Sharing Our Little Gift

Click through the slideshow for some of my favorite shots of Shai.


When you’re a celebrity, privacy is a luxury that eventually runs out. As I’ve mentioned before, parenthood has brought out the “mama bear” instinct in Maks and I. From minute one we knew it was our job to protect this little person and we’ve taken that job seriously every moment since. So this past month and a half we’ve tried to keep Shai for ourselves, like our little secret that only we get to enjoy – but babies aren’t secrets and keeping him hidden away forever isn’t realistic or healthy. Now, after taking as much time as we could to enjoy these precious first moments of his life, we’re finally ready to share Shai with the world.

Thank you all for the support, excitement and patience you’ve shown my new little family. I’ve received so much love from so many sources that can’t wait to share this huge piece of my heart with you all.



People have asked how we came up with our baby’s name.

First of all, naming a baby – who will one day be an adult out in the world – is hard. It took months and months to find a name that both Maks and I loved and kind of embodied what he means to us. We knew that we wanted a shorter name that wasn’t super-complicated because “Chmerkovskiy” is kind of a mouthful and he’ll always have to spell it out for people. We finally settled on Shai, pronounced “shy” and means “gift” in Hebrew. Honestly, it’s a perfect fit because from the very beginning, we felt like this little life we made was the most precious gift God could grant us.

Shai’s middle name, Aleksander, was all Maks. Maks didn’t grow up with a middle name, but I definitely wanted Shai to have one. So we gave him his middle name after Maks’ dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai’s heritage but also make it unique to him). It was a really special moment for Maks to have his dad be a part of something we created.

Side note, in Russian culture, they have this really cute way of adding “–chka” to the end of names as a term of endearment. Like, when I joined the Chmerkovskiy family, they gave me the name “Peta-chka.” So, within the family, we’ve taken to calling him “Shai-chka.”

So, there you have it: our little gift. Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, welcome to the world.

Photo Credit: Stefania Orru

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  1. You have a beautiful and adorable Son. Happy that you decided to show these pictures…Thank You! Hope you continue to keep us updated…. You and Max will be great parents..just follow your instincts on his up bringing. ❤❤

    Posted by: Linda on February 17, 2017 at 11:25 am
  2. sweet baby, sweet mommy and daddy….Shai you look just like your daddy…god bless you all

    Posted by: georgie on February 17, 2017 at 11:20 am
  3. I am so very happy for all 3 of you!!! Your precious little boy is a perfect blend of the 2 of you. I can see how much you both are totally smitten with little Shai. Enjoy every minute with your wonderful new little person!

    Posted by: Kathy Cunningham on February 17, 2017 at 11:17 am
  4. Such a beautiful family and my favorites on DWTS!!! Question – is Max not from Odessa, Ukraine? He refers to himself as Russian though?

    Posted by: Shelley on February 17, 2017 at 11:14 am
  5. Such a precious and blessed sweet boy! ❤

    Posted by: Cathy on February 17, 2017 at 11:09 am
  6. I totally respect you just wanting to keep him to yourselves for the first few weeks. Those can be the most important weeks. Thank you for sharing him with us. He is gorgoues and we can tell how much you and Maks love and adore him. Congratulations!! Enjoy every little minute

    Posted by: Tracy on February 17, 2017 at 11:09 am
  7. He looks like the both of you but with your mouth pets more of makes nose. He is perfect. Can you do a blog to tell us about your birth exspoernce?

    Posted by: Ashley on February 17, 2017 at 11:07 am
  8. Wow you guy are one Beautiful Family And I hope he ends up Dancing like his mum an dad You Both have a special gift from God Congratulations and hope to see more wee o es in the future And Pets Congratulations from New Zealand that is where I am from now living in Virginia I’m so proud to see u on Dancing with the Stars u are so Awesome Xxx

    Posted by: Kerrie on February 17, 2017 at 11:05 am
  9. God bless he’s adorable many blessing to all of you

    Posted by: Sanya on February 17, 2017 at 10:49 am
  10. He’s a A living doll baby! Thank you for sharing your lives with us. I feel like your part of our families. You are both so loved by all. Oh, we love Val just as much! I’m not sure you will answer, but is Mak’s still with Contessaman ( sorry don’t know spelling.! Anyway, they had a a Star Of David that I love.Is it still for sale! Mozeltov to your little family.❤❤❤ Sheryl

    Posted by: Sheryl on February 17, 2017 at 10:42 am
    • God bless u3!he is so beautiful and can’t wait to see photos of him as he grows and shows both of ur genes!!UR blessed!Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!!;-)

      Posted by: marguerite morley on February 17, 2017 at 11:02 am