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Baby Max turned ONE!!!

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, read this, heard my mother say this, etc….but kids grow up WAY TOO FAST!!!  Especially those of the baby variety.  I find myself constantly reminding my babies to stop digging through the trash, playing in the toilet water, throwing their banana chunks off the high chair tray, and yes, to stop growing up so quickly.  But dang it, once you take your eyes off of them for even a second, they do all those things anyway! HA! ;)

So even though I’ve been pleading with Max for the past 12 months to stay little, the little sneak somehow turned into a ONE year old!

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But you know, the one thing that I do love about watching my babies grow, is watching them turn into these beautiful little humans, with their own minds and personalities.  And let me tell you guys…..this little boy is a treasure.  And is full of laughter and intrigue.  And has each one of us wrapped around his chubby little finger.  Even the dog.  Haha!

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I have noticed in this past year, that little Max does things on his own time….including coming home from the hospital as a newborn.  (More about his 11 day stay in the NICU, here.)  He has no interest in walking or even pulling himself up to things….but I think it’s because he absolutely loves being doted on!  It’s a really good thing he came 5th into this family because he has 4 older siblings who love carrying him around, dressing him up, and pushing him around in wagons and doll strollers.  All the while….this kid laughs and plays his part!  We have all figured out that he’s definitely the remedy for a bad day. :)

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For Max’s birthday, we just had a small family party….but good grief, this boy loved all the attention!  And was really interested in that flame atop his birthday cake!  (Don’t worry….the camera is deceiving you.  It’s actually too far away for him to actually touch.)

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We generally don’t give our babies many sweet things before their first birthday….so the 1st birthday cake is always a shock to their bellies and usually ends up with some discomfort later on.  So for Max, I decided to make some whipped cream and only sweetened it a tad, and then used that as the “frosting”…..and it worked perfectly.  Max wasn’t sure what to do at first, but Chloe (who’s 7) pushed his hand in, which he licked….and then decided it was pretty delicious!

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And after that….Max was in HOG HEAVEN!!! Haha!

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Watching babies unwrap presents is always pretty funny to me.  They’re not sure what they are doing or what they should be more excited about….the paper on the outside, or the expressions on everyone’s face who is watching!  They are so clueless that we want them to be delighted about the contents inside the wrapping….haha!

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But once we showed Max that there was something noisy and colorful inside….he was sold!

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I really do love how much these big kiddos love their baby brother.  It’s funny to hear how they think everything he does is just “so cute”!

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Once of his favorite gifts though….were these super soft foam pool toys.  Turns out, they provide a great way to “whack” your big brothers! Ha! ;)

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Another favorite though….was this wooden activity box that is sturdy enough for Max to hold onto while standing.  (Not that he pulls himself up to it…..because he knows someone else will do that for him….haha!  He’ll figure it out eventually though.)

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Man, this kid.  He really is a such a happy little nugget.  After having our 4th child, Oliver, we thought he was probably our caboose.  But good grief, I can’t imagine life without little Max.  He has wiggled himself right into the nooks and crannies of our hearts…..and has known exactly how to bind our family together so tight!

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Happy first birthday Max!  So grateful you’re ours!

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Enjoy your weekend everyone!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Sonia says:

    un très bon anniversaire à Max!!!!… et un câlin de soutien pour ta maman, de toutes les mamans du monde…. Oui… Hélas…. Ils grandissent SI vite!!!!!…………

  2. Artemisa Rojas says:

    Qué Dios bendiga a todos sus hijos. Feliz Cumpleaños Max

  3. Eva Kampi says:

    Felicidades , que o Senhor Jesus esteja sempre com ele. Ele e seus irmãos são lindos , vocês estão de parabéns! Deus os abençoe muito….

  4. Véro says:

    Happy birthday,little boy!

  5. Stephannie says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Max dear. Happiness will come to you all year. If I had a wish then it would be, a happy, happy birthday to you from me.

  6. Louise says:

    Such a beautiful family. I always enjoy seeing your pictures

  7. Jeri says:

    All of those pics of your cute family makes me really miss all of you. Happy birthday sweet baby! Love ya Ashley! Aunt Jeri

  8. Irena says:

    Happy birthday Max. You are. Beautiful

  9. Maree says:

    Awww….so cute! Happy birthday Max! Such a wonderful family. Thank u for sharing :)

  10. Shirley says:

    Happy birthday to your beautiful baby son.

  11. Mimita says:


    Listen to your mommy, STOP growing up so quickly…

  12. Grandpa Rob says:

    Happy Birthday Max! You melt my heart!❤️

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