Maksim Chmerkovskiy recently shared how much he’s loving fatherhood.

The dancer posted a photo of him and his five-year-old son, Shai Aleksander, on Instagram. Chmerkovskiy and his boy are posing together on a beach in Turks & Caicos, both flashing a smile at the camera. His sweet caption stole the hearts of his fans.


“My guy and I. My heartbeat,” he wrote. “This love is unlike anything else and only gets stronger, if you do it right. Fatherhood is easily the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Instant reward with best long term ROI though.”

He continued with more thoughts on being a father.

“Also, a father and a dad are so not the same things. If you have kids, go be amazing at the most important job you’ve ever had.”

One commenter agreed, writing, “anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a daddy.”

Others commented on how much Shai has grown as they’ve been following the family’s life.

“Omg where has the time gone?!?!?” wrote one fan, while another said, “so grown up & handsome!”

The family, along with wife and mom Peta Murgatroyd have shared many special moments with their fans. Shai had his first day of kindergarten in September.

“The whole ‘blink and he’s an adult’ thing is too real,” Chmerkovskiy shared then.

Earlier this year, the couple shared that they’d been trying to expand their family and had started trying IVF after Mugatroyd suffered several miscarriages. In 2020, Chmerkovskiy expressed that having another child – specifically a daughter – would be a “special thing.”

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