Jack’s New Cousin has Arrived!

Seven months.

A new character joined the cast of The Dadabase this week…

I’ve been mentioning that my sister, Dana, and her husband, Andrew, have been expecting their first child: due July 2nd.  Well, July 2nd came early this year… because at 2:07 AM this Tuesday morning (June 21st), my sister gave birth to her baby girl.  She weighs 6.1 pounds and is 19.5 inches long.

Jack has always been a big boy and he’s all I know when it comes to babies.  After seeing and holding my sister’s newborn daughter, it is apparent she will always be a petite little girl.  How appropriate- she will have a strong, protective cousin to watch out for her; even if the two cousins never really look anything alike.

On my side of the family, the only cousins Jack will have are through my sister and her husband, since I don’t have another sibling.  (Of course, this is not the case with my wife’s side of the family, since she is number 9 of 10 kids!) So this is Jack’s first cousin through the Shell side of the family and this means I am officially an uncle, through blood.

For the past seven months, my brother-in-law Andrew has filled the typical uncle role.  He knows how to make Jack laugh better than anyone else. He’s the fun uncle.  Now, I get to be a fun(ny) uncle to his daughter.

Have you noticed yet that I haven’t given the name of Jack’s new cousin?  If not, that means I’m doing a good job of my goal.  Whereas I plaster Jack’s name all over every post I write and have no reservations in making it public, I respect my sister and her husband’s decision to keep their daughter’s name semi-private; meaning I don’t include it on The Dadabase.

It makes me wonder, though, in the likeness of the name “Emma” gaining popularity because of the sitcom Friends, if the name would at all increase in popularity if it was featured in a Parents.com blog.  Because right now the name is virtually unused- the last time it even made an appearance on any kind of popularity chart was the 1880’s.

“Emma” was the 13th most popular girl’s name in 2001.  Then the following year Rachel named her daughter Emma on Friends.  Unsurprisingly, Emma was the 4th most popular girl’s name of 2002.  And every year since then, it has either been the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd most popular girl’s name.

Well I know I can pull this off.  I can feature Jack’s new cousin in my stories without ever saying her name or even using her initials.  It wasn’t until I had seen the movie Fight Club about a dozen times before I realized that you never actually know the narrator and main character’s name.

So this won’t be the first time a story is told without revealing a main character’s name.  What actually matters are the stories.  And for a guy who never suffers from writer’s block, I know I can provide the stories.

Unnecessary Bonus:

To cut down on reader confusion in regards to the resemblance that my brother-in-law Andrew (featured two pictures above this one) and I share,  I shaved my head this week. People are constantly mistaking us for each other.  So I hope the buzz cut helps.

That’s not really why I did it.  I mainly just liked the idea of saving 15 bucks instead of paying for a real haircut.  Plus, I probably subconsciously wanted to be as cool as Bachelorette contestant J.P. Rosenbaum.

JP Rosenbaum Jewish

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  1. by Sarah Chastain

    On June 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Both babies are cute. I know how blessed your parents are to have both of their grandchildren here (oh yes, and their children too) here. I was one of many who kept getting you and your brother-in-law confused. Thanks for your sacrifice to clear this up.

  2. by Angie Mitchell Shankles

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Enjoyed reading this entry and seeing all of the pictures of the babies. So glad to see all the new ones of Jack’s new cousin. The Shell family is so blessed. Yes, you and Andrew resemble each other, but I remember seeing Jill for first time and thinking that she bore a great resemblance to Dana. Those babies are destined to be gorgeous with all your family’s good looks! :-)

  3. by Miranda Chambers

    On June 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I am so excited!!! I had no idea!!! Yay Andrew and Dana and can’t wait to meet little sweet baby girl!!!

  4. by Nick Shell

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks Sarah. And thanks for admitting you couldn’t tell us apart, that’s funny but it’s also something I’m very used to by now :)

  5. by Nick Shell

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Angie. Yeah, a lot of people have gotten my sister and Jill mixed up. And… I’ve had several people tell me that Jill and I look like brother and sister. Funny!

  6. by Nick Shell

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Yeah, Bob Johnston didn’t have a clue either. He stopped by their house today. I just assumed everyone knew :)

  7. by Hannah W

    On July 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Congrats to your sweet family! Baby Girl is just gorgeous. I’ve got total hair envy. Vera barely has fuzz. Dana looks great, too. Who in the world looks that good right after having a baby?!

  8. by Nick Shell

    On July 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thank you Hannah :) I will let her know what you said!