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Feb 1, 2013
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Nicholas

Nicholas

Nicholas has big ears.

I noticed his ears when I first laid eyes on him at 3:02pm on December 11. His ears were hard to miss — the same size as his four-year-old sister; Nicholas' ears stuck out from his head. It is like they will be listening to everything; not missing a thing; keeping the beat and always knowing the song.

My Dad had the same big ears — a signature of Carrington men (and thankfully, not of Carrington women.).

There in spirit

My old man was right there with us — greeting his first grandson and third grandchild — in spirit. He was there running through my thoughts and watching over us.

We named Nicholas for my Dad. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors (and children). My father was a sailor, a Merchant Marine in World War II. St. Nicholas is said to have guided sailors home; protected them and secured their lives. As a little girl, I loved my father's stories of sailing around the world to England and Morocco and through the Panama canal and to Spain and Curcao. As a college student, I hung on every word as he told me the dark stories of floating in southern Atlantic Ocean, all night long after his ship was torpedoed.

It seems St. Nicholas was with my Dad, giving him safe passage so I could be born 35 years later and so his grandson could be born 70 years later, a full term, gigantic healthy baby boy.

Written all over his face

Nicholas is a slice of perfection. His thick black hair. His dark gray baby eyes. His long skinny feet. His gorgeous cheeks — -the same cheeks Mike had as a baby.

Nicholas is the baby I never thought I would have; but the child I've loved my whole life. He has completed us in a way I never thought possible; opened a door I thought was closed. As I gaze at him, I know exactly where he came from. It is written all over his face and his ears.

Trish Adkins is a South Jersey mom. This post is adapted from blog, Yoke.

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Outstanding Delaware Valley mom bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

MomSpeak Contributors

Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Marion Kase, Helicopter-Caterpillar
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

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