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Now that Max has found himself in the lull between his birthday and Christmas, he’s settling into a pretty usual routine and not doing much new stuff.

Okay, that’s a lie. He’s unstoppable. We have no idea what’s coming every day.

The number of photos taken is certainly falling off (as to be expected), but that doesn’t mean he’s not doing entertaining things. It’s just that some of them don’t really translate to film. He’s certainly learning quite a bit, as he can now recognize things by their name and point them out when we ask him where they are (balloon, kangaroo, tree, puzzle, etc.). He’s also nearly perfected his penguin walk, which I presume will evolve eventually into a much more natural stride.

Aside from that, he’s trying as hard as he can to make us laugh and smile at him on a daily basis. That’s how they get you, you know…

Whuh…ugh…how much milk did I drink last night?

There’s also been a clear determination of what his new favorite toys are. Essentially, it’s anything that does not belong to him, has buttons, and is outside of his play room.

You can only reach the button to make it louder if you stand on your tippy toes.

In preparation for the cold winter months ahead, we also decided to buy him a hat.

Christy was upset that we didn’t think to put it on him when he was in the diaper. There’s still time…maybe next week.

I’m not sure how he managed to pawn it off on his mother, though…

Now that I’ve done that, it’s time for my daring escape.

Did I mention that he’s giving water to his chair now?

At least he’s not trying to eat its brains.

Max requested that we send out his thanks for the birthday card he received from Dolly and Calvin.

You can’t see it, but it has a penguin on it!

And that’s pretty much it…except for the shower, which I did not attend due to the fact that I have a Y chromosome and am not a cute baby. Note that I’m not complaining, since I spent the entire time playing video games instead. From what I heard, Max acted as a perfectly serviceable stand-in for me by spending the entire time mesmerized by a piece of electronic equipment.

Blackberry, you say? If you got me a stuffed animal for Christmas instead of this, I’m going to be very upset.

You can see the rest of the photos (just a few more) from Max’s week here. The baby shower photos can be found in their own set here. See you next week!

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Aunt Jenn 12 November 2008

Can’t wait for the big party in The Woods! Hoooray for a one year old!

Aunt Jenn 15 November 2008

I hope you had a great first birthday! I love your new chair. Where did you get it? Emma is asking for a chair from santa. 🙂 I am sooo excited about this weekend! We can not wait to see you! Happy Birthday to you. We love you!


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