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Do You Have Nicknames For Your Kids? Why My Son Is Called The Chooch

charlie nickname choochOur Charlie, The Chooch, celebrated birthday number 3 this weekend.

Yes, The Chooch. Charlie got that nickname early on in his infancy because he was a BEEFY baby. The kind of kid with 3 wrist rolls, and leg rolls, and just well-fedness all over. My wife was proud of those wrinkles, she worked hard to get them on him.

At first he was Charlie Choo Choo, Choochie Choo, and then, due to his solid size, he just became The Chooch.

But a funny thing happened in the fall when my family became very public over an article I wrote about how my older son was my favorite of the two: people started calling me out over his nickname.

In Italian ciuccio means dummy, idiot, or moron. Chooch is an anglicized slang for ciuccio. Whoops.

We’re not Italian, so it doesn’t matter to us. We love the nickname, and it has stuck with him the entire way. He responds to it when called, and even our older son will refer to him as such. So Charlie is The Chooch.

My dad refers to Charlie as Charleau, he says it is a French twist on Charlie. I thought it was cute and have started mixing it in whenever I speak French to my boys. Then I discovered from my brother-in-law from France that Charleau is a french nickname for a fool. It’s derived from Charlie Chaplin and used to describe people being silly.

Ugh. Charlie just can’t win. Daddy doesn’t think he’s his favorite, Momma calls him a dummy, and Grandpapa calls him a fool.

Regardless, happy birthday to the boy who will always be our baby. Scroll through the photos below to see how he got (and will always keep) his Choochy nickname.

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  • Happy Birthday 1 of 24
    Happy Birthday
    January, 2010.
    Charlie's debut.
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  • Nan 2 of 24
    Nan
    January, 2010
    One of the only times my grandmother met Charlie. We moved away the following week, and she would die in the spring.
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  • Brotherly Love 3 of 24
    Brotherly Love
    May, 2010
    Sure they wrestle a lot, but boy do they love each other.
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  • Big Brother 4 of 24
    Big Brother
    June, 2010
    Zacharie is SUCH a protective big brother. Charlie is clueless to the beastly dangers!
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  • The Chooch 5 of 24
    The Chooch
    July, 2010
    When you're this hungry, you eat your hand. It was around this time that Charlie became The Chooch.
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  • Cheerios 6 of 24
    Cheerios
    August, 2010
    This photo has already been used in a Cheerios ad in 2012, and will be on cereal boxes again later this spring.
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  • Pool Party 7 of 24
    Pool Party
    July, 2010
    This is one of my all time favorite pictures of my sons. They are soooo different, and yet so similar.
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  • Crawler 8 of 24
    Crawler
    October, 2010
    He is such a happy happy happy kid.
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  • Omnomnom 9 of 24
    Omnomnom
    October, 2012
    He's always happy when he's in his high chair.
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  • I’m 1! 10 of 24
    I'm 1!
    January, 2011
    The Chooch turns 1.
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  • Grumps 11 of 24
    Grumps
    April, 2011
    My grandfather, and Charlie. Another fave.
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  • iBoy 12 of 24
    iBoy
    May, 2011
    Charlie has been online from the beginning. Here he is checking his twitter account. Okay, not really, but he does have one - @the_chooch.
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  • Snow 13 of 24
    Snow
    December, 2011
    Only toddlers can get this excited about very cold winters and snow on the prairies.
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  • I’m 2! 14 of 24
    I'm 2!
    January, 2012
    A very happy second birthday running around our favorite park.
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  • Calgary Stampede 15 of 24
    Calgary Stampede
    July, 2012
    Deputy Sheriff at the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.
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  • Cupcake 16 of 24
    Cupcake
    August, 2012
    The Chooch likes a face full of cake.
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  • Swimming 17 of 24
    Swimming
    August, 2012
    Playing in his cousin's summer swimming hole.
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  • Bruno Mars 18 of 24
    Bruno Mars
    September, 2012
    When Charlie got his recent haircut, we thought his pompadour sorta looked like Bruno Mars. He immediately named his big stuffed monkey "Bruno Mars." He has no idea who Bruno Mars is. It's hilarious.
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  • Grocery Shopping 19 of 24
    Grocery Shopping
    September, 2012
    Charlie loves to run. And run. And run. A grocery shopping "run" with him is just that.
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  • Spooky Chooch 20 of 24
    Spooky Chooch
    October, 2012
    Playing at the Halloween display at our local amusement park.
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  • Crossroads 21 of 24
    Crossroads
    October 2012
    I took Charlie for an adventure on the prairie countryside where we explored, geocached, and wandered crossroads in the middle of nowhere.
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  • Dancing Fiend 22 of 24
    Dancing Fiend
    October, 2012
    Who doesn't like dancing in their brother's hand-me-down jammies?
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  • Dentist 23 of 24
    Dentist
    November, 2012
    Charlie is not a fan of the dentist.
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  • TV Star 24 of 24
    TV Star
    December, 2012
    I brought Charlie to my gig as a tech commentator on a local newscast where he played on the couch and made it in the show!
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