Tuesday, December 7, 2010

THE A. KITCHING FAMILY

I don't write about Aidan too much, but he is absolutely the best son any mother could have.  He is such a good husband and father, and so valued by his company (BAE, a defense contractor; Aidan works in intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency in DC). 

Aidan calls me!  At least once a week, if not more.  I absolutely love hearing about his work, and all of his interests.  He is an interesting person!  He reminds me of my dad and my grandfather in that.  For example, Aidan reads.  All manner of things. When he was in Iraq he asked me to send him Walden, for example.  (If I were in Iraq, I think I'd be reading trashy escapism stuff.)  He is also an artist, and he does artwork on the side.  And, he is still playing sports - maybe more than he did when he was a little boy.  He was more hesitant then, I think.  He played football this fall, and he plays hockey and lacrosse.  Anyway,  Aidan is just a wonderful person.

He and Susan became parents again on Sunday!  Patrick Jonathan entered the world by c-section on Sunday morning.  Here's his photo.  (Looks just like a new baby, doesn't he?)  Up until now, at least, Patrick's nickname has been Peej", which I think is cute as can be.  We'll see if that one sticks, outside the womb.  I had advocated for the Irish spelling of Patrick (Padraic), but (maybe because he was relieved we didn't use the Irish spelling of Aidan  Aodhan) they opted for the more American version.  I do hold out hope he might do the jig someday, though.
Here is an example of why I think Aidan is such a cool person.  One of his memories about the birth of Lydia  - he was just  a year older than Cal - is that Dad took him to McDonalds for breakfast, and then they came in to meet the new baby and see mom.  I was a good mother in those days and McDonalds was a treat.  I doubt he'd ever had McDonald's for breakfast - and certainly not breakfast out with dad!  So, Aidan replicated that experience for Calvin.  Here he Cal enjoying his "Big Breakfast"; I bet that is exactly what Aidan had. 

16 comments:

thisjourneyofmylife said...

Congratulations!

Rachael said...

Congratulations to you all!

The Combes Family said...

Congratulations! So happy for the Kitching families!

Mike and Christie said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful family and beautiful memories! :)
Love it!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

congratulations to you and your family! And that new little boy- he is beautiful! A wonderful addition to an already wonderful family.

Hevel said...

Mazel Tov! What a cutie!

As a brother of a Pádraig, I can say that he is much better off with the American spelling. :D Just imagine people trying to pronounce the Irish spelling!

MyGirlElena said...

Beautiful baby!
Congratulations!!

Tina in CT said...

What a beautiful newborn baby boy! Congrats to the parents and grandparents!

I think he's better with the American spelling as can you imagine the hassles he'd encounter in his lifetime with the other spelling.

How sweet that your son did the same with his son before going to the hospital. I guess it really made an impression of him.

What a nice early Christmas present for your family.

Elizabeth said...

Calvin is so big! And the new baby is so angelic in that little white outfit.

There was a Padraic in my high school, and he did okay. It was basically pronounced "Padrig" or "Padrik," something like that. I'm not sure how he liked his name. I'm glad my parents didn't end up naming me Elspeth. I also knew a girl named Caitlin but pronounced "Cawsh-lin" (Welsh).

I think in the U.S. kids (and adults/teachers) are pretty much okay with multicultural names. But I think I will have to give my kids traditional names for living in Russia. Things like alternate spellings just haven't caught on.

Milena said...

Congratulations!

Annie said...

I LOVE "Elspeth"! My pet peeve are names - made up ones - with incorrect phonics.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!
He does look like very new fresh baby.
Olga

Susan said...

Congratulations!!
A Christmas present that you will never forget!

Susan said...

Congratulations!!
A Christmas present that you will never forget!

Fioleta said...

Congratulations :-) Hope you'll get to see them soon.

Diana said...

Aidan sounds like a wonderful son Annie! And I was tickled pink to hear that he did the same thing for Calvin, that your husband did for him all those years ago.

Congratulations to your family!