The night before three

Last night I said goodnight to a two year-old for the last time.

Last night I got home in time to let you eat two little candies and called it dessert. We hugged and we cuddled and we rubbed bonked heads and bandaged scraped knees. We pet the kitty (Not so hard! Not so hard!) and we fed the dog and we read the next chapter of Peter Pan.

Only you wanted to read it yourself. You traced your finger across the words like Thalia does, and called out each one; although the words you saw were not JM Barrie's.

I want to go make a quickly pee. And he wants to go make a quickly pee. And if I don't make a poop I can't poop but I can make a quickly pee but not both. And I want a Mo-Mo and a lo-lo and a lalalalala. And that word says Peter Pan! And that one says POOOOOOOP.

And Thalia and I both laughed through our tears at the exquisite humor of a two-year old for the last time.

And we cuddled and we had a sleeping contest and we had a second sleeping contest when that first one didn't work. And then we had a third sleeping contest only I counted to ten without the seven because you said you don't like seven and then you asked for another sleeping contest. And then you wanted to pick just one doll to sleep with -- just one doll to sleep with, only you came back with four. And your S pillow. And your milk.

And I rolled my eyes at a two year-old for the last time.

I told you that the sooner you would go to sleep the sooner you would wake up three. The sooner we could kiss you and sing happy birthday and give you a present. The sooner you would go to sleep the sooner it would be the morning.

You held my palm in both hands and pressed it to your soft, sweet cheek and smiled.

Last night I touched my lips to the sweet forehead of a two year-old for the last time.
Then this morning, you woke up three, just as I had promised.

How has it only been 1,096 days? I'm sure you've been in my heart forever.

Happy birthday Sagey. I love you down to your toes.


Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

So sweet. Happy birthday Sage, and happy parenting to you and Nate. xo Christine

5/11/10, 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Alyson said...

I love this entry!
Please make sure you print it and save it in her baby book -- or, if you're more like me, shove it in a drawer in your nightstand and take it out repeatedly over the years to re-read it tearfully.
Happy Birthday Sage!

5/11/10, 9:00 AM  
Blogger Mama Cas said...

So sweet....Happy Birthday, Sage!

5/11/10, 9:16 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

This was so sweet. As the mother of a baby turning little boy way too soon I got all teary eyed reading this. While tantrums and unrestricted emotions abound, there is something so special about this age. And I somehow sense that looking back it will be the age I miss most.

Hope your little Sage has a great birthday!

5/11/10, 9:45 AM  
Blogger fredda313 said...

You've touched my heart AGAIN. Hard to believe Sage is 3! Love to all. Auntie Fred

5/11/10, 9:57 AM  
Blogger sharonbially said...

My 6-year old son (the youngest of 2) will turn 7 on Friday. From the start he's been the cuddlier of my 2 boys, the one with a sweet nature and permanently baby-soft skin even as he grows. He's never protested when I wrap my arms around him and nuzzle his neck or the crown of his head...until recently. I can't help thinking how time flies and how many mixed feelings I have about seeing him grow!

5/11/10, 10:03 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

Happy happy happy birthday.

5/11/10, 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Kami (@workingmomfence) said...

I'm crying. My 1 year old turned 2 in March and I still haven't gotten over it...

5/11/10, 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Angella said...

Sigh. Lovely birthday post, Liz.

5/11/10, 11:57 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Happy birthday, Sage, from my 4 1/2 year-old Sage! It is such a bizarre concept for them to go to sleep one thing and wake up another, you know?

5/11/10, 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...

So lovely Liz. Happy birthday to your beautiful Sage.

Here's to her rocking the big three.

5/11/10, 12:13 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh my. Can you please stop making me cry at work? I think this is the best line ever written (EVER):

"How has it only been 1,096 days? I'm sure you've been in my heart forever."

Happy birthday Sage!

5/11/10, 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Mir said...

Awww, happy birthday, Sage!!

5/11/10, 12:32 PM  
Blogger J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Happy Birthday Sage! Gosh, I remember when you were debating even trying...then the whole cat poop scare...and here she is, three already. How can that be?

Such a sweet post. Glad she can read 'POOOOOP'.

5/11/10, 12:37 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

If she lets me, I'd like to give Sage a big Smiss and a Smug when I see her next. Such a sweet little girl, so lucky to know her. Happy Birthday Sage!

5/11/10, 12:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...


5/11/10, 1:11 PM  
Blogger Katie B. said...

Oh, you're killing me! My son turns three in July, and I'm not handling it well.

5/11/10, 1:28 PM  
Blogger Marketing Mommy said...

Lovely, just lovely. I'm going to enjoy the next 2 months, for soon Ada will join Sage at 3.

5/11/10, 1:45 PM  
Blogger ScientistMother said...

happy bday Sage!

5/11/10, 1:47 PM  
Blogger Liz@thisfullhouse said...

Wow, she's getting sooooo big and cuter by the day. Happy Birthday, Sage!

5/11/10, 1:57 PM  
Blogger cheri said...

awww, this is so sweet.

happy birthday, sage! know that your cherished and loved always :)

5/11/10, 2:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Happy Birthday Sage! I too turned another year old today. And as a mom to a soon one year old (32 days away!)I'm loving this entry...and your words as always!

5/11/10, 3:59 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Thank you all so much for the nice wishes. I'll make sure to read all of them (well, most of them) to Sage tonight as she fights about bedtime. Again.

And happy birthday to you Tracy!

5/11/10, 4:21 PM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

Happy 3rd birthday Sage. Hope it's filled with unicorns, dolls and cupcakes.

5/11/10, 4:28 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

So cute.....it's horrible how quickly they grow! Happy Birthday Sage x

5/11/10, 7:15 PM  
Anonymous motheroad said...

Aw, crap. You made me cry.

5/11/10, 8:57 PM  
Blogger Boy Crazy said...

I love that she doesn't like seven.

5/11/10, 9:57 PM  
Blogger Melba said...

I just started reading this blog and it's awesome! My Rosie is turing three in a few weeks... :( This post was lovely.

5/11/10, 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Chris @ CleverFather said...

I'm man enough to admit that this post tugged on the ol' heart strings!

5/11/10, 11:46 PM  
Blogger Susan W said...

Apparently I need to stop reading your blog, because you always write such sweet things about your girls that I start to cry! Happy Birthday Sage, I hope you all had a wonderful day!

5/12/10, 11:34 AM  
Anonymous mrs. q. said...

Happy Bday, Sage! Your friends in Massachusetts send you a big MWAH!

5/12/10, 6:51 PM  
Blogger Aging Mommy said...

When you write these posts about your children and how you feel about them my heart melts, which is why I come here to read them. A beautiful post.

5/12/10, 7:50 PM  
Blogger Truthful Mommy said...

Happy Birthday Sage! I feel your pain Mommy, my baby turns three on the 21st and I am feeling a little anxious about this being the last weekend she will be three:( The firsts are so exciting, but the lasts...NOT SO MUCH!

5/13/10, 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Ms. Mary Mack said...

This post warms the entire heart. So sweet and special. I know your daughter will hold on to this (if they still use that thing called paper in, like, 5 years) as yet more proof that her mom loves her "down to her toes."

Thanks for sharing this. Just beautiful.

5/13/10, 3:14 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Happy Birthday, Sage!

5/13/10, 3:57 PM  
Blogger caramama said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Sage!

This was such a lovely post. And I can't believe she (and my daughter) are 3 already. What happeneds?

5/13/10, 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Mojo said...

So sweet! My girls are just a few months ahead of yours, and I love reading what yours are doing, they so closely echo what yours are doing. The "reading" like big sister? Have had almost that same paragraph read (except it was Ariel and not so much poop, as we'd already heard too much about it at dinner). Happy birthday, Sage!

5/13/10, 4:17 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

What a sweet, lovely post. I sobbed and sobbed during "Happy Birthday" at my baby's girl's first birthday party in April. It's wonderful that you're taking the time to enjoy every moment!

5/14/10, 9:30 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

This is so sweet!

I teared up a bit over it. Happy birthday!

5/16/10, 12:39 AM  
Anonymous 6512 and growing said...

That was gorgeously perfectly said.

5/18/10, 4:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah @ Sterling Creek Ranch said...

Oh. I only have 202 days left. Sniff. Who ever called them the terrible twos had no idea. They've been my favorite twice.

5/21/10, 11:27 PM  

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