The Art of Birthing a Second Child

The reasons why parents should have a second child: 1) So the older sibling can attempt to live out her fantasy of taking the Snuggle fabric softener bear to show and tell (the next best thing to an advertising icon is clearly a little tiny infant with a full vocabulary, like Stewie, but sweeter).  2) So the older child can become enraged that the newborn speaks nothing like the Snuggle Bear or Stewie, but will go on to allow this younger sibling to manifest a secret language only understood by the elder child (and certainly not the parents).  3) So the older, terribly shy and bad-at-flirting sibling can send the little cute blonde one to grab the quarterback of the high school football team, drag him across the hockey field and force introductions (when the older one is 11 and the younger, 7).  4) So the older sibling can grow up to start a blog and use this younger child/victim as photographer, model, actress and H.W. Plainview. It all worked out perfectly.

Happy Birthday, Port, my little victim!

15 comments

  1. Bradford says:

    aww...and still as close today as you are in that photo. remarkable!

  2. B, it's a bit creepy, frankly. Ask her about the "Cheek Nub."

  3. I know that you love the check nub!!

  4. There are definitely some twinish qualities here - part of the Hovey charm.

  5. Happy Birthday Porter!! Sweet post.

  6. That is so sweet! I'm an only child and I wish I had a fabulous sibling like the two of you!

  7. Anonymous says:

    ohhhh.... so sweet!
    Christy

  8. Pitboss12 says:

    I've abandoned my child!!
    I've abandoned my boy!!

  9. One can scarcely imagine the House of Hovey without this perfect pairing. Such gifted artists, both of you. Happy Birthday, marvelous Porter!

  10. 3) So the older, terribly shy and bad-at-flirting sibling can send the little cute blonde one to grab the quarterback of the high school football team, drag him across the hockey field and force introductions

    love that!

    so cute ; ) happy birthday, porter!

  11. Bradford says:

    I already commented, but P's cheeks! THOSE CHEEKS!!!!

  12. What beautiful little girls!
    Love your tender and sisterly post as I am the big sis also and have a similarly close relationship with my little sis, Lis. Can't beat sisters and the incredible bond/friendship! Happy Belated Birthday to Porter!

  13. THis is a GREAT photo! I just saw it on Cup of Jo and had to come over to see who the photo belonged to.
    You have a lovely blog site!
    ENJOY your weekend!
    Fifi