Max is Ten Months Old!

By Kate |

New Year’s Day marked Max’s ten month old birthday. According to my four year old, these monthly birthdays are very important and deserve much celebration. It’s hard to believe the real birthday celebration is in only two months!

I do have some bad news to share this month, so I might as well get it out of the way: Max’s thighs are thinning. I know, I know. It’s pretty sad.

I blame Max’s love of cruising for his shrinking thunder thighs. He pulls up on everything and scoots along and along. This month he started transferring from ouch to table and table to chair and toy to cupboard. Recently he started getting even more brave: he lets go. I have no idea where he thinks he’s going since he can’t stand up. But, he, apparently, has no fear. He got two walkers for Christmas and absolutely loves them. He just walks with the biggest grin on his face you’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely darling. Even with the walker practice and his brave streak, I still think he’s a couple months from walking on his own.

First Christmas

This may make me a mean parent, but I happen to love the photos I have of my children SCREAMING on Santa’s lap. It’s really a rite of passage, don’t you think?

I was all prepared for Max to react the same way. I had my camera ready, my husband was poised to place Max on Santa’s lap and then quickly snatch him back up to comfort him as soon as he started screaming but after I got a photo, of course. Much to our surprise, Max didn’t cry at all. He was, in typical Max fashion, totally relaxed and content.

He did sneak a few sideways glances at the strange man holding him, but never made a peep.

I can’t believe we actually got a photo with all three kids looking at the camera and smiling!

We had a great time celebrating Max’s first Christmas. It also marked our first Christmas spent with only our nuclear family – no grandparents, aunts, cousins or the like. I was a little nervous it would be depressing or underwhelming but it was pretty awesome. We spent Christmas Eve with friends so our kids dressed up in their Christmas finery. And they once again proved why it’s impossible to get a good photo of three kids.

Christmas Day we didn’t even get out of our pajamas. And we discovered a new way to take a family photo of the three: with Max holding his new walker to distract him and keep him from crawling away.

Max was not so into opening his presents. He preferred to rip and flap the wrapping paper instead. His big siblings had no trouble helping him unwrap presents.

Max started to “play ball” with his big brother. It goes something like this: My six year old rolls a small ball to Max. Max giggles. Max grabs the ball and shakes it until he drops it and it rolls to big brother. And repeat.

Even with all the fun and games over the last month, Max’s favorite discovery? The bidet in our hotel in Sicily. He loved sitting in it and he also loved sneaking into the bathroom to turn on the running water to play.

Max at Ten Months

  • Weight: 25.5 pounds
  • Length: 30 inches
  • New Trick: Lots of cruising, playing ball with his big brother
  • Big Adventures: first Christmas, trip to Sicily



Look back: Max at One MonthMax at Two MonthsMax at Three MonthsMax at Four MonthsMax at Five MonthsMax at Six Months,
Max at Seven MonthsMax at Eight Months and Max at Nine Months.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    Sweet, sweet boy! There’s no way those thunder thighs are going ANYwhere! They still look pretty healthy to me. 🙂

  2. 2.

    He is just so adorable! If it makes you feel any better I totally forgot to get a pic of all three in front of the tree.

  3. 3.

    How cute! Your children are beautiful. I have been reading your blog for awhile, but never stop to make a comment. I am working on that for 2013.

    Stay well and Happy Holidays,


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