We have a two year old!

It seems like with having Max’s birthday party a couple of weeks before his birthday, that we have been celebrating for a very long time! What’s not to celebrate though about this wonderful boy turning two!
Year two was a big year for Max! He moved from his crib to a toddler bed, traveled out of state, learned some great dance moves, and became a big brother!
Max continues to grow and weighed in at 30.4 pounds putting him in the 76% for weight and measured at 35 1/2 inches, placing him in the 85% for height! I think it is his healthy appetite that is helping him climb the charts!
We are loving this big guy!

Max and Jason at our family birthday dinner for Max.  Coloring and Pizza, what more could a two year old ask for?

Max and his favorite little sister!  She hasn’t even tried to steal any of his birthday presents! (Yet…)

2 Months

Gwenyth is 2 months! 
She is happy and healthy! New activities include playing (or sleeping) on her activity gym, more tummy time, and cooing!
She also enjoys hanging out with her brother! Here they are in her crib. 🙂

Gwenyth’s stats:
Height: 23in (74%)
Weight: 11lbs 13oz (63%)
Head: 39 1/2 (85%)
An inch shorter and two pounds lighter than Max at this age. Couldn’t be more blessed to call these happy, healthy, and chubby kids mine!

A day shy of 11 Months!

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One month away from being one year old!  Where has the time gone???  As I sit down to think of the highlights and milestones over the past month, I realize that Max is a totally different kid than he was a month ago.  He has accomplished so many new things; it is so amazing to see!

Where to begin?  Max is crawling around like a mad man.  He is so fast!  Sometimes when I leave the room, he follows me laughing and crawling as fast as he can to see what I am up to.  Other times, he follows me a little more slowly, with his head down, crying.  This is usually when he is tired and it breaks my heart the way he wants to be with me, but is also kind of funny. 😉

He is also pulling himself up on everything; the couch, tables, beds, cupboards, toys, even mom and dad!  At first, he didn’t quite know how to get down, but now he has mastered that as well!

The tub has been one of Max’s favorite places to hang out.  He thinks it is so cool to be in the big tub with all his toys.  Max isn’t crazy about the bubbles, especially when I try giving him a bubble beard, but I think he will grow to like them.

Max still has just the two teeth.  We are taking good care of them and brushing them, which Max loves!  He wants to hold the toothbrush on his own, but that could get a little crazy, so I tell him that mommy is going to do it for now. 

Food, food, food.  Max still loves to eat.  His Grandma Kay spoils him with Gerber meals when he is at her house and on those days I think he eats better than me!  He has tried a couple kids’ meals at restaurants as well.  We discovered that there are a couple things he doesn’t really like and on the top of that list is broccoli. 

Max is really excited about his new friend that is going to arrive in early February.  Our good friends John Michael and Rachael found out their little one is a girl!  Max is going to show her the ropes on how to be awesome and introduce her to all of his other friends!  😉  I am so thankful for friends with babies or that are getting ready to have babies; it makes this whole mom thing just that much better!

Here are some photos from this past month!

Max, Jason, and Jackson at a Rude family get together!

Max sleeping in my arms.  He couldn’t sleep that night because of his double ear infection.  😦

Helping get his bath ready.
What a great helper he is!
Tub time!

More tub!

Playing on a Saturday morning!

10 Months (and a week!)

Max continues to grow and change every day!  He is so big and currently wears 18 month clothes quite comfortably.  I am really excited about the cold weather because all of Max’s summer clothes are getting to small and I don’t want to buy any more knowing that I have fall clothes in his drawers that fit him!  It is crazy the amount of clothes this boy has gone through.  We now have 4 large plastic totes full of clothes that are too small.

Max is now crawling everywhere.  He started his crawling by getting up on all fours, flattening out on his tummy, and army crawling.  Just this past week, Max has been crawling on all fours as his preferred method.

This kid eats everything!  He loves trying new foods and experimenting with his two teeth that have come in over the past month!

Jason and I are hoping that Max gets back in the habit of sleeping through the night.  Teething and a little cold have meant that Max wants to join us in bed at 4am.

Here are some photos from the past month!

This day, I forgot to put diapers in the diaper bag when I left Max with my grandma!  Poor Grandma Kay had to put him in a towel and then as a last resort, but him in the tub (aka kitchen sink.)  Max loved it and thought it was quite the deal!

Max having his first Panda Express.

Loving every bite!

First time with Spaghetti!

In the big boy cart at the grocery store!

Max Rude, One of a Kind!

As promised, here are the stats from Max’s 9 month checkup:

At 9mo 9days, Max weighed in at 22lb 11oz (78%), he was 30.5in (96%), and had a head circumfrance of 46.5cm (79%).

We love him and are so excited in all the ways he has been growing and learning!  He has his first tooth trying to make its way in and he has also began crawling… kind of!  🙂  Max will get on all fours and then flatten out on his tummy and army crawl to wherever he would like to go, and I mean WHEREVER he would like to go! 😉

Last weekend, our great friend Rachael Hall, took pictures of Max and our family.  Rachael is so talented and we are ecstatic at how she was able to capture Max’s personality in these photos!  Her website is www.rachaelmariaphotography.com.  For your enjoyment, here are a few of my favorites (I have so many favorites!!!)

Those chunky legs are my favorite!!!

Some really handsome guys!

Those legs!!!

This is a classic Max look!  Such a good guy!

This one made Jason and I laugh out loud!!!  What is he doing?

Such a nice wave!

Is he in 2nd grade or something?

I think he loves me?


I love him!

Our little family!

Max is 9 Months!!!

Max has his 9 month check up coming up on the 20th, but until then here is what Max has been up to this past month!

One of the highlights of this past month was that Max went on his first Rude Family Vacation!  Jason stayed behind to work and to work on finishing our basement, but Max and I joined the majority of the Rudes on vacation in Branson, MO.  There was a lot of swimming, getting kisses from aunts, and even a trip to the Dixie Stampede!

Max sat in the cart like a big guy for the first time in Branson!

Max with some other handsome Rude boys!
Max wanted everyone to know who he is rooting for in the Olympics!
We went to BBQ with TJ, Julia, and Jessica.  Max was pumped!

On the way back home!  So excited to see his dad!

We got a bit off schedule while on vacation.  While trying to keep him awake a little longer in order to take his nap on time, Max let me know that he just could not make it any longer and he fell asleep on the floor of the living room!

 We had such a great time on our trip and we’re looking forward to next year with Jason!!!

Max’s Likes and Dislikes at 9 Months:


  • His dad and his mom!  He loves playing rough with dad and cuddling with mom.
  • Scooting around on his belly.  No crawling yet, but we are so close!
  • Food, he still likes anything I give him.  A new favorite are pancakes even though he doesn’t have any teeth!
  • His crib?  Well, I think he does, he sleeps very well in it every night!
  • Big boy jammies! 
  • His cousins!  He is still so entertained by all of them!  We got to spend time with them on vacation and then his cousins on the Stopek side came to visit on Thursday!  We went to the park and Max loved watching them play!
  • The bink.  He is happy as long as he has his bink, especially his new basketball ones!
  • The tub!


  • Waiting for food.
  • When he is in the car and the car stops moving.

I am sure there are more things I will add later!  Just can’t think of all of them right now!

Off to put Max down to a nap!

8 Months!

Max turned 8 months this week! I know I say this all the time, but he is such a great kid! Jason and I love him so much!

Food- really! Any food! He hasn’t turned down anything regardless of the fact that he has no teeth!

Bouncing on his bottom when music comes on! He has some rhythm! We went to lapsit time at the West Des Moines Library, and Max LOVED it! He was totally in his element with all the other babies there to look at and all the singing and bouncing!

Social gatherings! He really likes to watch people and doesn’t mind being passed around.

The pool! I am so glad that he likes the water. He will just sit and splash and watch the other kids play or float in his floatie and relax! What a funny kid!

His cousins! He likes all 15 of them (and even the 16th on the way)!!! We have had the pleasure of seeing Max’s cousins quite frequently over the past few months and Max is entertained by them and loves laughing with them!

Remote controls! If one is in his sight, he will dive for it! It has caught Jason and I off guard many times!!!

Vacuums. Especially when Daddy isn’t there to rescue him and save him!

Clipping his nails. Okay, maybe it is just me that dislikes clipping his nails! I am always scared I am going to cut his little fingers by mistake.

When things go out of his reach. He doesn’t crawl yet, so when things are too far for him to reach, he gets very sad.

He says both dada and mama, but I don’t think he associates the words with Jason or I.

He sits so well on his own! He will occasionally go from sitting to laying on his tummy and then rolling over, no signs of crawling yet though!

Thankfully, he has started sleeping really well. He will sleep through the night and take naps in his crib!

Jason often says that Max has the sweetest faces. He really looks like he is empathizing with you some times and his smiles light up the room (and my heart!)

7 Months!

Max turned 7 months yesterday!

Thanks, Rachael for this picture!!!

1. Wrestling with Dad.  When wrestling (and even sometimes when he is not) he likes to give sloppy kisses!
2. Sitting on the floor and playing with his toys like a big kid!
3. Eating.  Basically anything.
4. Social gatherings.  He loves watching people, especially other babies!
5. Hugs.  We have a cuddler on our hands!!! 🙂

1. Being alone.  He instantly knows when I have left the room and he is all by himself.
2. Shoes.  We really don’t have any shoes that fit him and when we tried some on at the store, he cried.
3. When the remote or Daddy’s cell phone gets taken away.
4. Getting boogers wiped from his nose.
5. Painfully waiting for those teeth to finally pop through!

Highlights from the last month:

My cousin Hannah, Max and I on a camel!

Maddie and Max

He is standing up like a big kid!!!

This little guy has captured my heart! 

5 Months

Max is a little over 5 months and he has been busy!

He has started eating food (don’t mind the bib that says he loves his sister. What he does love are hand me downs!)

He also enjoys hanging out playing on his jumparoo he got from his Aunt Heather. And… He has made a new friend in Peanut!

Blessed to Have a Happy, Healthy Guy!

We went to Max’s 6 month check up yesterday and he is a happy, healthy guy!  The doctor told us that he could tell Max was healthy just by looking at him!  We are so blessed and so thankful that Max is healthy, continuing to grow, and right on track for milestones at this age.

His stats are:
Head Circumference: 45 cm – 81%
Weight: 20lb 6oz – 90%
Length: 28.3in – 95%

We look forward to seeing Max continue to try new foods and become mobile!  🙂