"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
I'm excruciatingly late on this post (6 months to be exact) but I had to post this. The days have flown by. My little baby who was so subtle in his expressions with his soft baby coos, his tiny, wrinkled fingers, his gentle nature, and his chill vibes has turned into a wild little man in the best way possible. He is the sweetest - taking your face in his hands to give kisses, literally turning your frown upside down, and always being able to put a smile on your face. Even on my most overwhelming days, I never feel lost or confused or depressed. His bright soul constantly lifts my own and keeps me grounded.
He is also extremely adventurous. He loves to climb whether it be inside climbing the furniture or outside climbing hills, rocks, and attempting to climb trees. Nothing can stop him. He is fearless, he is curious, and he is wild - much like Max from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.
It didn't take me long to figure out that this was the perfect theme for him and I dove right into it. My sister made a simple cake with white frosting. The cake topper was made from two sticks, yellow and write scrapbook paper, tape, and hand-lettering. I ordered his costume, which is extremely great quality and soft fabric, from Leg Avenue. The moss was a perfect addition to the table setting. I made his crown from fur fabric, yellow felt, and pieced it together with a hot glue gun. The "Wild One" balloon banner was from this etsy shop, StudioPep. I created cupcake toppers from lollipop sticks and glitter scrapbook paper. I also hung pictures on the walls from the photoshoot I took of him in his Max wolf pajama costume using twine and small wooden clothespins.
Everything came out perfect and I could honestly do that day over and over again. Even with the stress of setting up, making sure everything was up to my standards, making sure Maddox was ready, the food was ready, the guests were happy - our family, friends, and most importantly Maddox, his father, and I had an amazing time.
My two best friends created a punch called "swamp water" and created little goodie bags, each with a cookie and an "oh please don't go, we'll eat you up, we love you so" tag. Maddox's grandmother and my mother-in-law made the tastiest chocolate covered pretzels in yellow and brown.
Guests were requested to sign the actual book and leave Maddox a little note. I had forgotten it was signed so when I went to read it to him recently, I opened to a heartwarming surprise! One day, he'll be able to share that same feeling.