Meet Baby Max

The new baby has arrived!  (Get ready for picture overload . . . )

His full name is Maxwell Joel Peterson and he weighed in at 7 lbs, 6 oz and was 20 1/2 ” long.  My water broke at 12:45 am and the he was born at 2:14 am so the delivery was a little quicker than we anticipated.

We have a 20 minute drive into town, and although my water broke, I just couldn’t really think straight.  Thank goodness the bags were packed and Joel was there to help get me and everything else into the car.  I only had 2 or 3 small contractions on the way into town.  Our plan was to drop Carter off at my parent’s house before heading to the hospital.  Then, in a matter of a few minutes, I had several more contractions.  Again nothing that I thought was big, considering I had been having worse contractions for the last 6 weeks.  (You may remember that I was already dilated to a 4 and I had also been having lots of pressure, so I didn’t feel alarmed until those 3 came more quickly.)  We decided to head back towards the hospital – but were immediately pulled over by the cops for speeding!  As one of my friends said, you hear of this happening, but have never met anyone that was actually pulled over on the way to the hospital.  He let us go with a warning to slow down (we were going 40 in a 30).  Joel dropped me off at the hospital to get checked in and then ran Carter over to my parents.  By the time Joel got back, I was at a 9 and ready to push.  Max was born 20 minutes later.  It was an intense 45 minutes or so, but we are so happy we made it to the hospital and Max was healthy.  I’ve been telling people it was either a quick delivery, or a long delivery, depending on how you look at.  Considering that I had been feeling miserable for the last 4-6 weeks and was dilated, it could be looked at as a slow, 40 day delivery 😉

So, that’s our birth story.  Here are a few pictures from the hospital –


Only a few hours old . . .




Meeting big brother Carter

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My 3 boys

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A full body shot –  and his first fist pump

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And one with Mom

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The next shots are taken on our first and second days home

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He isn’t quite as alert as his big brother Carter was the first week home (see photos here), but considering that Max arrived 2 weeks early, that might have something to do with it.  I think you can definitely tell they are brothers in these next few shots.

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This picture was taken this morning.  I already think he looks bigger!


I guess you forget just how tiny they are when they first arrive.  Carter just seems huge in comparison.  So far Carter is adjusting pretty well, all things considered.  This morning he said “Momma put the baby away.  Momma play with Carter,” so he is noticing the lack of attention for sure.   Luckily Joel has been around to help, so we are each taking time being with him alone – it just might not be exactly when he wants it.  Max has been a really good baby so far and is sleeping well, which I am grateful for.  I am not a good sleeper, so it sure helps that he is.  He has also been a good eater, so that helps as well.  I think I forgot how relaxing having a newborn is – well in comparison to a busy 2-year-old.  In fact, I was a little alarmed that he was sleeping so much.  My sister said to enjoy it while it lasts – and I am.  There has been lots of cuddling and snuggling.  I feel like Carter was only a newborn for 2 weeks, so I don’t want to miss it!  And with that – I will sign off and go back to my baby holding.


About Heather Peterson

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100 Responses to Meet Baby Max

  1. janprytz says:

    Congratulations. I wonder if he’ll always be this fast!

  2. Susan Wilkerson says:

    Heather he is beautiful!! So precious just like Carter! Your family is blessed in many ways!!!

  3. christineousley says:

    Congratulations! You have such beautiful babies. 🙂

  4. Shelly J says:

    Just precious!! Congratulations and enjoy your boys.

  5. Another beautiful son!!!! Your boys are so handsome. Congrats to all!!

  6. Peggy b says:

    Simply georgeous congrats! Enjoy every minute, they grow so fast

  7. Debby says:

    Congratulations to all of you!

  8. Jean says:

    He looks wonderful! Congratulations to all!

  9. nance hamilton says:

    I am lovin’ watching Carter grow and now I’ll have the pleasure of watching another cutie grow too.
    Congratulations to all of you!

  10. Nancy Anderson says:

    So precious, so beautiful–congratulations to you and your family!

  11. Marilyn Smith says:

    Congratulations! I have been checking in over and over to see if there was any news. He is just wonderful. You are like me – a houseful of men!

  12. Jocelyn says:

    Congratulations!! He is beautiful! Enjoy him, because as others have told you, it goes really fast. My baby just graduated from college 😦

  13. kitty says:

    Max is beautiful!! Congratulations to you and your family! And do keep this overload coming!

  14. Deb Praus says:

    Kept checking the blog and all was quiet, wondering….and I was a good guesser. Congratulations to all. He is beautiful, looks just like Carter! Enjoy.

  15. Chookyblue says:

    Congrats…….wonderful news……….another little boy……….enjoy every moment…………..

  16. pam in illinois says:

    Congratulations!!! He looks just like his daddy.
    Take it easy and have fun with him and Carter. pam

  17. Suz says:

    Congratulations! Maxwell is a beautiful baby! And please do not take precious time to reply- use it to relish the cuddles! They grow up way too soon!

  18. Darlene B says:

    So happy for all of you! Congratulations!

  19. Ruthie says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy. You have a precious family. Little Carter looks so proud of his brother.

  20. Annalee says:

    Congratulations! He is adorable;)

  21. Junglewife says:

    He is precious! Wondering if I missed what date he was born? Just curious because my twin girls were born early morning on the 15th :-). I’m hoping mine start sleeping a bit better at night, I am getting pretty sleep deprived!

  22. Leslie J. says:

    Congratulations! Is there such a thing as picture overload when it comes to newborns???

    • Diane W says:

      Congratulations! I love both your boys names! Enjoy them as before you know it…its gone. Rock them both, sing to them, make forts, etc etc. Beautiful family.

  23. Susan P says:

    Congratulations! Such a beautiful family.

  24. Cyndi Shaver says:

    Beautiful baby, beautiful family!

  25. Four dogs and one quilter says:

    Welcome Max! What a beautiful boy. Congratulations to you and your family.

  26. rosa says:

    Congratulations to all the family.Such a beautiful boys!!

  27. Paula W. says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby and family!

  28. Terry says:

    Max is beautiful…congratulations! We actually got pulled over for speeding on the way to the hospital when I was in labor with my son. So I know from personal experience that it does happen! LOL

  29. Sue says:

    Oh my goodness. He is perfect Heather. Congratulations. Enjoy every precious moment. They grow so fast as you know. Keep the pictures coming.

  30. ERNA says:

    Felicitaciones!!!Qué hermosa familia, que sean muy felices!!!

  31. Sandy D says:

    Congratulations to all of you. Your children are precious.

  32. Congratulations! Yes he does look older at 3 days! Amazing. Enjoy every minute and keep your camera close. My DD was the same when her little brother was born~ she wanted us to ‘take that guy back’. LOL Now they are the best of friends.

  33. Chris says:

    Oh, so happy for you all! He is beautiful and I love all the pictures–congratulations!

  34. Mary Ann says:

    Congratulations!! You two sure make beautiful babies!

  35. Barbara says:


  36. Janice King says:

    Congratulations! He is a beautiful baby and your other two boys look thrilled with him.

  37. Kim Rhody says:

    Another adorable little boy. They will have such fun growing up together. You and Joel are truly blessed.

  38. peg says:

    Congratulations. You have a beautiful family. New babies always make me weepy. I need one but I think I have all I’m going to get.

  39. Estrella says:

    Eres bendecida por tener una bonita famlia. Este niño se parece a su hermano es verdad disfrútalo porque el tiempo pasa rápido. Muchas felicidades besos calurosos desde Sevilla (España)

  40. Carole McClellan says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful baby; beautiful family! Glad Mom and Max are doing well.

  41. Congratulations on a baby boy. The baby will have big brother to look out for him.

  42. homedressings says:

    Oh he’s adorable! He looks so much like Carter! What a blessing. Glad you are all healthy and happy! XO

  43. karen says:

    Congratulations -he’s adorable and what a beautiful family you all are.

  44. Joan says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful boy!

  45. Susan J. says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new son. The picture you posted of Carter holding him and meeting him for the first time is just adorable. Much happiness to you and your family!

  46. Marsha Nelson says:

    A healthy baby boy. What more could any one ask. He sure looks a lot like Carter.

  47. westcoastauntie says:

    Congratulations to you, Joel and Carter! He’s a beautiful baby, and looks so much like his older brother. So happy for you all!!!

  48. Susan Depew says:

    Another handsome addition to your beautiful family. My very best to all of you!!!

  49. Deb says:

    Congrats! What a true blessing. He is beautiful.

  50. Carolyn S says:

    Congratulations to you! What wonderful news. All the best to you and your family.

  51. Marie says:

    Welcome baby Max! Congratulations!

  52. Sandra Davidson says:

    Congrats., he is adorable just like his big brother. My daughter wanted to sent her brother back to hospital because he was keeping her awake.
    Blessings and hugs to the three of you. Sandra

  53. Margaret says:

    Oh he’s just beautiful, Heather, and your photos are wonderful. You will enjoy those forever.

  54. Pat says:

    Congratulations, what a beautiful little brother for Carter.

  55. Shaun says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful, precious baby!!

  56. Bari Jo says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby and family you have! So happy for you! Enjoy! :O)

  57. Julie Jacobsen says:

    Congratulations! He’s very handsome just like his brother. Enjoy and cherish these special days as a newborn.

  58. Mary Jo says:

    What a beautiful baby. I am so happy for you and your family. And so fast. Congrats. These are the best days of family life in my opinion. Lovely pictures.

  59. dawn at firstlightdesigns says:

    So happy for you! The new baby is beautiful — you have three handsome men now!!

  60. Cindy says:

    Congrats! So happy for you! Enjoy your family!

  61. VickiT says:

    Congratulations! He’s just adorable. Sounds like you have a jealous one you’ll be dealing with too. I don’t know if you have friends and family that will be stopping by to see your baby and be bringing presents but this really helped me years ago. I had twins so my first born son was bound to be jealous with two new babies taking away his Mommy time and then people stopping by always had a present for those new babies. I read something while I was pregnant and thought it was an awesome idea. I bought a bunch of little toys, nothing big but then I wrapped each individually and if anyone came over to see the twins, I would ask them to grab one of the wrapped presents I had hidden on the top of a bookshelf near my front door to give to my oldest who, at the time was only about 2 1/2 yrs old. He got SO excited when the first person came with a present for him too. I had forgotten to get the basket put out so the first two that stopped only had a present for each of my twins. oops. It really helped put some attention back on him with those little presents, even if only a few minutes while we all made a big deal of him opening his present.

  62. Ann in NC says:

    Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

  63. Nicole J says:

    Congratulations! He is so adorable! Love the picture of him laying on his side. I personally think that cop should have given you an escort to the hospital :).

  64. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous…all of you…

  65. RuthB says:

    I am so happy for you Heather! You have a beautiful family and I am thrilled to see the new addition. Now Carter will have a brother to play with. Life is good.

  66. Mary ann says:

    Congratulations!!! he is so cute and the boys will mostly be best buddies!

  67. Connie says:

    Congratulations! He is beautiful! You have a beautiful family!

  68. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! A beautiful family. Max is adorable.

  69. Hildy says:

    Congratulations! He’s really cute and the two brothers looks so good together!

  70. wifeoferp says:

    He is beautiful! Congratulations!

  71. Cindy says:

    He’s adorable just like Carter! congrats!

  72. Dorian says:

    Oh Heather, he is beautiful!! Congratulations. And wow, what a birth story! So glad you made it to the hospital safely. Take care.

  73. Beverly says:

    Such a beautiful family! Wishing all four of you all the happiness in the world!
    Both of your boys are little sweethearts!
    Blessings to all of you always!

  74. Kim says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! He sure looks like his Daddy. Enjoy this time with your great family.

  75. Betty says:

    Isn’t he just beautiful!

  76. Tracey S. says:

    Congratulations!! He couldn’t be more adorable!!

  77. charlotte m. says:

    Congrats. He’s beautiful. Enjoy all the cuddles.

  78. Kathy Y says:

    Congrats. He is precious.

  79. SuzKuhns says:

    Congratulations! Max is beautiful – what a lovely family you have!

  80. Lorraine says:


  81. Sallee Cee says:

    Congratulations to you and your family. Sending best wishes your way. He’s adorable.

  82. kshackabq says:

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations to all of you!

  83. Brenda says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations and God bless!

  84. Kate says:

    Congratulations! He is such a cutie. Love that lion outfit too.

  85. Joy Sims says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new baby boy! Enjoy every minute!

  86. Bobbie Shields says:

    Congratulations Heather from Grand Forks!

  87. Molly, Nate, Jack and Josie says:

    Congratulations! He is so adorable, and looks a lot like Carter… and Joel, poor kid 😉
    Loved your birth story. Glad everything went so well. Can’t wait to meet him!

  88. Rita Nichols says:

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful! That’s quite a story surrounding his birth, glad to hear he wasn’t born on the way to the hospital.

  89. Cindy Hagen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. He is precious!

  90. Julie says:

    Happy Squeal! He’s absolutely beautiful (which you can say about a boy when he’s an infant ;D ) So happy for you that all went well for you and for Max. Carter will adjust, and probably won’t even remember time before Max when he gets older. How fun to have two boys!

  91. Connie says:

    Oh, he is absolutely beautiful. That is quite a story about how he arrived here. Something you will never forget! My very best to you and your family.

  92. Sue says:

    How exciting! He’s a beautiful baby. Congrats to everyone!

  93. Bev says:

    What a beautiful baby. Congratulations to you and your family.

  94. Catherine Stiele says:

    Congratulations to you and your family. How wonderful for the grandparents to enjoy another little sweetheart. You are truely blessed, love seeing the pictures of your family, take time to enjoy every day they fly by way to fast. God is good, He is good all the time.

  95. Jan says:

    Precious, precious, precious!!! Love big brother looking down at him with love!

  96. Gale says:

    Congratulations!!! What a beautiful addition to your already beautiful family. Please keep showing us lots of photos.

  97. glenda says:

    Heather and Joel congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!
    I haven’t been on my favorite blogs for a while and was so thrilled to see your post and my daughter had her little boy on Sep 3rd and his name is Maxwell!
    You look beautiful by the way Heather.

  98. Elaine Satterfield says:

    What a beautiful baby and how blessed you are! Thanks for sharing your joy!

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