My little boy is turning 10!

Dear Max,

I have been feeling very verklempt all day.  I have been reminiscing that this time 10 years ago, I was sitting on a New York City subway on my way to Lenox Hill Hospital to be induced.  It took you 32 hours to finally make your appearance and I could barely contain my excitement!  I just wanted to see your sweet little face and meet you for the first time!

It is amazing how much you have changed this past year.  I can really tell you are growing up and becoming more independent.  Daddy and I are starting to get a glimpse of what you are going to be like as a young man, and we couldn’t be more proud.  You are friendly, kind, sweet, polite and extremely thoughtful.  You have such a great sense of humour with the most infectious laugh!  We love how athletic you are and always keeping us busy, whether its playing sports or cards or boardgames…spending time with you is always a hoot.

It doesn’t matter if people are young or old, you treat everyone with respect and always give people the benefit of the doubt.  I am always amazed when other adults have told me things that you have done and I always beam with pride.  Like when one of your friends gets hurt … you always sit and wait with them until their parents arrive, or thanking a ref who wasn’t very fair at a hockey game, and feeling compassion for others who might be having a hard time.

You are so curious about the world around you.  I love how it sometimes takes you a few days to start asking questions.  You put a lot of thought in all that you do and I am always so impressed by that.  I enjoy our morning talks or bedtime talks (or the talks when you surprise me and come home for lunch), I am glad that you aren’t afraid to tell me what’s on your mind and that you always want to share ideas, stories, or secrets with me.

You have brought me nothing but pure joy since that very first moment I laid eyes on you.  Max, you are such a happy boy who always sees the good in life…I hope that never changes.

You have made me a better person by being my son and I count my lucky stars every day that I get to be your Mommy.   You are the most affectionate little boy and I am so glad that you still like to snuggle, hug and kiss me.  From the moment you were born we have always had a special bond.   When I tell you “I love you” and you always reply “I love you more”.  My sweet boy … I don’t think that’s possible!! I loved you before I even met you! 

Happy 10th Birthday Maxinator!!  We love you!!

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  • Tifanie said:

    Goosebumps ! I might not see you every day or even every holiday max and we may be years apart in age but without a doubt you are the coolest little cousin and I love that I am old enough to watch you grow and be proud of you from provinces away. I remember the day your mom went into labour and we couldn't wait to meet you ! You certainly are a blessing ! Now stop Growing. Pretty soon your going to be taller then me . HBD!! And zia great heart felt blog I can't wait till he's older and can always have this to read ! Love you all

  • Rose said:

    OMG Fran my heart! Tears in my eyes reading this and then to look at the photos made them drip down my cheeks. happy birthday buddy I am so proud to be your aunt and love you so much! You are a wonderful young man, a great athlete and you have always been very observant and bright! Welcome to the double digits! never change ! XOXO

  • I honestly had tears in my eyes reading this. It was like looking into the future for me and Evan. Happy birthday to Max and happy anniversary of the day you first saw his beautiful face!

  • Cate said:

    Such a sweet post with mega love! You are lucky to have each other..happy birthday,Max and happy birth day, Fran

  • Deb said:

    Absolutely stunning! What a special gift for such a special young man!
    I remember the special bond between a mother and son that unequivocally was such a joy to see! Beautiful!! <3 Happy Birthday Max!

  • what an adorable little man you have! those eyes could melt any heart.

  • kendra said:

    1st: these images are gorgeous!
    2nd: can i have your son's eyelashes?! he has the most beautiful eyes ever!
    3rd: I cannot believe you had a baby a decade ago! you look like you haven't aged a day!
    4th: congrats momma and happy birthday Max! <3 much love to all of the Chelicos!

  • Happy Double Digit Birthday Max. Hope you have a FUNTASTIC day! Beautiful pics Fran. said:

    My little boy is turning

  • So sweet! Max is one cool boy. I always enjoy hanging out with him. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

  • Melanie said:

    Max those eyes! Seriously! I remember when I first met you and you were Pokemon obsessed, eager to read and learn every character. You liked to sit on the roof of the car too ;) you have always been so polite, shy and funny , truly a great kid! Have an amazing 10th birthday and we all look forward to a visit again soon. Xo team martin
    PS amazing photos as usual!