Happy Birthday Max!

By Kate |

Max is ONE. One year old. I can hardly believe that it’s been 365 days since he was born. It’s been both the fastest and slowest year ever. But more on that in the full “Max is Twelve Months Old” post. This post here is all about our wee first birthday celebration today.

Unfortunately, my husband is currently out of town for work so today was super simple. We’re having a birthday party in a couple weeks with a proper cake and friends and, well, not much else because Max is only 1. But today was just about a yummy dinner and a birthday cupcake.

First, I had to get a picture of Max in his birthday outfit and his birthday hat. He was not so sure about the hat.

Birthday Hat

And, in fact, he wasn’t so sure about the cupcake when we lit the candle and his big siblings and I sang “Happy Birthday.”

First Birthday Cupcake

When I actually put the cupcake on his high chair, though, he showed it no mercy. He grabbed the cupcake in his fat little hand. And that was the end of the cupcake and the beginning of Max’s life as a chocoholic.

Max Eating Cupcake on First Birthday

Birthday Cupcake First BirthdayMax Eating a CupcakeMax Eating Cupcake

IΒ think it’s safe to say Max liked his first cupcake.

Baby Eating Cupcake on First Birthday

You can just see his little brain working here, thinking “There must be some way to get the crumbs off of this plate.”


He totally went there. Licked the plate clean.


His big brother and big sister were so excited to celebrate a little bit today (and not just because they also got to eat a cupcake). They were genuinely happy to make today all about Max and they told anyone who would listen that it was his birthday.

Max First Birthday

Happy Birthday, Max! We love you. And you love cupcakes.

Max Eating Cupcake 5



Kate started The Shopping Mamaβ„’ 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.
    Arlene S.

    Happy Birthday Max! He has got the cutest chubby cheeks ever! Hope you all had an awesome day!!!

  2. 2.

    and I’m crying all over again. Happy Birthday Max! Careful eating too many cupcakes… It’s your mama’s way to get those thighs back πŸ˜‰

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      That is a GREAT idea! I shall give him a cupcake a day until they’re gone.

  3. 3.

    Super Cute! My daughter didn’t want to get dirty on her first Birthday so I am a little jealous of the messy face…lol. The birthday outfit was adorable. The Birthday hat was super cute.

    Happy Birthday Max!

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    Leslie G

    Oh he is so cute. I love the head back and him stuffing it in. LOL my little girl just had her birthday. She picked up the plate and ate the cake. I think her hands were just too small.

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    I just got all giddy and happy reading this post and looking at those awesome pictures. I love the way he went all out and just grabbed that cupcake like he OWNED it.

    And as I write this I’m getting all weepy because our little babies are growing up and on the 10th I’m going to be doing the same thing. It makes me so happy and yet so very sad to watch them grow.

  6. 6.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a baby lick the plate clean, that is SO cute. He’s finally experienced life now that he’s had chocolate.
    Happy Birthday Max!!

  7. 7.

    Oh, Happy Birthday! We just did the same last week. πŸ™‚

  8. 8.
    Ginger G.

    Happy Birthday to him! What a cutie! It looks as if he enjoyed the cake haha : )

  9. 9.

    Happy Birthday Max! Looks like it was a blast! My baby boy is 5 months and I’m starting to think about the themes and also I want to do a special cake for him to get cake on everywhere! πŸ™‚ and take pictures like you did with your son πŸ™‚

  10. 10.

    Awesome! like a boss…

  11. 11.

    Happy 1st Birthday to Max! He looks like he enjoyed his day!

  12. 12.
    Janet W.

    Boy did he enjoy that cake or what?! He is ADORABLE!

  13. 13.

    You have 3 beautiful kids and he is so cute. Time goes pretty quick, my baby boy is 8 months now and it seems he was born yesterday. My baby girl will be 4 years in may, she is growing too fast πŸ™

  14. 14.

    You have 3 beautiful kids and he is so cute. Time goes pretty quick, my baby boy is 8 months now and it seems he was born yesterday. My baby girl will be 4 years in may, she is growing too fast πŸ™

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    joanna garcia

    omg love the video and the pics too cute! they do seem to love chocolate! my daughter too! cannot wait to do this with her!

  16. 16.
    Shannon Kelly

    This is very belated, but love this post! Happy Birthday, MAX!

  17. 17.
    Vickie Couturier

    How stinkin cute is he! he sure did enjoy that cupcake,,It made me giggle an I needed it today badly,thanks for sharing this with us,an Happy Birthday Max!

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