I have several photos of Max that I’ve been meaning to post for a long time, but haven’t really had the time to come up with the proper commentary. So, rather than try to recreate posts with photos, here is one big catch-all of the last 5 1/2 months, a Max retrospective, if you will…

August 7. Hello world! I’m all bundled up and a bit out of sorts.

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August 8. Oh, this is nice. My daddy is holding me…aaaaahhhhhh

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August 22. I love my daddy.

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August 30. I’m 3 weeks old. I can’t believe I was ever this small.

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September 3. Happy Birthday Uncle Lyman! Let’s play peek-a-boo!

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September 7. What a great day! I’m one month old today and I just met my Lolo. Even though I’m sleeping, I’m still very excited!

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September 14. I’m a softie. I’m a tough guy. I’m a Renaissance man.

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September 16. Today is my first time going to church, and I’m wearing my best duds!

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September 29. Mommy’s two biggest loves…in an ice cream shop to boot!

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October 2. Mommy propped me up in a seated position for the first time today. I think I did okay!

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October 5. I was wrapped as a burrito for a couple of months. It was the only way I could fall asleep. Zzzzzzzz.

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October 12. Today was my 2-month doctor’s appointment, and the first time I had shots. I was a brave boy, but mommy still had to hold me afterwards.

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October 15. I love my music bouncy chair! For the first few months, however, I had these crazy eyes when the musical animals would light up.

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October 15. I like to think that I’m a relatively easy going baby, but everyone has their bad days too. Mommy just happened to catch this one on film…or memory stick.

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October 19. Ahhhh, the Bumbo. Once I got a bit used to it, I am just chillin’ in it!

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October 23. I’m all swaddled up during an afternoon nap. There’s nothing better than dreaming of honey and pooh bears.

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October 28. I’m a crying pumpkin for Halloween! I’m a crying pumpkin for Halloween!!!

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Oh…I guess I’m not a crying pumpkin after all. Yay!

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November 1. I am still diggin’ this Bumbo! My little lion friend seems to like it too!

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I’m starting to feel a little cramped in my car seat! Ha…just kidding!

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November 3. My first pair of Christmas pajamas. We haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet!

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Wait a minute. Why do I have feet growing out of the top of my head?

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Phew, thank God I’m rid of those pajamas. I’m just going to kick back on the couch with my binky.

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Yay! I love my shoulder ferrets!

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November 5. Mommy likes my hippo onesie. I’m not too sure about it, though.

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Just testing out my sitting skills again!

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Okay, that was a lot of work. Mommy please carry me!

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November 6. Egads! These pj’s feel a little snug at the neck…wait a minute, I have no neck!

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November 7. I’m busting out of these pj’s too! I gotta lay off on mommy’s milk!

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November 9. Today I had fun playtime with my yellow dog.

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Mommy said that the nice nurses at Alta Bates Hospital gave this to me when I was born.

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All that playtime sure made me tired!

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November 23. A lot of you received this as our holiday card. Merry Christmas!

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But what you may not have seen is my first formal Christmas photo! I sure was a happy boy!

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November 24. I met my Auntie Christine, Auntie Lea, and Uncle Terry during our Thanksgiving vacation. Auntie Chris and Auntie Lea are old friends of mommy’s, and they’re tons of fun. Good times!

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November 25. Lolo loves to carry me. Even though we hadn’t celebrated Thanksgiving yet, Lola put up the Christmas tree just for me!

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November 28. Mommy and I were in a new mom’s group for a while. This was the last day of our group, so our group leader, Lynette, thought it would be cute to have all of us in a circle! I’m next to Abbie and Tennyson.

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This is Lynette. She helped mommy and the other moms with a lot of cool resources in Alameda.

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There were a lot of mommies and babies in our group! I’m right in the middle!

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December 4. Who likes to sleep? I do, I do!

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Uncle Ben and Auntie Lauren gave this shirt to mommy and daddy before I was born. I’m not sure what it means, but it seems to make daddy happy!

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December 6. Like my green Christmas socks! They’re comfy.

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December 8. We had a really busy day today. I started it out in my “ho ho ho” shirt…

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…and I continued to develop my love of thumbsucking.

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After a long day, I ended it in my bear suit!

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December 13. Mommy and Daddy are really excited about Christmas, and they dress me up in these somewhat silly red and white getups. In this one I look like a big candy cane on my back side, with a big Santa face on the front.

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December 15. I look like a happy boy, but I was crying 5 minutes ago. Why does mommy put these silly hats on me?

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December 16. Must. Cook. Now! Please get me out of this bumbo!

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I thought I was going to cook. Why am I on tummy time?!?

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December 17. Today is a good day. I am a happy boy.

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December 19. Again, with the silly get-ups! I’m wearing the bear again!!!

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Mommy said I have to wear it because it’s cold outside.

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Oh boy, it’s Santa. Thank you for my present Santa!

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And so 2007 ends for the Villaraza-Steele gang. Thank you for sharing our first five months of Max. Here’s to five more and five more and five more…and more and more.

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