugh with which should make up for the lack of photos or memoribilia.

Happy six months little one!

11/15/07, 5:18 PM  
Blogger GRAY MATTER MATTERS said...

Three words...Marsha,Marsha, Marsha!
You were the oldest, so you don't realize that Sage is quietly planning Thalia's demise behind that unbelievable smile.
Happy Half--Love "Jan"

11/15/07, 10:41 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Beautiful girl. Happy half!

Funny - "nyc" is in the word verification below. Are you still planning to move out west?

11/16/07, 12:00 AM  
Blogger Jozet at Halushki said...

omgoodness! I wanna nibble those chunky monkey shoulders!

Does she look at all like her big Sis?

My two look enough alike at that age that they are convinced that pictures of a sister are actually pictures of themselves. That helps.

Otherwise, I'm no help. I have halfway started baby books. And the blog for the baby. All of which is more than I have for myself as a baby.

11/16/07, 1:46 AM  
Anonymous mrs. q. said...

Happy Half, Sage. You are a beauty. Your playmate over here is right behind ya.

11/16/07, 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Noble Savage said...

Happy half birthday to Sage. Beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

Just recently found your site and think it's great. And thanks for visiting mine as well. :)

11/17/07, 8:35 AM  
Blogger RookieMom Whitney said...

So cute! I'm enjoying #2s babyness (babiness?) much more now. Looks like you are, too. We are eagerly watching for "rolling over" so that we can forget to write it down anywhere. (Scarlett is 4 mos, 2 weeks)

11/18/07, 8:07 PM  
Blogger Staci Schoff said...

Oh my gosh, this is the first time it's jumped out at me in one of her pictures but she looks just like you!

The second baby really gets so many perks. It's just dumb mommy guilt always telling us we're not doing enough. She's a lucky baby -- and beautiful!

11/23/07, 12:39 AM  

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