Please welcome Weston Kristof Carr–Another Chance to Get It Right

Born about 6:45 PM Tuesday at Norwalk Hospital, a 9 pound 1 ounce baby boy. He has his great-grandfather’s thick black hair. His mother’s nose. All of our hearts. 

The nurse who measured him held up the tape and mouthed to me through the nursery window, “Twenty one and a half!” (Inches, she meant.) I thought she did this for all onlookers. When I met her later, she explained she was amazed at how long he was. A few minutes later, a family standing nearby said, “Look at that one. He doesn’t look like a new born. He looks like he’s a month old already.”  He does too—none of that Winston Churchill resemblance. He’s built like a point guard or a wideout, maybe.  But already, he’s his own man, which is the important thing.

 He overwhelmed me, like babies are supposed to do. As did his mother. And her mother, who stood by all night the night before, not a wink of sleep in the hospital’s bed chair, then caressed her daughter through the final round and, finally, cut the cord. I have seen my wife and my daughter look beautiful many times. But this is the best yet.  Wes lives next door, and we get to participate. I await further instructions with an eagerness that suprises me a little. I’d think there comes a point where you’re too old for love at first sight, but I guess you never are.   

For those of you who asked or may wonder, Barbara is Nonna, and he can call me Grandpa, Pops, Pop-pop, Duke, Dukie, or a term of his own devise. The one thing that’s clear already is, I don’t own him. He owns me. Remind me of that once in a while, if I slip….

Both this morning’s Live from E Street Nation and this Sunday’s Kick Out the Jams are about what it means to be a grandparent, in their different ways.


“What children are, more than anything else, is this: another chance for our flawed species. Another chance to get it right.” – Andrew Vachss

8 Responses to “Please welcome Weston Kristof Carr–Another Chance to Get It Right”

  1. sandra fessler says:

    Wow! Congrats, Dave, he is awesome!

  2. Helen McAvoy says:

    Congratulation! Big hugs to all. Weston is beautiful!

  3. scott (the other one) says:

    Mazel tov!

  4. Patti Cowgirl Holly says:

    GORGEOUS! Congrats! It is GREAT that you got a little extra bonding time….

    Welcome to the world little one! YOU will be loved!

  5. Bill Vann says:

    Beautiful! My new grandson is 3 months old. I can relate to your happiness.

  6. Sandy Fisher says:

    She’s a beautiful addition to your family!
    She must resemble you wife.
    I wish you were either on TV or radio with your own show. I enjoy your very refreshing point of view and agree with every point. You know we aren’t supposed to voice those opinions?

  7. Dave says:

    It’s kinda he but….
    The only opinions really worth voicing are the ones we aren’t supposed to hold.
    Why even have ’em if they’re just like everybody else’s?

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