The Max!


Yes, apparently I blinked and look — it’s March. Max is two. TWO. The boy is two! His party is tomorrow and I should be getting ready, but I know I need to do The Max Stats report after his two year check up yesterday at the doctor.

He’s up to a not-so-whopping 23 lbs. He’s 33 inches tall (that’s 2′ 9″ for ya’ll folks out there who can’t convert it). In other words, a tiny little peanut. He’s 15th percentile for height and just 5% for weight. His pants all fall off of him. Skinny butted-boy.

He did really great at his checkup, though he acted shy for a few minutes. He was really good for Dr. Malloy and even gave him a high five when the exam was over (though he also immediately went shy as he realized what he’d done). Then the nurse came in to give him his (thankfully single) shot. That he didn’t like at all, but then she gave him a football bandaid for it and the little man actually told her thank you. He’s a sweet little guy.

We took him to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday and that went over really well. He even ate some of the pizza and he fell in love with Chuck E.’s animatronic dancing self. We’ll definitely have to go back.

He’s a little chatterbug too and has lots of complete sentences, including things like “No, mommy, don’t want chicken. Want to watch TV.” which I’m not altogether happy about. He’s always on the go.

In other news, Tony and I are doing well on the diets. I’ve lost 19 lbs. so far (10 to go!) and Tony has lost a bit over 20. (I think he’s got 15 to go). And we’re going to go to China — with The Max — very soon. I’m very excited about that, even though I’ve realized my non-existent Chinese skills are going to be put to the test. I did learn a few words growing up, but they were all in Cantonese, not Mandarin.

Anyway, I will try and blog more. It’s just been crazy busy around here. Life, right?


We finally broke down and had family photos taken by Souder Photography. They’ve sent me a few, though I won’t be getting the rest until later once they’ve finished processing them and cleaning them up and what not. I’m only going to share one right now, as some of you may be getting a picture for Christmas…

This one makes me laugh. It’s very Max.

The Max Expounds

The Max expounds on an important point.

It started snowing a little bit yesterday and deposited some more over night. Max has seen snow before, but it was a long time ago and he certainly doesn’t remember it — not to mention he couldn’t walk last time he saw any. We’ve even been reading some books about snow to get him prepared.

So this morning he’s standing at the door yelling “Snow! Snow! Oh no! Snow!” I’m not sure what the “oh no” part was for, but he definitely gets what snow is now. I bundled him all up and got on his snow suit (a hand me down from a neighbor, thank you very much Maryanne!) and his boots and his hat. Couldn’t get mittens on him, but I figured, oh okay. Then out we went. Five minutes later, with freezing little boy hands and a small boy meltdown, we were back inside.

This is Max’s first Halloween for trick-or-treating. Last year he was too little (and couldn’t eat candy yet). This year…look out! We had a devil costume for him, but he really wouldn’t keep it on. So instead we went with some overalls and his favorite (as in he wears it ALL the time) fireman hat. And his vampire binky, just because. So he was a vampire fireman for Halloween.

The Max really is changing every day. New words are popping up all the time. Current favorites are pumpkin (punkin’) and football (said with a lot of emphasis), hit (yelled at the TV screen when football is on), mess (as in, oh, look at the mess I made), and pool ball (referring to the pool table). Sounds like fall.

His favorite foods right now are peaches, bacon, sometimes grapes, ramen noodles, rice, egg rolls, popcorn, any kind of food on a stick (i.e. popsicles and corn dogs) and yogurt. He really only wants to feed himself now too–doesn’t want any help from Mommy. Of course, that makes meal time very messy and loooonnnng.

Lunchtime Max

Lunchtime Max

We have a little itty bitty peanut. He’s still weighing in at a whopping 20 lbs, 10 ounces. Not even 21 lbs. yet! He has gotten taller, though. He’s up to 32 inches now.

He’s adding new words every day and is a little monkey boy — in more ways than one. The other day he was playing with his blocks (i.e. scattering them around the room) and I said to him “Max, you’re a one boy wrecking crew.” and he yells back: “I know! I know!” as he goes careening around the room.

(Yeah, I know I have lots of other catching up to do, but here’s a start…)

The Max has been picking up words left and right lately. As of today’s count, I think he’s got 40. Here they are, in all their glory:

  1. keys
  2. Mom (otherwise known as “Mom mom mom mom mom”
  3. Daddy
  4. shoe
  5. balloon (boon)
  6. ball
  7. car
  8. kitty
  9. doggy
  10. hot
  11. hat
  12. bubble
  13. bottle
  14. cup
  15. cracker
  16. cool (usually “Coooooool”)
  17. dude
  18. sweet (as in, “Dude! Sweeet!”)
  19. hi
  20. bye
  21. pop
  22. straw
  23. no
  24. yeah
  25. draw
  26. nose
  27. ow
  28. honk (he likes to honk unsuspecting noses)
  29. help (if he’s going “hep! hep!” it means he needs a hand with something)
  30. cookie
  31. uh oh
  32. thank you (dee doo, but it means thank you)
  33. clock (sadly, he often leaves off the “l”)
  34. sock
  35. sit (He tells Penny to sit all the time, though sadly he adds an extra “h”)
  36. walk
  37. poop
  38. wow
  39. tree
  40. whoa (said with Keanu-like reverence)

He did attempt to say blueberry today, but it wasn’t altogether successful and came out sounding kind of like “boobee” so I’m not counting that yet…

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