Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Why We Named Him "Max"

When my husband and I found out that our second child was a boy during my 20-week ultrasound, we both looked at one another and whispered, "Max".

We would name him Max.

We had very little discussion about his name in the weeks leading up to our ultrasound. Because from the time we found out a new baby was on his/her way, there was only one name we would name him if he was a boy:


We chose the name Max for our second son because of my love for a precious, timeless story:

Where the Wild Things Are.

This book, full of adventure, imagination, and hope is one of my favorite childhood stories. And, I desperately wanted to have a boy named Max. My husband loved the name, too, and quickly and happily agreed.

This October 16th, Warner Brothers is releasing its movie adaptation of this beloved childhood story. And, we can't wait to take our boys to see it!

Especially our Max.

If you'd like to view it, here is the movie trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are".

So, since I've got three sick little boys here today, and we're curling up on the sofa watching movies and reading books and drinking hot chocolate and telling stories, I thought I'd ask you:

What is your favorite childhood story? Or who is your most beloved childhood character?


  1. Great name choice and great story. My favorite childhood characters were the Muppets (not the Muppet Babies, though!), although I doubt I'd name my son Kermit!

  2. Pippi Longstocking! She's just so off-beat and funny, and in spite of all her misbehavior, she is unaffected and has a precious and generous heart.

    "Pippi bit her big toe thoughtfully." LOL!

    Can't wait to introduce my little girls to her.


    P.S. I only like the books...I've never seen a TV/movie version that came close to portraying her the way the books do.

  3. Mine is Where The Wild Things Are too. I think the movie looks awesome, but I read it was pretty scary so I don't know if I will take my kids to it. We still read the book quite often though.

  4. I love that story and can't wait to see the movie!

  5. Oh, children's books! Let's see. I love Zelda and Ivy, Chrysanthemum, and Ramona. Oh, and Frog and Toad. Really, I could give you a list of children's books and characters that went on for a day.

  6. MB - Oh, how I love Pippi!! Brings back so many memories of our childhood!

    Jill (DiaperDiaries) - Our boys watch and LOVE Star Wars. They'll be fine with this one! But, I can understand how girls might be a bit scared. :)

  7. The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favs. I also loved Pippi and Ramona as well and can so see them in my daughters even now.

    Max seems to perfectly suite your Max!

  8. I loved a book about a shy girl who was called "cricket" by the kids at school... I named my cat that.

  9. Sarah....Sher here...I can't figure this whole blog thing out so I am anonymous.Well, when I was little there were not the array of books as there are now, but I read every one of fifty famous fairy tales and an entire book of "Great stories for young readers". And I think a movie should be made of Mrs. Wiggs and the Cabbager Patch"!! BUT....I read a myriad of great stories to my own young 'uns and two that we read over and over and over again were "But No Elephants" and "Henry, The Duck". We also loved loved loved the Henry and Mudge books.

  10. I think my favorite stories were "Caddie Woodlawn" and "The Boxcar Children". But my mother read some very old stories to us written by Spyri (author of Heidi) that I love, too. (Maxa's Children and Cornelli for anyone interested.)

  11. Can't help responding to this one-the little golden book was The Bremen Town Musicians. Grandma( Ella) Gibson read it to me..until her eyes failed her...then I had learned to read and read it to her. Fav.character (1950's)...it's a 4-way tie: Davy Crockett, Lone Ranger, Zorro, and Superman!...so sorry to hear about the guys not feeling well. Love you all!

  12. awww, everyone's sick? that's so sad! I loved Coduroy Bear. The movie does look really awesome. Lots of good ones coming out soon.

  13. Love You Forever was one of my favorite books to read when I babysat, and now to read to my children. We also really enjoy Bear Snores On in our house now. And a new favorite, that we discovered when expecting our fourth baby, is There's a House Inside My Mommy.

  14. We were in the Disney store the other day and there was an Alice in Wonderland costume. I was never a huge fan of the story, but growing up I had a dress that was almost exactly like the one Alice wore in the movie. It was my *favorite* dress and every time I put it on, I felt beautiful and dainty and lovely. So when I saw the costume, it took me back to that dress.

    As for my favorite story...I loved the Winnie the Pooh stories (the A.A. Milne versions). They were so simple and sweet.

  15. I think I told you that was Patrick's favorite book as a kid. So it broke his heart when Adeline said, "I don't like that book, daddy. It's scary."

  16. My sisters and I loved watching movies during snow storms or when we were sick. Our two favorites were "Anne of Green Gables" and "Little Women". My favorite childhood books will always be "Little House on the Prairie" series. Not sure if my boys are up for "Where the Wild Things Are" on film, but I am. ;)