+1 with extra thanks to Neil. This 1-2 synchro behavior is common in my experience among many manuals. Always good to take things easy until all systems are at operating temp...which can take a while with 2 1/2 gallons of oil and 8 gallons of coolant. Absolutely no issues at operating temp.Thanks Neil - it's great to have your input on this issue, as it gets rid of the conjecture, and putting it to rest.
I personally make that shift very slowly, pausing as I'm entering the 2nd gear when the car is cold, and allowing the synchornizer to come up to speed. This seems to work for me.